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St Francis Way, from Florence to Chiusi della Verna
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St Francis Way, from Florence to Chiusi della Verna

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St Francis Way, from Florence to Chiusi della Verna

St Francis Way, from Florence to Chiusi della Verna - 8 days

St Francis Way, from Florence to Chiusi della Verna - 8 days

Saint Francis traveled the Apennines during the dark Middle Ages, searching for signs of God in nature and spreading the message of peace, humility, and brotherhood.

As you start from Florence, one of Italy's most beautiful cities, you are immediately immersed in a rural landscape that changes color every day, offering you new reasons for enchantment, surprising you and caressing your senses. The first stretch of Via di Francesco is a captivating prelude to the entire journey.

The Foreste Casentinesi National Park, a magical place filled with energy, housing the Hermitage of Camaldoli; the Medieval center of the village of Stia, the Casentino woods, the unforgettable panoramic views of the Val di Sieve and the Valle Santa.

Finally, Chiusi della Verna, with its Sanctuary - few other places preserve so well the energy of Francis and the simplicity and beauty of his message, which transcends all religious beliefs and soothes body and soul.

Day 1: Arrive in Florence
Day 2: From Pontassieve to Consuma pass, 17,5 km
Day 3: From Consuma pass to Stia, 14,7 km
Day 4: from Stia to Camaldoli, 15,8 km
Day 5: From Camaldoli to Badia Prataglia, 8 km
Day 6: From Badia Prataglia to Casa Santicchio, 10 km
Day 7: From Casa Santicchio to Chiusi della Verna, 9 km
Day 8: Arrivederci Chiusi della Verna!

Day 1:    Arrive in Florence

Arrive in Firenze and breath the Renaissance air all around you: take a stroll along the tiny alleys and end up in piazza del Duomo, or climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo to get a panoramic view, at sunset!

Day 2:    From Pontassieve to Consuma pass, 17,5 km

After a short transfer by train or bus you start walking towards La Consuma pass. It's a long walk which runs from the bottom of the valley to the top of the mountains at Consuma pass, with great views over the Sieve valley. You walk mostly in the shade of the forest, passing by Ferrano castle.

Distance: 17,5 km

Elevation gain: +1184/-272 m

Day 3:    From Consuma pass to Stia, 14,7 km

From the pass you descend easily to the bottom of Casentino valley. Most of the itinerary runs inside the woods, with an optional detour to the village of Castel Castagnaio. You have also options of an alternative route with great panoramic views over the Casentino valley, before you reach the beautiful hamlet of Stia.

Distance: 14,7 km

Elevation gain: +475/-1073 m

Day 4:    from Stia to Camaldoli, 15,8 km

Today you have a long and demanding walk in terms of difference of altitude. You start at the bottom of the valley, you reach the top of Apennines edge and then you descend to Camaldoli monastery, walking through the Casentino's rural landscape, until you reach the fascinating Eremo di Camaldoli, dating back the XI century. A must stop!

Distance: 15,8 km

Elevation gain: +1098/-790 m

Day 5:    From Camaldoli to Badia Prataglia, 8 km

Today a relatively short but demanding walk for the difference in altitude going from Monastero di Camaldoli to the top of mountain edge, and then down to the village of Badia Prataglia. The walk runs mostly inside the forests. There is also an alternative route you can follow: 6 km longer but more interesting in term of landscape, with spectacular views of southern Casentino valley, its villages and the surrounding mountains.

Distance: 8 km

Elevation gain: +550/-551 m

Day 6:    From Badia Prataglia to Casa Santicchio, 10 km

Today’s walk runs through the forests till the hamlet of Frassineta from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Vallesanta, La Verna mountain and the Apennine's ridge.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +563/-659 m

Day 7:    From Casa Santicchio to Chiusi della Verna, 9 km

Today you finally arrive in Chiusi della Verna. Head for the hotel and check in. If you arrive early enough, you can visit the Franciscan Sanctuary in the afternoon. The Sanctuary is opened every day of the year from 06:30 to 19:30 hrs (22:00 hrs in summer) NOTE: To enter the Sanctuary, you need to cover your chest and arms and wear trousers / skirts long to the knee.

Distance: 9 km

Elevation gain: +791/-577 m

Day 8:    Arrivederci Chiusi della Verna!

Last day is included. Service ends after breakfast.

Hotel Bonifacio - Firenze
Agriturismo Borgo Caiano
B&B La Guardia - Stia
Antica Dimora Locanda dei Baroni - Camaldoli
Hotel Bosco Verde- Badia Prataglia
Rifugio Casa Santicchio - Chiusi della Verna
Hotel Letizia - Chiusi della Verna
practical info

You can reach Florence by train: if your flight is not landing in Florence, you can take a direct train from Pisa, Rome or Bologna, which have international airports. More information and timetables on the Trenitalia website:

Return from Chiusi della Verna: you can take a Tiemme line bus from Chiusi della Verna to Bibbiena. From Bibbiena you can reach Florence by train, changing in Arezzo (Bibbiena-Arezzo and Arezzo-Florence)


What is included

  • 7 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • 3 dinners (Caiano, Casa Santicchio and Chiusi della Verna)
  • 1 packed lunch in Casa Santicchio
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • transfers as described in the day by day program
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary
  • 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.
Is this trip for me?

This is a wonderful journey, a concentration of beauty and serenity. Perfect for those who want to combine a visit to Florence with a delightful walking trip like few others - you'll see the Monasteries of Camaldoli and La Verna, places of rare serenity and energy, the magic of the Casentino forests, the Apennine landscape...

It's a journey with some very challenging elevation changes, suitable for those with prior experience in walking journeys. We suggest carefully checking the elevation changes and evaluating your level of preparation before choosing it.

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