ONCE YOU WILL REACH THE PEAK OF PRATOMAGNO’S MOUNTAIN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF TUSCANY. THE JOURNEY TO DISCOVER THE UNTOUCHED TUSCANY STARTS HERE
Our bilingual tour manager and driver will pick you up at platform 16 in Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence at 9:00 a.m. with a comfortable full equipped vehicle. We will start driving to Loro Ciuffenna, one of the most distinctive towns of the Valdarno Superiore, which is located on the slopes of the southern ridge of Pratomagno at an elevation of 320 m.
Much of the town centre is medieval in architecture, and you may view the ruins of a large water-powered mill, dating from before 1200 AD, that until quite recently produced chestnut and other flours.
Once we have finished our visit in Loro Ciuffena we will keep driving through these medieval gorgeous tiny villages full off hidden secrets.
Every village is well known for its local products like “Schiacciata” which is an amazing white pizza – the best white pizza in Tuscany. Here we will stop for a delicious authentic Tuscan lunch composed of a massive Antipasto full of local food, follow by dessert, and a lots of wine. We will end our trip below the summit of Pratomagno mountain around 4:00pm. From here we will walk for 15 minutes to reach the top (up a fairly steep incline with some uneven surfaces, which may not be suitable for all abilities. For those who do not wish to partake in this part of the trip, you can enjoy and relax yourself in the peaceful picnic area while you await our return). At the top of the mountain you will see the famous giant christian cross, symbol of the mountain and a tribute to Saint Francisco, as well as an amazing view right out over Tuscany. It was here that the Australian explorer and WWI hero Herbert John Louis Hinkler crashed in his attempt to fly from England to Australia.
The Pratomagno mountain range is believed to have been under the sea approximately 5 million years ago. The lawns, or the ridge of the Pratomagno, appear with different scenographies according to the light and season change: the soft green scattered with so many kinds of flowers in spring, rich yellow in summer, the warm colours in autumn, the snow and the transparency of the air in winter. The Pratomagno is also a very good place for mushrooms and other natural fruits, as well as the cinghiale (wild boar) running free.
After this remarkable experience we will take you down to the mountain to the train station in Figline Valdarno at 6:00 pm where you can catch the train to Florence, Arezzo or Rome.
Get ready to discover something absolutely magnificent… The Pratomagno mountain and its remarkable landscapes!
You will have a chance to experience the exclusive beauty and mystery of the Pratomagno, one of the most fascinating mountains in Tuscany. It was here that the Australian explorer and WWI hero Herbert John Louis Hinkler crashed in his attempt to fly from England to Australia. The tour commences with a visit to the quaint village of Loro Ciuffenna and an opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of Gropina’s Roman church. We will then visit several of the tiny medieval villages that are dotted across the mountainous landscape where we will be able to taste some of the delicious local produce. The day will end at the summit of Pratomagno, where you will enjoy a breathtaking sunset.
Price for this private tour start from AUD 105,00 per person with a group of minimum 8 participants.
For a groups of 6 participants the price is AUD 125,00 per person.
For a groups of 4 participants the price is AUD 160,00 per person.
For a couple the price is AUD 260,00 per person.
Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via Paypal.
For all the private tours, you can book through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact Matteo at +61 404572020 or +39 0621118983.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Pick up at platform 16 in Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence at 9:00 a.m. with a comfortable full equipped vehicle. The tour is a 9 hours tour. It starts at 9 am and it ends at 6:00 pm.
Check the departure time from and to Rome and Florence’s station: www.trenitalia.com
We advice to book the tour at least 2 days in advance.
Our private tour have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per tour to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority. Minimum of participants: 2 people.
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST:
- Professional bi-lingual tour guide for the whole time to assist you for any issue.
- Bi-lingual driver
- Transport by private vehicle
- Lunch at the local Tuscany “Bottega”.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
All items not detailed in inclusions
- snacks during the days
All transfers other than to the local train station
– Children must be accompanied by an adult
– Minimum age is 21 years
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
– May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
– Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
– A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
– Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
– A maximum of 8 people per booking
– Not recommended for pregnant women
– Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
– A moderate amount of walking is involved
– Not wheelchair accessible
– Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per week to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority.
Tours and tariffs are subject to change.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
The value of the transaction may be subject to taxes, duties, foreign transaction, currency exchange or other fees.
Prices and tariffs quoted for the tours are subject to change without notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as significant currency fluctuations.
You are required to purchase your own travel insurance to cover cancellation coverage, airline tickets, trip delay, lost luggage or any potential medical expenses, personal accident and sickness, emergency repatriation and personal liability. It is advisable to take specific cover for ambulance through the respective State ambulance providers or through their own private health insurance.
Please note that travellers on Tuscany Untouched tours must have comprehensive travel insurance. We will require evidence including policy number, insurers name and emergency contact number before we finalise your booking.
Most medieval towns were built as hilltop fortifications, so you will find some challenging climbs. There is a lot of walking on our tours and you will spend a lot of time on your feet while sightseeing. Age is not important as long as you are physically fit and a strong walker. Our tours are not suited for anyone who has problems with knees, back, heart or obesity
Our recommended tours and dates, as listed on our web site, are guaranteed once a booking is confirmed. Your additional expenses will be for non-included meals, moderate tipping where appropriate, and personal sightseeing or shopping.LIMIT OF LIABILITY:
No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expense, accident, injury, or damage to any person or property due to the actions or omissions of any person, or any cause, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects in machinery, breakdown of equipment, weather, quarantine, negligence, loss of baggage, or other causes beyond our control, such losses being the responsibility of the guest.
MEMBERSHIP ON TOUR:
Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd reserves the right to accept, reject, or not retain any person as a tour participant whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or, in the opinion of the tour manager, affects the rights and enjoyment of other guests. A guest not retained on tour shall have no cause for complaint or refund, and shall bear any and all extra expenses that ensue.
All information on this website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in accommodations, visits, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable. Delays or itinerary changes caused by strikes, bad weather, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances are beyond our control and we are not obliged to pay guests compensation.
STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES
Just a reminder that travel on Tuscany Untouched trip requires a degree of flexibility, and you should understand that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Tuscany Untouched PTY LTD deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or re-routing any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside Tuscany Untouched’ control.
While travelling with Tuscany Untouched you agree to accept the authority of the leader at all times. You are aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. You understand that Tuscany Untouched reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time. To the best of Tuscany Untouched’s knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Tuscany Untouched will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behaviour of these third parties. Tuscany Untouched will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveller who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited. No employee, servant or agent of Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd has authority to vary these conditions.
CONFIRMATION BOOKING FORM
All Tuscany Untouched travellers on group trips must sign a Booking Form. Please note that signing the form is a pre-requisite of travelling with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. The wording of this form follows.
“I understand that touring with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd may involve risks (and rewards) above and beyond those encountered on a more conventional holiday, and that I am undertaking a physical trip with inherent dangers. I understand that I am travelling to geographical areas where, amongst other things, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications and infrastructure development may not be of the standard I am used to at home or would find on a conventional holiday. I have read and understood the Tuscany Untouched tour notes for the trip I am undertaking and have provided details of any pre-existing medical conditions I have to Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd representatives. I accept these risks and obligations and I fully assume the risks of travel. I release Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd from any liabilities connected to these risks to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
Our tours are not pet friendly