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Tuscany - Lucca to Siena
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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ITSW211
Pilgrimage Walking
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Tuscany - Lucca to Siena

Tuscany - Lucca to Siena

Walking on the Via Francigena

  • The spectacular Tuscan landscape of rolling hills, vineyards and beauitful hill-top villages
  • The amazing historical fortified military village of Monteriggioni
  • The charming UNESCO towns of San Gimignano and Siena
  • Small comfortable, family run accommodations with delicious Tuscan culinary specialities
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Route

The route is quite easy due to low differences in height. The whole itinerary is mostly on paths and gravel roads (strade bianche), even if you will find some sections on asphalted road. 

Some walks are quite long but can be shortened if requested in advance. The whole itinerary is well marked by the Official signs of the Via Francigena (white-red markings and yellow sign with the Pilgrim symbol on it).

Start: Lucca   Finish: Siena

Day 1: Arrival in Lucca
Day 2: Arrive in San Miniato Alto
Day 3: Walk from San Miniato Alto to Gambassi (25 km)
Day 4: Walk from Gambassi to San Gimignano (18 km)
Day 5: Walk from San Gimignano to Gracciano (21 km)
Day 6: Walk from Gracciano to Monteriggioni (13 km)
Day 7: Walk from Monteriggioni to Siena (20 km)
Day 8: Arrivederci Siena!

Day 1:    Arrival in Lucca

 Arrive in Lucca and check-in at the hotel. If you arrive early, enjoy a visit to the town, explore its splendid gardens, majestic bell tower and impressive Piazza Anfiteatro, a  II century Roman amphitheatre. Don’t miss a walk along the tree-lined walls of its perimeter. Dinner is on your own in one of the many restaurants in town.

 

Day 2:    Arrive in San Miniato Alto

After breakfast take some time to visit the wooden crucifix known as the Holy Face (“Volto Santo”), famous statue-reliquary in the Cathedral of Saint Martin and legendarily carved by Nicodemus. In the afternoon take a public train to Fucecchio where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation in San Miniato Alto. Dinner is on your own. 

 

Day 3:    Walk from San Miniato Alto to Gambassi (25 km)

 From San Miniato, a paved road brings you to a spectacular route crossing the typical countryside of the Val d’Elsa. Following the Sigeric’s diary you meet two “Submansiones”: Pieve di Coiano (XXI, Sce Peter Currant) and Pieve a Chianni (XX, Sce Maria Glan), then you arrive at your accommodation. Dinner is included at the accommodation tonight.

Challenge: 7 hours, 25 km, 781m ascent, 654m descent

 

Day 4:    Walk from Gambassi to San Gimignano (18 km)

 Today you enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the Via Francigena. Before walking up to the peculiar villages of Collemuccioli and Pieve di Cellole, stop for a visit at the Sanctuary in Pancole. If you arrive early, take some time to visit the famous town of San Gimignano and enjoy its charming medieval atmosphere. Dinner is on your own in one of the many restaurants in town.

Challenge: 6 hours, 18 km, 595m ascent, 540m descent

 

Day 5:    Walk from San Gimignano to Gracciano (21 km)

Today you walk a gorgeous path of the Via Francigena. Going up and down the Tuscan hills, crossing vineyards, olive groves, fields and woods, you finally reach your accommodation in Gracciano. Along the way, you can make a detour to discover the fascinating Abbey of Santa Maria a Conero of the XI century.

Challenge: 6 hours, 21 km, 209m ascent, 204m descent

 

Day 6:    Walk from Gracciano to Monteriggioni (13 km)

 From Gracciano, cross Pieve a Elsa and meet the ancient Etruscan Thermae (hot pool) of Caldane. After reaching Strove and its beautiful Romanesque Church, continue walking along the particular complex of Abbadia a Isola till you reach the medieval town of Monteriggioni, surrounded by its peculiar crown of towers. 

Challenge: 4 hours, 13 km, 132m ascent, 57m descent

 

Day 7:    Walk from Monteriggioni to Siena (20 km)

 Leaving Monteriggioni, you walk on dirt roads along the Montagnola Senese, the main hilly area in the district. You pass the ancient medieval suburb of Cerbaia that appears currently abandoned. Across the wood you reach the Castle of “Chiocciola” and go up to Poggio di Riciano. Descend the old river of the Pian del Lago (or skip Poggio di Riciano to arrive directly from Chiocciola to Pian del Lago). At the end of the Renai forest, enter the beautiful town of Siena for its ancient pilgrim’s access of Porta Camollia. Dinner is on your own in one of the many restaurants in town.

Challenge: 6 hours, 20 km, 224m ascent, 245m descent

 

 

Day 8:    Arrivederci Siena!

 The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have pre-booked extra nights in Siena with us or other extra services.

 

accommodation

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

We choose comfortable 3* hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where 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.

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject ot availability, between April 7th and October 31st.

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.

From Pisa Airport (PSA), you can take a train to Lucca with change in Pisa Centrale station.

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

On departure, if flying from Pisa airport PSA, you first need to reach Florence by bus. Once in Florence, you need to take a train to Pisa Central Station. From there, you can reach the airport by either bus or train.

As an alternative, you can catch a bus from Siena station to Pisa aiport: www.tiemmespa.it/index.php/Viaggia-con-noi/Altri-servizi/Lunga-percorrenza/Siena-Firenze-Pisa-Aeroporto.

You can also reach Pisa from Siena by train, but you always have to change in Empoli. 

If flying from Florence airport FLR, you first need to reach Florence train station Santa Maria Novella by either bus or train (both direct). Once in Santa Maria Novella, you can reach the airport by either taxi or bus.

GPS tracks are available on request.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in 3* hotels and agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • People and Luggage transfer from San Miniato train station to accommodation (DAY 2)
  • Luggage transfer DAY 3 to DAY 7
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Lucca and from Siena
  • Trains or busses wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the standard accommodations along the way
  • Private transfer from airport to Lucca
  • Private transfer from Siena to airport
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