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Via Francigena – Lucca to Siena 14/16 HIGHLIGHTS

Walking Section 14 of 16

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Via Francigena – Section 14: This is one of the most popular and spectacular sections of the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome. It starts in the walled city of Lucca with its amazing Renaissance wall and citadel, and finishes in the UNESCO World Heritage historic centre of Siena.

On this section of te Via Francigena you will walk in the heart of Tuscany, across beautiful rolling hills and woodland, stopping in gorgeous villages along the way where you will enjoy a well-deserved rest. There are many wonderful sights on this section of the Via Francigena including the tiny walled hilltop town of Monteriggioni and two impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the breathtaking town of San Gimignano with its medieval towers and magnificent Siena, an historical, artistic, cultural and gastronomic gem. If you travel in July or August, you might be able to witness one of Italy’s most traditional horse races: the Palio di Siena. If you travel in Autumn, this part of Tuscany is world-famous for its white truffles so foodies are in for a treat!

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  • Standard:
    • 8 days / 7 Nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
    • Split – 9 days / 8 Nights. This tour includes two extra walking days to split the longest day in two so you can walk at a more relaxed pace.
  • Easy Walking – Under the Tuscan Sun
    • Start in San Miniato – 7 days / 6 nights.
      • Guided tour
        • Start in San Miniato: 7 days / 6 Nights. Includes English speaking guide, Half board, and airport transfers to/from Fuimicino airport. Departure on 30th April & 17th September 2016.
        • Easy cycling in Tuscany
          • 8 days / 7 Nights. Cycling the Via Francigena in Tuscany from Lucca to Siena at a leisurely pace so you can explore this magnificent region. Bike rental available.

Trip highlights

  • Explore amazing UNESCO heritage sites along the way
  • Walk in the heart of picturesque Tuscany
  • Enjoy authentic Italian food with a glass of Chianti
  • Visit spectacular Siena, home of the famous Palio horse race

1 Lucca

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You will be booked in a hotel in the centre of Lucca, in an en-suite room. Make sure you explore this fantastic city before you set off on your Via Francigena adventure.

2 Lucca to Altopascio - 18km

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5h30 | +89m / -93m
This first part of the Via Francigena trail from Lucca to Altopascio is flat all the way. You will pass the towns of Capannori and Porcari and their lovely little churches. Your destination for the day is Altopascio which is know as the ‘town of bread’ for its tradition of bread making. There is an interesting church and bell tower in the centre of the town.

3 Altopascio to San Miniato - 29km

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7h | +383m / -283m
Today, the Via Francigena trail gets more interesting as you leave Lucca and its suburbs behind. This section follows a lovely trail through woodland and farmlands. There is a short climb and descent before you reach a fortified 16th century Medicean bridge over the canal. You will then pass the lovely town of Fucecchio and over the Arno river, before the final climb up to the breathtaking town of San Miniato (Alto). There are plenty of artistic, cultural and historical sights to see here. The town and region are also renowned for its white truffles.

4 San Miniato to Gambassi Terme - 24km

7h | +693m / -505m
Today’s walking section on the Via Francigena follows a lovely trail through oak woods, chestnut woods, olive groves and vineyards. The trail is predominantly on off-road tracks over small rolling hills, the classic Tuscan landscape. On the way you will pass Chianni where you should visit the lovely little church. There is a 300m climb to Gambassi Terme, a hilltop town best known for its spa and hot springs, as well as glass manufacturing.

Easy Walking – Under the Tuscan Sun: If you are on this tour, your trip begins in San Miniato.
Guided Tour: Guided tours start in San Miniato.

5 Gambassi T. to Colle di Val d. - 27km

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8h | +624m / -760m
From Gambassi Terme you will descend for a couple of kilometres before you begin another climb. The day is quite up and down but the scenery as you walks by the world-famous Chianti vineyards will make the effort worthwhile. Mid-way you will reach San Gimignano, a wonderful UNESCO-listed medieval town, where you can stop for the night if you decide to split this day. The towers of San Gimignano of the town can be seen for miles. The ‘San Gimignano 1300’ museum has a wonderful reconstruction of how the town once looked and is well worth a visit. You will leave San Gimignano walking through olive groves and cypress avenues up to the village of Montecchio. In Colle Val d’Elsa, enjoy a glass of Chianti in the central piazza.

Easy Walking Option Stay in San Gimignano - 14km & 13km

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4h | +312m / -380m
Split your day by adding an extra night in San Gimignano, in order to enjoy the atmosphere of this picturesque village, with its unique architecture. The historic town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The split of this day will make two walking days of 13km (Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano) and 14km (San Gimignano to Colle di Val d’Elsa).

6 Colle di Val d. to Monteriggioni - 14km

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3h30 | +266m / -144m
From the Piazza in Colle di Val d’Elsa, you will continue your walk along tree-lined roads, starting with a long descent to Castel Petraia and then up to the densely forested hill of Montagnole. Your walking day on the Via Francigena takes you to the unique hilltop village of Monteriggioni with its circular wall.

7 Monteriggioni to Siena - 21km

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5h15 | +380m / -316m
After Monteriggioni, the Via Francigena takes pilgrims towards the village of Funghaia and its church with frescoed interior. Make sure you experience real Tuscan food in one of the region’s best osterias, as you reach stunning Siena. Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in Italy. It is world famous for its art, medieval architecture, museums, cuisine and the ‘Palio‘, the spectacular annual horse race held in the city’s piazza.

8 Siena

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This is the end of your holiday, after enjoying your breakfast in beautiful Siena. Talk to the FrancigenaWays.com travel specialists if you’d like to book an additional night in Siena to explore this magnificent UNESCO-listed city.

We have hand picked our hotels on the Via Francigena based on their character, facilities and comfort. You will usually arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon giving you plenty of time for a refreshing shower and a visit to the local village, or maybe just to unwind and relax yourself. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability. Hotel Upgrades are available in most cities and larger towns. Ask the FrancigenaWays.com team.

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We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Altopascio - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

San Miniato - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Gambassi Terme - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Colle di Val d'Elsa - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Monteriggioni - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

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We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Lucca Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Sienna Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Lucca:
Best option: Pisa International Airport (34km)
Pisa is the closest airport to Lucca and has direct flights from all major international airports, as well as low-cost flights (with Ryanair or EasyJet). Aer Lingus will fly directly to Pisa from Dublin from May 2016.
Alternative option (a): Florence International Airport (68km)
There are many international flights to Florence, operated by important airlines such as British Airways, KLM as well as Lufthansa and Hop. For more information see www.aeroporto.firenze.it

Alternative option (b): Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino (380km)
Rome’s main airport has many international flights. It is located 15km west of Rome city centre. Airport info www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Fiumicino/Leonardo_da_vinci.html.

 

How to get back from Siena:
The two closest airports are Florence, 80km and Pisa, 131km.
Best option: Florence International Airport (80km)
Closest airport to Siena. There are many international flights to Florence, operated by important airlines such as British Airways, KLM as well as Lufthansa and Hop. For more information see www.aeroporto.firenze.it
Alternative option (a): Pisa International Airport (131km)
Pisa has direct flights to all major international airports, including low-cost flights (with Ryanair or EasyJet). Aer Lingus will fly directly from Pisa to Dublin from May 2016.
Alternative option (b): Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino (262km)
Rome’s main airport has many international flights. It is located 15km west of Rome city centre. Airport info www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Fiumicino/Leonardo_da_vinci.html.

TO and FROM the airports

How to get to Lucca:
From Pisa International Airport: Firstly you need to reach Pisa central train station (Station Ferroviara Pisa Centrale). The airport is only located 1km from Pisa central train station and PisaMover Bus Service provides the transfer. To get to Lucca from Pisa central train station you can take a regional trains (approx. 30 minutes travel time). You can check the timetable at www.trenitalia.com.

NOTE: Depending on the connection schedules, sometimes it’s better to make the connection at Viareggio instead of at Pisa Centrale. The Trenitalia website will indicate when this is the case. The unreserved regionale train from Viareggio to Lucca also costs 3 Euros and takes just under 30 minutes travel time.

From Florence International Airport: To reach Santa Maria Novella train station (S.M.N) from the airport the easiest way is to take the city line. There is a local bus “Volainbus” that is run by the SITA bus company next to the Santa Maria Novella train station. It goes to and from the station every half hour from 5:30am to 11pm (25 minutes approx travel time from airport arrivals to the station). Find the general information of departure points and timetable at www.fsbusitalia.it
When you are in S.M.N train station you can choose:
– Train Option: With the Italian regional line www.trenitalia.com, Florence to Lucca takes roughly 1.30 hours and costs around €7.
– Bus Option: From Florence to Lucca, you also have the option to take the intercity bus (Monday to Saturday only), which departs hourly from the intersection of Via Nazionale and Via Fiume, 250 meters from the S.M.N. train station. The bus takes 80 minutes and costs about the same as the regionale train, but has reclining seats. Be aware departure location may change in the future.

From Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport: You have to get to Roma Termini Central Station to take an intercity trains either going to Pisa Central or Firenze Santa Maria Novella. There are many options to get from Leonardo da Vinci airport to Roma Termini. See www.rome-airport:

  • The Leonardo Express train costs €11 and takes 30 minutes.
  • Terravision Shuttle Bus. Ticket is €9 for 70 minutes of travel.
  • City bus: The bus stop is located outdoors at ground level, 100 meters left from arrivals (teminals B&C). You can buy tickets at all tobacco shops – they have blue signs (Tabacheria). Fares is 4 Euros; 45-80 minutes travel time.
  • Taxis outside the passenger stations. The trip cost usually €40 to get to the city centre plus €1 fee for each suitcase.

From Roma Termini you can decide to go to Pisa or Florence.

  • PisaTake a Frecciabianca OR, an Intercity train from Roma Termini to Pisa Centrale. The Frecciabianca is a faster, more modern and nicer train, so give it priority over the Intercity unless the latter’s schedules are more convenient. The fastest Frecciabianca train takes 2 hours and 30 minutes travel time for €44.50
  • Via Florence: Travelling via Firenze SMN will cost €43, and will take about the same amount of time (since the Freccia train from Rome to Florence is one hour faster than the Freccia train from Rome to Pisa).

For timetables and itineraries see www.trenitalia.com

 

How to get back from Siena:
To Pisa International Airport: you can take a bus in Siena going directly to Pisa International Airport. http://www.pisa-airport.com/aeroporto_di_pisa_196.html, which is a less than 2hrs.

To Florence International Airport: you have to take a train between Siena and Florence http://www.fsitaliane.it/homepage.html, and then a bus going from the centre of the city to the airport http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/EN/index.php?percorso=contents&jk=17&curr=0.

To Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport , the easiest way is to take the SENA bus (an Euroline line). For fares, itineraries and timetables you can have a look at www.sena.it. To give you an idea, the journey takes approximately 3 hours and costs €22. By train, you may need to change trains once you reach Florence, making the journey longer. Usually between 3 hours half and 4 hours travel time, the ticket price starts from €20. See www.trenitalia.com

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • 8 days / 7 nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €950
    Double/Twin Room
    €773
  • This tour includes two extra walking days to split the longest days in two so you can walk at a more relaxed pace. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1100
    Double/Twin Room
    €896
  • Upgrade your tour by adding 4* hotels where available. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1390
    Double/Twin Room
    €1099
  • Upgrade your tour by adding 4* hotels where available. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1644
    Double/Twin Room
    €1299
  • This 6-night holiday starts in gorgeous San Miniato and you will walk an average of 15km per day, giving you time to explore Tuscany. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €798
    Double/Twin Room
    €648
  • Upgrade your tour by adding 4* hotels where available. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1246
    Double/Twin Room
    €980
  • Depart from San Miniato. Our guided tours include English-speaking guides with the group. Departures April & Sept 2016. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €946
    Double/Twin Room
    €786
  • 8 days / 7 nights. Cycling Tuscany at a leisurely pace so you can explore this superb region. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €950
    Double/Twin Room
    €773

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  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Half-board accommodation
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel
  • Holiday Pack including: walking notes, maps, practical information and pilgrim passports

We also offer

  • Airport transfers, hotel upgrades (when available)

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