Via Francigena from Siena to Acquapendente

Stage 14 of 16


8 days


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10.4 min | 19.1km average | 30.9 max


131.5 min |434.1m average | 597.4 max


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Beginning in the city of Siena (with its stunning black-and-white striped cathedral a marvel), this section of Via Francigena visits the Castello Bibbiano in Buonconvento, the Palazzo Chigi in San Quirico d’Orcia, and Torre Alfina in your destination of Acquapendente. Rolling hills and valleys offer numerous opportunities to capture photos of the Italian countryside.


Acquapendente’s Holy Legacy

In the Middle Ages, the town of Acquapendente was established as a village and monastery by the Benedictine Order because of its key position on the Via Francigena. And because of its cathedral dedicated to the Holy Sepulchre, the town became famous. This Romanesque architecture has an amazing crypt with 24 columns, built in the year 1100. After the Holy Sepulchre, the San Francesco Church is another must-see, which was renamed with ‘St Francis’ after his death and restored in a more flamboyant style during the year of 1747.

Festa dei Pugnaloni

Festa dei Pugnaloni

In May 1166, a cherry tree that had been fruitless for many years suddenly started to blossom again. The people of Acquapendente, who were under the tyranny of Frederick I Barbarossa at the time, saw it like a sign from the Madonna del Fiore to rebel. They destroyed the castle, the preeminent symbol of imperial power, and reconquered their town to gain their freedom. Ever since this event, the recurring Pugnaloni Festival celebratesthe town’s victory of freedom over all oppressions every year.

Country side

Classic Tuscan Countryside

On your trip, you will see some famous Tuscan landscapes, such as gentle hills with roads bordered by Italian cypress trees all around. But you will also cross endless sunflower fields and fall in love with the Romanesque churches of Quinciano. Our tip: climb the hill of Radicofani to enjoy spectacular views of this beautiful area. And once you have arrived in Acquapendente, become enchanted by the rivers and lakes that surround the city.

Via Francigena from Siena to Acquapendente

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Siena is one of the most important mediaeval cities in Italy. Before leaving for Quinciano the next day, feel free to check out the amazing sights that Siena has to offer. One of the more popular sights in Siena is the incredible Duomo (Siena Cathedral) from the 12th Century. The Gothic Palazzo Pubblico and the distinct Piazza del Campo are two other popular sights definitely worth seeing. The large square in the heart of the city also hosts the infamous mediaeval Il Palio horse race event.



19.7 km


Walking to Quinciano today is a bit testing as there is some hillwalking to do, but it is manageable. Along the way, you can stop for some food and maybe some wine in Isola d’Arbia and see the lovely Romanesque Church of San Ilario. While in the town, relax after that walk and, if you have the time, you could visit the gorgeous Church of San Albano.



10.4 km


The walk today is shorter than yesterday’s route. Gravel roads and tracks make for gentle-enough walking to Buonconvento. Arriving in the town, views of a rolling and enthralling landscape, surrounded by beautiful and vast farms, await you. The Castello Bibbiano and churches of Saints Peter and Paul are the main sights to see here once you’ve rested. Also, treat yourself to some pizza.



21.6 km


Leaving for San Quirico d’Orcia, there are different routes to choose from. Generally, the walk is quite hilly; a mix of uphill and downhill walks, and earth tracks, so it is a bit challenging. But, once you reach San Quirico d’Orcia, reward yourself with a glass of wine or two. During your stay, 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.



16 km


Today’s walk is similar to the previous day, with uphill and downhill walks taking up the majority of the journey to Gallina. If you go through Bagno Vignoni, a thermal spa is there, with the reservoir holding sulphurous water that is just perfect for aching muscles. There is an option to take a route that follows the Via Cassia instead of being diverted around it. However, you will need to consider how much daylight you have left and if the roads are busy. The diversion from it is quite hilly and is longer. Once in Gallina, take time to rest and eat in the local restaurants before the walk to Radicofani tomorrow.



15.8 km


Walking to Radicofani starts with gravel tracks and grassy tracks through fields before interchanging with hills and gravel roads. Crossing small rivers may also be part of the walk. If it’s raining, however, walking along the roadsides from Gallina would be a better option. Nevertheless, crossing the streams as well as going through fields and on grassy tracks, all the while taking in the incredible sight of nature, really 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. Take time to see Radicofani’s main attraction, the Rocca (an old castle) and the Romanesque Church of Santa Agatha once you’ve taken a breather.



30.9 km


The last day of walking is the longest of all of the days on this leg of the Via Francigena. It is quite the task, but on reaching your destination at the end you will be overcome with joy. You start with some nice downhill walking, reaching Ponte A. Choose between taking the historic route along the road or taking the loop around Via Cassia. After taking one of the routes, your walk becomes uphill again, but not too difficult, for the rest of the way into Acquapendente. Now you can relax, do some sight-seeing and sample the culture of the town.





After breakfast we bid you farewell. While here, we recommend visiting the fantastic Basilica del Santo Sepulcro and the Torre Alfina. Acquapendente’s streets have many inclines, but all are paved, so getting around is easy. The city is famous for its vegetable and wine products, so try out some of the local foods, particularly the pizza loaded with local fresh vegetables.

How to Get There

Getting to Siena, Italy

To begin your Camino, it is easiest to fly into Pisa or Florence Airport.

Fly into Pisa Airport

Pisa Airport is a major travel hub for Italy, connecting to a number of cities in Ireland, the UK, and across Europe. Ryanair flies into Pisa. To get to Siena from the airport, take the train to Pisa Centrale. Then, head for the city of Empoli, and switch there for a line to Siena. This will take 2 hours and 15 minutes.

    Fly into Florence Airport

    Florence has a smaller airport than Pisa, but still connects to a number of European destinations, as well as cities outside the continent. The simplest way to get from Florence Airport to Siena is using the tram and then bus. Get the tram to Stazione Alamanni into the city. Disembark and go to Florence’s Autostazione, where there is a direct bus to Siena. This will take 1 hour and 45 minutes.

      Getting home from Acquapendente, Italy

      It is best to return from Acquapendente via Pisa Airport or Rome Fiumicino Airport.

      Fly home from Pisa Airport

      First, you will need to get a taxi (or we can arrange a private transfer) from Acquapendente to the train station in the nearby town of Orvieto. This transfer is around 30 minutes. Then, you head for Pisa Centrale and, on arrival, switch for the line to the airport. This trip will take 3 hours and 15 minutes in total.

        Fly home from Rome Fiumicino Airport

        Many European airlines fly into Rome Fiumicino, including Ryanair, Aer Lingus, and Iberia/BA. Again, you will need to get a taxi (or we can arrange a private transfer) from Acquapendente to Orvieto. Then, you can get a direct line into Rome’s Termini train station, and then head on towards Fiumicino Airport. In total, this journey will take around 3 hours.

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