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Cycling the Via Francigena
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Via Francigena cycling from Parma to Siena
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Via Francigena cycling from Parma to Siena

Via Francigena cycling from Parma to Siena

Cycling on Via Francigena from Parma to Siena

  • Parma and its delicacies, such as the Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma
  • Lucca, with its perfect for cycling walls and the buzzling amphitheater square
  • The medieval atmosphere of Pontremoli and Monteriggioni 
  • Stunning views - hilltop villages, open valleys, cypress woods and olive grove
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The rides follow mostly well asphalted country roads and secondary roads. Near larger towns, the roads are more trafficked.

Start: Parma                             Finish: Siena

Day 1: Arrive in Parma
Day 2: From Parma to Berceto (74 km / 46 mi)
Day 3: Ride from Berceto to Aulla (53 km / 33 mi)
Day 4: Ride from Aulla to Massa (48 km / 30 mi)
Day 5: Ride from Massa to Lucca (52 km / 32,5 mi)
Day 6: Ride from Lucca to San Miniato (46 km / 28,5 mi)
Day 7: Ride from San Miniato to San Gimignano (41 km / 25,5 mi)
Day 8: Ride from San Gimignano to Siena (50 km / 31 mi)
Day 9: Arrivederci Via Francigena!

Day 1:    Arrive in Parma

The journey starts in Parma, a crown jewel of Italian gastronomic tradition: the province of Parma boasts the largest number of  PDO and PGI gastronomic products.You can try and taste as many as possible or take your time to explore the artistic beauties of the city: from the imposing interior of its Cathedral and Baptistery to the enchanting Palazzo Farnese, designed by Michelangelo and built of stone taken from the Rome Coliseum.

Day 2:    From Parma to Berceto (74 km / 46 mi)

The first section is quite demanding, but rich in beauty: along your way the villages of Bardone and Terenzo, with their ancient churches and some bass-relieves treasured in their interiors. From this point you will face an ascent that will lead you to Cassio, where a brief descending trait deludes you in believing you have reached your destination. Unfortunately this is not true: you have to face another ascent towards Berceto, a little “stone jewel”, where you can restore yourselves with local mushrooms and  pattona, a typical cake made from chestnut flour.

Challenge: 74 km / 46 mi, 1068m ascent, 322m descent

Day 3:    Ride from Berceto to Aulla (53 km / 33 mi)

There is no rest during the last leg, but the surprises along the way definitely makes all your efforts worthwhile. From the Cisa Pass you  exciting descent to  Pontremoli, the town of bridges and mysterious stele statues , where you can enjoy a relaxing walk among the alleyways of the old town centre.

Once in Aulla set your bicycle down and visit the Abbey of San Caprasio, which contains archaeological finds from the medieval period. Do not miss a walk along the ancient walls of the Fortezza della Brunella before taking a walk through the old town centre. And if you are hungry, there is nothing better than the tasty little local focaccias, to be enjoyed still hot accompanied by charcuterie and cheeses.

 Challenge: 53 km / 33 mi, 370m ascent, 1115m descent

Day 4:    Ride from Aulla to Massa (48 km / 30 mi)

From Aulla you travel over demanding but gratifying paths: from here you will glimpse the sea for the first time.long the road you will pass through very green countryside and medieval villages. Once in Sarzana you will be amazed by the Baroque interior of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, and you will admire the Gothic facade of the Pieve di Sant’Andrea, the oldest building in the town.

Your journey continues along flat paths, following in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims who from the Roman port of Luni used to embark towards Santiago de Compostela, to finally reach the nice town of Massa, a few kilometres far from the sea of Verisilia. 

Challenge: 48 km / 30 mi, 716m ascent, 770m descent

Day 5:    Ride from Massa to Lucca (52 km / 32,5 mi)

A nice cycle path along the sea leads you from Marina di Massa  towards Pietrasanta. Before browsing among its art galleries and shops we recommend a visit of the town’s Duomo, to walk among its marble columns and to admire its frescoed vaults.

From Camaiore you continue up and down among the hills of Lucca,: enter through the walls and surround yourselves in its old town centre, browse in the little shops of the circular piazza to buy spelt and local biscuits to take home with you, conquer the Guinigi tower and admire the town from up high in its hanging garden.

Challenge: 52 km / 32,5 mi, 380m ascent, 356m descent

Day 6:    Ride from Lucca to San Miniato (46 km / 28,5 mi)

An easy and flat leg of the journey leads you from the walls of Lucca to the old town centre ofAltopascio, passing through the Badia di Pozzeveri, where ancient pilgrims stop to rest and pray.  Do not miss the local bread, a real delicacy!

The itinerary continues across the wild land of the Cerbaie, before crossing the river Arno and continue towards San Miniato.  The Seminary which gives the name to the main square will amaze you with its particular facade: enjoy it lit up, perhaps after eating a risotto dusted with the typical white truffle, the pride of the local area.

Challenge: 46 km / 28,5 mi, 228m ascent, 122m descent 

Day 7:    Ride from San Miniato to San Gimignano (41 km / 25,5 mi)

A demanding but unique section awaits you. From San Miniato you descend in the bottom of Val d’Elsa to later ascend again towards Gambassi Terme, where you will be able to cross the threshold of the Pieve di Chianni, where the same Arcibishop Sigeric slept on his way to Rome.  

You will continue your journey pedalling across splendid natural scenery to San Gimignano, one of the most beautiful towns along the Via Francigena: its famoustowers that make its skyline unmistakeable. Do not miss the view of the medieval town and its surrounding valleys from the top of the Torre Grossa, or if you don’t run out of energy, venture up the steps of the Rocca di Montestaffoli, for an even more special view.

Challenge: 41km / 25,5 mi, 640m ascent, 476m descent

Day 8:    Ride from San Gimignano to Siena (50 km / 31 mi)

From San Gimignano you continue, up and down, through the Tuscan hills to Colle Val d’Elsa, an out-of-time Tuscan village with a charming old town centre and narrow alleyways winding through the stone walls.

The itinerary then continues through  one of the most beautiful sections of the Via Francigena: a meditative route, along which you can surround yourselves with the silence of the Pieve di Strove, with its Romanesque interiors, or stand in the quietness of the splendid Abbadia at Isola, with its imposing Abbey.

Do not miss a stroll along the wall of the breath-taking castle of Monteriggioni, once defending the Repubblica of Siena, before reaching Siena through dirt roads and the ancient medieval hamlet of Cerbaia. An unforgettable way to celebrate your arrival? A plate of pici all’aglione in the illuminated Piazza del Campo. And don’t forget the panforte!

Challenge: 50 km / 31 mi, 505m ascent, 470m descent 

Day 9:    Arrivederci Via Francigena!

The trip ends after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.


All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable hotels and B&Bwhere all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Button (Parma)
Hotel Button (Parma)

Hotel Button, an inviting three star hotel in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of Parma near Piazza Garibaldi, boasts a range of services guaranteeing a comfortable and relaxing experience for guests. 


B&B La Casa dei Nonni (Berceto)
B&B La Casa dei Nonni (Berceto)

Located in Berceto’s historic center, just a few steps from the Romanesque Cathedral, La Casa dei Nonni offers different accommodation types with its five rooms: single, twin and double rooms (extra beds available for children). The location is well-finished and beautifully decorated. Breakfast with house specials is served on the ground floor and for the dinner it's suggested to try the restaurant. 


Hotel Bed & Bike (Aulla)
Hotel Bed & Bike (Aulla)

If you love traveling with your own bicycle and you are looking for accommodation in Aulla, Bed&Bike is the one for you: our suites will offer you maximum comfort during your stay, bicycle maintenance and care service will always be at hand in the bicycle storage room. You can also enjoy an equipped garden: hydromassage, umbrellas with deck chairs for sunny days and a kitchenette with barbecue and wood oven to be used upon reservation for outdoor dinners.


B&B il Cuore (Massa)
B&B il Cuore (Massa)

This charming and welcoming bed and breakfast has all the amenities for a pleasant stay. Perfect for cycling enthusiasts, it offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a garden.


Hotel Rex (Lucca)
Hotel Rex ***(Lucca)

Hotel Rex is 80 m from the main train station and 100 m from the ancient walls of Lucca. Rooms are quiet and well-finished with free Wi-Fi, air conditioned, telephone and fridge. Staff is helpful and courteous. Buffet breakfast is rich and varied.

Hotel San Miniato (San Miniato Alto)
Hotel San Miniato **** (San Miniato Alto)

What in the thirteenth century was a severe monastery cloister is now Hotel San Miniato, refined historic home sits on a hill overlooking the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Pisa. The rooms are comfortable, elegant and clean. Breakfast is good and rich. 


Hotel Cisterna (San Gimignano)
Hotel La Cisterna *** (San Gimignano)

Hotel located on the main square of San Gimignano. A home for those who appreciate the warmth and friendliness that our family has given our hosts for five generations until now.


Hotel Chiusarelli (Siena)
Hotel Chiusarelli *** (Siena)

Hotel Chiusarelli is in the city center of Siena and finds its natural setting in a neoclassical villa built around 1870. The Hotel has been completely renovated in 2013 and offers spacious and clean rooms with air conditioning/heating, telephone, free Wi-Fi and TV with Sky Vision. The Hotel doesn't have the lift. Quality breakfast. 



You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

Florence (FLR)Pisa (PSA) and Bologna (BLQ) airports are flown to by both major and low cost international carriers. All three airports can be easily reached by local transport, which is affordable and offers a frequent service.

Arrival in Parma

From Bologna Airport (BLQ), reach the central railway station, from where you can take a direct train to Parma.

From Pisa Airport (PSA), you can take a train to Parma with change in Pisa Centrale station and in either Vezzano Ligure or Pontremoli.

From Florence Airport (FLR), take a public bus to Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station, and then a train to Parma (with change in Bologna).

Departure from Siena

On departure, you can reach Pisa, Bologna and Florence by train.

In case you are flying from Florence, you can also go by bus from Siena (direct).


The rental includes: phone holder, 2 rear bags, 1 repair kit, 1 odometer every 2 bikes, helmet and 1 padlock.

Race Bikes

Different models with different prices


Trekking bikes


GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 8 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Bike assembly, delivery to Parma, theft insurance and collection from Siena
  • Luggage transfer DAY 2 to DAY 8 (*)
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on GUIBO
  • 24-hour telephone assistance


Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Rear bags
  • Travel to Parma and from Siena
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment


  • Additional nights before, during or after the ride
  • Bike rental with phone holder, 2 rear bags, 1 repair kit, 1 odometer every 2 bikes, helmet and 1 padlock.
  • Rear bags
  • Helmet
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Parma
  • Transfer from Siena to airport
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation

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