Best food, best company and best wine."
--Steve Cooper, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
food, panoramic landscapes, and a history that passes imagination.
San Gimignano is a fairy-tale village of medieval towers, winding
streets, and ancient ramparts, perched on a hill in Tuscany. It's the
ideal starting point for our hiking week in Italy.
Here in San Gimignano, on a terrace overlooking olive groves and
red-tiled villas, you'll meet the other gay men and lesbians with
whom you'll be sharing this magical week. Each day we'll walk through
different scenery: A patchwork landscape of vineyards, orchards, and
oak forests. One day takes us to the crumbling and forgotten ruins
of a 14th-century village. Another, to a 12th-century chapel that's
still in use. We call this a walking and hiking trip but, frankly,
the food will also be one of your fondest memories: from appetizers
fragrant with basil and thyme, to gelatos whose flavors burst in your
From San Gimignano we'll transfer to the town of Radda, in the
heart of "Chianti Classico" wine country. Though interspersed with vineyards,
the rugged terrain around Radda is largely wooded. Our daily hikes take
us to ancient stone villages, churches, farms, and an old Etruscan tomb.
Follow quiet tracks and roads through forests and fields of wildflowers.
This hiking and walking week is designed to allow a mix of group
activity and independent hiking. Our coordinator will go out with a
group each day; you're invited to walk with this group, or to hike independently
with one or two new friends.
We all talk
about wanting to meet other gay men and lesbians who share our interests.
This walking week in Tuscany is the ideal way to make new friends, discover
Tuscan villages and trails from another era, and enjoy a flavorful dinner
with no guilt.
Trails : more details about this trip.
- Gay adventure
travel : other sports you can enjoy on active gay
- Gay hiking :
other hiking trips, and advice for less experienced hikers.
- Bike in Tuscany
: We offer other gay vacations in Italy, as well.
- Bike in France : Explore
the Loire Valley by bike.
- Gay travel : general
- Alyson Adventures
: Home page for this gay adventure travel company
- Hanns Ebensten Travel
: Our travel partner, founded by the first man ever to offer
gay tours, offers upscale, in-depth explorations of unusual places,
including the Amazon, Easter Island, and the Galapagos Islands.