San Gimignano and Monteriggioni

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Set in spectacular surroundings, the ancient towns of San Gimignano and Monteriggioni are the best examples of medieval urban centers in Italy, with their medieval towers and walls well preserved. These impressive structures survived the centuries and are still standing today.
The rolling hills surrounding these hill towns are one of the most harmonious landscapes of Tuscany. The centuries-old cultivation of olives and the local wine known as Vernaccia have given this area an incomparable identity.
On a walking tour in this gorgeous region, you can experience the beauty of the mixture between the Tuscan countryside and the glory of its medieval past.
The emphasis of our hiking trips is to enjoy the amazing landscape with the rolling vineyards, the forests, the cypress-lined roads, and the fields where poppies grow. You can enjoy all of these views walking along the “strade bianche” and country paths, which have barely changed for hundreds of years.

Highlights:

• The Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route used by thousands on their way to Rome
• Colle Val d’Elsa, the medieval town famous for its crystal production
• The Elsa River, which powered paper mills and ironworks for centuries
• Abbadia a Isola with its Romanesque abbey
• Immaculately preserved medieval villages in the Tuscan countryside

My husband and I had a wonderful day with Marco, walking along the Via Francigenia in Tuscany. We love to walk around Toronto, but not so fit, so were a bit worried beforehand about how a cross-country walk would work out. Marco’s choice of route worked perfectly for us” Gwenda-Canada