Via Francigena the Best Of – Lucca to Siena
From San Miniato to San Quirico
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, Siena and San Quirico d’Orcia. Unforgettable landscapes among Chianti vineyards, powerfull fortreresses and castles are to be seen along the way.
Holiday TypeVia Francigena
Activity Level Challenging
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
At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German and maps have GPS tracing
- 7 Nights Accommodation
- All Breakfast ( Dinners on Demand )
- Luggage transfer
- Road Book & Maps
- Gps Files Available
- Emergency number 24/7
- The Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”
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Day 1 – Arrival in Lucca
The main attraction of the day is certainly the arrival point, Lucca which you reach via the Park of the Serchio river. Take a walk on the oval shaped town walls, visit the Duomo not forgetting “il Volto Santo” an impressive, woodden sculpture created by Niccodemus, that arrived in Lucca by miracle on a boat without sailors, as the leggend goes.
Day 2 – Lucca - Altopascio
A very pleasant town with a very old hospital. The area used to be very unhealthy because marshy and infested by bandits. Now it is a very densely populated area, not really nice to walk. Suggestion: spend most of the day in Lucca and catch a train! (Only 15 minutes)
Day 3 - Altopascio to San Miniato
There is a short stretch of medieval original pavement. To see along the way : Ponte a Cappiano (bridge built by Cosimo de’ Medici, XVI sec.) – San Miniato Alto. To make it shorter and avoid a not so nice stretch, you can catch a bus.
Day 4 – San Miniato to 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.
Day 5 – Gambassi to 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.
Day 6 – San Gimignano to Monteriggioni
Fairly long day in a beautiful landscape. The round walls of the historical fortified military post are amazing. Very interesting the parrish church of Abbadia Isola
Day 7 – Monteriggioni to 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…
Day 8 – End of our service
Day 1 – San Miniato –
Day 2 – Gambassi Terme –
Day 3 – San Gimignano –
Day 4 – Monteriggioni –
Day 5 – Siena –
Day 6 – Buonconvento –
Day 7 – San Quirico d’Orcia –