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Pretzel, South Africa – Life changing exeperience Via Francigena

“I walked the route form Lucca to Colle di Val d’Elsa for 5 days in September with 2 friends. From the booking process to the information needed for this trip, right to the end, the service of Caminoways was excellent. They even phone before the start of the trip to find out if I am happy with everything, which I thought was a nice touch. The signs on the route was marked very well. I also used the off line maps on my phone which I found on the Via Francigena website.All the accommodation was centrally located, with some better than others. The food was overall very good. The breakfast at some places was a bit feeble for the days walk, but that is typical of Italy. The luggage transfers went smoothly.The first day of walking from Lucca to Altopascio was mostly on roads with traffic. The least interesting day of all the days. Day 2 to San Miniato (29 km) was quite a challenge due to the heat, but the route was beautiful and mainly flat through rural areas, ending with a 3 km climb to San Miniato. What a stunning town, with amazing views. Most beautiful town. Day 3 to Gambassi Terme I enjoyed the most. 24 km through vineyards, olive groves and farms. No towns on the way. I walked mainly on my own this day. I felt safe all the way. Gambassi Terme was another beautiful town which did not have many tourists. Day 4 and 5 were both short distances (± 14 km per day) through stunning environments and quite hilly. This was the first hiking trip I did and it is as if another world has opened up for me. I loved it. Nice to have a challenge every day, with a bit of figuring out the route along the way. A different way of exploring a new area. I will definitely use Caminoways again!!!”

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