FRANCIGENA ROUTE AND ANCIENT PATHS
FRANCIGENA ROUTE AND ANCIENT PATHS: We usually walk and bike secondary roads, low traficated itineraries of the city and the countryside, invisible ways, to the fast and unattentive travellers, however seducent attractions for walkers or bikers looking for intense experiences in Tuscany. One of them is the Francigena Route and the ancient pilgrimage paths of the region creating a new range of opportunities for nature and history lovers in a slow tourism attitude. We’d like to share with you some of our itineraries that are not only walking or bike holidays, but a fair knowledge of territory and its landscapes, deeper connections with locals and their activities and identity.
Lucca to Vinci (35km, medium level). From the city centre of Lucca to the medieval hospital-farm of Altopascio and then to the wet-lands known as the Padule di Fucecchio. Second part of the path softly uphill of the Montalbano direction Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo.
Enviroment: wet-lands of Padule di Fucecchio, Montalbano hills. Patchwork of olive trees and vineyards, spotted with ancient castles or isolated Villas and the local Casa colonica (rural residence).
Villages and towns: Lucca, hospital and complex of Altopascio, Vinci.
Siena to Buonconvento (35km, medium level). Going out of Siena through the Romana gate, we go southward in the fabulous context of the Crete Senesi and the ancient manor houses along the Francigena Route. Buonconvento, a small-fortified village, located in the Ombrone river Valley was always considered a perfect stop to rest before arriving to Siena or going south to Rome.
Enviroment: Crete Senesi hills, Ombrone Valley. Vas and rolling hills of cereals, fields of olive trees and vineyards nearby the villages and farms.
Villages and towns: Siena, Cuna, Buonconvento.
We can arrange many others excursions or holidays on the long route from Lucca to Siena, according to your needs and desires. Wine and olive oil tastings with our expert guide and selected farms on the way.
Accomodation is always attentevely selected in exquisite and domestic Agriturismo, family-ran holiday houses. All comforts for walkers and bikers will be provided, along with the assistance of our expert guide. Wi-Fi access included. Luggage transfer included in multi-days holiday. Van assistance on request.
Main cities: Lucca, Florence, Siena. Towns and villages of interest: Altopascio, San Miniato, Gambassi Terme, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Vinci, Buonconvento.
Please contact us to define your holiday / excursion indicating:
1- number or participant
2- date and place of departure
3- difficulty level biking or walking
4- distance to be traveled by bike or on foot
5- other useful details (luggage transport, mechanical assistance)