Rolling landscapes, vibrant colours, mild temperatures ideal for hiking and a countryside with harvest in full swing and yielding the best seasonal delicacies … Autumn is a wonderful time to walk the Via Francigena, particularly the sections in Italy, also known as the Italian Camino or Camino to Rome.
This week, our travel specialists pick 3 great Via Francigena tours to escape this Autumn, with all kinds of delicious local produce being harvested along the way:
Walking in Tuscany: from Lucca to Siena
Walking the Via Francigena in Tuscany from Lucca to Siena is the most popular of our Via Francigena tours and, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful regions you’ll encounter on the whole route. Picturesque historic towns such as San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and stunning Siena, superb tracks zigzagging rolling hills and delicious Tuscan specialities await.
You can also choose to take a slower pace and start your walk from San Miniato instead, walking an average of 15kms per day (instead of 20kms). San Miniato is well known to foodies as Italy’s capital of the exquisite white truffle. Treat yourself to the region’s star delicacy, after your day’s walk. You can also experience this section by bike.
From October onward, olives are also picked in the region, with plenty of activity in the olive groves. Mushrooms, local salamis and cured meats, as well as regional wine will keep your taste buds busy on this unforgettable trip.
For more details: Via Francigena in Tuscany.
Classic vineyards of Val d’Orcia
Wine making is both a way of life and a form of art in the Val d’Orcia, the Valley of the Orcia River, also in Tuscany. From the end of September and October, it is wine harvest time, the ‘vendemmia’. Our Via Francigena tours take you from Siena to Viterbo across this magnificent region, UNESCO-listed for its classic agricultural landscapes where aesthetics are as important as functionality, perfectly planned and designed in true Renaissance style.
Stopping in quaint medieval villages and a glass of red to celebrate the day’s walk will be your reward.
For more details: Via Francigena across Val d’Orcia.
Camino to Rome from Viterbo
There is still time to make it to Rome before the end of Holy Year 2016. Walk just over 100kms from medieval Viterbo all the way to St Peter’s Square in Rome, to feel like a true Francigena pilgrim. Autumn is a great time to walk this section of the Via Francigena, admiring the season’s changing colours along peaceful forest tracks, stopping in towns of fantastic history and archaeology and sampling some of the best loved Italian specialities in Bella Roma.
For more details: Camino to Rome.
For more information about walking the Via Francigena or to book our Via Francigena tours, contact our travel specialists