Timeless Tuscany or Perfect Piedmont?
The sophisticated Piedmont region of northern Italy and timeless Tuscany in the heart of Italy are two of our most popular walking and cycling destinations.
As well as the breathtaking landscapes coming to life, including the grapes growing on the vines in Piedmont, during the summer there are many festivals to enjoy. Meanwhile, in the Chianti region of Tuscany, the Via Francigena is alive with bright sunflowers and fragrant apple orchards, and olive groves glisten in the sunlight.
Here are our highlights of each region.
“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.”
– Elton John
Art Cities, gorgeous landscapes, wine and charming towns and villages all add up to be the quintessential Tuscany experience.
• Explore the unspoiled Chianti countryside and visit the world-famous ‘Super Tuscans’: Florence, with its Renaissance architecture; Pisa, birthplace of Galileo Galilei, and medieval Siena.
Wine and vineyards, breathtaking views, enchanting hilltop towns and unparalleled gastronomy top the list of reasons to visit Piedmont.
• Producing two of the world’s best red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, taste your way through the region’s fine vineyards. There is a frisson to walking between rows of sun-smooched vines, with their grapes visibly plumping in the swelter.
Wine connoisseurs and beginners alike flock to the UNESCO World Heritage wine regions to taste the finest vintages on offer from these famous vineyards. Chosen for their unique contribution to wine making, here is our pick of three of the best regions from around the world that have made the grade…
The Langhe region of Piedmont boasts softly rolling hills, encased in layers of vines, sunflowers and oak forests. Chosen for its rich vineyards in pretty towns including Barolo and Barbaresco, vine pollen has been found in the area dating from C5 BC. Why not explore the gastronomic region on foot or by bike?
Burgundy was chosen because of the 1,247 individual terroirs of the Côte d’Or. Popular grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With a Breakaway tour, you can walk or cycle through the beautiful vineyards and stop at the medieval wine villages including Pommard, Meursault and Nuits-Saint-Georges.
•Departs every two days from May 13 to Sep 22 2018
With 164 towns and villages nestled between the two hillsides that border the river from Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire), the UNESCO area of the Loire is awash with rolling vineyards and wheat fields surrounding Renaissance palaces. Main grapes include Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir.
• Departs every two days from May 11 to Oct 8 2018