Via Francigena Stage 7: San Quirico-Montefiascone

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  • Spending the night next to Lago di Bolsena, a jewel in the heart of Italy
  • Glorious landscapes of Tuscany, carpeted with cypress-studded hills
  • The geologically unique landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Crete Senesi
  • Appreciating the beauty of the Romanesque 12th century Abbey of Sant Antimo
  • Savouring a glass of local red Brunello wine in a hill top town restaurant
Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from the Middle Ages this section of the Via Francigena begins in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and finishes in the medieval town of Montefiascone. Encounter small hamlets and villages atop conical hills and set within the distinctive undulating Italian countryside. Walk through the glorious landscapes of Tuscany, carpeted with cypress-studded hills and where the birth of the Renaissance began. As Tuscany is also famed for its excellent wines, you will also encounter many local vineyards along the way where you may stop and perhaps have a typical picnic lunch with wine, local meats, cheeses and artisan breads. Appreciate the incredible fact that you are following an ancient trail that many pilgrims and travellers walked along in the Middle Ages. San Quirico d’Orcia a charming walled town situated on the northern edge of the Valley d’Orcia and also see Sant Antimo Abbey an important stop for pilgrims and an enchanting Romanesque structure. One of the highlights of your walking tour is passing through the geologically unique and ochre-coloured landscapes of the Crete Senesi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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What To Expect

Complete this section of the pilgrimage route either as an individual tour, or add further stages at the same time. This particular section is graded as moderate. You will walk through unique Tuscan landscapes and vineyards, follow a river valley and pass stunning lakes on this section of the Via Francigena.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys

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Activity Level & Terrain

This walking holiday is graded moderate. However the daily distances vary quite a lot between 12 and 30km, so you must be capable of also walking the longer distances. You need to be in good physical shape to complete this section of the Via Francigena as there are also some elevation gains and losses along the way. 

Navigation

You will be provided with detailed route notes and maps to help you find your way. As always when walking you should be able to read a map and use a compass in case of bad weather. The trail is also marked by the official red and white signs of the Via Francigena, which have a picture of a yellow pilgrim on them. However these waymarks will not appear all along the way but intermittently. 

Unlike many of the more well-established Caminos, the Via Francigena has seen a relatively recent resurgence in popularity, meaning that trail marking is intermittent (not every region has invested in consistently waymarking the trail), and you should be confident in navigating with a compass and map, as well as using the route notes that we will provide you with. A few of the original sections of the Via Francigena are now (fairly busy) roads, and where necessary you may either follow these roads for a short time, or divert away from the traditional route to enjoy a more relaxed walk.

Accommodations

During your Via Francigena self-guided walking tour in Italy you will stay in a variety of accommodations. The properties range from private rooms in pilgrim's hostels, 2, 3 and 4* hotels as well as B&Bs and guesthouses. At times you will be staying in remote towns and villages, therefore the accommodation in these places are the best that these particular areas have to offer.

Alternate accommodation

During the high season you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome and again a supplement is payable.

Meals

Daily breakfasts are included. Breakfasts are usually continental or Italian-style with a choice of breads, croissants, meats and cheeses. Sometimes it is possible to order packed lunches at your hotel or B&B the evening before or you can buy lunch in groceries, cafes and restaurants en route.You can opt to include dinners as well if you wish.

Included
  • Overnights in a variety of accommodations
  • Breakfasts included
  • Detailed maps and routes notes and a comprehensive information pack
  • Transfers where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Emergency telephone assistance from our team in Italy and our UK office if required
Excluded
  • Travel to and from the start and finish points
  • Public transportation where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Drinks & snacks
  • Any additional travel en route, should you wish to miss a day's walking
  • Baggage transfers
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
Extras
  • Additional nights before, after or during the trip
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Half board supplement

When To Go

You can start this tour on any day of the week, between mid-March to the end of October.

Time of Year

Spring in Italy is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is a great time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be very hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day and then perhaps have a long lunch and finish walking in the mid to late afternoon.

Getting to the Start

Since San Quirico d’Orcia is equidistant between Pisa/Florence and Rome you can either fly into Rome or Pisa/Florence. If you are flying into Rome Fiumicino Airport you can take a train (via central Rome) to Chiusi and from here a taxi to San Quirico d’Orcia. However the taxi will cost around €50 so the alternative is to fly into Florence or Pisa and then take a train to Siena, then Buonconvento. Once here you can take a bus to San Quirico d’Orcia. (Please note: the buses do not run very regularly and you may have to wait). Please check the Trenitalia website for more information on fares and schedules.

Getting from the End

The best way of getting from Montefiascone is to take a taxi from your hotel in Montesfiascone to the local station (5km away) and then take a train to Rome, changing trains in Viterbo. You can fly home from Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Luggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are not included as standard, however you can pay an additional fee for this service. If you choose to include baggage transfers we request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in San Quirico d’Orcia Day 2 San Quirico d’Orcia to Castelnuovo dell’Abate 9 miles / 14 km Day 3 Castelnuovo dell’Abate to Rocca d’Orcia 12 miles / 19 km Day 4 Rocca d’Orcia to Radicofani 17 miles / 27 km Day 5 Radicofani to Proceno 16 miles / 25 km Day 6 Proceno to Bolsena 19 miles / 30 km Day 7 Bolsena to Montefiascone 7 miles / 12 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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