Francigena Leg 9: San Miniato - Gambassi Terme
Kilometers: 24 400 ascent 220 descent
How to get to the departure point: Florence-Pisa-Livorno railway line, S. Miniato station
Highlights: This is an exceptionally beautiful path into the hills of Val d'Elsa where you can see castles, forts, hospitals and abbeys along the Via Francigena. After the Coiano parish church and the parish church of Santa Maria in Chianni you will reach Gambassi, known for its hot springs.
Francigena Leg 10: Gambassi Terme - San Gimignano
Kilometers: 13.4 350 ascent 350 descent
How to get to the departure point: SITA buses (phone number: +39 055 483651) from Certaldo, Castelfiorentino, Empoli, Florence, Volterra.
Highlights: It is a brief itinerary that shows the beauty of the ridges of the Val d'Elsa dotted with the castles and abbeys born thanks to the passage of the Via Francigena in the area. The end of the journey is in San Gimignano, one of the most popular destinations of Tuscany. Read more about San Gimignano.
Francigena Leg 11: San Gimignano - Monteriggioni
Kilometers: 31 Kilometers passing through Colle Val d'Elsa: 27.5 550 m / 460 m ascent 610 m / 400 m descent
Difficulty: very challenging
How to get to the departure point: Empoli-Siena railway line, Poggibonsi station; bus line 130 for San Gimignano
Highlights: It is one of the most beautiful legs of the Via Francigena. The path begins with up and down in the valley of the Foci river, near Molino d'Aiano. Then you will see the Romanesque church of Santa Maria a Coneo, you cross the bridge over the Elsa to reach the Romanesque church of San Martino di Strove and then you reach Abbadia a Isola. Lastly, you reach Monteriggioni, with its ring of walls and towers that dominate the surrounding hills. Read more about Monteriggioni.
Francigena Leg 12: Monteriggioni - Siena
Kilometers: 20.6 300 m ascent 250 descent
How to get to the departure point: Empoli-Siena railway line, Castellina Scalo station
Highlights: Leave Monteriggioni behind you and walk along the unpaved roads to the medieval village of Cerbaia, you reach the Chiocciola castle and Villa castle before descending toward Pian del Lago. Reach Porta Camollia, the traditional Via Francigena entrance to Siena and visit Piazza del Campo, the Duomo and the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala.
Francigena Leg 13: Siena - Ponte d’Arbia
Kilometers: 25.7 130 m ascent 300 m descent
How to get to the departure point: Empoli-Siena-Grosseto and Siena-Chiusi railway lines, Siena station
Highlights: This leg which runs along the unpaved roads of the Val d'Arbia leads to the Grancia di Cuna, an ancient fortified farm. Continuing along the foothills of the Crete Senesi, you reach Quinciano. A short distance away is the fortified town of Lucignano d'Arbia, with the Romanesque church of San Giovanni Battista.
Francigena Leg 14: Ponte d’Arbia - San Quirico d’Orcia
Kilometres: 26.1 560 m ascent 300 m descent
How to get to the departure point: Siena-Grosseto railway, to Buonconvento station, and bus line 112
Highlights: The path leads to the fourteenth century village of Buonconvento, through the Crete Senesi. After Montalcino you cross the Val d'Orcia until San Quirico, where you can visit the romanesque church of santa Maria Assunta.
Francigena Leg 15: San Quirico d’Orcia - Radicofani
Kilometres: 32.3 950 m ascent 550 m descent
Difficulty: very challenging
How to get to the departure point: from Siena or Buonconvento railway stations or bus line 112
Highlights: From San Quirico you head to Bagno Vignoni, with its characteristic pool of thermal water in the centre of the village. From here you continue to Castiglione d'Orcia and then to Radicofani, the village dominated by the Rocca. More about Radicofani.
Francigena Leg 16: Radicofani - Acquapendente Via Proceno
Kilometres: 31.7 600 m ascent 780 m descent
Kilometres: 24 220 m ascent 400 m descent
How to get to the departure point: from Chiusi train station and Tiemme bus.
Highlights: This is the last section of the Via Francigena in Tuscany before entering in Lazio Region.