• Follow the ancient Pilgrims Way in Tuscany
  • Guided walking tours of historic Lucca and Siena
  • Visit wine cellars producing Vernaccia white wine
  • Spend two nights in beautiful San Gimignano
  • Gain a unique perspective on the real Tuscany

For more than 1,000 years, pilgrims have walked the Via Francigena, once the major pilgrimage route from Northern Europe to the Holy See at Rome. In 990AD, Sigeric the Serious, Archbishop of Canterbury in England, walked to Rome and wrote an account of the Way. We follow Sigeric's route in Italy between the cities of Lucca and Siena.

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Palazzo Alexander

Rendezvous in Lucca, one of the most beautiful and ancient Tuscan towns. We take a guided tour of the town before meeting for our Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: Hotel San Miniato

This morning we begin our journey on the ancient pilgims' way, the via Francigena. Today's walk takes us to Altopascio where the "ospedale'" of the Knights of the Tau gave shelter to pilgrims travelling this route from the 11th century onwards. We pass Osteria Greppi, dating back to the 12th century, through woodlands and heathland to Ponte a Cappiano built by the Medici. We finish the day in San Miniato where Michelangelo met Pope Clement VII, who commissioned the great artist to paint the Sistine Chapel.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Villa Bianca

After a short transfer to the start of our walk we take trails through fields and along white roads to Coiano where we visit the wine cellars and old olive mill of the Castello di Coiano, before continuing through olive groves and vineyards to lunch. After lunch we walk through rolling countryside to the Pieve di Santa Maria a Chianni, then take a short transfer to Gambassi Terme.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Belsoggiorno

Our journey today takes us up and downhill along dirt roads through farmland to the Sanctuary of Pancole. We lunch at the Fattoria di Pancole and visit the wine cellars that produce some of the famous Vernaccia white wine. Our afternoon Walk takes us to the Monastero di Bose, a monastic community made up of both men and women of different Christian beliefs. Short transfer to San Gimignano, with a guided tour of the town.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Belsoggiorno

After a short transfer we walk through hilly countryside and across streams passing farms to Campiglia, then on to Colle Val d'Elsa, a walled medieval town on the Via Francigena and famous for its crystal glass, which has been produced here since 1331. After lunch in a local restaurant there is time to visit the town before driving back to San Gimignano.

Friday Overnight: Villa Scaccia Pensieri

Transfer to the start of our walk. The walk this morning takes us through Abbadia a Isola where we visit the Cistercian abbey dating back to 1001 before continuing on to Monteriggioni set within its medieval walls with towers that Dante likened to giant sentries. There will be time to visit the village before lunch in a local restaurant and transfer to our hotel near Siena where we celebrate the end of our journey with a Farewell Dinner.


After breakfast, we take a guided walking tour of stunning Siena before saying farewell at Siena rail station.
The Wayfarers winning formula remains my favorite vacation choice after 13 Walks over the past 26 years! EM
Terrain: Beautiful countryside along white roads, woodlands, vineyards and some hills. 6-8 miles walking per day


6 nights, 7 days from
US $4,295.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement US $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is US $4,080.00


From May 21 to May 27 (more dates)
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Arrival: Lucca Rail Station
Departure: Siena Rail Station
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Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Palazzo Alexander

Hotel Palazzo Alexander

Dating from the 12th century, in the heart of the historic center of Lucca, the Palazzo was once a girls boarding school. Closed for many years, it has now been restored to its former splendor as an intimate, elegant and charming boutique hotel perfectly situated within the old city walls. The dcor reflects the noble Lucchese style with antique wooden floors, fine marble in the bathrooms and carefully chosen upholstery and fixtures. All rooms feature a private bathroom, satellite TV, safe, air-conditioning, telephone, refrigerator and free WiFi internet access. Breakfast is served in a beautifully decorated dining area and there is a comfortable bar and lobby.

Hotel San Miniato

Hotel San Miniato

The thick stone walls that once housed a convent dating from the 13th century now surround the elegant guest rooms and reception space for the Hotel San Miniato. Sensitive use of the vaulted brick interiors and careful conversion has created a luxurious hotel with sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside from its hilltop vantage point. The rooms, decorated in cool colors, with terracotta floors, feature a minibar, safe, telephone and LCD television. There is free WiFi connection throughout. The hotel has a luxury spa and hydromassage pool and the Locanda San Martino restaurant offers diners Tuscan specialties in the magnificent surroundings of the former chapel.

Hotel Villa Bianca

Hotel Villa Bianca

Set in gracious Italian gardens, the Villa Bianca is a 19th century residence, renovated in 2002 to create an intimate hotel offering hospitality, comfort and elegance. The frescoed rooms feature marble or parquet floors and are equipped with air-conditioning, mini-bar, satellite television, safe, marble bathrooms with shower or bathtub and hairdryer. A sumptuous buffet breakfast is served each morning in the elegant dining room or in the panoramic court which offers enchanting views of the Tuscan hills.

Hotel Belsoggiorno

Hotel Belsoggiorno

Housed in a 13th century building, in the center of the historic town, the Hotel Belsoggiorno has a terrace with lovely views of the surrounding hills. The charming rooms have ensuite facilities, air conditioning, colour television and telephone. It boasts an excellent restaurant which serves a wide variety of local and international dishes.

Villa Scaccia Pensieri

Villa Scaccia Pensieri

Villa Scacciapensieri is a 19th century building set in its own large park and gardens, offering old world charm and the chance to relax just outside historic Siena. The rooms have ensuite bathrooms, hairdryer, air-conditioning, satellite television, direct telephone and mini-bar. The restaurant Altri Tempi offers elegant cuisine of regional dishes and home-made pastas and whenever possible guests can take breakfast, lunch or dinner outside on the terrace under the flowering wisteria and linden trees.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants