The Via Francigena is as varied as it is long, with so many routes to choose from it can be difficult to whittle it down to the one that’s right for your holiday. We’ve put together our selection of 3 amazing Via Francigena cycling holidays to suit everyone’s needs.
For the leisure cyclists
For those who rather a ramble than a race, the Via Francigena cycling from Lucca to Siena could well be the one for you. With short daily distances to allow you to take your time, soak up the pristine country air and revel in the Tuscan sunshine. Setting off from the walled city of Lucca just south of the Appennines you will meander your way through meadows and mountains, taking in two magnificent UNESCO heritage sites on your way. The route passes stunning San Gimignano a medieval city that inspired none other than Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet before reaching stunning Siena to marvel in its artistic, cultural and gastronomic wealth.
For the challenge
Those partial to the more adventurous brand of travel can test their mettle on Section four of the Via Francigena cycling from Lausanne to Aosta. Just after leaving the tranquil Lake Geneva, the stunning route crosses the Alps from Switzerland to Italy to reach the spine-chilling St Bernard’s pass. With some of the steepest climbs of the entire Via Francigena route, its perfect for cyclists who want to make sure they’ve really earned their Spaghetti Carbonara before they sit down to eat. Of course, all of this hard work will not be without its fair share of rewards, aside from the beautiful scenery, welcoming locals and delicious food you’ll also be met with a steady ascent to Aosta for the remainder of the route. Those looking for the ultimate challenge can opt to cycle the route in it’s entirety from Canterbury all the way to Rome.
For the city-slicker
A route for those who want to get away from it all but just not too far away from it all. Featuring two of the most beautiful cities on the planet and roving through idyllic, tranquil countryside on your way. The Via Francigena cycling from Siena to Rome sets off strong from the UNESCO listed city of Siena and takes cyclists ambling across bountiful orchards of orange and lemon and lush olive groves. On the way you’ll cross Val D’Orcia, a land that has inspired many a Renaissance painter before losing yourself in the historic streets of Rome. What better way to end a week’s cycling than finishing up in the eternal city, tucking into the best pizza in the world washed down with a glass of Italian wine? Colour us jealous!
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