Following the pilgrimage route through the rolling Tuscan landscape

Via Francigena: San Miniato to San Quirico (Stage 6)

Explore the central belt of iconic Tuscan landscapes and a distinctive trio of medieval towns; Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. This stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the charming village of San Miniato to San Quirico situated on the northern edge of the Valley d’Orcia.

This journey encompasses all the highlights of central Tuscany and offers fascinating insights into the many towns and villages that you pass through with their wealth of history, culture, art, and architecture.

Beginning in the medieval village of San Miniato you walk through Chianti vineyards and then make your way to Gambassi, known for its production of glass and to San Gimignano, the “Manhattan of Tuscany”. The famed towers were built in the 12th century. San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Monteriggioni is your next destination, enclosed by medieval walls which are still intact. Siena is unquestionably one of the highlights of this stage of the Via Francigena, with its medieval buildings and the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. Twice a year around the piazza the famous Palio horse race is run with the same pomp and ceremony as in medieval times. Your walking tour finishes in the quintessentially Tuscan hill-top town of San Quirico d’Orcia.

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Hiking trail · Pisa

San Miniato to Gambassi Terme

March 06, 2020
moderate
23.6 km
6:30 h
383 m
193 m
Walk through stunning Tuscan landscapes and oak woods, which then give way to vineyards. Arrive in Gambassi Terme, located on a hill 350m above ...
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Firenze

Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano

March 06, 2020
moderate
13.2 km
4:00 h
369 m
373 m
Today’s walk is relatively short as this gives you time to explore San Gimignano this afternoon. Once again you will be walking through the ...
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Siena

San Gimignano to Monteriggioni

March 06, 2020
moderate
30.1 km
8:08 h
463 m
510 m
Your walking today is along trails that are some of the most beautiful along the Via Francigena.
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Siena

Monteriggioni to Siena

March 06, 2020
moderate
17.6 km
5:00 h
263 m
200 m
Once more this is a relatively short walking day which enables you to spend time exploring Siena this afternoon. Leaving behind the old town of ...
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Siena

Siena to Grancia de Cuna

March 06, 2020
moderate
18.2 km
5:00 h
127 m
284 m
Depart from Siena and follow the official Via Francigena road, the Porta Romana, all the way. Please note: You will be transferred from Grancia ...
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
March 06, 2020
moderate
23.3 km
6:30 h
513 m
279 m
En route to San Quirico d’Orcia you pass through Brunello vineyards, there will the opportunity to visit a nice winery at Torrenieri.
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure