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Important 2,500-year-old Etruscan sites and deep-hewn lanes, hidden in wooded valleys and ancient volcanic landscapes

Gorges, rolling plateaux with inspiring views, and the wide expanse of Lake Bolsena with its exquisite islands

Three notable wine areas and diverse traditional cooking from three regions

Fine Romanesque churches, castle, temples and troglodyte dwellings and finally Orvieto with its magnificent  cathedral

Etruscan Lanes to Orvieto: Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Pitigliano
If arriving by taxi there is the possibility of approaching Pitigliano on foot (1 mile)via 2,500-year-old Etruscan Lanes. Your luggage will be transferred on to the hotel by taxi.

Day 2 Pitigliano to Sovana
Free morning to explore Pitigliano, with it medieval fortress and synagogue. Then follow an Etruscan road over a  plateau with pastures vines Sovana (4.8 miles).


Day 3 Free day in Sovana
Opportunities to visit its fine Ramanesque churches. Walk to see the many outstanding Etruscan ruins for which the area is renowned including the Tomba della Sirena, restored by the ATG Trust (3.6 miles).


Day 4 Sovana to San Quirico
From Sovana enter an impressive gorge before walking up to Sorano from where you continue up the gorge towards the ancient troglodyte village of Vitozza and the to San  Quirico ( 14 miles).


Day 5 San Quirico
Starting in San Quirico, cart tracks lead across farmland to an escarpment, where path descend towards the small  town of Latera . Climb through  chestnut  woods to the rim of a volcanic crater and descend to Lake Bolsena (9.7 miles). From here there will be the option of taking a boat trip to Bolsena (₤100- pay locally) or a brief road transfer.


Day 6 Free day in Bolsena
Free day to explore Bolsena, including the church and catacombs of Santa Cristina, site of the miracle of Orvieto, situated high on its extinct volcano, is unforgettable (10.8 miles).


Day 7 Bolsena to Orvieto
An old Roman road leads up through woodland and across farmland before descending again. The first view of Orvieto, situated high on its extinct volcano, is unforgettable (10.8 miles).


Day 8 Departure day
Why not extend in Orvieto or Rome?





Shorter 5 day Itinerary

5-day itinerary: One night with Pitigliano, San Quirico, Bolsena, Orvieto


Etruscan Lanes to Orvieto:


Night 1
Guastini ** . B&B

Nights 2 & 3

Sovana Hotel & Resort ****


Night 4
San Quirico
Nights 5 & 6
1   1  
Columbus ***
Royal ****
Nights 5 & 6
Corso ***
Palazzo Piccolomini
Etruscan Lanes to Orvieto:



When to go

Start any day from 01 Apr to 24 Oct



Of interest.
Worth travelling to see if you are in the area.
Of great interest.
Worth travelling to see if you are in the country.
Of outstanding interest.
  Worth travelling to see if you are in Europe.



On Route


Ancient crag- top city, magnificent cathedral with frescoes etc.


Crag – top town with Etruscan houses and medieval synagogue.


** Sovana
Picture small village with fine cathedral Etruscan acropolis.


** Bolsena
Medieval town, Church of the Miracle, castle and Etruscan temples.


Flights & Transport

Recommended  Destination Airports: Rome


From there are trains to Orbetello (2hrs) then bus or taxi on to Pitigliano..



From:    To: Price
Rome Airport First Hotel from ₤180
Orbetello First Hotel from ₤100




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