Via Francigena Lucca To Siena

Via Francigena Lucca To Siena

The Northern Tuscany Section of the Via Francigena
Via Francigena Lucca To Siena walking holiday starts in Lucca where you can spend a day visiting its beautiful gardens and villas, or some
of its nearly hundred churches that characterised this beautiful town.

Lucca owed great part of its wealth to the trade along the Via Francigena. Coming from the plain the town could be easily reached along one of two parallel roads, the “via de supra” and the “via de subtus”. The famous wooden crucifix known as Volto Santo, work of Nicodemos as the legend goes, a sculpture with reliquary kept in the cathedral of San Martino, was the first thing the pilgrims bound for Lucca went to see. Inside the town a number of Hospitals attached to the main churches provided shelter and food for the pilgrims.

To avoid a long part on asphalt and sometime busy road, you can take a train to Fucecchio where you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in San Miniato Alto on day 2 in the afternoon.This specific stage from Lucca to Siena, initially goes through the open and flat lands of the Val d’Elsa.

In the second part you will deep into a medieval atmosphere evoked by the narrow streets and the buildings made from the local sandstone of some of the most popular medieval villages in Tuscany,such as Monteriggioni and San Gimignano that, with its thirteen
outstanding towers, became an UNESCO world heritage in 1990. Reaching Siena, the landscape is made of open rolling hills with grey crags of the beautiful and picturesque Crete Senesi.

Via Francigena Lucca To Siena Highlights

  • Spectacular landscapes, fascinating Tuscany countryside full of vineyards and the picturesque rolling hills of the Crete Senesi
  • Amazing round walls of the 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

Via Francigena Lucca To Siena

At the beginning of the second millennium, a huge number of pilgrims began crossing through Europe in search of the lost “Celestial Land”, the “Patria Celeste”.

The pilgrims travelled to three major destinations: Rome, the city of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul (the founders of the Christian Church).

The Holy Land, site of Calvary, where the pilgrims sought out the places of Christ’s Passion; Santiago de Compostela, the furthest point of Western Europe which the Holy Apostle James chose as his final resting place.

The way to Rome, Via Francigena (or Via Romea) which led to the Eternal City from the Western Alps and the Rhineland, was used for 7 centuries by sovereigns, emperors, plebeians and clergymen and was probably the most important road of the times. The Via Francigena led all the way from Canterbury to Rome and was one of the pathways of European history. It was a main thoroughfare along which hundreds of thousands of pilgrims passed on their way to Rome.

In those days, the journey was not just an adventure or a risk but an act of devotion in itself, and the pilgrims would stop off along the way at places deemed holy by the Church.

Nowadays, we are able to reconstruct the itinerary thanks to a document left behind by Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury, who, upon his return from Rome to his dioceses in 994, wrote down the names of the places that had formed the stages of his journey home.

It is only natural that one thousand years later, on the eve of a new millennium, there should be a reawakening of interest in the old route and a desire to rediscover a road that once represented unity and communication between the different cultures and ideas of European nations which are once again opening their borders.

The Via Francigena bears witness to how even then there was a desire for unity in Europe.

The route cut through the Alps in the Valley of Aosta and proceeded southwards through Piedmont, Lombardy, the flatlands of the River Po (Padania), before going through the Apennines near Berceto to pass into Tuscany and Latium, and ends in Rome.

This “way to Rome” is an essential and formative phenomenon in the history of Europe. Fragments and reminders of its existence are still to be found scattered throughout our area.

 

Via Francigena Lucca To Siena

Overview: Via Francigena Lucca To Siena

DetailDescription
DestinationItaly
Holiday TypeSelf Guided Walking
Start/FinishLucca/Siena
Duration8 days 7 nights
GradeEasy. The route is quite easy due to low differences in height. The whole itinerary is mostly on paths and gravel roads. You will find some sections on asphalt roads. 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).
Distance97km
SeasonApril to October

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Via Francigena Lucca To Siena Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Lucca  Lucca on BB basis
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 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  San Miniato Alto on BB basis
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  Gambassi Terme on HB basis

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 Dinner is included at the accommodation tonight.

Day 4 – Walk from Gambassi to San Gimignano  San Gimignano on BB basis

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 andenjoy its charming medieval atmosphere. Dinner is on your own in one of the many restaurants in town.

Day 5 – Walk from San Gimignano to Gracciano  Gracciano on BB basis
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.

Day 6 – Walk from Gracciano to Monteriggioni  Monteriggioni on BB basis
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 particularcomplex of Abbadia a Isola till you reach the medieval town of Monteriggioni, surrounded by its peculiar crown of towers.

Day 7 – Walk from Monteriggioni to Siena  Siena on BB basis
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 theold 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 access of Porta Camollia. Dinner is on your own in one of the many restaurants in town.

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.

Via Francigena Lucca To Siena Dates & Prices

Season Dates Room Price per season
A 01/04/2019-22/04/2019 D2 double room €733
A 01/04/2019-22/04/2019 S1 solo single room €1026
A 01/04/2019-22/04/2019 S2 single room €983
A 01/04/2019-22/04/2019 T3 triple room €691
B 23/04/2019-21/05/2019 D2 double room €742
B 23/04/2019-21/05/2019 S1 solo single room €1041
B 23/04/2019-21/05/2019 S2 single room €998
B 23/04/2019-21/05/2019 T3 triple room €695
C 22/05/2019-20/07/2019 D2 double room €760
C 22/05/2019-20/07/2019 S1 solo single room €1077
C 22/05/2019-20/07/2019 S2 single room €1035
C 22/05/2019-20/07/2019 T3 triple room €712
D 21/07/2019-26/08/2019 D2 double room €768
D 21/07/2019-26/08/2019 S1 solo single room €1091
D 21/07/2019-26/08/2019 S2 single room €1047
D 21/07/2019-26/08/2019 T3 triple room €712
E 27/08/2019-30/09/2019 D2 double room €786
E 27/08/2019-30/09/2019 S1 solo single room €1091
E 27/08/2019-30/09/2019 S2 single room €1047
E 27/08/2019-30/09/2019 T3 triple room €713
A 01/04/2019-22/04/2019 D2 double room €733
A 01/04/2019-22/04/2019 S1 solo single room €1026
A 01/04/2019-22/04/2019 S2 single room €983
A 01/04/2019-22/04/2019 T3 triple room €691

Included: Via Francigena Lucca To Siena

  • 7 nightS accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route notes & Maps
  • 24/7 local support

Your Via Francigena Lucca To Siena Accommodation

Selected 3* hotels are used in larger towns, while in the villages and countryside we use cozy, friendly agriturismo (farms) and inns. Some of the accommodations chosen have a swimming pool and internal restaurant.All rooms in the accommodations have en-suite
facilities. Throughout the trip, there are plenty ofopportunities to taste both the great local food and a wide array of prestigious wines of the region.Dinner is only included in Gambassi Terme.

Alternative accommodation
During high season, you might sleep in different accommodation to the ones indicated in the description. This means that start or end of the routes can be slightly altered. Therefore, you programme. If
not, you must be alert at the start and end of the routes. In choosing alternative accommodation,we have tried to maintain the same standards and quality. We have also tried to stay in the same towns and villages, in order to change routes as little as possible.

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

Via Francigena Lucca To Siena Getting there and away
By Plane
The closest International Airports to get in Lucca are: Florence “A. Vespucci” Airports www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/ and Pisa “Galileo Galilei” (visit the website www.pisaairport.com/index.php?lang=_en). From both airports you can take a train to Lucca.

By Train from the airport to Lucca
Check the updated timetables on the website www.trenitalia.com. From Pisa Airport, you can take a bus, a taxi or a train to Pisa Centrale Train Station, then takethe train to Lucca. There are many daily direct trains from Pisa to Lucca and the ride takes
approximately 30 minutes. Price is about Euro 3,50 per person, one way. From Florence Airport, take a taxi or the public “Vola in bus” to Florence Santa Maria Novella are several daily trains from Florence to Lucca. There are only few direct trains that take about 1hrs. 20 minutes – 1hrs. 40 minutes to get to Lucca. Usually you have to change in Pisa Centraleand the ride takes about 1hrs. 50 minutes – 2hrs. Price varies from Euro 7,00 to Euro 11,00 per person one way, depending on the train you take.

DAY 2: By Train from Lucca to San Miniato-Fucecchio
Check the updated timetables on the website www.trenitalia.com. There are no direct trains running from Lucca to San Miniato-Fucecchio, therefore you will need to change train once or even twice (usually in Pisa Centrale and Empoli). The ride can take from 1hrs. 15 minutes up to 1 hour. 45 minutes and price varies from Euro 6,50 to Euro 8,00 per person one way, it all depends on the train you take.

NOTE: You must call the hotel in San Miniato Alto to inform them about the time of arrival in San
Miniato-Fucecchio, so they can come and pick you up at the Train station to take you to the hotel.

From Price pp

€691

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