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San Gimignano to Strove

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Your walking today is along trails that are some of the most beautiful along the Via Francigena.
moderate
Distance 23.3 km
6:30 h
367 m
429 m
331 m
130 m

First set off in the direction of Campiglia, a small hamlet surrounded by the characterful Tuscan countryside and continue onto Badia a Coneo, a gracious and remote church. Also pass through Abbey Island, a complex of mysterious medieval buildings. In the 11th century this island was surrounded by marshes, hence the fact that it is called an island.

 

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Depending on the accommodation that has been booked for you, you will either stay in Strove or Monteriggioni. Please refer to your roadbook for more information and directions.
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Update: May 03, 2022
Difficulty
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Highest point
331 m
Lowest point
130 m
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Safety information

As this route tries to remain as true to the original pilgrimage route as possible, 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, which is why we give other suggestions (especially near Rome). 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.weather2travel.com or 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

San Gimignano (311 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.470068, 11.041385
DMS
43°28'12.2"N 11°02'29.0"E
UTM
32T 665117 4815041
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Destination

Strove

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with the route notes and maps that you received. 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.

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
43.470068, 11.041385
DMS
43°28'12.2"N 11°02'29.0"E
UTM
32T 665117 4815041
w3w 
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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 and first aid kit, insect repellent, biodegradable toilet tissue, and a whistle and torch.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
23.3 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
367 m
Descent
429 m
Highest point
331 m
Lowest point
130 m

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