• LaVerna "the hard rock / 'Twixt Arno and the Tyber
  • The "Holy Valley" of Casentino
  • Santa Croce
  • Jesus' resurrection by Piero della Francesca

The Way of St Francis from Florence to Sansepolcro

The Way of St. Francis from Florence to Sansepolcro

TFS: from 15 to 23 april 2020, 147 km, 91mi/ 7 legs/ 8 nights/ 9 days

  • The hiking itinerary covers 147 km (91 mi) between Florence and Sansepolcro, following traditional Franciscan trails that Francis himself walked.
  • Walk “from door to door”, setting off from your hotel and reaching the new one directly on foot, at the end of each daily stage. 
  • Take the full journey or any part of it: in order to be entitled to the “Testimonium” certificate issued by St Francis’ Basilica, it is necessary to walk at least from Pietralunga to Assisi.

Difficulty level of daily legs: from easy to challenging. See programme for details.

Personalized participation on request, starting and ending at your own chosen points.


Product Description

PROGRAMME from 15th to 23rd april 2020

Day 1. Gathering of the participants in the hotel in Florence. Meeting with the guide who escorts the group throughout the tour, welcome drink and preliminary briefing with distribution of the credentials and information package. The following day, start of the walk with the following itinerary.

Day 2. Stage 1: Florence-Pontassieve (22 Km/13.8 mi, medium-easy). We leave Florence behind by the ancient route “Strada dei Sette Ponti”, across the hills overlooking the Arno. We pass by Settignano, famous for its beautiful villas. Through olive groves and vineyards, along the river bank and over the hills we reach the fortified Medicean town of Pontassieve.

Day 3. Stage 2: Pontassieve-Consuma (19 Km/11.8 mi, very hard). We climb the hills of Chianti Rufina, covered with vines. We continue into the forest that surrounds the Abbey of Vallombrosa to reach the Consuma Pass.

Day 4. Stage 3: Consuma-Stia (18 Km/10 mi, medium). We begin the trekking across the Casentinesi Mountains, through forests of oaks, chestnuts, pines and firs. We get down to the upper Arno Valley and the sunny town of Stia.

Day 5. Stage 4: Stia-Badia Prataglia (21 Km/13 mi, hard). Climb into the forests of the National Park up to Camaldoli Hermitage, which we take time to visit. Through firs and beech-trees forests, we get over the highest point of our route (1354m/4440ft) before going down to Badia Prataglia.

Day 6. Stage 5: Badia Prataglia-La Verna (17 Km/10.6 mi, very hard). Another hard but rewarding walk across the mountains. We start uphill then over the ridge. A long descent leads to Frassineta and Rimbocchi, in the “Holy Valley” of Casentino. We finally climb towards Mount Penne to reach “the hard rock, ‘Twixt Arno and the Tyber” and the Sanctuary of La Verna.

Day 7. Stage 6: La Verna-Passo Viamaggio (26 Km/16.3 mi, hard). We start with a pleasant walk downhill. As we reach the bottom of Upper Valtiberina, we take time in Pieve Santo Stefano. Passing by the Hermitage of Cerbaiolo, we climb to Passo Viamaggio.

Day 8. Stage 7: Passo Viamaggio-Sansepolcro (24 Km/15 mi, medium). We climb a peak to get into the Nature Reserve “Alpe della Luna”. Across the highland and over the ridge, we walk towards the Hermitage of Montecasale, where we meet the franciscan friars. We finally go down into the valley and the beautiful medieval town of Sansepolcro.

Day 9.  Breakfast and end of services or free time in Sansepolcro for those continuing to the second section of the Way Sansepolcro – Assisi.

Price per person

TFS: from Florence to Sansepolcro (147 km/91 mi, 7 legs / 8 nights / 9 days)
15-23 april 2020

  • € 1.170,00 Half Board in single room
  • € 980,00 Half Board in double/triple room

“We’re a party” discount (4 persons or more): € 30.00 each

“EARLY BOOKING” (reservation at least 4 months ahead): 3% discount

You can as well join/leave the group at any point along the itinerary: please consult our office for quotations and other details.

More info

• An expert guide, fluent in English and other languages, accompanies the group.
• Accommodation with half board (breakfast and dinner including drinks) and city tax.
• Rooms with en-suite services (toilet with shower or bath-tube) in hotels 2/4 stars or guesthouses of various types.
• Baggage transfer (one piece per person).
• “Pilgrim’s Kit” with credential, maps and roadbook.
• Travel insurance.


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