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Tuscany Guided Tour

San Miniato to Siena

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This 6 Night Guided Walking Tour on the Via Francigena path through Tuscany, from San Miniato to Siena, is one of the most popular and spectacular stretches of the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome. The trail starts in the hilltop town of San Miniato famous for its artistic, cultural and historic sights, and finishes in the UNESCO World Heritage historic centre of Siena.

On this 85km section of the Via Francigena you will walk in the heart of Tuscany, across beautiful rolling hills and woodland, stopping in gorgeous villages along the way where you will enjoy a well-deserved rest. There are many wonderful sights on this section of this guided tour including the tiny walled hilltop town of Monteriggioni and two impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the breathtaking town of San Gimignano with its medieval towers and magnificent Siena, an historical, artistic, cultural and gastronomic gem and renowned for one of Italy’s most traditional horse races: the Palio di Siena.

Stroll through the unforgettable Tuscan countryside in the company of your group and our friendly, knowledgeable English speaking guide who will give you an in depth insight into the unique history of the Via Francigena, the flora and fauna of the region and each Tuscan town that you pass through. Relax in the knowledge that your dinner each night, luggage transfers and accommodation are all looked after by us and included in this package.

This guided tour departs on specific dates only and you will have to select this start date when booking.

Guided Tour Dates: May 27th, September 16th

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Trip highlights

  • Friendly Knowledgeable English Speaking Guide
  • Walk in the heart of picturesque Tuscany
  • Explore amazing UNESCO heritage sites along the way
  • Enjoy authentic Italian food with a glass of Chianti
  • Visit spectacular Siena, home of the famous Palio horse race

1 San Miniato

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You will make your way to the breathtaking town of San Miniato where you will stay tonight.  There are plenty of artistic, cultural and historical sights to see here. The town and region are renowned for its white truffles so if you get the chance you should try them.  At dinner tonight, you will meet your guide aswell as other members of the group.  Your guide will give you a summary of the upcoming days walking and answer any questions you may have.  Sleep well, your unforgettable Via Francigena journey through beautiful Tuscany begins tomorrow.

2 San Miniato to Gambassi Terme - 24km

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After breakfast this morning you will begin your journey through Tuscany.  You will follow a lovely trail through oak and chestnut woodland, olive groves and vineyards. The trail is predominantly on off-road tracks over small rolling hills, the classic Tuscan landscape. On the way you will pass Chianni where you can visit the lovely little church. There is a 300m climb to Gambassi Terme, a hilltop town best known for its spa and hot springs, as well as glass manufacturing.  You will have dinner here this evening and stay the night.

3 Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano - 14km

After a lovely breakfast you will leave the town of Gambassi Terme.   You will descend for a couple of kilometres after yesterdays ascent before you begin another climb. The day is quite short and the topography undulating.  You will pass some amazing scenery as you walk by the world-famous Chianti vineyards. Soon you will reach San Gimignano, a wonderful UNESCO-listed medieval town, where you can stop for the night.  The towers of San Gimignano of the town can be seen for miles. The ‘San Gimignano 1300’ museum has a wonderful reconstruction of how the town once looked and is well worth a visit in your free time.

4 San Gimignano to Colle di Val d'Elsa - 13km

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This morning after breakfast you will leave San Gimignano and continue walking through olive groves and cypress avenues up to the village of Montecchio.  The distance today is not too long so you will find yourself in the town of Colle Val d’Elsa before you know it.  Here you should enjoy a glass of Chianti in the central piazza before dinner.

5 Colle di Val d. to Monteriggioni - 14km

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Once again after a good breakfast you will leave Colle di Val d’Elsa from the lovely Piazza.  You will continue your walk along tree-lined roads, starting with a long descent to Castel Petraia and then up to the densely forested hill of Montagnole. Your walking day on the Via Francigena will end today at the unique hilltop village of Monteriggioni with its circular wall.  Enjoy dinner in this town and you will rest here for the evening.

6 Monteriggioni to Siena - 21km

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After breakfast, you group will leave the small town of Monteriggioni and head towards the village of Funghaia.  The village is home to a lovely church with a frescoed interior. Make sure you experience real Tuscan food in one of the region’s best osterias, as you reach stunning Siena. Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in Italy. It is world famous for its art, medieval architecture, museums, cuisine and the ‘Palio’, the spectacular annual horse race held each year in the city’s piazza.  Your last day walking is complete and you have reached the beautiful Siena.  Relax this evening and take in all the sights the city has to offer.

7 Siena

This is the end of your 6 night guided walking tour of gorgeous Tuscany.  After enjoying your breakfast in beautiful Siena, your walking tour with us ends.  We hope you have really enjoyed this trip through the splendid Tuscan landscape under the warm Tuscan sun.

 

We have hand picked our hotels on the Via Francigena based on their character, facilities and comfort. You will usually arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon giving you plenty of time for a refreshing shower and a visit to the local village, or maybe just to unwind and relax yourself

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We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

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We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

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We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

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We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail

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We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

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We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Flying IN and OUT

How to get to San Miniato
Best option: Pisa International Airport (34km)
Pisa is the closest airport to San Miniato and has direct flights from all major international airports, as well as low-cost flights (with Ryanair or EasyJet). Aer Lingus will fly directly to Pisa from Dublin from May 2016.
Alternative option (a): Florence International Airport (68km)
There are many international flights to Florence, operated by important airlines such as British Airways, KLM as well as Lufthansa and Hop. For more information see www.aeroporto.firenze.it
Alternative option (b): Bologna International Airport (154km)
Bologna offers a wide range of international connections both with Europe and the Middle East.  Ryanair provides a year round service from Dublin with two flights a week.  Aer Lingus offers a seasonal route in summer from Dublin.  For more information see: http://www.bologna-airport.it/

Alternative option (c): Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino (380km)
Rome’s main airport has many international flights. It is located 15km west of Rome city centre. Airport info www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Fiumicino/Leonardo_da_vinci.html.

How to get back from Siena:
The two closest airports are Florence, 80km and Pisa, 131km.
Best option: Florence International Airport (80km)
Closest airport to Siena. There are many international flights to Florence, operated by important airlines such as British Airways, KLM as well as Lufthansa and Hop. For more information see www.aeroporto.firenze.it
Alternative option (a): Pisa International Airport (131km)
Pisa has direct flights to all major international airports, including low-cost flights (with Ryanair or EasyJet). Aer Lingus will fly directly from Pisa to Dublin from May 2016.

Alternative option (b): Bologna International Airport (167km)

Bologna offers a wide range of international connections both with Europe and the Middle East.  Ryanair provides a year round service to Dublin with two flights a week.  Aer Lingus offers a seasonal route in summer to Dublin.
Alternative option (c): Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino (262km)Rome’s main airport has many international flights. It is located 15km west of Rome city centre. Airport info www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Fiumicino/Leonardo_da_vinci.html.