Via Francigena – Lucca to Rome
The Via Francigena is a 1000-year-old pilgrimage route that extends in its entirety around 2000km from Canterbury in England all the way to Rome.
Its name is a nod to the fact that it travels through France, but during its history, the route was also known as the Via Romea (way to Rome) for the city where it ends.
We focus on the Tuscan section with itineraries that take you through the heart of the Via Francigena, on a journey that is spiritual, cultural and historical.
You'll walk through UNESCO listed towns and villages immersed in the most beautiful Tuscan landscapes. The routes through Tuscany are divided into manageable sections of between 13km and 25km a day.
The Via Francigena is a lot quieter than the Spanish Camino, so prepare for more of an adventurous, but equally rewarding journey.
Immerse yourself in the artistic, cultural and religious heritage of one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes. Discover ancient aqueducts, cathedrals and fortified castle walls, and famous art collections
We take care of all the details – accommodation, luggage transfers, maps, breakfasts and transport. Relax and enjoy your walking experience knowing that our local staff can offer assistance if you need it.
Glorious walking and continuously changing vistas: open fields, forest trails, vineyards, undulating meadows. Explore the famous UNESCO villages of Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca.
Indulge in exceptional Italian coffee, savour a picnic lunch of Italian cheeses on a vine-shaded bench, all washed down with a good bottle of the local Chianti.
Click on each of the trail points to read about each destination.
Walk or bike around the tree-lined, 16th century red-brick walls that contain this elegant city and admire views over the Apuan Alps and palazzo gardens.
The captivating hilltop town of San Gimignano is one of the most popular UNESCO listed towns in the region. Its 14 towers dominate the skyline, the highest of which is 54m and offers spectacular views of the medieval town and the surrounding hills of vineyards and olive groves.
UNESCO city not to be missed. The striking duomo is jam-packed with artworks by Bernini, Michelangelo and Donatello and is just one of many fascinating sites to explore.
The beautiful countryside of Tuscany is justly renowned, it's sublime rolling hills and fields are a delight to walk and every season offers different scenes from spring wildflowers, to summer Sunflowers and autumn colours. And countless historical villages and towns that are thrilling to arrive at by foot.
A beautiful hilltop walled village redolent with history in its narrow stone streets. The village goes back as far as Etruscan time and from the 11th century grew in importance thanks to its geographical position and also its location on the Via Francigena. There are beautiful gardens and a Collegiata here.
Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age, and few cities can rival Rome's astonishing artistic heritage.
View our exclusive detailed destination guide to walking through Tuscany, the pilgrim's path to Rome.
We have a dedicated team who have first-hand knowledge of the Via Francigena and Camino routes, so when you call us you will speak to people who are walkers themselves.