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A TRAIL THROUGH ANCIENT TUSCANY

Via Francigena - A pilgrimage path

The gently rolling scenery opens in front of you with views sweeping across vineyards and fields of sunflowers to San Gimignano, one of the most famous skylines in Tuscany. This is a scene changed little since the first pilgrims walked this way following the way of the Franks to Rome from Canterbury. The route was first documented in 876 AD, so you won’t be the first to walk this way. The Tuscan lands remain as abundant as ever and the patchwork of fields in contrasting pastel shades are much as they would have been. This is the way to experience Tuscany.

The evidence of pilgrims through the ages is everywhere. The weather-beaten marks on a farm house wall that only the sharpest pair of eyes will notice. The ancient towns of San Miniato and San Gimignano, made wealthy by passing pilgrims. The glorious Renaissance architecture of Siena is a suitable highpoint on which to finish. Here the triumph of what man has created rivals the glories of nature experienced on the walk.




WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.




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    A Trail through Ancient Tuscany (Grade 5)
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    24 Apr 2018
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    01 May 2018
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    A Trail through Ancient Tuscany (Grade 5)
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    18 Sep 2018
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  • Accommodation

    San Miniato (1), San Gimignano (2), Colle di Val d’Elsa (1), Monteriggioni (1), Siena (2). In good standard hotels throughout.

    Sole Occupancy Supplement £180

    Hotel La Cisterna, San Gimignano

    A final accommodation list will be provided with your travel documents, but a hotel that we are likely to use, and an indication of the tourist class hotels used, is the Hotel La Cisterna.

    This hotel is located at the cultural centre of San Gimignano, the beautiful and historical Piazza della Cisterna, where you feel like you have stepped back in time. 

    The hotel stands in a 12th century building, with the coming and goings of citizens in view, but is surprisingly modern inside.

    Some rooms have magnificent views over the town and surrounding Tuscan countryside. All have complimentary Wi-Fi, Florentine design, air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, safe and en suite bathrooms.

    Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge, and are served in the restaurant which that specialises in excellent Tuscan cuisine, using fresh, seasonal and local produce. Breakfasts are served in a 14th century dining room, with magnificent views over the San Gimignano countryside.

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Pisa (British Airways) 
    • Airport transfers
    • Baggage transfers between centres 
    • Half board en suite accommodation 
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • The first view of San Gimignano’s towers across the Tuscan countryside.
    • Looking out for signs left by pilgrims through the ages. 
    • The gastronomic delights of the heart of Tuscany.
    • Siena. A spectacular place to finish

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Pisa (British Airways) 
    • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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