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The Tuscan Heritage locations along the Via Francigena

Man has always had a need to meet himself, to seek well-being in simplicity and succeed in abandoning the complicated chaos. Nature is the way to do this, by walking just like the ancient people did. The new walkers are seeking the beauty and charm ha group of streets directed to the city of Rome in the Middle Ages. These roads were also called Romea roads. They were the roads that pilgrims from all over Europe travelled along, on their way to visit the tomb of the apostle Peter. 

Francigena is not only a religious path, but a restorative path of silence that reconnects with that natural balance that we too often forget.

Pellegrini e ciclisti lungo la via Francigena
Pellegrini lungo la Via Francigena

Along the way, monasteries, abbeys, castles and shelters were founded to welcome travellers. 
The wayfarer's journey is a long one. In Tuscany, the Via Francigena descends from the Apuan Alps, stretches to Versilia and passes near the Medici Villa of Serravezza, a place that was greatly loved by the Medici family women and by Francesco I.

Veduta della villa medicea di Seravezza lungo il fiume
Villa medicea di Seravezza

It then runs inland and, from San Miniato to Gambassi, you get to see the Parish church of Cellole and then the towers of San Gimignano. 
Numerous offshoots appear for wayfarers to see. As they arrive in Siena, they cross the Porta Camollia , which will lead them to Santa Maria della Scala.

Facciata di Santa Maria della Scala a Siena
Santa Maria della Scala, Siena

Leaving the city, the road continues along a landscape that seems to have just been combed, while the expanses of fields are geometric figures alternating in brown and green and the uphill climbs of twelve rolling hills slope towards the most famous villages, where fortresses and castles are located, such as the Castle of Spedaletto in Pienza.

Castello di Spedaletto, esterno
Castello di Spedaletto

Proceeding towards the Crete Senesi in the Val d'Orcia, you pass through the areas of Montalcino, Torrenieri and San Quirico d'Orcia, where you can visit the Collegiate Church and the Horti Leonini, a garden to delight and refresh the wayfarers, as Ferdinando I de' Medici loved to say.

Segnaletica per i pellegrini a 4 KM da Torrenieri
Cartello lungo la Via Francigena nei pressi di Torrenieri, in Val d'Orcia

From Bagno Vignoni to Radicofani, that the Carolingian fortress has been watching over for more than a thousand years, the pilgrims' path continues south, leaving Tuscany behind.

Veduta della rocca di Radicofani e della campagna circostante
Radicofani e la Val d'Orcia

  • Progetto finanziato a valere sui fondi Legge n. 77 del 20 febbraio 2006 “Misure speciali di tutela e fruizione dei siti italiani di interesse culturale, paesaggistico e ambientale, inseriti nella “lista del patrimonio mondiale”, posti sotto la tutela dell’UNESCO”