Cammino San Jacopo Lucca square anfiteatro
Cammino San Jacopo Lucca square anfiteatro

Way of St James in Tuscany

100 km
4 days | 3 nights
Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 280
  1. Italy
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  3. Self-Guided
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  5. Tourcode ITSWZ01

Did you know Tuscany has its own small Camino de Santiago? It is the Way of Saint James (Cammino di San Jacopo), from Florence to Lucca: four days of walking along the Via Cassa-Clodia, a true stretch of the Camino towards Santiago which leads from the cradle of the Renaissance the walls of Lucca through Prato, Pistoia - the little Santiago - and Pescia.

We start from Florence: after just a few steps you already feel like a traveler walking through Etruscan gardens and necropolis, noble villas and ancient parish churches. Prato, the first stop, is a little-known jewel, with its Swabian castle, its multicolored marble cathedral, the influence of the Chinese community which enlivens and enriches it. And then Pistoia, which houses the relic of San Jacopo in its Cathedral, which arrived directly from Compostella. You will then encounter the medieval village of Pescia and nearby Collodi, the city of Pinocchio, until reaching Lucca, city of elegant shops encircled by its ancient walls, with hanging gardens decorating tall medieval towers.

On your way, protected natural reserves, fortified villages, jewels of industrial archeology and Roman roads; a concentration of art, nature and history in four surprising days of walking.


  • Discover splendid Medici villas along the way
  • Explore the center of Pistoia, "the little Santiago", a crossroads of paths
  • Celebrate the conclusion of your trip with a drink in Piazza dell'Anfiteatro in Lucca


Day 1

From Florence to Prato, 27 or 14 km

From Florence to Prato, 27 or 14 km

One of the (many) wonders of Florence is that it only takes a moment to go from the lively maze of streets in the centre, animated by shops and tourists, to the silence of a garden, to the singing of cicadas in a street that goes up the hill, running parallel to the ancient route of the Via Cassia: you are now leaving the city, yet it already seems so far away.

On your way, Medici villas and Etruscan archaeological areas - the Necropolis of Palastreto, in Quinto Fiorentino - churches and small villages, placid streams that flow under pedestrian bridges.

And then the Parish Church and the Castle of Calenzano, a fortified village that hosts every year a much-loved medieval festival and a street arts festival, up to the views of Prato before arriving in its historic centre. Prato is a precious but little-known jewel, dominated by the Emperor's Swabian Castle and the Cathedral of Santo Stefano, which houses works by Filippo Lippi, Paolo Uccello, Donatello and Michelozzo.

The richness of Prato is also its mix of cultures, East and West which coexist and complement each other: ravioli for dinner and cantucci for dessert, why not?

Note: if the stage seems too long or you want to spend a few hours visiting Florence, you can walk to the Seto Fiorentino station and from there reach Prato by train.

Day 2

From Prato to Pistoia, 27 or 20 km

From Prato to Pistoia, 27 or 20 km

You greet Prato, before starting the walk along the embankment of the Bisenzio river, recently renaturalised: it is now a paradise for various species of birds and otters, a very particular environment that heralds today's stage, immersed in nature.

The itinerary is full of surprises: Figline and the beautiful Romanesque church of San Pietro, with the tabernacle of Sant'Anna; a few kilometres, and you immerse yourself in the Monteferrato Protected Area, a natural paradise from which you can glimpse the destination of this day, the dome of Pistoia.

Then the Rocca di Montemurlo, with its crenellated tower that stands out imposingly protected by centuries-old plants, the village of Montale, with  ancient villas surrounded by gardens concealing, like treasure chests, treasures of contemporary art.

Here, finally, is Pistoia, "little Santiago": among the treasures kept by the cathedral there is also the relic of San Jacopo, which arrived in Pistoia directly from Compostella in 1145.

Note: if the stage seems too long, don't worry - you can reduce the length by taking the train from Agliana station to Pistoia.

Day 3

From Pistoia to Pescia, 29 or 10 km

From Pistoia to Pescia, 29 or 10 km

Today a long, varied changing stage awaits you: gentle ups and downs, hilly paths and flat stretches, villages and castles.

Leaving Pistoia, go up Colle Lucense, the ancient name of the hill from which pilgrims spotted the bell towers of Pistoia for the first time; having said goodbye to little Santiago, continue through ups and downs immersed in the countryside, from the Parish Church of Groppoli to the fortified village of Serravalle, along the bank of the Nievole stream and into Montecatini, with its beautiful historic spas and their miraculous water.

Then continue among parks and gardens, citrus groves and ancient wild forests, fortified villages - Stignano, La Costa and Uzzano, famous for their Romanesque churches: from Uzzano you can admire a unique panorama that extends up to San Miniato, on nice days.

The final destination is Pescia, with its beautiful Cathedral.

Note: if you prefer a more relaxed day, you can choose to stop in Montecatini and walk to Montecatini Alta for lunch in the picturesque Piazza Giusti, and then reach Pescia by train from Montecatini Bassa.

Day 4

From Pescia to Lucca, 27 or 20 km

From Pescia to Lucca, 27 or 20 km

Are you ready for the last day of your adevnture? The fairy tale is not over, it continues intersecting with that of Pinocchio: from Pescia in fact you travel along the Via della Fiaba up to Collodi, the town of the most famous puppet in the world, then immersing yourself in a fairytale garden, full of exotic plants.

Then continue along pavements marked by the wheels of ancient carts, secondary streets with beautiful churches to peek into before continuing the journey, along canals overlooked by mills and oil mills, and finally along the Serchio cycle path up to Lucca.

Lucca is a pearl on Via Francigena, enclosed by high walkable walls, the ancient center is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, with shops, ancient amphitheaters transformed into lively squares where children play.



What is included

  • 3 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • official guidebook, App
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.


We work with 3* hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses that reflect our way of experiencing travel: they are comfortable and characterful structures, which we choose one by one, managed by passionate and welcoming people.

Unless otherwise specified in the travel listing, all provide private en-suite rooms with breakfast included.

Below you see some examples of the facilities used for this trip, but keep in mind that they may vary based on availability in the period. We could therefore book for you structures different from those you see listed here, but of the same category and carefully chosen according to SloWays criteria.

When to travel

The climate in Tuscany is generally very mild with differences depending on the geography  of the  region, from coasts and valleys to the continental areas. The warmest months are generally July and August, with temperatures ranging from 23°C up to 30°C; the valleys can often see higher  temperatures and 38°C to 40°C is not uncommon. While June and September offer both nice warm weather. Of course, there are always exceptions or dry spells that cause a few days to get really hot.Spring (April and May) and Autumn (October and November) are dry, with sunny days but the chances of rain are high.The weather can change very quickly and you must be prepared forrain, mist, wind, fog (and even hail or snow at higher elevations) –especially in spring and autumn. 

What to bring

Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive


To reach Florence you can use the train. More information for timetables on the website

For the return, Lucca station is connected to the major stations

Mobile App

Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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