Guided trekking tour on the Via Francigena from Siena to Monteriggioni with wine tasting

Duration: approx. 4 hours  Location: Siena
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Per person
45.00
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Why choose this experience?

1 To enjoy, at your own pace, an authentic, fascinating and time-honoured side of Tuscany
2 To relish, along the way, the wonders of the Siena hills peppered with castles, parish churches and villages
3 To visit the enchanting village of Monteriggioni where you will be offered an excellent tasting of wine

If hit-and-run tourism is not your cup of tea, if you like to take in the places you visit at your own pace, then you will thoroughly enjoy our tour dedicated to walking the Via Francigena from Siena to Monteriggioni and including some wine tasting . It will be a truly fascinating experience to venture into the Siena countryside led by our fully-qualified guide, walking in Tuscany along one of the most popular and coveted walking trails in Italy. You will set off from the marvellous city of Siena and, following the Via Francigena route, you will walk to the enchanting medieval village of Monteriggioni where the tour will end with a bang thanks to a much-deserved tasting of local wines. How does it sound? An exciting program, don’t you think? Let's have a look at it to find out all the details.

The meeting point is the railway station of the Palio city, from here you will be taken on one of our vehicles to the starting point of the Via Francigena Siena Monteriggioni to avoid the busiest roads. At this point your adventure will begin along one of the Via Francigena stages. The Francigena way dates back to the ninth century and was, for many centuries, the most important amongst the pilgrimage trails in Europe. The ancient road owes its name to the fact that it originated in the north of France, but it is also called Romea because it reached the Eternal City, a pilgrimage destination due to the presence of the tomb of the Apostle Peter. The stages of the Francigena Itinerary are those journeyed in 994 by the Archbishop Sigeric, who left Canterbury on a 1600-kilometer pilgrimage that took him to Rome. From then on, the pilgrimage became a mass phenomenon and the Via Francigena route was walked by pilgrims, but also travellers and merchants.

Trekking from Siena to Monteriggioni will feel a bit like going back in time. Walking on Tuscan white roads, our professional guide will take you through the rolling hills of the Siena countryside, contouring the omnipresent rows of vines and crossing woods and olive groves. Whilst trekking the Via Francigena, you will take in small churches, remnants of ancient fortresses, castles and enchanting hamlets. You will also have time to stop in the most beautiful spots to take pictures of the beautiful landscape that makes this area unique. Walking this stage of the Via Francigena Tuscany Route will be a truly enjoyable experience offering the opportunity to enjoy the peace and serenity of the Tuscan countryside. Our Via Francigena walking tour will cover 13 kilometers and make for easy trekking through Tuscany, albeit it still requires a good level of physical condition. This is not to say you will be expected to put on an incredible performance, you will simply have to be comfortable walking for long distances.

Your efforts will be rewarded by the elation and surprise that will hit you upon reaching the destination of your Francigena walk and you will discover, after a short but steep walk, the scenic beauty of Monteriggioni. The towers and walls perched on the hilltop will look like the work of an invisible hand that positioned them there to amaze you! But before immersing yourself in the visit to one of the most beautiful villages near Siena, you will be offered a tasting of excellent local wines in a cellar. There is no denying that a trip to Tuscany is not worthwhile without tasting some good wine. And so you will taste the enveloping flavours of the product of the vineyards that you have admired during your guided trekking along the Via Francigena and decide to also buy a few bottles if you wish to do so. After this convivial and relaxing moment, the guide that until then has accompanied you, will greet you and leave you free to wander through the alleys of Monteriggioni. It is a delightful medieval village where time seems to have stood still. The fortress was built by the city of Siena in the thirteenth century as a bulwark of defence against enemy Florence. Monteriggioni little castle contains, within the perfectly preserved walls, a series of medieval buildings waiting to be discovered, such as the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the interesting "Monteriggioni in Arme" Museum which exhibits reproductions of medieval armoury and weapons. In short, the visit of this enchanting ancient gem at the end of your via Francigena trekking will surely feel like winding back the clock by centuries to the time of pilgrims, travellers and knights. To top all this off, take a walk along the walkways on the castle walls... from that viewpoint you will easily conjure up in your mind images of battles and sieges. 

When you are ready to come back to the 21st century just take a look at the map you were given and walk to the Monteriggioni train station. You will also be given a train ticket for a trouble-free journey back to Siena. This relaxing journey will end a wonderful day spent trekking through the Siena countryside along the Francigena route from Siena to Monteriggioni. Together with the photos and the wine you will take back with you ever-lasting memories of an ancient Tuscany, rich in history and tradition, which you will have enjoyed in the tranquillity of your own pace. In no other way will you be able to relish the scenery unfolding before your eyes, the scents of the fields, the fragrances of the flowers and trees and listen to the sound of nature usually overwhelmed by the roar of engines. Do not hesitate, get your walking boots out and book this unique experience! One final recommendation: don’t forget to bring water with you... ..as for the wine - you have guessed it - we'll take care of that!

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Important info

Availability:

From 1st March to 31st  December

Departure point:

Siena Train Station (outside, in front of the pharmacy)

Departure time

Monday and Thursday
9.00 am

Languages available

English

Prices

Full: €45.00

Concessions
Children up to 3 years: free
Children from 4 to 11 years: € 22.50

Duration
approx. 4 hours
Inclusions
  • Transport to the start of the Via Francigena route
  • Expert Via Francigena guide
  • Via Francigena Siena-Monteriggioni trekking activity
  • Wine tasting
  • Train ticket from Monteriggioni to Siena
  • Map to reach Monteriggioni station with train times
Exclusions
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

There will be no refund in case of NO-SHOW (non-attendance at the start of the tour at the allocated time and at the meeting point indicated on the voucher) and/or rejection of the service on the day; if customers wander off during the tour; or if they decide to leave the tour before the end of the service.

To take part in the tour, you must be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the departure time specified, and present either a paper or an electronic voucher.

The tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people per language.

Bookings can be made up to 48 working hours before the service.

The excursion will be cancelled in the case of unsuitable weather conditions and you will have the option to book a different date or get a full refund.

The tour is suitable for anyone with a good physical condition and accustomed to long walks.

It is advisable to wear appropriate apparel: comfortable shoes and garments and a hat. Do not forget to bring water and sunblock with you.

In case of any problems on site, please ring the emergency number on the voucher.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled. The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or receiving a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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