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Trekking nelle Terre di Siena

Trekking on foot

 

 

Terre di Siena isn’t a particularly vast area, yet you can walk forever, intersecting different paths, getting delightfully lost in the countryside, continuing for a few more kilometres just so that you can enjoy coming back and stopping in a spa centre or at a grange, or even just admiring the harmonious elegance of a group of cypresses. Of course you can also follow the various itineraries that not only wind through the most beautiful parts of Tuscany, travelling for different distances, but also offer the chance to appreciate cultural and historical attractions that make them much more than just your average trekking trip. Walking offers an opportunity to see the area with different eyes, breathing in its history and knowledge along with the good air that, thank heavens and thanks also to the civil farsightedness of the local people, is one of the many excellent things we are able to offer.

Some trails run through towns, giving you the chance to discover them in greater detail, taking in those parts often ignored by tourists, possibly because they are too busy seeing the things that everyone else sees, missing out on the more authentic elements.

Others, like the Via Francigena, are routes that lead from one point in universal history to another, passing through places where pilgrims of old stopped off to rest over a thousand years ago. There is also the chance, ploughing the sea of "Crete" and hills, to see the granges – antique fortified farms – which pop up like islands and where you can stop to catch your breath, taken away by such outstanding beauty.

If you want to see a different side to the nature usually associated with Terre di Siena, there’s Mount Amiata, a giant standing over 1,700 metres tall, just waiting to be discovered, climbed and absorbed. And if heights aren’t for you, why not visit one of the largest Tuscan plains, with the "Sentiero della Bonifica" [Reclamation Trail], an easy trail which is ideal also for families with children, for a walk through the pages of the hydraulic history of a territory once harsh and difficult, but now almost synonymous with the most peaceful countryside. To understand what fatigue and hard work are all about, you can even try being part of a transhumant population, following a road once trodden by herds and flocks, moving to seek solace in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, Terre di Siena.

Terre di Siena on Foot: The right value of Time.

Here time is still incredibly valuable, not so much in terms of time saved, time wasted or time to chase in a race where the loser will always be man. We see time as being valuable in terms of the slowness of the seconds that pass, of the moments to be enjoyed walking unhurriedly through the valleys, climbing the hills to the rhythm of a heartbeat, stopping… to watch. Yes, simply to watch, closely observing what nature and man’s skilful and respectful hands have made so harmoniously. From the window of a car as it belts down the road you can see a thousands of things in a second, without even catching a glimpse of the details that make the difference.

Here, the ancient pathways, the early roads traced following the footsteps of the most adventurous of men, the un-surfaced "white" roads, to be travelled on foot, feeling the stones beneath your feet and breathing in the dust, still mean something. All this helps us understand that here, not only can time be slowed down, bringing it back to a more man-sized pace, it can even be stopped.
Because if time is precious, we need to dose it carefully. In Terre di Siena. We advise those who aren’t particularly familiar with the area to engage the services of an expert guide and to get as much information as possible from the provincial tourist board (IAT offices), before setting out on their chosen journey, especially when undertaking paths that require more commitment. Conditions can change easily depending on the time of the year and it is not always possible to indicate interruptions to paths or diversions in real time. Always carry a good map with you.

 

 

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