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Altopascio to San Miniato

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  • San Miniato and its surrounding countryside
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Take a walk along a medieval path that leads to Cappiano Bridge and continue on towards the sleepy village of San Miniato. 
moderate
Distance 29.2 km
8:00 h
259 m
155 m
150 m
11 m
The surrounding hills are famed for the production of white truffles, making this one of the best places to enjoy a fresh pasta dish with 'tartufo bianco'.

Author’s recommendation

Depending on your energy levels you can choose various distances for today's walk. Either start from your accommodation in Altopascio (30km) - this is the standard option - or start in Galleno (22km), or Ponte a Cappiano (15km). Please speak with our local partner directly if you would like to shorten your walk and haven't already told us.
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Update: May 03, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
150 m
Lowest point
11 m

Safety information

This route follows sections of the original Via Francigena pilgrimage route, you will not only walk on trails and unpaved roads but also on asphalt part of the way. The ‘traditional’ walk is alongside some busy main roads, where possible we have attempted to re-route them. Please take care when walking along roads and always be mindful of other road users. Pavements or paths should be used if provided and walk on the right-hand side of the road if there is no pavement or path. This way you can see oncoming traffic.

Italy is known to have long, hot summers with July and August being the hottest months. At that time of year, the temperatures can rise into the 30 degree Celsius during the day. Always make sure to stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. It is also advised to wear skin-protecting clothing and use sun cream/screen. We recommend you inquire about the day’s forecasted weather before setting out on your walks. A useful website for climate information specific to towns and countries is www.yr.no.  

Tips and hints

Due to the remote location of some of the smaller towns and villages along the way it is possible that some of your overnight hotels will be a few kilometres from the route or in a nearby town or village. If this is the case, you will always receive directions to and from the trail in your route notes. Please be aware that this may result in slightly longer or shorter walking days.

Start

Altopascio (17 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.814664, 10.677455
DMS
43°48'52.8"N 10°40'38.8"E
UTM
32T 634907 4852655
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Destination

San Miniato

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course. 

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
43.814664, 10.677455
DMS
43°48'52.8"N 10°40'38.8"E
UTM
32T 634907 4852655
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

This depends on the time of year you are walking; if traveling in the spring or autumn it can be cool in the morning, but it soon heats up in the late morning and afternoon so make sure and bring some layers with you.  During the summer months, the area can be prone to afternoon thunderstorms, so waterproofs are also essential in case of heavy showers.  In the heat of the day, sun cream is essential and a sunhat is highly recommended.  Otherwise normal hiking gear in a ~25-liter rucksack will suit. Either sturdy walking shoes or light hiking boots are suitable. Other essential items are water, enough food and snacks to last between supply points, blister treatment, first aid kit and insect repellent.

Also, ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
29.2 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
259 m
Descent
155 m
Highest point
150 m
Lowest point
11 m

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