Tuscany and Via Francigena

The Via Francigena is an ancient road that pilgrims traveled to Rome. The first evidence of this great journey that led from Central Europe to the centre of Christianity came to us through the diary of the Archbishop of Canterbury Sigerico, who told the return home from Rome in 79 stages in around 990 BC. Especially in the Tuscan section, today the Via Francigena allows you to walk in the midst of the most beautiful landscapes of Italy, visiting cities with a high historical interest such as Siena, San Gimignano, San Miniato, San Quirico d' Orcia. In our 8-day trip we will cross the Sienese countryside with magnificent cultivation of vines, Val d' Arbia, with its pristine mountain ridges, and the Val d'Orcia, where the view extends as far as the eye, place of inspiration for writers and artists over the centuries.
Ours will be a journey through the flavors of wines and Tuscan dishes.


Day 1
Meeting in Florence and transfer to San Miniato, city of medieval origin, the birthplace of the family of Napoleon Bonaparte. We will visit the tower built by Frederick II of Swabia and the Church of San Domenico. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
First day of our route. We will walk along the ridges of the Val d'Elsa through two resting places of the ancient pilgrims - the submansiones Pieve di Coiano and Pieve a Chianni, cited by Sigerico in his diary - to finally reach Gambassi Terme after 24,00 km (6:30 hours). Overnight in Gambassi.

Day 3
A shorter step to allow a free afternoon to visit San Gimignano. From Gambassi we will walk for 13 km (3:30 hours) by placing the countryside full of vineyards, with a stop at the shrine of Pancole, site built - according to legend - after a miracle of the Virgin Mary. We will visit the beautiful city of sixteen towers, the most intact medieval town in Tuscany. Dinner and overnight stay in San Gimignano.

Day 4
After a quieter day we prepare for one of the most demanding stages of the route, 30 km (8/9 hours) to Monteriggioni, medieval village completely untouched by the city walls, preceded by a spectacular plain of wheat and sunflowers. A tasteful "merenda" with wine, cheese and salami will be the ideal reward for our long walk. For those who fear that the path is too long it is possible to take a lift from our minivan. Upon arrival we will walk on the walkways of the walls of Monteriggioni. Followed by dinner and overnight.

Day 5
In the fourth day of our journey we will arrive in Siena at the end of a stage not too difficult, about 20 kilometers (5:30 hours ). Our journey today ends in Piazza del Campo, the magnificent home of the famous Palio horse that takes place during the months of July and August. We will visit the most important monuments of Siena and have dinner in a typical district.

Day 6
Begins the path towards the Val d'Orcia. Leaving behind Siena, in the Val d' Arbia we pass through boundless landscapes carved by endless dirt roads. We will pass by the grange of Cuna, an ancient medieval fortified granary. We will arrive after 24 kilometers (7:00 hours) to Buonconvento, a small village built in the year one thousand one hundred, where we stay overnight.

Day 7
We will leave Buonconvento entering the area of Montalcino, home of Tuscan wine. We will taste some local productions including the renowned Brunello wine and then we will dive back in an atmosphere of non-urbanized hills up to Torrenieri. From here, we will travel up to San Quirico d'Orcia, who welcomes us after 23 kilometers (6:30 hours) with the beautiful Collegiate.

Day 8
In the penultimate stage (23 kilometers - 7:00 hours) of our journey we will discover the magical colors of the Val d'Orcia, with its windy ridges and stunning sunsets. We will visit ancient villages intact, as Vignoni Alto, Bagno Vignoni, an ancient Roman thermal seat, and Castiglione d'Orcia, where we will enjoy a special picnic lunch. Radicofani, the village where lived the legendary bandit Ghino di Tacco, awaits us with its famous rock from which you can admire a splendid panorama.

Day 9
The descent from Radicofani along the ancient Via Cassia is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of the Via Francigena. Crossing a large plateau with views over the valley of the river Paglia, we will end our long walk in Acquapendente (30,00 km - 8:00 hours), in whose cathedral is a blood-stained stone coming, according to the legend, from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Transfer to Orvieto railway station (possible extension in Orvieto).