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CC Travel: Tuscan Wanderlust

A stroll through time awaits as you discover the allure of the Tuscan countryside with Ciclismo Classico, the leaders in active travel vacation, on this guided 9-day light hiking and walking tour. Head off the beaten path and explore picture-perfect hilltop towns and ancient abbeys. Each day’s leisurely pace is interspersed with samplings of ribollita, pappa al pomodoro, pappardelle and conversations with the locals who share their heritage as you roam the cypress-lined roads. Immerse yourself in the history and culture that Tuscany has to offer with authentic and interactive cooking lesson, guided city walking tour of Siena, and wine and olive oil tastings. At the end of the day, relax at only the finest accommodations where you can enjoy a massage, aperitif, or take a dip in the pool.

Detailed Itinerary

Join European History Professor Susan Ashley for an exclusive 9-day guided light hiking and walking tour that showcases the best of Tuscany scheduled for Spring 2015!

You begin in Florence and spend the night at a beautiful hotel in the hills of Fiesole. Head off the beaten path and explore picture-perfect hilltop towns and ancient abbeys. From the Umbrian border, stroll past abundant valleys, glowing meadows of irises, fields laced with vineyards and extraordinary clay dunes. Each day’s leisurely pace is interspersed with samplings of local specialties and conversations with Italians who share their heritage as we roam the cypress-lined roads. Continue in the southern part of Tuscany, known as the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll discover the towns of Pienza with its charming alleys lined with small pecorino cheese shops, artisan work¬shops and centuries-old palaces, Montalcino, a fortress dominating the view on the surrounding hills, and of course the vineyards of Brunello red wine. The last part of the tour will bring us to the “Crete Senesi,” an area famous for its characteristic landscape and spectacular views of the Tuscan coun-tryside dotted with cypress and small farms and villas perched on top of the numerous hills of this region. The final day is spent in Siena, yet another gem of the Tuscan Wanderlust hiking tour.


A member of the Department of History at Colorado College, Susan Ashley
teaches European history, especially intellectual and social history, as
well as environmental history. Courses include the Mediterranean, Nature
and Society, Crime and Punishment, European Intellectual History, and
Twentieth Century Europe. She served as Dean of the College and Dean of
the Faculty from 2005-2012. Her current research focuses on conceptions
of deviance in late nineteenth and early twentieth century France and Italy.
Research takes her often to Florence. She also spent three years there as
director or co-director of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Florence
and London-Florence programs. Courses taught in Italy have given her
plenty of opportunity to explore Tuscany and Florence.

• “Enforcing Justice: The Controversial Case of Giuseppe Musolino,” in
Festschrift for Janet Smith (2012)
• “Machiavelli the Revolutionary: A Modern Reinterpretation,” in Seeking
Real Truths: Multipdisciplinary Perspectives on Machiavelli
, edited by P.
Vilches and G. Seaman (2007)
Making Liberalism Work: The Italian Experience (2003)

Susan looks forward to sharing her knowledge of and passion
for Tuscany with you!

Want to learn more? Click here to see the full travel brochure!

For questions and reservations please contact the Ciclismo Classico main office at 800-866-7314,, or Lauren Lasky at 781-646-3377,