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A pilgrimage path through beautiful Tuscan countryside

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 Tuscan lands remains 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.

Tuscany is world famous for its medieval architecture, museums and cuisine, all of which we will be able to experience on this holiday. The walking is fairly gentle yet still challenging. It will take you through shaded olive groves and cypress avenues, truly submerging you in the typical, escapist Italian countryside. Accommodation will vary as you travel along the route, but all accommodation will offer comfort and character.


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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    Via Francigena (Grade 5)
    19 Sep 2017
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  • Itinerary
    19 Sep 2017 - 26 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - San Miniato
    We fly to Pisa and transfer by road to San Miniato.

    Day 2 - San Gimignano
    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.

    Day 3 - San Gimignano
    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)

    Day 4 - Colle di Val d'Elsa
    Today the trail leads us to Colle di Val d'Elsa. The distance is about 13 km (8 miles)

    Day 5 - Monteriggioni
    Continuing through little villages we walk to Monteriggioni. The distance is approximately 13 km (8 miles)

    Day 6 - Siena
    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).

    Day 7 - Siena
    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.

    Day 8 - Transfer to Pisa
    Our transfer back to Pisa will be by road.

  • Accommodation
    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
    • Flights and airport transfers.
    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • Baggage transfers between centres.
    • All local transport costs are included.

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

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c60mins).
    • Flights Heathrow-Pisa (c2hrs 20mins), British Airways.        
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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