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Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano

Hiking trail · Tuscany
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  • On your way to San Gimignano
    / On your way to San Gimignano
    Photo: Heleen Bosch, Macs Adventure Ltd
  • / Reaching San Gimignano and its main piazza
    Photo: Sally Thompson, Macs Adventure Ltd
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You can look forward once more to walking in typical Tuscan landscapes. Today's distance is slightly shorter and much of the route takes you through the world-famous Chianti vineyards. 
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
4:00 h
334 m
337 m
The sight of San Gimignano and its towers is very pleasant and can be considered one of the highlights of this trip. Hidden behind its medieval walls you will find cobbled streets, welcoming piazzas, and plenty of restaurants. At the day's end, the city will offer a much quieter experience as most of the tourists will have left.
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Macs Adventure
Update: September 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
393 m
Lowest point
111 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.  

Start

Gambssi Terme (315 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.540697, 10.954639
DMS
43°32'26.5"N 10°57'16.7"E
UTM
32T 657917 4822717
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Destination

San Gimignano

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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Coordinates

DD
43.540697, 10.954639
DMS
43°32'26.5"N 10°57'16.7"E
UTM
32T 657917 4822717
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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
13.2 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
334 m
Descent
337 m

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