Walking, Hiking and Mountain Biking in Umbria and Tuscany, Italy

Agriturismo Villa La Rogaia

Hiking and Wellness weeks

Hiking at Monte Tezio
Hiking at Monte Tezio

Trekking delle Ginestre - «Hiking amid the Broom» - Walks in the sweet-scented May

Leisurely walking up and down the hills that contour Lake Trasimeno when the slopes are covered in a multi-coloured coat and the air filled with intense perfume of broom, when heathers and rock roses bloom are opening and nature is at its best. A slow and curious wandering through a farm landscape full of values, an impassioned meeting with its stories and its flavours.

Book one of our rooms or apartments  at Villa La Rogaia at Castel Rigone above Lake Trasimeno and try our hiking and wellness package: 1 guided walking tour around Lake Trasimeno, a massage and 1 entrance to the natural thermal spa at Rapolano Terme.

Rate: EUR  80 per person including 1 guided walk, a massage and 1 entrance to the thermal spa at Rapolano Terme. Only available in combination with the rental of a holiday apartment.

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Hiking around La Rogaia all year round

Discover the unspoilt nature of Umbria and Tuscany walking, hiking and mountain biking on hidden trails. At La Rogaia there are many possibilities for hiking right at your doorstep: Walk up to our village Castel Rigone, see the meadows full of rare orchids and the ruin of an old castle below La Rogaia, or take the panoramic trail above Lake Trasimeno. For biking tours starting from La Rogaia we suggest to bring a mountain bike (for the gravel roads). Umbria offers a myriad of opportunities: for mountain bike enthusiasts there are mountains and hills with different routes whatever your level, whilst touring and racing bikes can explore the array of scenic and spellbinding secondary routes with little in the way of traffic. If you cannot bring your own bike: At Passignano there is the possibiliy of renting bikes (bike rental).

Old pilgrim routes in Umbria and Tuscany

Follow the traces of St. Francis of Assisi in Umbria walking from Assisi to Arezzo. This old pilgrims’ trail almost touches La Rogaia and close to us you can visit St. Francis’ bed (a rock where he supposedly rested on his travels). You may discover old Franciscan monasteries such as Le Celle near Cortona or La Verna near Pieve San Stefano. This ancient monastery is situated on the top of a mountain shaded by old beech trees. Go there on a hot summer day to find an always cool, quiet and serene place.

In southern Tuscany an old pilgrims’ trail leads from Monte Oliveto Maggiore to Pitigliano crossing the Crete, a landscape of austere beauty. From La Rogaia you can well enjoy day stages of this route. We particularly suggest to hike from San Quirico d’Orcia to Sant’ Antimo. Charlemagne is said to have founded this exquisite 8th-century abbey south of Montepulciano: true or not, it is hard to imagine a more sublime Romanesque building at least in Italy, or one set in such peerless countryside. Do not miss out on the Gregorian plainsong graces.

Gardens in Umbria and Southern Tuscany

Garden lovers will find a lot of gardens and parks in the vicinity of La Rogaia which are definitely worth seeing. Italian formal gardens, lush flower and landscape gardens in the English style or parks with ancient stone oak and chestnut trees for extended walking. The medieval garden of Perugia (Orto Medievale di Perugia) is part of the old monastery Abbazia di San Pietro and has been diligently restored. There is an interesting herbal garden and a section about mystical plants and garden layouts from the middle ages. The garden and park of Villa Chigi Cetinale were recently saved from decay by an English Lord. Now they blend perfectly the traditional Renaissance formal garden and modern English landscape gardening. The park of La Scarzuola near of Montegiove is a bizarre architectural waxworks created in the last century by an architect from Milan on the ruins of a monastery.

We have only included some of our personal tips and recommendations which we do not claim to be complete. If you would like to know more about walking, hiking, mountain biking and gardens in Umbria and Tuscany please check our link pages or travel guides.

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