Traverse the stunning landscapes of the Tuscan countryside, full of vineyards and rolling hills
Explore the historically fortified village of Monteriggioni with its round walls
Discover the UNESCO-listed towns of San Gimignano and Siena
Enjoy the comfort of small, family-run accommodations and savour delicious Tuscan culinary specialties
Walk through fortified hamlets where time seems to have stopped
Experience the rich history and culture of the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route
Your journey begins in the enchanting mediaeval town of San Miniato Alto, perched between the famous cities of Pisa and Florence. This hilltop town, overlooking the Arno Valley, is a treasure trove of historical and architectural gems. Spend your day wandering through the narrow, winding streets, visiting the Episcopal Seminary, the Duomo, and the church of San Domenico. As the town is renowned for its white truffles, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in a local dish featuring this delicacy.
Embark on a picturesque journey across the quintessential Tuscan countryside. As you follow the footsteps of Archbishop Sigeric, who walked this route in the 10th century, you’ll pass through the historic “Submansiones” of Pieve di Coiano and Pieve a Chianne. Your destination for the day is Gambassi Terme, a town steeped in history and known for its ancient thermal baths. Here, you can relax and rejuvenate before the next day’s journey.
24 km; 780 m of elevation gain and 650 m of elevation loss (7 hours)
Today’s journey is a feast for the senses. You’ll traverse stunning landscapes, pass through quaint villages, and visit the Sanctuary in Pancole, a place shrouded in legend. Your day ends in the UNESCO-listed town of San Gimignano, a place frozen in time. Its mediaeval architecture, charming atmosphere, and world-renowned gelato make it a must-visit destination on the Via Francigena.
18 km; 600 m of elevation gain and 540 m of elevation loss (6 hours)
Your path today winds through vineyards, olive groves, and woods, offering breathtaking views at every turn. Consider a detour to the 11th-century Abbey of Santa Maria a Coneo, a testament to the region’s rich history. Your day ends in Gracciano dell’Elsa, where your hotel offers a swimming pool and stunning views of the surrounding countryside — the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration.
21 km; 210 m of elevation gain and 200 m of elevation loss (6 hours)
Today, you’ll cross Pieve a Elsa, an ancient parish frequented by pilgrims, and visit the Etruscan Thermae of Caldane, a testament to the region’s ancient history. You’ll pass through the medieval village of Abbadia a Isola before reaching Monteriggioni. This fortified town, with its well-preserved walls and towers, offers a glimpse into the past.
13 km; 130 m of elevation gain and 60 m of elevation loss (4 hours)
Leave Monteriggioni and embark on a journey along the Montagnola Senese, the main hilly area of the district. You’ll pass through the ancient mediaeval suburb of Cerbaia and the castle of Chiocciola. Your day ends in the beautiful city of Siena, where you’ll enter through the ancient pilgrim’s access, Porta Camollia. Spend the evening exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its historic cityscape and the famous Palio horse race.
20 km; 220 m of elevation gain and 250 m of elevation loss (6 hours)
Depart from Siena and journey through the Valle dell’Ombrone, offering unforgettable views of the Tuscan countryside. You’ll make your way to the fortified village of Lucignano, passing through the gates of Monteroni d’Arbia. There you can admire the impressive Grancia di Cuna, a fortified farm that once held the reserves of wheat for the republic of Siena.
21 km; 320 m of elevation gain and 480 m of elevation loss (6 hours)
Continue your journey through the Valle dell’Ombrone to Buonconvento. Enter the old town through its gate and explore its picturesque streets. Art lovers can admire works of famous Sienese painters in the Museum of Sacred Art of the Val d’Arbia. The town’s name means “happy, fortunate place,” and as you wander its tranquil streets, you’ll understand why.
14 km; 170 m of elevation gain and 190 m of elevation loss (5 hours)
Your journey concludes in Buonconvento. Before you depart, take one last stroll through the tranquil streets of this provincial village, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere. Reflect on the memories you’ve made and the landscapes you’ve traversed on this unforgettable journey through Tuscany.
Not enough? Why not spend a few more days here! Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing, and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.
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Imagine stepping into a world where time stands still, where the landscapes are painted with rolling vineyards and ancient hamlets, where every path tells a story. This journey awaits you on the Via Francigena through the heart of Tuscany — a voyage into the soul of Italy, a sensory feast that will leave you with memories etched in the golden hues of Tuscan sunsets.
The Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route stretching from Canterbury to Rome, weaves a tapestry of history and beauty. In Tuscany, this path unfolds like a timeless sonnet, its verses filled with charming hamlets such as San Miniato and Monteriggioni and UNESCO-listed gems like San Gimignano and Siena.
The journey will span approximately 135 kilometres, with each day’s walk ranging from 13 to 24 kilometres. The daily walking time will be around 5 to 7 hours, a leisurely pace that allows you to soak in the beauty around you. The route, mostly on well-defined paths and gravel roads, is adorned with the official signs of the Via Francigena.
Despite a few longer stages, the path is gentle, with minimal elevation gain, making it a pleasant stroll through the stunning Tuscan landscape.
We ensure that your journey is as seamless as possible. We take care of the accommodations, booking hotels that offer a blend of comfort and local charm. You’ll receive a detailed itinerary, complete with GPS navigation via a user-friendly app. We also provide local recommendations, adding a personal touch to your adventure. And should any logistical issues arise, we’re here to resolve them.
Picture yourself exploring mediaeval towns, savouring Tuscan flavours, and walking through landscapes that seem to have leapt out of a painting. So, when the time comes, will you answer the call of Tuscany? Will you let the Via Francigena weave its magic into your story?
Our walking holidays in Tuscany are primarily focused on leisurely exploration, offering a delightful experience without significant elevation gain. However, it’s important to note that certain stages of the Via Francigena can be quite long. In addition, we also offer other holiday options that include more demanding hikes. Regardless of the holiday you choose, we aim to provide a high-quality experience catering to different fitness levels. So, whether you prefer leisurely strolls through the picturesque Tuscan countryside or more demanding hikes to push your limits, we have options to suit your preferences and ensure a fulfilling journey.
Absolutely! Our hiking holidays are designed to be inclusive and can be enjoyed by people of various age groups, including children. Most of our tours do not include technically demanding terrain. We believe in the importance of providing opportunities for children to embrace the outdoors and experience the joys of hiking. While a minimum age of eight is recommended to ensure safety and engagement, our tours are generally suitable for individuals who possess basic physical capabilities and can comfortably walk for a few hours daily.
For our walking tours, we highly recommend wearing sturdier hiking shoes that provide ample support, particularly during long hiking days and on uneven terrain. Hiking shoes are designed specifically for outdoor activities, offering features such as sturdy soles, enhanced traction, and ankle support. They are well-suited to handle various terrains, including gravel paths, rocky trails, and uneven surfaces commonly encountered during our walking tours. Opting for appropriate footwear ensures comfort and stability and minimises the risk of foot fatigue or potential injuries.
We highly recommend making an advance booking to ensure accommodation availability. Securing your reservation early increases the likelihood of obtaining your preferred options. If you wait until the start of the season or during the season, availability in hotels and apartments may be limited, and we may not be able to guarantee your desired arrangements.
It’s important to be aware that accommodations at the destinations are in high demand, especially during the summer season. To secure your preferred type of housing, we strongly recommend booking early. By doing so, you increase the likelihood of obtaining the accommodation that best suits your preferences. While the availability of specific lodging options may vary, we assure you that we will make every effort to provide you with the most suitable accommodations based on your preferences. Our team is dedicated to ensuring your stay is comfortable and enjoyable, and we strive to meet your specific requirements to the best of our ability.
Our tours are meticulously planned and designed to be easily navigated by independent travelers. The destinations are well-marked and accessible, allowing you to explore at your own pace. As such, it is unlikely that you will require a guide during your tour.
To ensure you have all the necessary information and guidance, we provide a comprehensive handout that covers essential details about the routes, points of interest, and practical tips. This enables you to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of a self-guided holiday, where you can fully immerse yourself in the experience and discover the beauty of each destination at your leisure.
However, if you prefer to have a guide accompany you during the tours, we are more than happy to accommodate your request. Simply let us know in advance, and we will make the necessary arrangements to provide you with a knowledgeable guide who can enhance your journey with insightful commentary and assistance.
The best time to go on a walking holiday in Tuscany is during the early spring and fall seasons. During these periods, the weather is pleasant, and the crowds are fewer, allowing for a more tranquil and enjoyable experience.
In the early spring, typically from March to May, you can witness the region come alive with vibrant blossoms and lush greenery. The temperatures are mild, making it perfect for exploring the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany on foot. Additionally, the tourist crowds are relatively smaller during this time, providing you with a more intimate and serene setting to immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings.
Similarly, the fall season, from September to November, offers a delightful time to visit. The weather remains pleasant, with comfortable temperatures ideal for walking and exploring. The autumn colours add a captivating charm to the landscapes, creating a picturesque backdrop for your walking tour. With fewer visitors compared to the peak summer months, you can fully appreciate the tranquillity and authenticity of the region.
It’s worth noting that the summer months in Tuscany, particularly July, and August, can be quite hot and crowded. While the region maintains its allure during this time, the higher temperatures and increased tourist influx may impact your overall experience. However, if you plan accordingly and take precautions against the heat and the crowds, summer can still offer enjoyable walking opportunities in Tuscany.
In cases of light rain or mild weather disturbances, hiking can often still be safely managed as long as it does not pose any significant risks. The stunning landscapes of Tuscany can take on a unique charm under a drizzle, offering a different perspective and an enchanting experience.
However, in situations where the weather becomes more severe, such as heavy rainstorms or thunderstorms, our team will assess the situation and make appropriate adjustments to ensure your safety. This may involve modifying the planned routes, seeking shelter, or postponing the activity until the weather improves.
Those who like a good adventure and limitless flexibility should go on a self-guided tour. We prepare the itinerary and book your accommodations while you enjoy the journey without our guide, being fully in charge of all the daily decisions. While you’ll have the full support of our team in case of any emergencies or concerns, a certain level of self-reliance is required.
Experience the great outdoors on a private guided tour tailored just for you. The tour is for those who want a hastle-free adventure and enjoy the flexibility of a small private group and not stress about the details of everyday planning. The guide will be fully at your disposal to make this experience as personalized as possible, maximizing the enjoyment during and after the tour.
For solo hikers or hikers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about tour-planning and other annoying details. We’re going to find you a group of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and take care of all the other details. The tour will be led by our guide, who’ll make sure everything runs smoothly, ensuring maximum hiking enjoyment.
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