Tuscany: Lucca to Siena
- Walk across the heart of Tuscany from the walled city of Lucca to Siena
- Follow the ancient Via Francigena through vineyards and rolling hills
- An extra day to enjoy the lively piazzas and street-side restaurants of Lucca
- San Gimignano and Siena, recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites
- Sample fresh truffle pasta, Chianti wine and Italy's finest cured meats
ItineraryDay 1 Arrival in Lucca
Welcome to Lucca! Easily reached from Pisa or Florence with great rail and bus connections. Lucca is also known as the 'City of a Hundred Churches' and it was an important meeting place for Julius Caesar and Crassus during the Roman era. It was also conquered by Napoleon during the 19th-century before it finally became part of Unified Italy in 1860. Soak up the atmosphere and watch the world go by on 'Piazza dell Anfiteatro', one of its famous medieval squares. Celebrate the start of your holiday with a glass or two of local Lucchesi wine.
A 3-star superior hotel located in central Lucca
Wake up to the delights of an Italian-style breakfast with plenty of coffee to get you energized for your walk. A short transfer (25 min) will bring you to Valpromaro, a small village in the foothills of the Apennine mountains. Climb through quiet woodland towards the picturesque village of Piazzano before descending to San Macario in Piano. The Via Francigena trail will take you across River Serchio and across the park to the edge of Lucca's city walls. Celebrate with a glass or two of local Lucchesi wine.
A 3-star superior hotel located in central Lucca
There are a lot of attractions to be explored and this free day in Lucca will allow you to do so. Make sure to take a walk along the footpath that follows the old city walls on the 'Via delle Mura Urbane' and to climb its 14th-century tower for spectacular views. The Duomo is located in the historic old town on Piazza San Martino and has an impressive structure that was redesigned during the Renaissance. Another church with an impressive façade is San Michele in Foro that is known for its high level of detail.
Take a short train journey (15 min) to Altopascio in the late afternoon for your overnight stay.
Hotel Paola provides accommodation in Altopascio. Featuring a shared lounge, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and a private bathroom.
At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV. All rooms have a wardrobe.
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). Take a walk along a medieval path that leads to Cappiano Bridge and continue on towards the sleepy village of San Miniato. The surrounding hills are famed for the production of white truffles, making this one of the best places to enjoy a fresh pasta dish with 'tartufo bianco'.
Hotel San Miniato is set in the medieval San Miniato, in the province of Pisa, near state road SS67.
Today will unfold the true beauty of Tuscan scenery as you walk among olive groves, oakwood, vineyards, and lines of Cypress trees. 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.
Renovated in an Art Nouveau style, enjoy the formal gardens and spa next door.
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. 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.
At B&B Il Pino you will get a warm welcome. The five bedrooms are located above the restaurant and are well equipped and comfortable.
Begin your day with a short transfer to Monteriggioni (35 min) for the final part of your walk! The parish church of the nearby Abaddia a Isola offered shelter to pilgrims during medieval times. Follow the unpaved trail which gives a remarkable view of Monteriggioni's city walls and 14 watchtowers. Continue onto 'Porta Camollia', Siena's city gates, where you can check into your friendly accommodation and explore Piazza del Campo, where the famous 'Palio di Siena' horseraces are held each year.
Situated in Siena city centre, so perfect for exploring on foot. Built in around 1870 as a Neoclassical villa, it was restored in 2004, keeping its original style as well as its beautiful, frescoed common rooms. The comfortable bedrooms have air conditioning and WiFi access. Some have a balcony. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, terrace, and small garden to relax in.
Siena is well-connected to popular Italian cities and the perfect place to finish to further explore the delights that this UNESCO World Heritage city has to offer. Please get in touch if you would like to book an extra night.
Other InformationIs it for me?
This classic Italian adventure is ideal for regular walkers that are looking to combine moderate walks with culture and sightseeing. One of the highlights is the well-known Tuscan villages that you stay in such as Lucca, San Miniato, San Gimignano and Siena. It gives you the opportunity to live like a local, dining 'al fresco' on the medieval piazzas. Furthermore, this trip is suitable for children aged 12+, solo walkers, and small groups.
Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!
Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years
This walking trip is graded moderate overall. The daily distances range from 14 to 30 km and the terrain can be described as hilly with regular ascents and descents. Depending on your fitness level and preferred distance it is possible to shorten the longest day of 30 km (Altopascio - San Miniato). Please view the itinerary for more details. It should also be noted that the walk from San Miniato to Gambassi can be experienced as more challenging in terms of ascent/descent. This walking holiday is ideal for regular walkers with a good level of fitness or beginners looking for a challenge. We always advise you to set off early especially during summer to avoid the heat of the day and to allow plenty of time for small breaks to reach your next location.
You will stay in lovely 3-star hotels and B&Bs. We carefully select small and friendly accommodations that offer a warm welcome and great food so you enjoy every minute of your stay. Many of our walkers choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available in Tuscany. If you choose to extend your holiday we would recommend spending extra nights in Lucca, San Gimignano, or Siena.
This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers. If you require single rooms for your booking party we will try our best to accommodate your request, subject to availability.
The delicious Tuscan food and wine available locally is undoubtedly a highlight of this holiday. The price of your holiday includes a hearty breakfast each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively, your route includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants.
The route is well waymarked as you are largely following the Via Francigena pilgrimage trail. The Tuscan sections of the trail are among the most popular and the paths are known to be well signposted and maintained. To make sure that you have no problems finding your way we will be supplying you with detailed route notes, GPS tracks, and access to the Macs Adventure smartphone app. You will also have 24/7 assistance from our local partner as well as our office.
- 7 Nights in hand-picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
- 7 Breakfasts
- Baggage transfers
- Transfer from Lucca to Valpromaro on Day 2
- Transfer from San Gimignano to Abbadia Isola on Day 7
- Macs Adventure Information Pack
- A welcome pack on arrival in your first hotel
- Access to detailed maps and GPS tracks
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Travel to Lucca & From Siena
- Train journey from Lucca to Altopascio on Day 3
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Extra nights before, during or after trip
You can start this walking tour anytime between April and October. Tuscany is very popular so it is recommended to book as far in advance as you are able to. Please bear in mind that July and August can be hot for walking and during these months it is even more important to wear sun protection and stay hydrated. The availability in Siena is very difficult around the times of the 'Palio di Siena' horse races that are held each year on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August.
Getting to the start of your Tuscan adventure in Lucca is easy. The nearest airport is Pisa which is served by both low-cost and international carriers. You can simply take a local bus from the airport that takes you directly to Lucca (1hr - departing hourly) or if you prefer to take a taxi from Pisa Airport this should only take around 30 minutes. You could also take a local bus to the main train station Pisa Centrale (7 min - departing every 30 mins ) and then catch a train to Lucca (30 min - departing hourly).
Siena is well-connected to other Italian cities and the perfect place to finish to further explore the delights that this UNESCO World Heritage city has to offer.
If returning to Pisa Airport, simply take a train from Siena to Pisa Centrale (1hr30min) via Empoli. Then it is just a short local bus journey from the train station to the Airport (7 min). If flying from Florence Airport, a local bus takes you from Siena to Florence in 2hrs. Or it is possible to get the train to Florence (1hr20min), then another train to the airport (20 min).
Enjoy the ease of walking with a light backpack and having your main luggage moved for you each day. Your bags will be collected from your accommodation and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation, and hospital care.
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