- Stage 7 of the Via Francigena in Italy
- Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from centuries ago
- Absorbing the classic Tuscan countryside
- Visiting quintessential Italian towns and cities such as Radicofani, Montalcino and Siena
- Staying in comfortable and welcoming hotels and charming B&Bs
A rewarding walk on the southern section of the Via Francigena. Walking on the southern section of the Via Francigena is packed full of rewarding experiences. Starting in the spectacular medieval city of Siena, which is well worth an extended stay, you will embark on a journey that leads you through the beautiful Tuscan countryside, dotted with wonderfully preserved hilltop villages such as San Quirico and Rocca d'Orcia. Rolling hills, cypress-lined backroads and the "Crete Senesi" - an area south of Siena where grey crags create a lunar-like landscape - will be the perfect backdrop to your walk. The important historic context of the region and the astonishing beauty of the landscapes you walk through, combine to make this trip completely unforgettable.
Day 1 : Arrive Siena
Day 2 : Walk via Cuna to Monteroni or Lucignano d'Arbia (6-7hrs, 21km/13mi)
Day 3 : Over rolling hills to Buonconvento (4-5hrs, 13.8km/8.6mi)
Day 4 : Views of the Val D'Orcia reward as you walk to San Quirico d'Orcia (6-7hrs, 21km/13mi)
Day 5 : Walk to Castiglione d'Orcia (3hrs, 10km/6.2mi)
Day 6 : Continue past ancient towns and woods towards Radicofani (6-7hrs, 25km/15mi)
Day 7 : A rewarding walk to Acquapendente (6 or 8hrs, 19km/11.8mi or 31km/19.2mi)
Day 8 : Trip concludes (or continue to Rome)
- 7 nights in 3 star hotels and agriturismo / B&B's on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15)
- Private transfer from the agriturismo to Radicofani on day 7 (or on day 6 dependent on accommodation booked) and from Centeno to Ponte Gregoriano
- 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad or pasta dish, followed by either a chicken, red meat or fish dish with seasonal vegetables & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
- Information pack including smartphone app with maps plus a route book per room booked
- Luggage transfer (max 1 piece per person) - every extra piece will be charged extra
- Emergency hotline and SMS alert
- Credenziale - the pilgrim's passport
- Travel to Siena and from Acquapendente
- Meals not included (lunch daily, dinner except on day 6). Allow EUR15-20 for dinner and EUR5 for picnic lunch.
- Items of a personal nature including drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, internet and laundry etc.
- Entrance fees (museums, galleries etc.)
- Guide - this is a self guided tour
- Travel insurance
- Tourist Tax - allow EUR2 per day - payable directly to each hotel
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Via Francigena: Southern Tuscany from Siena tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 07 February 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 February 2023, a deposit of 181 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Via Francigena: Southern Tuscany from Siena tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Via Francigena: Southern Tuscany from Siena tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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