Via Francigena in Italy Via Francigena in Tuscany Guided Tour

Activity:
Walking
Duration:
6 Nights
Distance:
85 km
Difficulty:
Medium
Tour Type:
Camino Guided Tours
Time To Go:
2021
September 11th
2022
May 21st
September 17th
Price:
From €893
Rating:

Via Francigena in Tuscany Guided Tour

This 6-night Via Francigena in Tuscany Guided Tour, from San Miniato to Siena, takes walkers to one of the most popular and spectacular stretches of the whole 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.

CAMINO GUIDED DEPARTURES:

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, a 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.

This guided tour departs on specific dates only and you will have to select this start date when booking. Talk to our travel experts if you’d like to add a delicious food or wine tour in Siena.

If you require more information on any of our guided trips, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Click below to create your Via Francigena in Tuscany Guided Tour.

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

San Miniato
San Miniato

At dinner this evening you will get the opportunity to meet with your guide and other members of your group.  Your guide will give you a brief outline of the coming few days walking and answer any questions that you may have.  In your free time this evening, take a stroll around this beautiful town and sleep well tonight as your walking adventure begins tomorrow after breakfast.  There are plenty of artistic, cultural and historical sights to see in San Miniato which is renowned for its white truffles so make sure to try some before you leave on your Tuscan adventure.

24 km
Gambassi Terme
Gambassi Terme

Today’s walking section on the Via Francigena starts in the breathtaking town of San Miniato (Alto). The trail is predominantly on off-road tracks over small rolling hills, the classic Tuscan landscape following lovely trails through oak woods, chestnut woods, olive groves and vineyards. On the way you will pass Chianni where you should 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.

13 km
San Gimignano
San Gimignano

From Gambassi Terme you will descend for a couple of kilometres before you begin another climb. The day is quite up and down but the scenery as you pass through the world famous Chianti vineyards will make the effort worthwhile. San Gimignano, your destination for the day, is a wonderful, walled, hill top, medieval town.  The towers of the town can be seen for miles around. The museum of San Gimignano 1300 has a wonderful reconstruction of how the town once looked and is well worth a visit.

13 km
Colle di Val d’Elsa
Colle di Val d’Elsa

Once you are leaving San Gimignano, you will have a pleasant walk through olive groves and cypress avenues up to the village of Montecchio. In Colle Val d’Elsa, enjoy a glass of Chianti in the central piazza.

14 km
Monteriggioni
Monteriggioni

From the Piazza in Colle di Val d’Elsa, 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 takes you to the unique hilltop village of Monteriggioni with its circular wall.

21 km
Siena
Siena

After Monteriggioni, the Via Francigena path takes pilgrims towards the village of Funghaia and its 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.

The city of Siena is one of the highlights along the Via Francigena in Tuscany. Siena is a UNESCO-listed city and one of Italy’s most visited sites. Designed as a work of art to blend in with the Tuscan surroundings, the city’s perfect Gothic beauty will amaze you.  It is world famous for its art, medieval architecture, museums, cuisine and the ‘Palio‘, the spectacular annual horse race held in the city’s piazza.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Access

How to get there

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

San Miniato

Florence International Airport 41km:  Hourly bus (15min) from Florence Vespucci Airport to Firenze Autostazione.  Train to S. Miniato Stazione Fs (41min) every half hour.  Bus from train station to P.Za Dante bus stop (15mins).

Pisa International Airport 43km:  Bus from airport to Pisa Centrale (5mins).  Hourly train to San Miniato Stazione Fs  (29mins).  Bus from train station to P.Za Dante bus stop (15mins).

 

Siena

Florence International Airport 86km: You can either take the bus or the train. However they don’t stop at the same finishing point. The bus will drop you off in the heart of the historic city centre of Siena whereas Siena train station is located further away from the city centre and you might need to take a city bus (5 min travel time approx).
By bus:
– Autostradale bus express, coming from Pisa, stops in Florence and reaches Siena in less than 2 hours. See: www.airportbusexpress.it.
– SITA bus, www.sienamobilita.it. The bus station is just around the corner from the train station in Florence. SITA buses to Siena take just under an hour, run frequently and takes you to Siena historic city center. Make sure you take the rapide (express) and not the ordinarie, which stops in Poggibonsi and Colle Val d’Elsa. Ticket costs €12. See the route itinerary and price for more information (note information is only in Italian). To reach the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence from the airport, just take the city line Vola in bus from the airport. The service connects the city centre in just 20 minutes and the fare is €6 one way.
By train:
Trains from Florence to Siena leave Santa Maria Novella station roughly once an hour on most days, and a direct train takes about 1.5 hours. The ticket is in the €6-10 range (if you’re on the direct train). See www.fsitaliane.it for more information.

Pisa International Airport 130km: You can take two different buses outside the airport going directly to Siena (under 2hr approximate travel time), for more information, see: http://www.pisa-airport.com/aeroporto_di_pisa_196.html.
– Train S.p.a, see: www.trainspa.it. Leaving directly from the airport to Piazza Gramsci in Siena. It takes you around two hours travel time and costs €14 one way.
– Autostradale, see: www.airportbusexpress.it. It follows similar itinerary than Train S.p.a but with a change in Florence. One way ticket costs €15. All informations, timetable and route with Siena Mobilita.

Bologna International Airport 167km: There are bus and train connections available to Siena.  Shuttle bus from Bologna Airport to Bologna Central Station (every 11 mins, €6 one-way).  For more information see: http://aerobus.bo.it/en.  From here you will take the train to Siena with a change in Florence.  Train to Siena (2hr 30, from €24 one-way). For more information see: https://www.lefrecce.it.

Bus from Bologna Airport to Siena Train Station. (4 times daily, from €18, Duration 2h40 – 3h40).  For more information see: http://www.sena.it/Autobus/Bologna/Siena/125-234/49-1.html.

Whats Included

This guided tour includes; Luggage transfers (one bag up to 20kg per person), 6 dinners, friendly English speaking guide, holiday pack and maps, all rooms with private bathroom, 24/7 support during your trip and GPS data files.

NOT INCLUDED: Flights, drinks, city tax, airport transfers, Travel Insurance (Recommended)

Please note that we require a minimum of 6 people for this tour to go ahead. 

 

 

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