The Via Francigena is the general name of the ancient pilgrim route running from Canterbury to Rome. It was known in Italy as the Via Francigena ("the road that comes from France") or the Via Romea Francigena ("the road to Rome that comes from France"). In medieval times it was an important road and pilgrimage route for those wishing to visit the Holy See and the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul.
The entire Tuscan section of the Via Francigena, from the Passo della Cisa to Radicofani, has been progressively made safer and the infrastructure has been fully restored. It certainly is a unique itinerary: 380 km of history, culture and traditions, immersed in an exciting landscape, to be travelled by car, but, more appropriately, on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. An ode to slow travel!
All along the route, in addition to the places that are (of course) best known - Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Bagno Vignoni - and their famous treasures, there are some real gems to be discovered, step by step. Here are some of them!