Francigena Way: Siena to Orvieto

Francigena Way: Siena to Orvieto information and booking

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

  • 6 nights in 3 star hotels and B&Bs
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, good walking boots / shoes and sun hat - walking poles optional but recommended. (A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).


  • Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from centuries ago
  • Absorbing the classic Tuscan countryside
  • Visiting quintessential Italian towns and cities such as Orvieto, Montalcino and Siena
  • Staying in comfortable and welcoming hotels and charming B&Bs
  • Feasting on culinary delights and tasting superb Chianti wines

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

During this inspiring section of the Francigena Way we include some deviations from the main trail to ensure all the highlights of the region are included. Beginning from the lovely town of Siena with its impressive Piazza del Campo, the pace slows to a walk as we leave the busy alley ways and delve into the countryside, past vineyards and small hill towns marked by their typical towers and belfries. There are a multitude of sights along the way such as the Benedictine abbey of St Antimo, the subtle landscape of the Orcia river valley, the towering fortress of Radicofani and the fascinating town of Orvieto in the south western corner of Umbria. Soaking up the local flavours and experiencing the hospitality of charming family run hotels is all part of the experience during this week long pilgrimage walk.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners: breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, tea, coffee & juices. dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad or pasta dish, followed by either a chicken, red meat or fish dish with seasonal vegetables & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 6 nights in 3 star hotels or charming b&bs with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis.
  • Information pack including route notes, maps & guide book per room booked
  • Luggage transfer from day 2 to day 6
  • Emergency hotline
  • Private transfer from siena to buonconvento on day 2, centeno to orvieto on day 6


Day 1 Arrive Siena
On arrival in Siena make your way to your hotel in the heart of the medieval town. There are many sites to explore in this interesting town. The main square, Il Campo, is a good place to begin. Shaped like a scallop shell, the square is a hive of activity. You can ascend the tower, visit the cathedral or take a coffee in one of the cafes in the area. Overnight in Siena.
Day 2 Transfer to Buonconvento and walk to Montalcino (4.5hrs)
In the morning you will have a private transfer to Buonconvento. After visiting the old fortified village of Buonconvento, you start the walk through the hills blanketed by Brunello vineyards. A deviation from the original Francigena itinerary, but the region and the village of Montalcino are too nice to be missed. Dinner and overnight stay in Montalcino. Distance: 14km, ascent: 480m, descent: 120m
Day 3 Walk to the Benedictine Abbey St Antimo (3.5hrs)
Leaving Montalcino with its wide, outstretched profile, interrupted every now and again by towers and belfries, you are immediately absorbed in the countryside. The target of today's walk is the St Antimo with its Romanesque Benedictine Abbey set in a peaceful location. Dinner and overnight stay in the small hamlet of Castelnuovo dell’Abate. Distance: 11km, ascent: 380m, descent: 320m
Day 4 Cross the beautiful Orcia river valley enroute to Bagno Vignoni (4hrs)
Today you traverse the “Crete” region crossing the beautiful Orcia river valley. The route takes you to the castle of Ripa d’Orcia from where you can enjoy a wonderful panorama. Arrival at the ancient thermal spring and pool of Bagno Vignoni will take you back to medieval times. Overnight stay in the charming hamlet of Bagno Vignoni. Distance: 12km, ascent: 380m, descent: 320m
Day 5 Walk to the impressive town of Radicofani (5.5hrs)
The trail takes you away from the Orcia river valley to head south in the direction of Radicofani, one of the most important strongholds in Italy for centuries. Beside the via Cassia, it controlled the borders between Latium, Umbria and Tuscany from a domineering position of 790m altitude. Dinner and overnight stay in Radicofani. Distance: 23km, ascent: 230m, descent: 390m
Day 6 Views of Mt Amiata en route towards Acquapendente, transfer to Orvieto (4hrs)
A fairly long day across lovely countryside enjoying a beautiful panorama over the valley of the Paglia river and Mt Amiata. The last stretch towards Acquapendente, lies on the border between Tuscany and Latium. Private transfer to your Orvieto accommodation. Distance: 15km, ascent: 250m, descent: 750m
Day 7 Explore Oriveto, trip concludes
This morning take time to visit the Cathedral, a work of architecture and religious harmony and among the most important in Italy. Stroll through the well-preserved medieval town centre and explore the foundations of the city via the Ipogeo path. Trip concludes - or extend your stay in Orvieto (we are happy to book accommodation for you).