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Tuscan Trails: Hiking in Italy (trip logo)

Good 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 mouth.

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.

More information

  • Tuscan Trails : more details about this trip.
  • Gay adventure travel : other sports you can enjoy on active gay vacations.
  • 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 advice.
  • 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.