|Tuscany & Siena|
Walk from unspoilt hill-top San Gimignano to Siena, the best-preserved great medieval city in Europe • Timeless countryside, as seen in the background of medieval paintings • Hills crowned with medieval cities and villages – San Gimignano, Colle Val d’Elsa and Monteriggioni • Patchwork of vineyards and olive groves, ancient forests, fields of wheat and barley • Ancient festivals and traditions preserved in the towns and villages
|Tuscany & Siena:||
Day 1 Arrive in San Gimignano
Day 2 Free day in San Gimignano Option circular walk
Day 3 San Gimignano to Colle Val d`Elsa
Day 4 Colle Val d`Elsa to Monteriggioni
Day 5 Monteriggioni to Siena
Day 6 Free day in Siena
Day 7 Departure day
Walking: Hilly countryside is crossed by strade bianche (small gravel roads), mule tracks, farm and wood-land tracks and paths, with some asphalt on the approach to towns, notably Siena.
When to go
Start any day from 01 Apr to 24 Oct
* Certaldo: unspoilt medieval hill town with massive 12C pink brick ramparts. Boccaccio, author of the Decameron, lived here, and his house is now a museum.
** San Gimignano: walled medieval town with world famous towers. Romanesque Collegiata, with very fine frescoes by Bartolo di Fredi, Taddeo di Bartolo, Benozzo Gozzoli and others. Palazzo del Popolo with picture gallery. Church of Sant' Agostino, with frescoed choir and fine high alter.
* Colle Val d'Elsa: walled town with perfectly preserved medieval 'tunnel' streets.
*** Siena: Piazza del Campo, scene of the Palio. Palazzo Pubblico with pictures and frescoes including the Lorenzetti Good & Bad Government. Medieval Duomo (built 1196-1216) of black and white marble, with remarkable Libreria Piccolomini, decorated by Pinturicchio. Museo dell' Opera with Duccio's Maesta. Pinacoteca: the most important picture gallery for study of Sienese masters - the list goes on and on...
* Monteriggioni: Tiny medieval village encircled by 13C walls surmounted by watchtowers.
The Palio pageant and horse race round the Campo of Siena takes place on 2 July and 16 August.
Flights & Transport
Recommended Destination Airport: Pisa
There are frequent international flights to Pisa and Florence. From
Pisa airport trains run regularly (change at Empoli) to Certaldo and
Siena, connecting you with the beginning and end of your trip. The airport
in Florence is 5 miles from the train station (airport shuttle bus) from
where trains run to Certaldo (via Empoli) and Siena. Each place on route
is connected by public transport.
Public transport on route