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Etruscan Hills to the Sea

From Tuscany’s quiet hinterland to Baratti Bay
 
La Maremma is a land of wild and unspoiled natural beauty steeped in history, boasting a timeless interior, a beguiling coast and fascinating archaeological remains. Walk self-guided between the high-quality accommodation while your luggage is transported, and enjoy the delicious cuisine.
 
Etruscan Hills to the Sea. 7 nights
Etruscan Hills to the Sea. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Maremma

La Maremma is a wild and somewhat secretive part of Tuscany, studded with ancient farmhouses and once populated only by migrant charcoal burners, wandering shepherds and butteri (cowboys tending the region’s oxen and horses). Today, it’s an ideal region to explore on foot – the silent, unspoiled interior leading to the sparkling waters of the Ligurian Sea.
The natural beauty here is something to behold – and to cherish. Tranquillity reigns amid the broad plains, hill-top towns and walking paths, many of which can be enjoyed without meeting another soul. Listen to the sound of the birds, and the breeze whispering through the trees, as you sense the long-lost but ever-mysterious presence of the Etruscans, once Rome’s nearest neighbours, and enjoy panoramic glimpses of the sea. It is here that you end up, alongside the tranquil charms of Baratti Bay with its archaeological park (the remarkable legacy of these ‘first Tuscans’), having savoured some excellent food and robust red wines along the way.
 
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Itinerary

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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 10 11 14 17 21 25 29 29 25 20 14 10
    mm 68 66 66 68 61 45 32 49 73 83 107 73
  • Arrival in Sassetta
    Night 1: at Villa La Bandita (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Sassetta to Castagneto Carducci, returning by bus: 10.5km, 4hrs; ascent 400m / descent 530m
    Follow our suggested route through chestnut woods to the hill-top village of Castagneto Carducci, which overlooks the coast and is home to artisan studios and wine shops whose bottles bear famous names like Sassicaia and Ornellaia with their eye-watering price tags.
    Castagneto Carducci
  • Sassetta to Suvereto: 13km, 5hrs, ascent 375m/descent 670m
    After a short transfer into the centre of Sassetta, you descend through cork-oak-covered hills into the walled medieval village of Suvereto. Take time to explore, before continuing to the Agriturismo Gualdo del Re, where you spend two nights.
  • Choice of walks from Suvereto: 14.5km or 18km

    Circular route via Campiglia: 18km, 6hrs, ascent/descent 410m
    This circuit leads via the medieval hill-top village of Campiglia Marittima, which boasts endless sea views.

    Linear route to spa, returning by taxi: 14.5km, 4.5hrs, ascent 460m / descent 300m
    Your target is the spa of Terme di Sassetta, immersed in luxuriant woodland, where you can enjoy a dip in the warm, soothing waters and a wholesome lunch at the restaurant before taking a taxi back (pay locally).
    Circular route visits the medieval hill-top village of Campiglia Marittima
  • Suvereto to Baratti: 10km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 195m
    The morning begins with a transfer to the coast, after which you follow the pine-fringed shoreline on a delightful walk into the Golfo di Baratti, an enticing bay characterised by golden sands and a turquoise sea. Your last three nights are spent at the Agriturismo Torre di Baratti.
    Arrival at the coast
  • Walk & explore from Baratti: 11.5km

    Visit the Baratti-Populonia archaeological park
    The Agriturismo Torre di Baratti is a fine place for relaxation, but it is well worth tearing yourself away to visit the impressive archaeological park of Baratti-Populonia (closed Mondays except in July and August). Here, you can learn about the Etruscans, an enigmatic civilisation which revered their dead, as you wander amid the ancient tombs.

    Circular walk from Baratti: 11.5km, 4hrs, ascent/descent 360m; shorter option: 7.5km, 3hrs
    This final walk (which can be shortened) explores the rugged headland, where paths reveal mysterious Etruscan caverns and splendid views over the dramatic coast and Tuscan Archipelago.
    Visit the archaeological site of Populonia
 

Accommodation

The standard of accommodation is very high.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 13 April - 30 June 2019 & 01 September - 15 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    13 - 30 April £1025 £495
    1 - 25 May £1045 £510
    26 May - 23 June £1250 £680
    1 - 24 September £1250 £680
    25 - 30 September £1125 £565
    1 - 8 October £1045 £510
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £65

    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.

    For a twin room at Gualdo del Re and Torre di Baratti, you must upgrade to a suite (see Room upgrades & extra nights for prices).

    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)

    Villa La Bandita
    Junior suite: 13 Apr - 31 May 2019 £16
    Junior suite: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £20
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £20
    Junior suite: 01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £16
    Agriturismo Gualdo del Re
    Suite: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £15
    Suite: 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2019 £15
    Agriturismo Torre di Baratti
    Suite: 13 Apr - 31 May 2019 £34
    Suite: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £50
    Suite: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £50
    Suite: 01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £34

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

    Agriturismo Gualdo del Re (with dinner) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 31 May 2019 £95 £125
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £100 £130
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £100 £130
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £95 £125
    Agriturismo Torre di Baratti (B&B) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 31 May 2019 £105 £210
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £145 £290
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £145 £290
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £105 £210
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Pisa, Rome

    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.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Pisa jet2 
    Birmingham - Pisa (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
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    Bristol - Pisa easyJet 
    Bristol - Rome Fiumicino easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Rome Fiumicino Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Pisa jet2,  Ryanair 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Pisa Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Pisa Ryanair 
    Glasgow Prestwick - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Leeds Bradford - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Pisa Ryanair 
    Liverpool - Rome Fiumicino Blue Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Pisa British Airways,  easyJet 
    Gatwick - Rome Fiumicino British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Pisa British Airways 
    Heathrow - Rome Fiumicino Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Pisa easyJet 
    Luton - Rome Fiumicino easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Pisa Ryanair 
    Stansted - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Pisa easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Manchester - Rome Fiumicino British Airways,  jet2,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Pisa jet2 
    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 £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Pisa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Pisa Centrale to Castagneto Carducci (1h), taxi to hotel (0h30) £52 1600
    direct taxi Pisa airport to first hotel (1h10) £98 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Campiglia Marittima (0h15), rail Campiglia Marittima to Pisa Centrale (1h30) £28 1300
    direct taxi last hotel to Pisa airport (1h10) £98 flexible

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

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Rome Termini to Campiglia Marittima (2h-3h), taxi to hotel (0h40) £72 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Campiglia Marittima (0h15), rail Campiglia Marittima to Rome Termini (2h15-3h15) £46 1500
What is included
  • 7 nights

  • 5 dinners
    7 breakfasts

  • luggage transported

  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on days 2 & 4
 
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FAQs

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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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.
  • 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: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ 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 www.ehic.org.uk. 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.
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