Safety informationThe terrain varies from tarred roads, rough tracks, and wide gravel tracks. On some occasions there is no pavement beside the road so please beware of vehicles (driving on the right-hand side) of the road.
Tips and hints
Food & Drink:
There is nowhere to eat along today’s route, unless you have pre-booked a meal at the Badia Coltibuono abbey, so we recommend bringing snacks and a picnic lunch along with plenty of water. There is a shady picnic spot with benches in the village of Montegrossi at around 6 km into the walk. You can purchase snacks and lunch from the small supermarket on the main pedestrainised street of Gaiole in Chianti. For you evening meal in Gaiole you can choose from the restaurants, cafes and enotecas in Gaiole's centre.
A point of interest:
The name of the abbey means Abbey of the Good Harvest. It was founded in around 1051, and this is when the first vineyards were planted here. You can learn more about the abbey’s rich history by pre-booking a guided tour or wine tasting at en.coltibuono.com.
EquipmentThis depends on the time of year you are walking; if travelling 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 and bring some layers with you. During the summer months the area can be prone to afternoon thunderstorms so waterproofs are also essential in case of heavy showers. In the heat of the day suncream is essential and a sunhat is highly recommended. Otherwise normal hiking gear in a ~25 litre rucksack will suit. Either sturdy walking shoes, or light hiking boots are suitable.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.