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.