From San Quirico to Montefiascone
San Quirico is difficult to reach as it has no railway station. The nearest train station is Buonconvento, then there is a bus (few!). On request we can arrange for a private transfer. At your hotel you will find all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, the detailed description of the walking, the GPS maps and the Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”. You will also be told where to go to receive a benediction should you desire one before you start on your way. The Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO protected landscape,is the scenary of this 7th week. A scenary like the ones represented on the Tuscany calendars: soft hills crested by ancient brick foarmhouses reacheable by cypress-lined, winding roads.
Activity Level: Easy / Moderate | Daily Mileage: 4 – 8 mi | Daily Walking: 2 – 5 hr Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights
Day 1 – Arrival in San Quirico d’Orcia
You can reach Buonconvento by half an hour train from Siena; the a local bus will take you to San Quirico, though you may have to wait. At your hotel, a package will be waiting for you containing all the material you need for the week: The credential – The hotels and meals vouchers – the detailed road books and waterproof GPS maps with a container and a map holder for the route.
Day 2 – San Quirico – Sant’ Antimo -Distance 14 km Walking time: 4h
Because St Antimo abbey is one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany, we decided to walk an older version of the Francigena that doesn’t bypass it.. The route from San Quirico is entirely unpaved and partly on trails. It offers beautiful views of the Ripa d’Orcia castle and of the Orcia gorge. The last stretch climbs steadily among the Brunello vineyards.
Day 3 – Sant’ Antimo – Rocca d’ Orcia – Distance:19km Walking time:5h30
There are trails which climb to the ridge overlooking the Orcia valley however, depending on the season you may prefer the asphalt road as they are muddy and the “Crete” mud is a sticky clay. The view from the ridge is amazing and the small hamlet where you spend the night is charming.
Day 4 – Rocca d’ Orcia – Radicofani – Distance: 28km Walking time:6h30
You cannot avoid the last climb on tarmac to Radicofani, one of the most important stops on the Francigena . In the shade of its imposing Tetennano fortress it offers one of the most powerful landscapes of the whole route.
Day 5 – Radicofani – Proceno – Distance: 25km Walking time: 5h3
Partly unpaved to Ponte a Rigo partly paved on secondary roads and beautiful landscape. This high road overlooking the Cassia was the official way before the 16th century when the Bridge over the Paglia river was built. convince the lady of the house to give you a tour of Proceno castle.
Day 6 – Proceno – Bolsena – Distance : 29,7km Walking time: 6h3
The main interest is the scenery once you come in view of the lake. Stop to visit the Basilica del Santo Sepolcro, The St Christina church in Bolsena built in memory of the miracle that is at the origin of the catholic celebrationl of “Corpus Domini”.
Day 7 – Bolsena – Montefiascone – Distance 17km Walking time:4h0
A short day along a route that offers nice views of the lake from the sourrounding hills.Possible detour : Civita di Bagnoregio, a spectacular ghost town perched on crumbling high cliff . A UNESCO protected site
Day 8 – End of our service
St Antimo Abbey
Rocca d’Orcia hamlet
the Bolsena lake
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