Walk from the impressive Monte Oliveto Maggiore Monastery on a variety of different terrain with fantastic views everywhere you turn.
Starting with a short transfer to the monastery at 9am to visit before the crowds arrive. After time to explore begin the walk back to Fattoria Pieve a Salti Agriturismo at the watchtower. Walk through the little village of Chiusure. Follow a gravel road up and down over the rolling terrain before taking a dirt trail through a wooded area with pines and reeds (providing much needed shade on hot days). Pass farmhouses along the way and once more this walk provides great views of the Crete Senesi landscape. When nearing Pieve a Salti it’s possible to spot it to the right of the ridge. Save some energy for the last kilometre as there’s a steep climb to get back to the agriturismo.
As today's walk is fairly short it is recommended to spend time visiting the Monte Oliveto Monastery before beginning the walk. Please check opening/closing hours.
There are a few sections of the walk on small country roads and along pavements of busier roads today. Where there is no pavement or grass verge, please take extra care. The general rule is to walk on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic, in order to avoid having your back directly to oncoming traffic. Be prepared to walk in single file and to stay as close to the side of the road as possible.
There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock. Be vigilant and respectful of all animals. At times it’s possible to encounter barking dogs. Most dogs on farms and in the countryside are very territorial so they begin to bark when they hear you coming and do not stop until you are past the property. We recommend just keeping your head down and walking at a normal pace past the house. They were behind a fence, so there was no risk they could escape.
July and August are the hottest months. At that time of year, the temperatures can rise into the 30 degrees Celsius during the day. Always make sure to stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. There aren’t many water fill points along the way. It is also advisable to wear skin protecting clothing and use sun cream/screen. We recommend starting the walk very early in the morning to arrive at the abbey before the heat of the day. We recommend inquiring about the day’s forecasted weather before setting out on the walk. A useful website for climate information specific to towns and countries is www.weather2travel.com or www.yr.no
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Food & Drink
It is possible to buy lunch at the cafe just outside the abbey. There is pleasant outside seating here. There is also a cafe/food store in Chiusure to purchase a picnic lunch and eat it on route. Alternatively, ask the agriturismo the evening prior to make a panini to take away for lunch.
Please make your transfer arrangements for the walk tomorrow, this evening.
This depends on the time of year; if traveling in the spring or autumn it can be cool in the morning, but it soon heats up in the late morning and afternoon so make sure to bring some layers. During the summer months, the area can be prone to afternoon thunderstorms, so waterproofs or a rain poncho are also essential in case of heavy showers. In the heat of the day, sun cream is essential, and a sunhat is highly recommended. Otherwise, normal hiking gear in a 25-litre rucksack will suit.
A sturdy pair of well broken-in walking boots are recommended. Most of today's walk is along gravel roads, which can be tough on the feet.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on the ascents and descents.
A fully charged phone is essential; if in doubt that the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
There are opportunities to buy food, and snacks today, but it's always best to be prepared and bring some supplies just in case. It is recommended to drink 0.75 litres of water per hour of walking, so refill filtration bottle/s along the way.
Other essential items are blister treatments and a first aid kit, insect repellent, biodegradable toilet tissue, and a whistle and torch.
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