Via Francigena Siena to Orvieto Sept 14th – 21th
From Siena to Orvieto
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.
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 – Arrival In Siena
Settle in in your hotel which is in the center of the city. 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.
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 – 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 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – Proceno to Orvieto
Transfer in the morning.
Arrival in Orvieto and visit the famous ”Duomo” and ”Pozzo dei miracoli”.
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 – Orvieto –