The best of Francigena Way
Starting in Canterbury and crossing Europe, the Via Francigena is a stunning heritage trail dating back to the Middle Ages. From the WWI battlefields to the Champagne region, Lake Geneva and the mighty Alps, the Aosta Valley and Tuscany, the Francigena is full of history and nature to explore on your way to Rome, the dazzling eternal city!
Stunning views, world famous cities, culture and the magic atmosphere of the mythical Tuscany in one of the most beautiful legs of the Francigena Way in Italy for this special self guided walking itinerary
Arrival in Florence or Pisa Airport. Private transfer to Hotel in San Miniato. Accommodation in your hotel and time at leisure to relax
First leg: San Miniato - Day at leisure to visit this charming little town, San Miniato, famous for the truffles production and for the panoramic fortress!
Breakfast. Second leg: SAN MINIATO - GAMBASSI TERME – First stage of this historical itinerary in the heart of Tuscany. Wonderful views for this demanding leg especially for the lack of refreshment points. From San Miniato, after an hour of walking on asphalt, we take a path of extraordinary beauty along the hilly ridges of the Val d'Elsa where we meet two Submansiones: the Pieve di Coiano, in poor condition, and the Pieve a Chianni.
Breakfast. Third leg GAMBASSI TERME- SAN GIMIGNANO – A short but very interesting leg for the beauty of the panoramas surrounding the Via Francigena. We can visit the Sanctuary of Pancole before going back to the charming village of Collemucioli and from here to the enchanting Pieve di Cellole. The rest of the day can be dedicated to visiting San Gimignano, one of the most popular destinations in Italy that, especially if reached on foot, takes on a different and unusual flavor.
Breakfast. SAN GIMIGNANO – Day at leisure for visiting the town and its surrounding. On foot you will reach a traditional wine estate for tasting some of the fine local wines with delicacies like cheese, ham, salame and more! You will enjoy the perfect taste of Tuscany in the typical atmosphere of a farm house
Breakfast. fourth leg: SAN GIMIGNANO -MONTERIGGIONI - One of the most beautiful stages of the Via Francigena. After leaving San Gimignano we arrive near one of the stages of Sigerico’s Way, which has not yet been exactly located: Molino d'Aiano. We continue towards Badia a Coneo, Gracciano and then to Strove, with its beautiful Romanesque church. We pass through the wonderful complex of Abbadia a Isola before reaching Monteriggioni, with its amazing crown of towers
Breakfast. Fifth leg MONTERIGGIONI - SIENA last stage of this wonderful route. Leaving Monteriggioni we walk the dirt roads of the Sienese mountainous area towards Cerbaia, an ancient medieval village. Through the bush we get to the castles of Chiocciola and Villa. A suggested detour will take you to the wonderful Hermitage of San Leonardo al Lago. You can visit it every day!
Breakfast. SIENA – Day at leisure for visiting the wonderful town. We suggest you a walking tour with private guide in your language to better enjoy Siena
Breakfast. Departure. Private transfer is available on request
Accomodations: Accommodations are in Bed & Breakfast or 3* hotels or country hotels always in the center of every destination, to better enjoy the real atmosphere of every tuscan hamlet. Breakfast is always included. Dinner is not included but always available with supplement. Box lunch is available at reception with reservation (with supplement)
Food: 10 breakfasts
8 overnights in Bed and Breakfast basis in double room as mentioned in the program, luggage transfer from 1 hotel to the following (1 case per person max 20kg each), wine tasting, pilgrim passport, maps and instruction, assistance UmbriAction
PRICE DO NOT INCLUDE
city tax, lunch, dinner, beverages, sanitary insurance (with supplement), transfers on arrival and/or departure (with supplement)
IT IS POSSIBLE TO EXTEND THE STAY IN SIENA OR IN ANY ANOTHER DESTINATION. EXTENTION HAS TO BE REQUESTED AT RESERVATION.
SUPPLEMENT FOR SINGLE ROOM ON REQUEST
SUPPLEMENT FOR PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM
AIRPORT TO LUCCA HOTEL OR FROM SIENA HOTEL TO AIRPORT ON REQUEST
SUPPLEMENT FOR THE HIKING GUIDE ON REQUEST
DISCOUNT FOR NOT TRANSPORTING LUGGAGE IS POSSIBLE AND IS ON REQUEST