Italy · 2 Days · 12 Moments · May 2013

Elisabetta Giuliani

Francigena 2 days walk to Monteriggioni

1 June 2013

Heading Monteriggioni One of the loveliest villages of Tuscany in a stunning position! The castle was founded in the second decade of the thirteenth century by the Republic of Siena, with the purpose of creating a defence outpost against its rival Florence. For centuries the settlement carried out the function for which it was created, repelling a multitude of sieges and attacks. In July you can find the medieval festival, please visit
Perfect place for a snack Here you find ham and pecorino cheese, pickles and fresh bread for a snack or a fast lunch: we did it with a beer, but maybe you can taste a glass of Chianti wine!
Abbadia Isola S. Salvatore, S. Giovanni e S. Cirino Abbey consisting today of the church, under whose floor is an ancient crypt of the 8th century AD; the church has inside frescoes by G. Nasini and a fine crucifix of the 12th century. There you can find some restaurant, bar and in summer some festival too, have a look here
Madonna della Neve Along the way you find this nice building dedicated to Madonna della Neve: on 5th August, at the height of the Roman summer, snow fell during the night on the summit of the Esquiline Hill. In obedience to a vision of the Virgin Mary which they had the same night, the couple built a basilica in honour of Mary on the very spot which was covered with snow.
Cherry trees If you are lucky you can find the cherries on the trees..but don't take it all otherwise the farmer get very angry :).
Vineyards You walk through the vineyards! Every row of vine has it's own number, and in September the farmers do the Vendemmia, picking by hand the bunches of grapes for the wine.
Roman baths water springs Roman baths with warm water springs that have healing properties known since Etruscan-Roman: people use to have a bath here, but please always respect the quiet and the enviroment.

31 May 2013

Sleep and Eat tip Tenuta di Mensanello - Here you find a very good accommodation in double bedroom and apartments, typical Tuscan atmosphere and great welcome from all the staff!
Fabolous dinner Extra large dinner with many typical Tuscan dishes cooked with local foods, plus you can eat in a barn, romantic atmosphere and very nice waiters!
Poppies field All along the way you can find interesting fields, especially in June there are poppies.
Fabbrica and the Fonte di Sant'antonio A little village with a nice church and an ancient spring: here it seems that the time has stopped many years ago..
Starting point of this Francigena part of the route This journey is part of the ancient Francigena route: the holy places of Christianity were Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostela, and the via Francigena became the central hub of the great ways of faith. In fact, many pilgrims coming along the way from the north to Rome would continue along the via Appia towards the ports of Puglia, where they would embark for the Holy Land. Conversely Italian pilgrims to Santiago followed this road to the north, perhaps to Luni to embark for the French ports, or continue to the Mont Cenis and then take the Via Tolosana to Spain.