Culture, biodiversity, landscape, craftsmanship and creativity nourish body and soul in Tuscany; here the living is good and the nature is beautiful, and human settlements and communication routes have developed in harmony with the distinctive shape of the land.
A historic European route that passes through Tuscany on its journey to Rome, the Via Francigena, or St Francis Way, is an opportunity to retrace the ancient path spanning 400 km that was followed by pilgrims, merchants and travellers to the capital, passing through woods, hills and medieval villages and, en route, discovering this land, with all its history, art and local food and wine culture. The journey unfolds in 16 stages and can be travelled by bicycle, on foot or on horseback. It can also be experienced as a journey of gastronomy, wine, history, culture and art. The stunning scenery along the way is punctuated by the ancient rural churches and villages which have grown up to serve it.
From north to south Tuscany, the Via Francigena reveals its delights in a thousand ways: from the wooded hills of Lunigiana, with treasures such as Pontremoli, villages, churches and castles, to Pietrasanta, then down the valley to Lucca, back up to San Miniato and through hill country to glimpse the towers of San Gimignano. From here it skirts Monteriggioni, arrives at Siena and then continues, through the Amiata area and Val D’Orcia, to Radicofani and Acquapendente.