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A TRAIL THROUGH ANCIENT TUSCANY

from £1265
The Via Francigena, the way of Saint Francis, is the pilgrimage path that leads from Canterbury to Rome. 
  • Product Code 17680
  • Holiday Type Continuous Route Holidays
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

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.

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
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Pisa (British Airways) 
      Airport transfers
      Baggage transfers between centres 
      Half board en suite accommodation 
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1
    We fly to Pisa and transfer by road to San Miniato.
  2. Day 2
    We start our trail by private coach to get a few miles out of the town before we start our walk to Gambassi Terme. The walking distance is approximately 18km (11 miles). On arrival in Gambassi we will be met by private transport to take us on to San Gimignano where we stay two nights.
  3. Day 3
    In the morning we take transport back to Gambassi Terme. From here we continue our way towards San Gimignano today. This is a day offering some of the best Tuscan views on the holiday. The distance is about 14 km (9 miles)
  4. Day 4
    Today the trail leads us to Colle di Val d'Elsa. The distance is about 13 km (8 miles)
  5. Day 5
    Continuing through little villages we walk to Monteriggioni. The distance is approximately 13 km (8 miles)
  6. Day 6
    The route continues through forest and agricultural scenery to Siena. Siena is built on higher ground and can be seen from some way away. The distance is about 19 km (11.8 miles).
  7. Day 7
    A day of leisurely sightseeing in Siena. There is plenty to see, the Duomo with distinctive striped marble exterior and the Campo are highlights. Also be sure to try some Panforte, Siena's most famous contribution to world cuisine.
  8. Day 8
    Our transfer back to Pisa will be by road.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Pisa (British Airways) 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour

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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.


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01/05/2018

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