Legacy Walking Adventure in Italy
The Via Francigena (the French Way) is a long-distance walking pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. During the first millenium, Santiago de Compostela, Rome and Jerusalem became the Holy places of Christianity and the Via Francigena became a central thruway. Many pilgrims taking this route would reach Rome and then continue on to Jerusalem. Our path will follow a section of the Via Francigena from Siena to Civita di Bagnoregio, just outside of Lago di Bolsena! This pilgrimage route consists of walking along roadsides, over bridges, hills, and numerous paths, surrounded by beautiful fields, woods and streams in the stunning Italian countryside. The walk is not overly challenging, allowing anyone with an average level of fitness to participate.
There are many flat roads and paths with intermittent hills and slight inclines that can be traversed without too much challenge. All along the journey, there are plenty of magnificent sights —churches, cathedrals, towers and castles, and, of course, the incredible landscape of Italy. This walk is very rewarding, as the countryside and towns provide a refreshing, continual change of scenery throughout the journey.
This experience is designed for adults of all ages with average physical fitness who want to walk through beautiful countryside, engage in interesting conversations with fellow walkers, and have reflective time away from the usual daily routines. Previous experience hiking is not necessary. This is not an endurance test! Previous participants tell us the balance of walking, new experiences, and reflection helped them feel refreshed, alive, and ready for the next day!
Date: April 3, 2018 - 12, 2018
Price: $1,950 USD per person double occupancy
Payment: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance is due no later than 30 days prior to departure.
Group Size: Group is limited to 10 participants
- Pre-Pilgrimage reflections
- Detailed packing list and helpful notes
- Expert daily guides
- All breakfasts
- Double accommodations in small inns and hotels
- Daily luggage support
- Facilitated evening discussions
- Individual Core Gift Discovery© process
- In-country train/bus/ferry which is part of our itinerary
- Post-Pilgrimage follow-up
Price DOES NOT include:
- Travel to and from our starting/ending destination
- Lunch and dinners (inc. gratuities)
Day 1 - Departure
Depart from destinations in the U.S.A or point of origin
Day 2 - Arrive in either Rome or Florence
Upon airport arrival, you will shuttle to Siena where our group will gather in the evening for a welcoming orientation and dinner together! Siena is one of the most important medieval cities in Italy, as well as one of the most influenced by the Via Francigena passage.
Day 3 - Siena to Quinciano
We will be walking to Quinciano on our first full day together, and our path will take us through some modest hill-walking. By the end of the day we will have our legs under us and ready to continue onward. Along the way, we will stop for food and maybe some wine in Isola d’Arbia and see the lovely Romanesque Church of San Ilario. While in the town, we will relax after the walk and, if there is time, visit the gorgeous Church of San Albano.
“Walking with the Core Gift Institute gave me a whole new confidence in myself and my abilities to succeed physically, socially, and mentally." - Juanita
Day 4 - Quinciano to Buonconvento
The walk today is shorter than yesterday’s. Gravel lanes and paths make for gentle walking to Buonconvento. Approaching the town, we will experience a rolling and enthralling landscape, surrounded by beautiful and vast farms. The Castello Bibbiano and churches of Saints Peter and Paul are the main sights to see once we have arrived.
Day 5 - Buonconvento to San Quirico d’Orcia
Leaving for San Quirico d’Orcia, there are different routes to choose from. Generally, the walk is a mix of uphill and downhill on earthen paths, so today is a bit challenging. The reward of experiencing this town will be well worth the walk, though!
Days 6 - San Quirico d’Orcia
Refresh Day! We’ll take a day to relax and visit the Collegiate Church of San Quirico and the very impressive Palazzo Chigi, which is now known as the Horti Leonini. It is a fantastic public park that was once part of the palazzo’s grounds.
Day 7 - San Quirico d’Orcia to Gallina
Today’s walk is through the Tuscan hills—like walking should be! We’ll have our legs under us by now, and the hills will barely slow us down. Graveled lanes and paths guide our way, and we will pass by a lovely public park. Traveling through Bagnio Vignoni, we’ll see the thermal spa with the reservoir holding sulphurous water. Once in Gallina, we’ll take time to rest and eat in the local restaurants before the walk to Radicofani.
Day 8 - Gallina to Radicofani
Walking to Radicofani starts with paths and grassy tracks through fields and hillsides. The route crosses many small rivers, all the while taking in the incredible sight of the varied terrain, which is something to behold before taking the uphill route into Radicofani. The town is placed on top of a hill, with a striking view of the surrounding area. We’ll take time to see Radicofani main attraction – the Rocca (castle) – and the Romanesque church of Santa Agatha once we’ve taken a breather, and a glass of wine, after the walk.
Day 9 - Radicofani to Lago di Bolsena and Civita di Bagnoregio
Our last day of walking will take us to Lago Bolsena and then onto the hilltop town of Civita di Bagnoregio, where we will enjoy an arranged tour of the village. Civita was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. By the 16th century, Civita was beginning to decline, becoming eclipsed by its former suburb Bagnoregio. At the end of the 17th century, the bishop and the municipal government were forced to move to Bagnoregio because of a major earthquake that accelerated the old town's decline. In recent years, Civita has experienced a revival from several architectural preservation groups, and has become a heavily visited village because of its stunning beauty and historical significance.
Day 10 - Lago di Bolsena to Departure Destinations
We’ll leave on this morning, April 12, to shuttle to airports or other transportation, depending on your itinerary.