Day 1: Trekking “Le Roste”. 10.00 am start at the hotel, you will be provided with a picnic which can be carried in a rucksack, return to the hotel with minibus around 2.00 pm. On this unique tour you walk downhill along paths, which were used by the miners in former centuries, traveling through meadows and chestnut and oak trees woods where we will discover ancient. A unique and bizarre landscape of “red mountains” is waiting for us at the end of the tour. These mountains are the remainder of the copper mines of the 19th century. Here the copper rich rocks from the nearby mines were towered up. Using an electric-chemical process the copper was washed out of the minerals. The rain changed the remaining material into rugged bare red mountains.
Day 2: Trekking “Le Cornate & Poggio Mutti”. 11.00 am transfer by minibus, start trekking in Gerfalco, with the total distance 8 km, height 500 meters and duration 3 hours. A hot picnic will be available. Return from Gerfalco by minibus around 3.30 pm. After visiting the picturesque medieval village of Gerfalco we walk up a small path to the ridge of the “Cornate”. In former centuries these mountain slopes were populated and cultivated. Over time rare plants and animals have taken over producing a wild landscape and a rare new ecologic balance has been established. You pass by a former famous quarry of marble, which provided the marble for the Cathedral of Siena. In the afternoon we climb the “Poggio Mutti”, where we will find lots of entrances of former mines and natural caves hidden in thick evergreen bushes. Previously, the Etruscans mined minerals here and the numerous traces of the different mining epochs have become mixed.
Day 3: Day off. Proposal for an excursion by your car or by our minibus. Trekking in the Natural Park “Scarlino”, relaxing at one of the most beautiful beaches of Tuscany, “Cala Violina”, and a visit to Massa Marittima.
Day 4: Trekking “Around the Poggio di Montieri”. At 10.00 am start at the hotel, with the total distance 8 km, height: 200 meters and duration 3 hours. A picnic will be provided which you will carry in your bag, return around 2.00 pm. The path leads uphill through a chestnut wood to the first view point, where you will enjoy a fantastic view towards Siena and the coast around Grosseto. Rough, unspoilt and mountainous landscapes and breathtaking views are the highlights of this trekking. On the way back we wander through former cultivated chestnut woods. Roasted chestnuts and chestnut flower were one of the main food supplies in former days. Now wild boars and other animals enjoy the nutritious meal before the winter months.
Day 5: Day off. Excursion to Siena with public bus or participation on picnic excursion to the river Merse with a visit to the monastery of San Galgano.
Day 6: Trekking “Monte Murlo”. Today the total distance 10 km, height 400 meters and the duration 4 hours. Picnic will be provided which you can carry in your rucksack. Return around 3.00 pm. We walk from Montieri downhill to the chapel “Madonna dei Castani”, which played an important part in the social development of Montieri. In the valley the landscape changes from woods to meadows, which are used for extensive herding and we start our uphill climb to the “Monte Murlo”. The peak offers a fantastic view to Montieri and the surrounding valleys.
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