What We Do

he Maremma Safari Club offers guided walking trips to unexplored corners of Italy—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 the curious—travellers 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, descend from Dolomitic peaks in Alto Adige, track down truffles in Barolo, stroll-and-sail the Tuscan Archipelago and quest after arrosticini in Abruzzo.

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 over 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 seventh time in 2024.


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