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San Miniato to Gambassi Terme

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  • San Miniato and its surrounding countryside
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Walk through stunning Tuscan landscapes and oak woods, which then give way to vineyards. Arrive in Gambassi Terme, located on a hill 350m above sea level. The town has been known for its production of glass since medieval times.
moderate
Distance 23.5 km
6:30 h
392 m
212 m
316 m
78 m

Famous for its fine red Chianti wines, such as Tempranillo and Sangiovese, if you are traveling in the spring and summer the vines will be in full bloom and if traveling in the autumn they will be deep reds and browns.

Combining almost perfect weather and soils that produce these world-renowned wines, there is evidence to show that the Etruscans cultivated and even experimented with vines here. Along the route you can visit inside two interesting churches, Pieve di Coiano and Santa Maria a Chianni, the latter situated on the side of a valley and the former positioned close to Gambassi with a beautiful façade.

 

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Update: May 03, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
316 m
Lowest point
78 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 Miniato (125 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.680310, 10.855290
DMS
43°40'49.1"N 10°51'19.0"E
UTM
32T 649543 4838039
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Destination

Gambassi Terme

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.

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
43.680310, 10.855290
DMS
43°40'49.1"N 10°51'19.0"E
UTM
32T 649543 4838039
w3w 
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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 and first aid kit, insect repellent, biodegradable toilet tissue, and a whistle and torch.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
23.5 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
392 m
Descent
212 m
Highest point
316 m
Lowest point
78 m

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