Francigena Easy Siena Orvieto Radicofani view
Francigena Easy Siena Orvieto Radicofani view

Via Francigena easy, from Siena to Orvieto

74 km
10 days | 9 nights
Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 1.333
CO2 footprint
178 Kg/person
  1. Italy
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  3. Solo Holidays
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  5. Tourcode ITSM370E

Are you ready to walk through the typical, picturesque setting of the Tuscan countryside? In the initial phase of this walk, you'll traverse the renowned strade bianche ("white roads" or dirt roads) of Siena, across the Val d’Arbia and the Val d’Orcia, both iconic elements of the Tuscan scenery. Along the way, you'll explore charming villages like Bagno Vignoni, featuring a massive thermal pool at its center square, and Radicofani, where a commanding fortress overlooks southern Tuscany. As you venture into Lazio, the captivating beauty of Lake Bolsena awaits, along with the ancient cobblestones of the Via Cassia, still remarkably preserved after two millennia, leading you to the enchanting historic center of Orvieto, "city of the popes".

Traversing the vineyards of Brunello di Montalcino, renowned as one of the finest Italian wines, and the production areas of cacio di Pienza (a type of cheese), you'll then step into one of the most significant regions for extra-virgin olive oil production, around Lake Bolsena.


  • Gaze backward from the peaks of the Val d’Arbia to take in the stunning skyline of Siena;
  • Indulge in the soothing thermal pools of Bagno Vignoni;
  • Marvel at the hues of a sunset over Lake Bolsena
  • Explore the architecural marvels of Orvieto, from the Duomo and St.Patrick's Well to the underground caves.


Day 1



You start your journey from Siena, without doubt one of the most interesting cities along the Francigena and famed for its historic Palio horse race. Spend your day wandering through its cobblestone streets, exploring the coats-of-arms adorning the walls of the contrade, or ascending the Torre del Mangia for a panoramic view of the town's rooftops. Don't miss the chance to visit the awe-inspiring duomo, where the striking black and white columns will leave a lasting impression. If you're fortunate, you might catch a festival in one of the contradas, witnessing the skillful artistry of flag-throwers. Conclude your day by sitting at a table in Piazza del Campo, savoring a plate of pici all'aglione for dinner, all while admiring the illuminated Palazzo Pubblico.

Day 2

Bus to Isola d'Arbia and walk to Lucignano, 10 km

Bus to Isola d'Arbia and walk to Lucignano, 10 km

Hopefully the sun grace your first day of the journey, as the Crests of the Val d'Arbia promise unforgettable views. A bus will take you from Siena to Isola d'Arbia: from there your path will lead you along the characteristic dirt roads towards the fortified village of Lucignano, adorned with its exquisite church. As you approach Monteroni d'Arbia, take in the awe-inspiring sight of the Grancia di Cuna, a fortified farm that once stored the wheat reserves destined for the Republic of Siena.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +175/-165 m

Day 3

From Lucignano to Buonconvento, 14 km

From Lucignano to Buonconvento, 14 km

Departing from Lucignano, your adventure will proceed through the Valle dell'Ombrone, leading you to Buonconvento. Passing through the gate of the walls, you'll step into the charming old town center of the village, uncovering the meaning behind its name, "happy fortunate place". Meander through the picturesque streets, where life unfolds peacefully in tune with the unhurried rhythms of a countryside village. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to marvel at the masterpieces of some of the most renowned Sienese painters housed in the Museum of Sacred Art of the Val d'Arbia.

Distance: 14 km

Elevation gain: +170/-205 m

Day 4

Transfer from Buonconvento to San Quirico walk to Bagno Vignoni, 6 km

Transfer from Buonconvento to San Quirico walk to Bagno Vignoni, 6 km

After a transfer to San Quirico, you wander through the captivating scenery of the Val D'Orcia, featuring hills adorned with picturesque hues, vineyards, and scattered cypress trees. You step into a timeless realm as you explore Vignoni Alto, immersing yourself in its unique ambiance. As you reach today's destination, indulge in a rejuvenating break in the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni, where the unmistakable pool graces the center of the main square.

Distance: 6 km

Elevation gain: +105/-220 m

Distance: 6 km

Elevation gain: +105/-220 m 

Day 5

From Bagno Vignoni to Castiglione, 5 km

From Bagno Vignoni to Castiglione, 5 km

As you leave Bagno Vignoni, you continue your walk across one of the most breathtaking panoramic sections along the entire Via Francigena. You finally reach Castiglione, a hilltop village nestled in the heart of the Val d'Orcia. 

Distance: 5 km

Elevation gain: +320/-95 m

Day 6

Transfer form Castiglione to Gallina and walk to Radicofani, 11 km

Transfer form Castiglione to Gallina and walk to Radicofani, 11 km

After an initial transfer to Gallina, the path will lead you to Radicofani. This hilly section will offer wide panoramic views, but for an ever better view you will be able to see most of southern Tuscany from the Radicofani fortress. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the Pieve di San Pietro, a precious gem dating back to the thirteenth century. Conclude your day with an evening stroll through its old town center, marveling at the enchanting illumination of the fortress.

Distance: 11 km

Elevation gain: +390/-70 m

Day 7

From Radicofani to Ponte a Rigo and transfer to Acquapendente, 10,5 km

From Radicofani to Ponte a Rigo and transfer to Acquapendente, 10,5 km

Leaving Radicofani behind, your journey continues towards one of the most beautiful stretches of the Via Francigena. As you depart from the fortress, you'll traverse the ancient Via Cassia, surrounded by an endless landscape of hills dominated by Monte Amiata. Progressing through the valley bottom of the Val di Paglia and following the course of the Cassia nuova, you'll reach Ponte a Rigo. A transfer will take you to Acquapendente, the northernmost municipality of Lazio. You traverse the Porta della Ripa before entering its historic town center. Take a contemplative stroll in the quietude of the Romanesque crypt beneath the Basilica del Santo Sepolcro, where decorated capitals and arches grace the surroundings. According to tradition, some stones believed to be bathed in the blood of Christ are purportedly preserved here.

Distance: 10,5 km

Elevation gain: +50/-540 km

Day 8

Transfer from Acquapendente to S.Lorenzo Nuovo and walk to Bolsena, 12 km

Transfer from Acquapendente to S.Lorenzo Nuovo and walk to Bolsena, 12 km

From San Lorenzo Nuovo, your journey will gently progress until the first glimpses of Lake Bolsena unfold. Descending into a volcanic crater, you'll traverse dirt tracks, alternating between dense woods and meadows adorned with scattered olive trees before reaching Bolsena. For those curious about the miracle of the Corpus Domini, renowned in Bolsena, the Cappella del Miracolo houses marble pieces stained by the blood flowing from a Host in the thirteenth century. Alternatively, if your interest lies in the local cuisine, indulge in products from the lake, such as Sbroscia, a regional soup crafted from lake fish and tomatoes.

Distance: 12 km

Elevation gain: +160/-335 km

Day 9

Transfer from Bolsena to Sugano and walk to Orvieto, 6 km

Transfer from Bolsena to Sugano and walk to Orvieto, 6 km

Departing from Bolsena, a transfer will take you to Sugano. From there your journey will lead you through woods and olive groves. You will cross an area renowned for the production of extra virgin olive oil, it's highly recommended to savor a taste of it on a piece of fragrant local bread before reaching Orvieto. This city, strongly linked to the Papal State, rises on a tufa cliff 300 m above sea level, and offers several architectural wonders such as the Duomo, the Pozzo di San Patrizio and its underground caves.

Distance: 6 km

Elevation gain: +170/-295 m 

Day 10

Arrivederci Orvieto!

Arrivederci Orvieto!

Last day is included. Service ends after breakfast.


Is this for me?

A wonderful section of Via Francigena, between the lunar landscape of Crete Senesi and the Medieval charm of Orvieto. 

In this version, some sections are skipped by public transport or taxi transfer in order to reduce the lenght of the walks.


What is included

  • 9 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • 3 dinners (Lucignano, Radicofani)
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel (max 1 item per person)
  • taxi transfers (Pieve a Salti accommodation-Buonconvento, Castiglione-Gallina, Ponte a Rigo-Acquapendente, Acquapendente-San Lorenzo Nuovo, Bolsena-Sugano)
  • 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.

Siena: Hotel Chiusarelli
Lucignano: Hotel Borgo Antico
Buonconvento: Pieve a Salti
Bagno Vignoni: Locanda del Loggiato
Castiglione d'Orcia: B&B Il Vecchietta
Radicofani: Agriturismo La Selvella
Acquapendente: Albergo Toscana
Bolsena: Agriturismo le Vigne
Orvieto: Hotel Corso

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

From Bologna Airport (BLQ), reach the central railway station, from where you can take a train to Siena with change in Florence.

From Pisa Airport (PSA), you can take a train to Siena with change in Pisa Centrale station and in Empoli.

From Florence Airport (FLR), take a public bus to Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station, and then either a bus or a train to Siena (both direct).

On departure, you can reach Pisa, Bologna and Florence by train.

Train timetables are available on the website


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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