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Via Francigena

Italy's beautiful Pilgrim trail through Tuscany

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Walking the ancient road to Rome

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

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A stress-free adventure

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.

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QUINTESSENTIAL TUSCAN LANDSCAPES

Glorious walking and continuously changing vistas: open fields, forest trails, vineyards, undulating meadows. Explore the famous UNESCO villages of Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca.

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GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS

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.

The Italian Camino experts

A CLASSIC PILGRIM JOURNEY TO ROME, THE ETERNAL CITY

A truly memorable way to experience the scenery, culture and architecture of provincial southern France. A special thank you to your local representative Daniel who provided invaluable assistance during the trip.

Alan Flowers (VIC)
April 2018

I found RAW Travel to be extremely professional at every contact. Our Camino was everything that we expected and more, this was largely possible because of all the hard work from the people at RAW. I would highly recommend RAW Travel!

Judy Moore
August 2016

Having RAW do all the organising takes the hassle out of planning a trip and we got the benefit of local knowledge about where to stay and what to do. Five weeks of daily walking was a real expedition – great to be immersed in a different culture and be challenged physically at the same time.

Frances Diver (VIC)
May 2018

Interactive Map

Click on a trail point for interactive map highlights

Lucca

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.

San Gimignano

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.

Siena

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.

Tuscan countryside

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. 

San Quirico d'Orcia'

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.

Rome

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.

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DESTINATION GUIDE - ESSENTIAL READING!

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.

Why are we your Via Francigena experts?

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.

  • We have a walked all the routes we offer, and our staff on the ground in Europe are fluent in Italian and English, so you can rely on us for local knowledge, expertise and support.
  • All you carry is your daypack.
  • You will stay in authentic, quality local accommodation (small hotels and guesthouses), with friendly hosts.
  • Our in-house travel agent will book your flights and pre/post-travel arrangements to match your trip.
  • You’ll receive a comprehensive information pack, Italian phrasebook, luggage tags, detailed itinerary, maps and walk notes.
  • You'll have access to insider information.
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