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Strove to Siena

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Once more this is a relatively short walking day which enables you to spend time exploring Siena this afternoon. Walk along trails that take you to Montagnola and Cerbaia, a medieval village now in a neglected state.
moderate
Distance 24.2 km
6:30 h
352 m
284 m
358 m
193 m

Walk through woods to the castles of the Chiocciola and Villa before arriving at Porta Camollia, the traditional access road on the Via Francigena into Siena.

Siena is a town well-known for its Palio horse race which occurs twice a year, its medieval buildings and the wonderful Piazza del Campo. Sit in an outdoor café within the piazza whilst viewing the medieval houses and buildings, particularly the Palazzo Publico and the Torre del Mangia, both architectural treasures.

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Update: April 29, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
358 m
Lowest point
193 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

Depending on the accommodation that has been booked for you, you will either start in Strove or Monteriggioni. Please refer to your roadbook for more information and directions.

Start

Strove (266 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.380161, 11.172199
DMS
43°22'48.6"N 11°10'19.9"E
UTM
32T 675959 4805324
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Destination

Siena

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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Coordinates

DD
43.380161, 11.172199
DMS
43°22'48.6"N 11°10'19.9"E
UTM
32T 675959 4805324
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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
24.2 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
352 m
Descent
284 m
Highest point
358 m
Lowest point
193 m

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