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GUIDED GROUP: Via Francigena WEEK 6

GUIDED GROUP: Via Francigena WEEK 6

From 750Euro per person

DEPARTURE: OCTOBER 2-9, 2021

This week-long hike along Via Francigena hits the best Tuscany has to offer. You’ll get to explore San Gimignamo, UNESCO World Heritage Site with extraordinary feudal towers & early Renaissance frescoes. From there you’ll climb up to an ancient medieval city perched on a cliffside: Colle di Val d’Elsa, otherwise known as the “city of crystal.” This small town makes 95% of Italy’s glass crystal production. Then onwards through woods & past medieval fortresses to Siena, another UNESCO World Heritage Site & home to some of the most remarkable art & architecture from the 13-16th centuries. Siena is also known as a food capital, with excellent local wine & cuisine.

Your journey will begin in the town San Miniato, an easy 40-minute train from Florence, or a 30-minute train from Pisa. At your hotel in San Miniato, you will find everything you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, a detailed description of the route & stops along the way, & the GPS maps. You will also find information on churches where you can receive a benediction, should you desire one before you start your journey.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Monteriggioni
Siena downtown
San Gimignano
Monte Oliveto Abbey

HOW DOES IT WORK:

We book  your accommodations

We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels, b&b or country Inns. and you will find the corresponding vouchers in your package

We transfer your luggage

Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.

We supply detailed route notes and maps

The route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German. All maps have GPS tracing.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    From San Miniato to San Quirico
  • Included
    7 NIGHTS ( in 3 Star Accommodation )
    All breakfast ( dinners on demand )
    Emergency number 24/7
    Gps Files Available
    Luggage Transfer
    Pilgrim's "Credenziale" ( Stamp book )
    Road Book & Maps
  • Not Included
    11 NIGHTS ( in 3 Star Accommodation )
    2 Dinners
    5 Dinner package ( On Request )
    5 NIGHTS in 3-4 Stars Accommodation
    6 NIGHTS in 3* / 4* Accommodation
    8 NIGHTS in 3* / 4* Accommodation
    Wine Tasting in Umbria
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Day 1 – Arrival in San Miniato

The railway station is in S. Miniato Basso, but if you let us know your arrival time we can send you someone to pick you up. Anna the owner of the b&b you are staying at is an excellent cook. NOTE: Possible extra night in Florence before departure
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Day 2 – San Miniato – Gambassi

After the first 6 km of trafficless asphalt, the whole itinerary is on unpaved roads or trails. The oak woods of the initial part give away to vineyards in the second part. Along the road, you can visit two interesting churches, Pieve di Coiano and S. Maria a Chianni just before arriving in Gambassi. Distance : 24km // Walking time: 4h30 // Type of route: almost entirely unpaved
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Day 3 – Gambassi– San Gimignano

A short day among Chianti vineyards to allow for time in the town of towers, one of the most famous places in Tuscany. it is pleasant to see the town in the evening or early morning when the busloads of tourists have not yet invaded it. Distance :14km // Walking time: 3h00 // Type of route: almost entirely unpaved
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Day 4 – San Gimignano – Strove

A fairly long day in a beautiful landscape. The round walls of the historical fortified military post are amazing. Very interesting the parish church of Abbadia Isola Distance: 29km // Walking time: 6h00 // Type of route: almost entirely unpaved
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Day 5 – Monteriggioni – Siena

Again a short segment to allow time in Siena. Apart from the pleasant countryside, there is nothing remarkable along the road. The route is unpaved almost to the arrival in Siena. The "clou" of the day is the ice cream you will have at a cafe on the Piazza del Campo watching people go by... strong>Distance: 17km // Walking time: 3h00 // Type of route: almost entirely unpaved
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Day 6 – Siena – Buonconvento

You will follow a winding route for most of the day until you reach the “Grancia di Cuna” an ancient food storage place fortified to protect it during the neverending wars between towns in the Middle Ages. It also provided shelter for the pilgrims. The stage ends in Ponte d’Arbia and is already very long; what is more, there is no hotel in town so the lady that does your luggage transfer will pick you up and take you to Buonconvento. Distance: 36km (31 to Ponte d’Arbia and 19 to the Grancia) // Walking time: 6h30 // Type of route: almost entirely unpaved
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Day 7 – Buonconvento – San Quirico

One of the longest day of the whole Francigena with 26 km on an easy terrain. The last third of the road follows the old Cassia. San Quirico was one of the most important stops on the way to Rome and has some of the most interesting buildings in the area with the Collegiata and the remains of an ancient pilgrims hospital. Distance: 23,6km // Walking time: 5h00 // Type of route: 30% secondary asphalt
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Day 8 – End our service

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