Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from the Middle Ages this section of the Via Francigena begins in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and finishes in the medieval town of Montefiascone. Encounter small hamlets and villages atop conical hills and set within the distinctive undulating Italian countryside.
For the most part, this section of the Via Francigena takes you through the glorious landscapes of Tuscany, carpeted with cypress-studded hills and where the birth of the Renaissance began. As Tuscany is also famed for its excellent wines, you will also encounter many local vineyards along the way where you may stop and perhaps have a typical picnic lunch with wine, local meats, cheeses, and artisan bread. Appreciate the incredible fact that you are following an ancient trail that many pilgrims and travelers walked along in the Middle Ages.
Make your way to San Quirico d’Orcia a charming walled town situated on the northern edge of the Valley d’Orcia where your incredible journey begins. The first part of this stage takes you through this aesthetically pleasing valley and also to Sant Antimo Abbey an important stop for pilgrims and an enchanting Romanesque structure. One of the highlights of your walking tour is passing through the geologically unique and ochre-colored landscapes of the Crete Senesi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The town of Radicofani was an important stronghold in Italy for centuries and you can see its citadel from 10km away! Enjoy a night beside Lago di Bolsena with its crystal clear waters originally formed from a volcanic crater. Finish in the pretty hill-top town of Montefiascone.