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Girosole Italy Walking Tours

Abbadia San Salvatore, Italy
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Discover Italy's enchanting countryside on foot. Guided and self-guided trips available.
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GayeMarasaki wrote a review Nov 2019
Arlington Heights, Illinois158 contributions65 helpful votes
This was our FOURTH trip with Girosole in five years, and our third self-guided trip. Yes, we love Girosole – their services (both in Italy and in the USA), the hotels that they choose, the concept (lovely boutique hotels, interesting walks, and luggage transfers making the walks that much more enjoyable!)… If you are new to Girosole – their Trip Advisor 5* average (out of 257 as of this writing!) is richly deserved. Their trips are reasonable in cost, and well-outlined and upfront on their user-friendly website (simply google “Girosole”). Our first trip was Girosole’s Tuscany hike – a home run. Our second (and only guided walk with Girosole), was their Dolomites hike – not just a home run, but slammed out of the park! Our third was their Amalfi hike – lovely hotels, and walking was the definitely the best way to experience the area since the Amalfi roads were (unpleasantly) gridlocked. We did our fourth trip, Girosole’s Umbria Self-Guided Walk, with friends (another couple) in late Sept/early Oct 2019. We chose the least expensive lodging option and as always, we were very happy with all our hotels (in Spoleto, Montefalco, and Assisi) and our rooms. Girosole’s local trip facilitator, Luca Agostinelli, was a utter delight – good-natured, good-humored (always cracking cheerful jokes!), and very helpful, too. Not only did he give excellent suggestions on local restaurants (more on that shortly!), but he helped us to get reservations at some especially popular and hard-to-get places. He was always better than punctual, pleasant, helpful (one of us needed some medication and Luca was a huge help), and very professional. All the details were handled perfectly; when we arrived at our destination, our luggage was waiting for us and we could check into our rooms immediately, even if we were early. Luca was good fun; we enjoyed our rides, chats, and every encounter with him! My personal opinion of this particular Girosole trip: the walks themselves, though very nice, aren’t quite as varied and interesting as those in Girosole’s flagship Tuscany hike (perhaps we are now just more used to the beautiful Italian landscape?), nor are the Umbrian hills jaw-droppingly spectacular like the Dolomites. However, the towns are VERY nice. We stayed in Spoleto, Montefalco, and Assisi, and also did a day trip on foot to Bevagna. All four of the towns were lovely and unique. The Basilica San Francesco in Assisi is amazing, and so is the Duomo in Spoleto – not just the interiors but the piazzas. Both towns are also topped with impressive forts with splendid views. BTW if you are a devout follower of St. Francis, you will love this walk. What made this trip especially unique, though, was the food. It was utterly OUTSTANDING, and surprisingly reasonable. I had never eaten so well, so consistently, and for so many days in a row, in my life. My husband and I still keep talking about the food! As mentioned, Luca helped us get reservations at some of the more difficult-to-get restaurants. It was porcini, truffle, persimmon and fig season. One of our most memorable lunches included scrambled eggs with truffles (OMG delish), grilled fresh porcini mushrooms, and a simple but exquisitely delicious dessert of homemade ricotta topped with fresh figs stewed in red wine (Antiche Sere, Bevagna). On our Tuscany walk, wild boar ragu with pasta seemed to be on every menu (we traveled at about the same time). In Umbria, there was much more variety. We had duck in several iterations, guinea fowl, pigeon, and rabbit, as well as pork/wild boar. Truffles (both black, and the more expensive white) were used to great advantage in many dishes. There were some interesting risottos (a beet risotto in Assisi, for example) and pastas, and we had some wonderful crostinis (including one topped with fresh black truffles – OMG). Desserts also seemed to be much more interesting and creative than the more usual tiramisu, gelato, cake, or fruit tarts. Excellent olive oils, too. And we have never had a bad glass of wine in Italy. Sagrantino (red) and Grechetto (white) were two especially visible wines. And best of all - since we were walking for much of the day, we didn't gain weight in spite of all that deliciousness - in fact we dropped a pound or two. OMG what could be better? Lovely and interesting towns, delicious food, delightful boutique hotels, reasonable prices, and pleasant exercise and conversation with our friends?!? So, I shall add yet another enthusiastic 5* to Girosole. I love their self-guided walk concept and execution, and the one guided walk we took with them (Dolomites) was excellent, too. Wonderful local Italian agency!!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from LucianoN, Director of Sales at Girosole Italy Walking Tours
Responded Nov 25, 2019
molte molte molte grazie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looking so much forward to organizing your 5th tour!
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gkch668 wrote a review Nov 2019
Missoula, Montana2 contributions
Girasole let us customize their "easier" hiking itinerary from Spoleto to Assisi, with overnight stays and/or visits to the wonderful (an uncrowded!) little hill towns of Montefalco and Bevagna. Girasole's man-on-the-ground Luca handled everything from transporting luggage to explaining the hiking routes. Great scenery. History everywhere, of course, not to mention olive orchards, vineyards, and sunflower fields. And great food, including —at Montefalco Re Tartu— a savory chicory pie topped with a transcendent local-red-wine/truffle reduction. FYI: we actually took this trip in 2018.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from LucianoN, Director of Sales at Girosole Italy Walking Tours
Responded Nov 8, 2019
Wonderful, thank you so much for reviewing our tour!
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JenKGibson wrote a review Nov 2019
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This is a fabulous walk! This walk starts out on ancient Etruscan roads and necropoli, passes beautiful pastoral Tuscany hills, and ends up in Roman wagon wheel ruts and bubbly hot springs. Had a great time, eat amazing food, drank fabulous wine, and met very nice people. Even got to stay in medieval fort!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from LucianoN, Director of Sales at Girosole Italy Walking Tours
Responded Nov 4, 2019
Wonderful, thank you for reviewing our Maremma tour!
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Consumed by Wanderlust wrote a review Oct 2019
Perth, Australia21 contributions3 helpful votes
We had an amazing trek from Florence to Siena, our guide Rudy was an excellent and a great travelling companion. Each day was different and equally magical. We had time at the end of each day of trekking to explore the towns we were staying in. Rudy was flexible adapting to any requests and changes to suit our preferences. We choose the comfort level of accommodation which was excellent and was better than we expected. Would definitely recommend Girosole and will travel with them again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from LucianoN, Director of Sales at Girosole Italy Walking Tours
Responded Oct 31, 2019
Thank you very much! I am glad you liked the Florence to Siena hike. We look forward to welcoming you back to Italy for a future trip.
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Gebbis wrote a review Oct 2019
Summerland, Canada35 contributions22 helpful votes
Our 7 day self-guided walking tour of Tuscany exceeded all of our expectations. Detailed walking directions provided all we needed to get from point A to point B. We travelled in the comfort class level and that exceeded expectations as well. Each day our luggage was waiting for us in or near our bedrooms, which after a full day of walking, was so appreciated. Travelling on foot, with good friends, arriving in the towns by the ‘backdoor’ and not the main road, the vistas, the countryside, the simple food under a shady tree or by a stream made for a trip of a lifetime. Very professional and detailed organization. Thank you to Gabriel and team!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from LucianoN, Director of Sales at Girosole Italy Walking Tours
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Grazie!
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