WALK THE CAMINO

Via Francigena - Heart of Tuscany

Discover the Tuscan Heart of Via Francigena. This medieval pilgrimage route can be thought of as the "Camino to Rome" and the Tuscan section is simply the most enchanting of all.

Our route combines cities such as Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano with smaller, beautiful villages like San Miniato and Colle Val d'Elsa. This itinerary allows you to discover the best that the Via Francigena Tuscany has to offer. Another of the hidden gems of the Via Francigena, is the fortified hilltop village of Monteriggioni then make your way along the legendary white paths of Siena. Finally through wonderful landscapes and fortified villages you will arrive at Buonconvento.

Delicious Tuscan gastronomy and wines

Tuscan cuisine here has certain local star ingedients - from the precious white truffle of San Miniato to the tasty Tuscan pici and the yellow gold of San Gimignano, saffron. Tuscany's local wines are renowned throughout the world and here you can enjoy them in the land of their birth, a perfect accompanyment to the local delicacies. 

HIGHLIGHTS 

Siena and Rome; UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Guided Tour of Siena

Visit the Vatican City.

We can request your tickets for a Papal Audience in Rome

Extend your Italian journey and transfer to Rome to explore this dynamic city - the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - plus the many museums and galleries and wonderful public spaces.

Day One - Arrive Pisa and transfer to Lucca.

During the first day and night, where you have a chance to explore this wonderful walled town, its charming streets and enticing restaurants.

Day Two -  Walk from Altopascio to San Miniato 25.5km

Morning transfer by train (10 min journey) to Altopascio then a full day walk to San Miniato is 25.5km. This town is a real gem of the Via Francigena. The Seminary here gives its name to the main square and has an impressive facade: in the evening enjoy a risotto dusted by the typical white truffle. We can shorted the walk with a transfer further down the trail to provide a half day walk of 10-12km.

Day Three - San Miniato to Gambassi Terme, 24 km

A challenging stage, but a unique and with wonderful panoramic views. From San Miniato you walk along a paved road, between the beautiful hilly ridges of the Val d'Elsa. Along the way you will cross the threshold of the Pieve di Chianni , following in the footsteps of generations of pilgrims.

Day Four - Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano, 13.5 km

This stage is short but rich in beautiful natural landscapes and will take you to San Gimignano one of the most beautiful cities of the Via Francigena. with its unmistakable skyline. Do not miss the view of the medieval town and the surrounding valleys from the top of the Torre Grossa , or venture out on to the Rock of Montestaffoli, for an extra special view. In the evening, treat yourself to a leisurely stroll, admire the illuminated city, before enjoying a good glass of Vernaccia in one of the taverns of the old town.

Day Five - From San Gimignano, Colle di Val d'Elsa, 12 km

From San Gimignano the path undulates up and down the Tuscan countryside. The goal of the day is Colle Val d'Elsa, a Tuscan village that takes you back in time with the picturesque old town and the narrow streets.


Day Six - Colle Val d'Elsa Monteriggioni, 16 km

One of the most beautiful stretches of the Via Francigena : a meditative path, where you can see the beautiful Pieve di Strove. A short stop of to take in the tranquility of the beautiful Abbey in Isola. The castle of Monteriggioni wears a crown of towers, erected on a hill in defense of the ancient Sienese Republic. Inside you'll find a small but ancient world, with the beautiful square and small gardens. Climb the walls to admire the surrounding landscape.


Day Seven -  Monteriggioni to Siena, 20 km

From Monteriggioni you regain your way on dirt tracks through the Tuscan countryside to Siena.  Here you follow in the steps of the ancient pilgrims as you cross the Porta Camollia, the traditional Francigeno entrance to the city of Siena . Reward yourself with a plate of pici garlic in the Piazza del Campo this evening, and do not forget to try the gingerbread.


Day Eight - Siena to Lucignano, 21 km

Setting out from the city into countryside illuminated by the sun, the ridges of the Val d'Arbia offer unforgettable views. You make your way along the typical Sienese tracks up to the fortified village of Lucignano, with its beautiful Pieve. On the outskirts of Monteroni d'Arbia you can admire the impressive Grange of Cuna , a fortified farm which guarded the grain reserves of the ancient Sienese Republic. Admore the Tuscan sunset from your hotel terrace after a superb dinner of local produce and delicious wines.


Day Nine - Lucignano in Buonconvento, 13.8 km

From Lucignano you continue your journey to Buonconvento. You walk through the door of the walls and immerse you in the beautiful historic center of the village, discovering why its name means "happy and lucky place": These quaint streets, offer a slow pace of life  and if you love art you can admire the works of some of the most famous painters in the Sienese Museum of Sacred Art of Val d'Arbia.

  • Walking through the old town of San Miniato, a medieval Tuscan jewel
  • Admire the skyline of San Gimignano from the road to Colle Val d'Elsa
  • Stroll along the covered street in the center of Colle Val d'Elsa
  • Walk on the walls of Monteriggioni
  • Admire the views from the ridges of the Val d'Arbia to the skyline of Siena

1-3* Star Lodgings with private facilities, hotels in the main centres and agriturismos in the countryside.

 

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San Gimingnano - Medieval Manhattan of Tuscany

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Siena with the Cathedral & Tower

  • Date

    From March - October

  • Cost

    7 nights B&B with baggage transfers from £660 pp sharing a double or twin rooms

  • Accommodation

    A mix of traditional 1-3* hotels, guest houses and agriturismos. All private rooms have en suite facilities. Breakfasts included. Local Taxes totalling approx €10. Most places in Italy impose a small tax on tourists payable directly to the hotels, not included in your package. The rate of tax varies depending on the star rating of the hotel but is usually around €1 - €3 pp.

  • Grade

    Moderate

  • How To Get There

    Recommend to fly to Pisa, with a short transfer to Lucca. We can arrange local transfers from Pisa or Florence to Lucca and Siena to Rome or Florence.

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