What We Do

he Maremma Safari Club offers guided walking trips to unexplored corners of Italy for curious travellers—as private customizable trips, or for small groups on scheduled departure dates. We go offbeat, on foot.

We believe that walking is the ultimate form of slow travel for those seeking full immersion in a landscape and culture. Our extraordinary Italian journeys showcase unique local encounters, forging the deep connections with people and place that magical travel experiences are made of.

Each of our singular trips is a continuous walking route split into daily stages. We boulder-hop in Calabria‘s Aspromonte, traverse Brunello vineyards in Tuscany, sing with Sardinian shepherds in the Supramonte, circumambulate Aeolian Islands in Sicily, climb Dolomitic peaks in Alto Adige, and follow dazzling footpaths on the island of Elba and beyond.

The Maremma Safari Club tastes places primarily with its feet.

Meet the Founder

udston Steward founded Maremma Safari Club in 2016.

He grew up between Rome, New York and South Africa, speaks five and a half languages, has been based in Tuscany for the last twenty years, and is convinced that Italy is the greatest country on earth. Before settling in the Maremma he guided walking trips everywhere from Bhutan to Botswana to Bandhavgarh to the Basque Country.

Rudston started Maremma Safari Club after walking his way across Italy; he spent nine months exploring nine different Italian regions on foot—one month per region—researching the routes that today form the core of Maremma Safari Club’s unique off-the-beaten-track itineraries. The trails stretch from Piemonte in the north-west to Puglia in the south-east; from Salina down in the sunny Aeolians to San Cassiano up in the snowy Alps.

Rudston guides all Maremma Safari Club trips personally himself. He was selected for Conde Nast’s prestigious Top Travel Specialist List for Italy for the fourth time in 2021.

3,612km

Total walked (since 2016)

154

Mountains Climbed

143

Beaches Swum

683

Bowls of Pasta Eaten