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A Stroll through History

Across the Etruscan plain into Tuscany
Over the course of this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday from Umbria to Tuscany, you’ll get to stay next to Italy's largest volcanic lake and learn about the mysterious Etruscans. Your luggage is transported ahead as you walk, leaving you unencumbered and free to combine the walks with cultural visits.
A Stroll through History . 7 nights
A Stroll through History . 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday from Umbria to Tuscany

Between the River Tiber, which flows to the Mediterranean via Rome, and the River Arno, stretches a little-visited landscape characterised by rolling farmland, volcanic lakes, ancient woodland, olive groves and outcrops of porous tufa stone. It was here that the mysterious Etruscans, a powerful pre-Roman civilisation which revered its dead, settled in the 9th century BC.
In building a series of walled cities and carving ravine-like sunken ‘roads’ and necropolises into the stone, they left numerous reminders of their presence which remain to this day. Our truly fascinating walk leads from Umbria, across Lazio and into Tuscany, revealing a little-known corner of Italy steeped in history and allowing plenty of time to admire some of the many marks the Etruscans left on the land.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in Orvieto
    Night 1: at Hotel Duomo (where you spend one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Orvieto to Bolsena: 16km, 6hrs; ascent 350m / descent 395m
    The walk begins with a transfer to a viewpoint from where you can look back to Orvieto to fully appreciate its superb setting on a 300-metre-high outcrop of volcanic rock that rises almost sheer from the valley floor. Seen from afar like this, it is easy to understand why the Etruscans chose it as the site for one of the twelve cities in their federation. Setting off along wide tracks and well-defined paths, you soon leave Umbria and enter Lazio, crossing a colourful patchwork of rolling, open farmland before descending slowly via the old town of Bolsena to the shore of Italy’s largest volcanic lake which occupies a huge crater. You stay in the Hotel Holiday for one night.
    The route from Orvieto to Bolsena
  • Bolsena to Sorano: 12km, 4hrs; ascent 155m / descent 395m
    This very varied walk starts with a short transfer into Tuscany, after which you walk past the ancient colony of Vitozza, the most important troglodytic settlement in Italy. You continue via a deep wooded valley and follow the River Lente to the magical hill-top town of Sorano, considered by many to be the finest example of a tufa village. Here, you stay at the Hotel della Fortezza for the night.
    The ancient colony of Vitozza on the route from Bolsena to Sorano
  • Sorano to Sovana: 11km, 4hrs; ascent 275m / descent 360m; optional extension to necropolis: 3.5km
    Leaving Sorano, you notice that the landscape is now characterised by the porous tufa rock, and you follow a deep, leafy via cava hewn from the rock, passing an Etruscan necropolis with a splendid viewing platform over Sorano. Finish with a section across open farmland and through vineyards, taking time, if you wish, to walk to another important Etruscan necropolis after arrival in delightful Sovana. Your hotel for the next two nights is the attractive Albergo Scilla & Locanda della Taverna Etrusca.
    The countryside en route from Sorano to Sovana
  • Circular walk from Sovana: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent 325m / descent 330m
    Follow a remarkable via cava to the even more extraordinary Etruscan town of Pitigliano. Set atop high tufa cliffs which lend it the appearance of being suspended in the sky, the town's different quarters are linked by the sweeping arches of a 16th-century aqueduct. There are numerous Etruscan tombs hewn from the cliffs, an imposing fortress (in which there is a museum displaying Etruscan finds) and a network of caves which nowadays are used as wine cellars, but the town is best known for its Jewish quarter. You can wander through the narrow streets and visit the old ghetto (complete with a bakery) as well as the ruins of the synagogue.
    Walking through the 'via cava' on the route to Pitigliano
  • Sovana to near Montemerano: 16km, 6hrs; ascent 400m / descent 545m
    The route now crosses lightly wooded hills and open countryside, descending gradually to reach the ancient thermal springs of Saturnia, from where you will be transferred to the Podere Santa Croce. Alternatively, you can choose to upgrade to the Relais Villa Acquaviva.
    The route from Sovana to Montemerano
  • Circular walk from Podere Santa Croce: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent /descent 200m; from Relais Villa Acquaviva 5km, 2hrs; ascent /descent 170m
    Your final walk heads through medieval Montemerano, an interesting walled village with a good choice of restaurants – perfect for a leisurely lunch.
    Alternatively, you could take a taxi (pay locally) and your swimsuit to nearby Saturnia, where you can enjoy the hot springs, cascades and aquamarine rock pools created by the town's hot sulphur springs.
    View to Montemerano from Podere Santa Croce


All your hotels are comfortable and welcoming.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Montemerano. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.

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  • 7 nights: 13 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 25 August 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 Apr - 23 May 2019 £995 £275
    24 May - 23 Jun 2019 £1030 £285
    25 Aug - 24 Sep 2019 £1045 £295
    25 Sep - 24 Oct 2019 £995 £275
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £105

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Duomo, Orvieto
    Junior suite: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £10
    Junior suite: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £10
    Albergo Scilla & Locanda della Taverna Etrusca, Sovana
    Superior: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £10
    Superior: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £10
    Podere Santa Croce, Montemerano
    Superior: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £20
    Superior: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £20

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Duomo, Orvieto (B&B) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £76 £112
    25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £76 £112
    Hotel Holiday, Bolsena (B&B) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £65 £95
    25 Aug - 25 Aug 2019 £78 £112
    26 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £65 £95
    Podere Santa Croce, Montemerano (with dinner) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £105 £152
    25 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £105 £152
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £87 £134
  • 7 nights, staying in Villa Acquaviva (5 dinners)

    13 April - 30 June 2019 25 August - 31 October 2019 Price Single room
    13 April - 23 May £1045 £240
    23 May - 23 June £1080 £250
    25 August - 24 September £1095 £260
    25 September - 24 October £1085 £240
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £105 -

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

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    Birmingham - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
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    Cardiff - Rome Fiumicino Flybe 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
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    Glasgow - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
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    Liverpool - Rome Fiumicino Blue Air 
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    Gatwick - Rome Fiumicino British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
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    Heathrow - Rome Fiumicino Alitalia,  British Airways 
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    Luton - Rome Fiumicino easyJet 
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    Stansted - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Manchester - Rome Fiumicino British Airways,  jet2,  Vueling 
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    Newcastle - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
    Newcastle - Rome Fiumicino (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino)

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Rome to Orvieto (1h30), taxi Orvieto to hotel (0h10) £28 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Orbetello station (1h ), rail Orbetello to Rome Termini (2h) £52 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    4 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on days 1, 2 & 5

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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