Bagno Vignoni Tour: pilgrims of beauty
Walking the Via Francigena, taking the high road through the ancient hill towns of the Val d’Orcia. An essential route on the 2021 Tuscany hiking calendar.
- Price p.p.75€
- DurationAll dayh.
Bathing in beauty
Find peace in the verdant shade of the hills and the scent of medieval stone
Val d’Orcia: pilgrim trails for the soul
Some experiences remain with you your whole life, as anyone who has ever walked the Val d’Orcia’s stretch of the Via Francigena knows. The hilltop villages, scenery, hills and the scents all work their way into the senses, and the walker’s footsteps beat a rhythm that becomes a hymn to the natural world.
If you’ve never had the chance to walk the Via Francigena until now, we invite you on our inaugural tour, with one little suggestion. In these parts, what you see is not important. What you feel is everything.
On the way to the spas
The Wine Tour starts at San Quirico d’Orcia, one of the most enchanting and best preserved hilltowns along the entire Via Francigena. It’s where we find the first jewel on our pilgrimage: the collegiate church.
From here, we head for Bagno Vignoni, famous for its main town square and its bubbling hot springs: the thermal pool is truly a sight for sore eyes. Some of history’s most famous names, from St. Catherine to Pope Pius II and Lorenzo the Magnificent, were head over heels about this place – you’ll soon see why.
Our journey takes us into the true heart of the Val d’Orcia landscape, where the hill towns and rolling slopes speak of times long past. Finally, we arrive at the Valle dei Mulini, where you can shake off any stiffness in the thermal waters.
The Route and Wine Experience
This fairly undemanding route is around 7 miles (12 km) long, varying in altitude by roughly 1,150 feet (350 meters). A guide will be with you every step of the way; they will be happy to answer any questions and try to accommodate any suggested variations to the tour.
To top off this fabulous experience, you can book lunch in one of the traditional restaurants along the trail; you can also reserve entry to the spas. It’s the little things that make an experience so much better and we recommend both of them.
The walk finishes at Poggio Landi with a Dievole wine tasting session, giving you one last taste of the wonders of Tuscany.
We remind you to book online at least 72 hours in advance.
- Meeting point and welcome at Bagno Vignoni, in Piazza delle Sorgenti, under the loggia at 9.00 am
- Trekking on the Via Francigena from San Quirico to Bagno Vignoni – with a break for packed lunch – over a circuit of around 12 km / 7.5 miles; altitude variation +- 350 m / 1150 feet
- Tuscan food and wine experience: wine tasting session at the Enoteca, featuring wines from the Poggio Landi estate and local pecorino cheeses. Parking available outside the enoteca.
- Duration: full day
- Recommended clothing: thick-soled sports shoes or walking boots; light, comfortable clothing; personal water bottle with at least one litre of water per person (otherwise a smaller bottle of water will be provided); sunscreen; cap with sun visor; raincoat in case of variable weather
- Booking is required. Tours run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 persons. Available dates can be found in the calendar under “Book your tour”
- Alternative availability: on request
- Free entry for children under 12 years old
- Pets not admitted to the wine cellars
- Booking required at least 72 hours before the activity
- Cancellation clause: refunds will only be given if parties provide notice of their cancellation by email at least 72 hours before the start of the event
- Optional extras, available on request: Lunch in traditional restaurant (in place of packed-lunch picnic): Free hotsprings in summer or entrance to thermal spa (recommended if cool)
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