Via Francigena: Walk from Lucca to Siena

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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • tour_type Private tour
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • age_requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
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  • Starts Lucca, Italy
  • Ends Siena, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Follow the Via Francigena, one of Europe’s most important highways of the Middle Age
  • Walk from village to village and experience the worldfamous Tuscan landscape
  • Explore San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and other places of interest
  • Enjoy being fully immersed in the Tuscan scenery, lifestyle and culture
Discover the Tuscan countryside and culture on this 8-day self-guided walking tour. Through the extensive footpath network of the area, roughly following the traces of the Via Francigena, one of Europe’s most important ‘highways’ in medieval times, you walk from village to village and experience a full immersion in the world-famous Tuscan landscape. The tour is perfect as an introduction to the region and a great choice for people who love museums, galleries and Gothic and Romanesque architecture. You have plenty of time to visit attractions on most of the days.

You will also have time to visit all the beautiful medieval villages and historic towns along the Via Francigena: starting from beautiful Lucca, you’ll pass through Fucecchio, San Miniato, Gambassi Terme, the stunning San Gimignano with its medieval skyscrapers and Monteriggioni, admired by Dante in his Divine Comedy. An optional detour can bring you to beautiful Colle Val d’Elsa and the tour ends in Siena, arguably the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Tuscany. This tour threads together some of the most attractive towns and villages in Tuscany in an eloquent procession.

However, the emphasis of the tour is to enjoy the countryside, the rolling vineyards, the poppies in spring and the wild cyclamen in autumn. The area north of Siena is an amazing landscape of rolling hills, alternating vineyards and forests, while cypresses line the way leading to the distant farmhouses. Walking here is an unforgettable experience and many of the views have barely changed for hundreds of years.

Accommodation and some meals are included. You spend a night in one of the best agriturismos in Tuscany, and the final night in the heart of Siena, in one of the most characteristic little hotels.

This is a moderately easy tour which is suitable for those who have some experience of walking and a good general physical condition.
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  • Andrew
  • From Austria
  • On May 18 2019
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ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Arrival Lucca
  • Day 2: From Lucca to Altopascio
  • Day 3: Through Fucecchio to San Miniato
  • Day 4: To Gambassi Terme
  • Day 5: To San Gimignano
  • Day 6: Through Badia a Conèo to Monteriggioni
  • Day 7: To Siena
  • Day 8: End of the tour
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 7 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Extensive route notes, with a description of the route & tourist information
  • Maps at 1: 25.000 scale or better
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Private transfers as specified
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Single supplement
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Departure taxes Visas
  • Luggage transport (can be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional additional tours or activities
  • Tips
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CANCELLATION

20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationAccommodation: All nights are spent in beautiful, characteristic familyrun hotels (generally 3star; 4/5star on request) and beautiful agriturismos. All rooms have ensuite facilities. Meals: Only the night at the agriturismo is on a halfboard (HB) basis, i.e. with dinner included; the other nights you will be free to make your own dinner arrangements. You can then choose from the wide choice of restaurants in the area. Your accommodation holder can give you good tips. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price, but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or materials for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions, you have the option to have your lunch in a restaurant along the way. Level of difficulty: Moderately easy (23). Mostly easy walks, though some involve uphill walking, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. On some days extensions or shortcuts are possible. Fitness: High standard of fitness is not necessary but you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in the hot sun on dusty or stony tracks. Note: During summer the difficulty of this tour definitely increases due to the heat. We therefore advise against booking this tour during the period between about 14th July and 20th August. Footpaths: Most paths are relatively well maintained; on many occasions, you’ll follow socalled strade bianche (unsurfaced roads), easy to follow and very unlikely to get overgrown (we continuously check our routes – please help us by providing your feedback on the quality of the paths). Waymarking: A large part of the route is waymarked with the signage of the ‘Via Francigena’, but on some occasions we have found more interesting routes than those actually waymarked; therefore, you should follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these, you will always be able to find your route.
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