Siena to Montefiascone April 22nd – 27th
From Siena to Montefiascone
San Miniato can easily be reached by train from Florence ( less than 1h); at your hotel you will find all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, the detailed description of the walking and the GPS maps. You will also be told where to go to receive a benediction should you desire one before you start on your way. This week unfolds in the very heart of Tuscany passing by the most famous towns such as San Gimignano, Sienaand San Quirico d’Orcia. Unforgettable landscapes among Chianti vineyards, powerfull fortreresses and castles are to be seen along the way.
Activity Level Challenging
> La Collegiata
> St Antimo Abbey
> Rocca d’Orcia hamlet
> Acquapendente Crypte
> The Bolsena lake
HOW DOES IT WORK:
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 book your hotels
We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels orxb&b or country Inns.
We supply detailed route notes and maps
At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German and GPS maps
- 7 Nights Accommodation
- English Speaking Guide with the group
- All Breakfast and 6 dinners included
- Luggage transfer
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Day 1 – Monteriggioni – Siena – Distance :17km Walking time: 3h00 Type of route: almost entierly unpaved
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 icecream you will have at a cafe on the Piazza del Campo whatching people go by.
Day 2 – Siena – Buonconvento – Distance :36km (31 to Ponte d’Arbia and 19 to the Grancia) Walking time: 6h30 Type of route: almost entierly unpaved
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.
SAN QUIRICO D'ORCIA
Day 3 – Buonconvento – San Quirico – Distance :23,6km Walking time: 5h00 Type of route: 30% secondary asphalt
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.
Day 4 – Rocca d’ Orcia – Radicofani – Distance: 28km Walking time:6h30
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 5 – 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 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
Day 1 – Siena –
Day 2 – Buonconvento –
Day 3 – San Quirico d’Orcia –
Day 4 – Rocca d’Orcia –
Day 5 – Radicofani –
Day 6 – Proceno –
Day 7 – Montefiascone –