A walk between those famous cities: Florence and Siena, Toscana Italy
Getting there: a low cost airlines flight to Pisa, the bus to town center (15 min.) and you can admire - for instance - the famous tower and all the other historic buildings. In the evening by direct train to Florence (about 1 hour). The cultural inheritances from and at Florence must be seen! We reserved a day to admire some highlights. In early spring on a weekly day - perhaps - the queue to visit the Uffizi museum is short…...
The route between Florence and Siena is about 85 kilometers and can be covered in 4 or 5 days. Over centuries travelers must have walked here……..
Maps: In Florence we bought the Edizioni Multigraphic maps nr. 42 and 43. Sometimes difficult to read. But the local residents always are willing to help you in case of doubt.
Accommodation: plenty . As well as the possibilities to enjoy the local Chianti and the genuine Tuscan cooking.
March 2006: a trail between Florence and Siena in the heart of Tuscany. In early spring, in tolerable temperatures, the trail passes fortified buildings, old farmsteads, vineyards and olive orchards, through a hilly country , woods, mediaeval villages, Romanesque churches, chapels, mostly bordered by old cypress avenues.
Highest point: 530 m.
Day 1: Florence - S. Polo in Chianti *
Day 2: S. Polo in Chianti - Passo dei Pecorai
Day 3: Passo dei Pecorai - Greve
Day 4: Grêve - Panzano - Castellina in Chianti
Day 5: Castellina in Chianti - Basciano ** - Siena
And by train to Pisa airport, via Empoli ( about 2,5 hours).
* take bus 33 to Bagno a Ripoli and you can skip the suburbs of Florence.
** take here the bus to Siena and you can skip the suburbs of Siena
On trail: at day 1 great views at Florence in the morning, in the afternoon at the Arno-river, and after that woody. Off S. Polo in Chianti the scenery is more open, walking the wide and almost white footpaths, passing the farmsteads and fortified buildings: the classic Tuscany image. Montefioralle, Panzano and Pietrafitta (day 4) with mediaeval atmospheres. Grêve in Chianti with its distinctive piazza and Castellina (a little site-step to the Etruscan tombs) with its remnants of the years of Florence-Siena conflicting. And at day 5 a long but even stage in the Siena direction.
Tuscany as it is now is made by people. By farmers eg. Cities and villages are situated on hills. Most of the time walled.
Florence and Siena can't be described on one page! It takes weeks to admire everything...