A Medieval Pilgrimage Through Classic Tuscan Scenery
Follow in the footsteps of Europe’s pilgrims with a historical route through a region where local culture is at the root of everything. Out among the picturesque Tuscan countryside, staying in the medieval towns (now UNESCO sites) that were stopping points on the pilgrimage, you’ll be retracing the steps of ancient travellers to Rome. The Tuscan Via Francigena takes in the most picturesque sections of a route that originally stretched to Canterbury, with a retinue of ancient rural churches and baroque medieval towns that would of served the route’s original travellers.
- Follow in the steps of medieval pilgrims, visiting the various 12th century churches and abbeys that housed pilgrims along the way – known as Submansiones
- Visit some of Tuscany’s most picturesque and historic towns, including Buonconvento, Siena and San Gimignano
- Travel through a landscape where time seems to have stood still, as you walk through the rolling hills of Tuscany, a landscape dotted with farmhouses, castles (Monteriggioni and Chiocciola castle among them), old churches and medieval walled, hilltop towns – places of extraordinary beauty
- A region famous for its gastronomy, with a myriad of fine restaurants, as well as prestigious regional wines and the famous white truffle of San Miniato Alto
|Duration||8 nights/7 days walking|
|Length||77 mi (123km)|
|Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|Availability||Apr - Oct|
Why this walk?
The Via Francigena traces a course through the heart of Tuscany, linking the picturesque medieval towns of the region with some of the area’s lesser known castles and ancient sanctuaries with the most quintessential Tuscan scenery. Here, your surrounding have changed little since the time of the ancient pilgrimages, where your journey mirrors exactly the road taken by travellers from every strata, be it laborer, knight or archbishop. The hiking experience on the via Francigena is worth the trip alone as you follow the rolling hills of Tuscany through vineyards and orchards, with far-reaching, panoramic views over Italy’s classical, rural heartland.