Via Francigena Siena To Acquapendente

Via Francigena Siena To Acquapendente

Via Francigena Siena To Acquapendente. 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.

Walking on the southern section of the Via Francigena is one of the most rewarding experience you
can ever have. You start in Siena, definitely worth an extended stay, a UNESCO World Heritage site
since 1995, a city whose beauty and history surely don’t need any presentation: the historic
centre, enclosed by the imposing walls, never cease to amaze for its narrow streets of cobblestone
and magnificent palaces, and finds its climax in the Cathedral with its incredible marble mosaic
floor and in the one-of-a-kind Piazza del Campo with the “Torre del Mangia” (one of the highest in
Italy), where the famous “Palio” (horse race) is held twice a year.

From Siena embark on a journey that leads you through the most beautiful Tuscan countryside,
dotted with wonderfully preserved hilltop villages such as : Montalcino (where the world-renowned
“Brunello” red wine is produced); San Quirico with its “Horti Leonini”, a perfect example of an
Italian garden and Vignoni Alto, a tiny hamlet with a beautiful castle, completely out of time.
Rolling hills, cypress-lined back roads and the “Crete Senesi“ (the area southern of Siena where
grey crags give an impression of a lunar landscape) will be the perfect scenario for your walks,
making this trip an unforgettable experience in such an important historic context, matched only
by the astonishing beauty of the landscapes you will be offered, a source of inspiration for so many
artists throughout the years, that will not fail to make you feel like you’re part of history!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
 The medieval city of Siena, with the imposing Piazza del Campo
 Spectacular landscapes and picturesque rolling hills of the Crete Senesi
 Hilltop villages of Castiglione d’Orcia, San Quirico d’Orcia and Radicofani
 Bagno Vignoni with its bubbling hot spring
 Delicious Tuscan culinary specialties

Detail Description
Destination Italy
Holiday Type Self guided Walking
Start/Finish Siena/Acquapendente
Duration 8 days
Grade The route is moderate to demanding; there are no particularly steep ascents with exception of the climb to Radicofani on day 6. The whole itinerary is mainly on paths and gravel roads (strade bianche) you will find some sections on asphalted road; especially on the first and last walking days. 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).
Distance 9-25km per day.
Season 01/04/2019-31/10/2019 D2

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.

Day Itinerary Overnight KM M M Hrs
1 Arrive in Siena Siena
2 Walk from Siena to Lucignano d’Arbia Lucignano d’Arbia 21 307 467 7
3 Walk from Lucignano d’Arbia to Buonconvento Buonconvento 14 259 293 5
4 Walk from Buonconvento to San Quirico San Quirico 21.6 500 400 7
5 Walk from San Quirico d’Orcia to Castiglione Castiglione d’Orcia 9 200 300 4
6 Walk from Castiglione d’Orcia to Radicofani Radicofani 21 900 300 7
7 Walk from Radicofani to Acquapendente Acquapendente 25 31 516 972 10 12
8 Departure from Acquapendente

Day 1 – Arrive in Siena  Siena on BB basis
Arrive in Siena and check-in at the hotel. If you arrive early, its biannual “Palio” horse
race, held in the most beautiful shell-shaped square in Europe: the Piazza del Campo. Don’t miss a visit to the Duomo, an architectural treasure, and numerous imposing medieval palaces.History comes
alive as you meander through the narrow streets of this fantastically preserved jewel of Italy.

Day 2 – Walk from Siena to Lucignano d’Arbia  Lucignano d’Arbia on BB basis
After breakfast take start off on your wonderful Via Francigena trip along the astonishing Tuscan countryside. Walking alongside cultivated meadows, with its colours changing from the greens
and yellows of spring and summer to ochre’s of Autumn, you will pass through the medieval village of Cuna, just a few hundredmeters before entering the town of Monteroni d’Arbia, with its
famous watermill. The last part of the walk leads you to the fortified hamlet of Lucignano d’Arbia, along it’s characteristic cypress tree-lined entrance.

Day 3 – Walk from Lucignano d’Arbia to Buonconvento  Buonconvento on BB basis
Today’s walk is through a series of rolling hills and wheatcultivated meadows in the heart of the “Crete Senesi”, a clay area that never ceases to amaze the passer by, with its distinctive grey coloured soil that makes it look like you’re on the moon. Your destination for today is the walled town of Buonconvento, rightly considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. From Buonconvento a steep but short climb will lead you to your accommodation for the night, an organic farm with amazing views on the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia

Day 4 – Walk from Buonconvento to San Quirico d’Orcia  San Quirico d’Orcia on BB basis
Today your journey will take you towards San Quirico, over dirt roads and some asphalted ones: these, however, will be compensated by the beautiful views of the Val D’Orcia, among
hills tinted with charming shades and scattered with vineyards and cypress trees. In San Quirico you will stand enchanted before the gate of the Collegiata, trying to recognise the various architectural styles that blend into its decorations, before enjoying a rest among the green hedges of the Horti Leonini, a fifteenth-century garden..

Day 5 – Walk from San Quirico d’Orcia to Castiglione  Castigione d’Orcia on BB basis
You will continue your journey across the fabulous views of the Val D’Orcia: just beyond San Quirico you will enter a timeless world visiting Vignoni Alto, and you will be able to enjoy a
reinvigorating rest in the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni, with its unmistakable pool in the middle of the main square. The other pearl of the day is Castiglione, in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, which you will pass close by as you travel across one of the most beautiful panoramic sections of the whole Via Francigena.

Day 6 – Walk from Castiglione d’Orcia to Radicofani  Radicofani on HB basis
Today you will test your strength with a short but demanding leg of your journey which will take you as far as Radicofani: but it will be worth it, because admiring the view from the Radicofani fortress, tired but satisfied, will repay all your efforts. You will also be able to visit the Pieve di San Pietro, a little jewel dating back to the thirteenth century, and take an evening walk in its old town centre, admiring the magic of the illuminated Fortress..

Day 7 – Transfer to Radicofani and walk to Acquapendente  Acquapendente on BB basis
The longest walk of your trip is also one of the most rewarding,thanks to the astonishing panorama you will be offered. A short car transfer will lead to the main square of Radicofani: the imposing “Rocca” (the castle) is dominating the entire valley, giving a view stretching out for kilometres over the Tuscan hills and Monta Amiata. Walking along the old consular road “ViaCassia), the breath-taking sights walking down the ridge will absolutely inspire a sensation of well-being, until you reach the
final stage of the trip in Acquapendente (you will have a short transfer from Centeno to Ponte Gregoriano to avoid a section with lot of traffic)

Day 8 – Arrivederci Acquapendente!
The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have pre-booked extra nights with us or
other extra services.

Season Dates Rooms Price per person
A 01/04/2019-31/10/2019 D2 double room €694
A 01/04/2019-31/10/2019 S1 solo single room €915
A 01/04/2019-31/10/2019 S2 single room €849
A 01/04/2019-31/10/2019 T3 triple room €615

Your Accommodation

Accommodation and meals
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 of opportunities to taste both the great local food and a wide array of prestigious wines of the region. Dinner is included in Buonconvento and Radicofani

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.

Getting there and away
By Plane and Train from the airport to Siena
The closest International Airports to get in Siena are: Florence “A. Vespucci” Airport www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/ and Pisa “Galileo Galilei” Airport www.pisaairport. com/index.php?lang=_en).

From Pisa Airport, you can take a bus, a taxi or a train to Pisa Centrale Train Station, then take the train to Siena (check the updated timetables on the website www.trenitalia.com). There are many daily trains from Pisa to Siena (always with a change in Empoli) and the ride takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Price is about Euro 10,50 per person, one way.

From Florence Airport, take a taxi or the public “Vola in bus” to Florence Santa Maria Novella
Train Station (see www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/passengers/from-to-the-airport/bus.html). There several daily trains from Florence to Siena (check the updated timetables on the website www.trenitalia.com). There are many direct trains (as well as trains with 1 change in Empoli) that take from 1 hour and 3 minutes to 2 hours. Price is about Euro 9,00 per person, one way.A faster way to get from Florence is
Siena is by bus, trip lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes (www.sitabus.it). Price is about Euro 7,00 per person, one way.

The closest train station to Acquapendente is Orvieto, about 30 km far: there are 2 busses running
from Acquapendente (check www.cotralspa.it) from Monday to Saturday, trip last 1 hour and price for a one way ticket is 2,80 euros. There are no busses running on Sundays, so clients have to take a taxi to reach Orvieto.

From Price pp

€694

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