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San Miniato to Gambassi Terme

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  • Following the pilgrimage route through the rolling Tuscan landscape
    / Following the pilgrimage route through the rolling Tuscan landscape
    Photo: Heleen Bosch, Macs Adventure
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Today will unfold the true beauty of Tuscan scenery as you walk among olive groves, oakwood, vineyards, and lines of Cypress trees. 
Distance 23.5 km
7:00 h
421 m
212 m
316 m
78 m
The start of the route shortly takes you along quiet country roads before it turns into an undulating trail for the remainder of the route. Just before reaching Gambassi, you will pass two interesting churches, Pieve di Coiano and S. Maria a Chianni, that are well worth a visit. 

Author’s recommendation

Depending on your energy levels you can choose various distances for today's walk. Either start from your accommodation in Altopascio (29km), Galleno (22km), or Ponte a Cappiano (15km). 
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Update: September 08, 2021
Highest point
316 m
Lowest point
78 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  


San Miniato (125 m)
43.680310, 10.855290
43°40'49.1"N 10°51'19.0"E
32T 649543 4838039


Gambssi Terme

Turn-by-turn directions

To help you follow the route with confidence we strongly suggest that you follow these GPS tracks in our Macs Adventure smartphone app - they should be used in conjunction with the route information/documentation provided by our local supplier (viadelsole) to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable, and problem-free day.


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43.680310, 10.855290
43°40'49.1"N 10°51'19.0"E
32T 649543 4838039
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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23.5 km
7:00 h
421 m
212 m
Highest point
316 m
Lowest point
78 m


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