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!
This walking itinerary of the Francigena way is maybe one of the most interesting and beautiful among Italian legs thanks to the gentle landscape of Tuscany and of the beauty of the towns you will walk through! A walking journey you will never forget together with the wines you will taste, the food you will discover and the friendly people you will meet!
Lucca to Siena
Arrival in Lucca and accommodation in a centrally located Hotel. Time for the urban trekking for visiting the charming Tuscan town embraced by its old city walls. Remember not to miss the unique Anfiteatro Square, the circle square in the heart of the town.
First leg: LUCCA – ALTOPASCIO Arrival in Altopascio and accommodation in Hotel . Luggage will be transferred by UmbriAction staff. It is possible to have dinner in one of the nice and cozy restaurants of the center of Altopascio for tasting "Farinata" or "Ribollita" or other delicious Tuscan dish.
Total Km 18
Breakfast. Second hiking leg from ALTOPASCIO to SAN MINIATO. In the first part of the stage we walk a splendid paved stretch of the ancient Via Francigena. We pass the wild and deserted area of Cerbaie, and then head towards Ponte a Cappiano, where a hostel has been created inside the ancient Medici bridge. From here we cross an ancient marsh and go back up to the interesting historic center of Fucecchio. After passing the Arno River, we walk along the embankment towards San Miniato. San Miniato is famous as the town of Black Truffles. Time for discovering the beauty of this tuscan hamlet and for tasting the food
Total km 29 +203 m/ -198 (it is possible to split this long leg into 2 shorter with an overnight in Le Vedute)
Third hiking leg from SAN MINIATO to GAMBASSI Wonderful but demanding stage especially for the lack of refreshment points. From San Miniato, after an hour's walk on asphalt, we take a path of extraordinary beauty along the hilly ridges of the Val d'Elsa. On the Sigerico route we meet two Submansiones: the Pieve di Coiano, in poor condition, and the Pieve a Chianni, in whose rectory a beautiful hostel has been created. Gambassi is a nice Spa town in the heart of Tuscany, a natural balcony overlooking the hills towards San Gimignano.
Total km 24 +523 /*383
Fourth leg from GAMBASSI to SAN GIMIGNANO San Gimignano is world famous as the towns of towers. Arriving on foot from the valley you will enjoy the magnificent view of the town dominated by its old towers is really breathtaking!
Total km 18 +417 / -410
Fifth leg from SAN GIMIGNANO to MONTERIGGIONI This old castle that dates back to the XI century located on a hilltop is really amazing! Walking as far as the wall gate is thrilling as the experience of remaining inside the city walls at night. It means stepping back in the past for many centuries!
Total km 30 +628m/ -641 (it is possible to split this long leg with an overnight in Colle di val d'Elsa )
Sixth leg from MONTERIGGIONI to SIENA The final destination of this wonderful trekking tour along the Francigena is Siena, the town of the Palio, of Piazza del Campo and of many other important historical events.
Total km 21 +103/ -162
Breakfast in SIENA. Departure.
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: 7 breakfasts
7 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), 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 LUCCA, 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