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Best of Via Francigena, San Miniato to Buonconvento
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Best of Via Francigena, San Miniato to Buonconvento

Best of Via Francigena, San Miniato to Buonconvento


Bike Tour: Best of Via Francigena, San Miniato to Buonconvento - 5 days

This trip starts from San Miniato and leads you through Medieval hamlets and ancient archeological sites to cross Tuscany best sceneries. From the world-famous Tuscan towns such as Lucca and San Gimignano ride continues among parish churches a thousand years old and tower crowned castles to finally reach Siena, with the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo surrounded by competing contrade.  


Day 1: Arrive in San Miniato
Day 2: from San Miniato to San Gimignano
Day 3: from San Gimignano to Siena
Day 4: from Siena to Buonconvento
Day 5: Arrivederci Via Francigena!

Day 1:    Arrive in San Miniato

Arrive in San Miniato. The Seminary which gives the name to the main square will amaze you with its particular facade: enjoy it lit up, perhaps after eating a risotto dusted with the typical white truffle, the pride of the local area.

Day 2:    from San Miniato to San Gimignano
41 km

A demanding but unique section awaits you. From San Miniato you descend in the bottom of Val d’Elsa to later ascend again towards Gambassi Terme, where you will be able to cross the threshold of the Pieve di Chianni, where the same Arcibishop Sigeric slept on his way to Rome.  

You will continue your journey pedalling across splendid natural scenery to San Gimignano, one of the most beautiful towns along the Via Francigena: its famoustowers that make its skyline unmistakeable. Do not miss the view of the medieval town and its surrounding valleys from the top of the Torre Grossa, or if you don’t run out of energy, venture up the steps of the Rocca di Montestaffoli, for an even more special view.

Challenge: 41 km, 640m ascent, 476m descent

Day 3:    from San Gimignano to Siena
50 km

From San Gimignano you continue, up and down, through the Tuscan hills to Colle Val d’Elsa, an out-of-time Tuscan village with a charming old town centre and narrow alleyways winding through the stone walls.

The itinerary then continues through one of the most beautiful sections of the Via Francigena: a meditative route, along which you can surround yourselves with the silence of the Pieve di Strove, with its Romanesque interiors, or stand in the quietness of the splendid Abbadia at Isola, with its imposing Abbey.

Do not miss a stroll along the wall of the breath-taking castle of Monteriggioni, once defending the Repubblica of Siena, before reaching Siena through dirt roads and the ancient medieval hamlet of Cerbaia. An unforgettable way to celebrate your arrival? A plate of pici all’aglione in the illuminated Piazza del Campo. And don’t forget to taste the panforte!

Challenge: 50 km, 505m ascent, 470m descent

Day 4:    from Siena to Buonconvento
34 km

Let’s hope that the sun will be shinning during the first day of your journey, because the "clays of the Val d’Arbia" offer unforgettable views: after saying goodbye to Siena, resting on the hills on the horizon, you will travel along the typical dirt roads of Siena as far as the fortified village of Lucignano, with its fine Church. At the gates of Monteroni d’Arbia you will be able to admire the impressive Grancia di Cuna, a fortified farm which held the reserves of wheat destined to the republic of Siena.

From Lucignano you will continue your journey through the Valle dell’Ombrone to Buonconvento. You will cross the gate of the walls and enter the fine old town centre of the village, discovering why its name means happy fortunate place.

Challenge: 34Km, 350m ascent, 350m descent

Optional extra Day – from Buonconvento to San Quirico and back
If you have the time and energy with you continue towards San Quirico over dirt roads and some asphalted ones: these however will be compensated by the beautiful views of the  Val D’Orcia, among hills tinted with charming shades and scattered with vineyards and cypress trees. At San Quirico you will stand enchanted before the gate of the Collegiata, trying to recognise the various architectural styles that blend into its decorations, before enjoying a rest among the green hedges of the Horti Leonini, a fifteenth century  garden

Challenge: 40km, 640m ascent, 640m descent

Day 5:     Arrivederci Via Francigena!

The trip ends after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us


GPS on Board, SOS Qr code


1 Helmet


Padlock included


1 Lateral panner included, phone holder



pump, inner tube and battery charger (for rentals longer than one day); chain link extractor and pliers, Bike repair keys tool

Overland XT Confort / Overland XT Sport 

Touring & Trekking e-bike

SHIMANO 10 speed



Practical info

4 nights included

3/4 Star Hotels and Agriturismo

Breakfast included

Tourist information on all the places of interest

Bike rental available

24h / service-hotline

Luggage transport 

Florence or Pisa    

GPS-tracks available

Medical and luggage travel insurance

Arrival info

The best airports to get in Lucca are Pisa (PSA) “Galileo Galilei”  and Florence (FLO) “A. Vespucci”, which are both served by both major and low cost international carriers. From both airports you can take a train to San Miniato. 


Check the updated timetables on the website www.trenitalia.com


From Pisa Airport, you can take a bus, a taxi or a train to Pisa Centrale Train Station, then take the train to San Miniato. There are many daily direct trains from Pisa to Lucca, but sometimes you have to change in Empoli. 

From Florence Airport, take a tram to Florence Santa Maria Novella Train station. There are several daily direct trains from Florence to San Miniato. 

DEPARTURE By train from Buonconvento:

To Pisa Airport : There are no direct trains running from Buonconvento to Pisa, therefore you will need to change train once or even twice (usually in Empoli, Siena). From Pisa Centrale you can take a bus, train or taxi to reach Pisa Airport.

To Florence Airport There are no direct trains running from Buonconvento to Florence, therefore you will need to change train once or even twice (usually in Empoli or Siena).  From Florence Santa Maria Novella you can take the tram to reach Florence Airport.


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