The most adventurous hikers can follow the steps of the Way of Saint Francis in the Tuscan Tiber Valley, choosing one of two different routes. Both start from La Verna and then continue the journey to nearby Umbria.
The first runs along the ridge the Luna Alps, passing through Pieve Santo Stefano – the Hermitage of Cerbaiolo – the Hermitage of Montecasale – and Sansepolcro.
The second, which is no less important, curves along the Catenaia Alps, touching the following sites: Hermitage of Casella – Caprese Michelangelo – Ponte alla Piera – Castle of Montauto – Cenacolo of Montauto – Anghiari.
It’s worth noting that near the Hermitage of Casella a particular path ends, allowing you to switch things up and take the other route, up to the highest heights of Pieve Santo Stefano, passing through Caprese Michelangelo (20 km).
If you’re concerned about getting lost, the Franciscan path through the Tuscan Tiber Valley is unmistakable throughout: it’s marked by yellow Taus and can even be treated as a loop. It totals about 120 kilometers, divided into 5 or 6 different “legs” of the journey. Apart from hiking the classic foot path, in the Tuscan Tiber Valley families can organize custom itineraries, concentrating on particular parts of the journey, or, using donkeys, you can have an incredible pilgrimage experience. There is even the chance to go mountain biking.
For more information on the path of Saint Francis through the Tuscan Tiber Valley and the available services you could also check out the website of the Valtiberina Toscana tourist information office.