Walking in Tuscany – Via Francigena

Lucca to Siena (114 km)

Multiples departures every Sunday from April to October

Fondly known as the ‘Camino to Rome’ this ancient pilgrimage route covers 1,900 km from Canterbury to Rome and traverses four countries – England, France, Switzerland and Italy. This section meanders through Tuscany, one of Italy’s most beautiful regions, and takes in the famous towns of Lucca, San Gimignano and Siena. It is one of the most beautiful trails on the Via Francigena.

Highlights

  • Explore Lucca with its amazing Renaissance wall and citadel
  • Walk through beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and woodlands dotted with medieval villages
  • Visit century old churches and abbeys along the trail in the heart of Tuscany
  • Explore Tuscany’s most picturesque and historic towns including UNESCO World Heritage Sites of San Gimignano and Siena
  • Taste Tuscany’s famous gastronomy and regional wines

What is Included

  • Direct flights Dublin/Pisa return (This trip is based on a specific airfare. A surcharge may apply if the fare is unavailable when booking)
  • 7 nights in 2/3* hotels on a B&B basis
  • Luggage transportation while walking
  • 24 hours emergency assistance

What is Not Included

  • Private transfers: Pisa airport to Lucca (€90.00 – max 3 pax) Siena to Pisa Airport (€250.00 – max 3 pax)
  • Single room supplement €35.00 per night
  • Checked in bag (currently €60.00)
  • City tax approx. €2.00 per night payable locally

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Pisa - Lucca

Arrive Pisa Airport. On arrival private transfer to Lucca (optional). Lucca is a quaint, cobblestoned Tuscan town with a historical centre protected by 16th century old Renaissance walls and birthplace to Giacomo Puccini. Spend time in the main square with its restaurants and artisan shops, build over an ancient Roman amphitheatre, or visit the splendid Duomo.

Day 2 - Lucca to Altopascio by train - from Altopascio to San Miniato (28 km)

Take a 15-minute train ride from Lucca to Altopascio (payable locally - €3) to avoid walking along the roads. Altopascio, is known as ‘the town of bread’ due to their ancient bread-making traditions and has an interesting church and bell tower in the centre of the town. This is a pleasant day of walking along an ancient cobbled road, part of the original Via Francigena.After the lovely town of Fucecchio, you pass over the Arno River continuing along old paths and farmland before reaching the medieval village of San Miniato renowned for its white truffles!

Day 3 - San Miniato to Gambassi Terme (24 km)

Today’s walk follows a lovely trail through oak and chestnut woods, olive groves and vineyards. The trail is predominantly on off-road tracks over small rolling hills, the classic Tuscan landscape. Pass the hills of the Val d’Elsa and Pieve di Chianni. There is a 300m climb to the hilltop town of Gambassi Terme, where you can reward yourself with a visit to the spa and hot springs for which it is renowned. Gambassi is also famous for its glass manufacturing.

Day 4 - Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano (14 km)

This short leg of the journey is dotted with Chianti vines and olive groves. It incorporates forest, fine houses and a monastery. As you approach San Gimignano you will see the famous and unmistakeable towers on the distant skyline. San Gimignano is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Tuscany. View the surrounding valleys from the Torre Grossa and spend a relaxing evening with a glass of Vernaccia di San Gimignano (the region’s only white wine) in one of the local taverns in the town square.

Day 5 - San Gimignano to Colle Val d'Elsa (12 km)

This is one of the most beautiful routes of the Via Francigena. From San Gimignano you walk in the Tuscan hills through pleasant olive groves and cypresses up to the charming village of Montecchio. Walk on to Colle Val d’Elsa, a Tuscan village which will take you back in time with its charming old town centre, stone walls and narrow alleyways.

Day 6 - Colle Val d'Elsa to Monteriggioni (14 km)

Today’s walk commences along tree-lined roads before ascending to the wooded hill of Montagnole. Continue on to Abbadia at Isola before reaching the hilltop village of Monteriggioni.

Day 7 - Monteriggioni to Siena (21 km)

Your final day takes you to the village of Funghaia and its church with frescoed interior, then along pleasant paths to an abandoned medieval village and then to the castles of Ciocciola and Villa before reaching Siena. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its art, architecture, museums, cuisine and for ‘The Palio’ the spectacular annual horse race held in the city’s Piazza del Campo, and is one of the most visited cities in Italy.

Day 8 - Siena

Private transfer from Siena to Pisa Airport (optional) for your return flight home.

Accommodation

Historic buildings carefully renovated and rustic farmhouses and agriturismo, some with swimming pools and restaurants. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and breakfast included.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Ryanair

Dublin/Pisa

07.40 hrs.

11.45 hrs.

Ryanair

Pisa/Dublin

11.50 hrs.

13.40 hrs.

(Flight times are subject to change)

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Sunday 5 May

Sunday 12 May

€849.00

Sunday 12 May

Sunday 19 May

€859.00

Sunday 19 May

Sunday 26 May

€869.00

Sunday 26 May

Sunday 2 June

€889.00

Sunday 2 June

Sunday 9 June

€935.00

Sunday 9 June

Sunday 16 June

€935.00

Sunday 16 June

Sunday 23 June

€935.00

Sunday 23 June

Sunday 30 June

€975.00

Sunday 30 June

Sunday 7 July

€995.00

Sunday 1 September

Sunday 8 September

€935.00

Sunday 8 September

Sunday 15 September

€889.00

Sunday 15 September

Sunday 22 September

€889.00

Sunday 22 September

Sunday 29 September

€889.00

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