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Maremma Safari Club’s 2022 scheduled walking trips start with two Tuscan itineraries in April and May

By Wednesday, 16 March 2022 08:19
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The 2022 season of Maremma Safari Club’s scheduled walking trips start with two Tuscan itineraries in April and May. These, and the other four scheduled walks that run up to October through mostly unexplored parts of Italy, are described by founder and host Rudston Steward as “off beat.” 

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Walking across Monte Amiata and Elba

Tuscany is the first region to feature in 2022 with the Monte Amiata 19-24 April walk that will cross this little-known region of Southern Tuscany and its 1,738-metre mountain (a popular winter skiing choice). Then, from 21 to 26 May, Steward will accompany a group of slow-tourism buffs across the island of Elba which is just off the Tuscan coast. The port of Piombino is two hours by car from Florence, and the ferry from there to Elba’s capital Portoferraio - the starting point of the itinerary – takes just an hour.

“People are attracted by being in contact with nature”

Two scheduled 2022 walks are already sold out: the 10-14 May route through Calabria’s wild Aspromonte region, and the very popular and physically challenging 5-10 July Dolomites trip.

“I launched Maremma Safari Club in 2016. The 2022 walks are my first post-pandemic adventures on foot, and they are drawing a lot of attention. People are increasingly attracted by being in contact with nature, and getting away from run-of-the-mill holidays.”

Groups stay in guesthouses, boutique hotels, wine estates and castles 

On an average day, walking little-known country trails and byways, and along untrodden paths known only to Rudston, groups cover about 20 kilometres a day with picnic lunches in the countryside or a break for local specialties in a typical trattoria. The accommodation is in double rooms in charming guesthouses, boutique hotels, wine estates and Medieval castles. Travel transfers and add-ons can be requested for all tours, and breakfast, lunch and dinner, and local table wines are always included.   

Completely customizable private walks

Steward meticulously researches all his itineraries.

“They are truly off the beaten track and we can go for days without meeting another walker,” says Rudston who personally guides each group. He also runs private bespoke walks fitting in up to 3-4 different private and scheduled groups each month. “Our private walks are completely customizable with regard to the length, the difficulty and the personal preferences of the group.”

Spring is the best time of year to explore Elba

The Elba 21-26 May walk will cross the island along Mediterranean footpaths (with a visit to Napoleon’s love nest) and with walkers getting to swim on a different beach each day. “This itinerary is not particularly challenging, and spring is the best time of year to explore Elba. The sea is stunning and you avoid the summer crowds.”   

Sardinia’s Supramonte walk ends in the boutique Hotel Cala Luna 

Also very popular is the last walking trip of the season, to eastern Sardinia’s Supramonte region from 4 to 9 October. After the 13-kilometre second day, dinner is hosted in a local ovile shepherd’s hut and the night is spent camping.  Another day, having explored the stunning Gorropu Gorge and its canyons, the walk ends at the limpid sea of Cala Gonone, with optional boat excursions and two nights in the Hotel Cala Luna boutique hotel. 

Photo Credits: Maremma Safari Club

 

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