Hiking, Via Francigena

Day 11: Torrenieri to Castiglione d’Orcia

Distance Walked: 18 km. (Felt like 30 km…seriously)!

Weather: Sunny and HOT (highs of 32 C).

Route: Steep climbs up and down all day long.  (Richard’s iPhone recorded us as climbing the equivalent of 51 floors. Once again, it felt like much more).

Walking Time: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.,  including two long breaks, and one minor tantrum on my part (blush here).

Views: Absolutely stunning!

Feature Photo: Taken from our bedroom balcony.

Accommodations: Le Due Torri, Via Della Bonaria 2, 53023. Tel: 349-508-9426. Cost: 55 euros for double room, shared bath. Central location. Nice!

Castiglione d’Orcia: Perched on top of a steep hill, Castiglione d’Orcia offers breathtaking panoramic views, charming stone houses, sloping streets and a 15th Century cistern in the Town  Square.  Castiglione is the province’s capital.

Summary: We have continued to shorten the “suggested legs” for this part of Tuscany. Due to today’s intense heat and steep climbs, we are very glad that we did. Castiglione d’Orcia is a short uphill stretch off of the Via Francigena Trail. Our VF Guidebook listed Podere Rossello as an affordable place to stay (23+ euros per person). When we phoned two days ago, they were already fully booked for the next seven days. Agriturusmo Passalacqua was also recommended, but was a bit further out. Once again we went with a last minute Booking.com special and once again we were pleasantly surprised!

Although this was one of our shorter km days, it was the most challenging for me so far. Tomorrow we have a 26 km day with the same predicted temperatures. Our goal is to leave in the early morning to help beat the heat.

Here are a few of today’s pics:

51 thoughts on “Day 11: Torrenieri to Castiglione d’Orcia”

  1. Oh, that cobbled road. The greens are so green. The architecture so lofty. How are your feet holding up? Anything you wish you had or hadn’t packed? Wishing you cooler, flatter days ahead.


    1. Thanks, Leslie – Great question. Despite my practice hikes, and my best intentions, there were a couple of things in my pack that did not work out as well as I had hoped. The tiny plastic containers of shampoo/soap/laundry detergent that you can buy at hiking stores were totally useless!!


  2. Good you are pacing yourselves! Take it easy. I only did 8 flights trying to submit Mt Geoffrey but did not make the 9th and 10th floor. Are there places to rehydrate? Be careful of Tangry.
    Tired Angry Hungry ☹️

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  3. I’m happy to hear you’re taking things a little slower and you were pleasantly surprised by your accommodations, Donna. You? A tantrum? I don’t believe it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!


  4. Be thankful for sun! Maybe a bit too hot! But I have a friend posting her trek and for two days they have been hiking in the rain! Wet and slippery


  5. Temps of 30 degrees and higher is seriously hot. These last few days sound particularly challenging Donna. I think you may be a day or so behind my sister – photis are similar, names sound similar, long stretches too- thanks for sharing with us!


  6. Hi Donna,
    Sorry to hear about the hot, and slowing the pace through that heat seems like a good plan to me!
    But, OMG Donna, the views and your photos are just magnificent! I am envious to say the least. What an adventure you two are having!


  7. Beautiful country side. Keep up the walking. Does sound terribly hot and walking in the afternoon would have been exhausting. All the best


  8. I can see how beautiful your views are, Donna, and you are smart to take it easier during these stretches. Hot weather is nothing to take for granted because heat exhaustion is insidious. It’s not life threatening like heat stroke, but the views are not as pretty any longer. Take good care!

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  9. By the time you read this you will have climbed the big hill into Radicofani. Well done! Especially in the conditions. We felt a bit sorry for ourselves, less than a month ago, doing these same legs in 11 or 12 C with wind and rain, but I think we may have had the better end of the stick, in retrospect. At least we could layer up, but the only thing you can do at 32C is leave before dawn. Temper tantrums are allowed.:Thanks for your honesty. We are rooting for you, and some slightly cooler temps!
    Lisa and Rand


  10. Temperature tantrums. I would say one a day is expected. Comes with the territory. It is hot here too so walking in evening. I see there is not much shade on the path there. 😞


  11. Challenging day offset by stunning views. The feature photo made me stop and take a deep breath. Wow! I know I will reread your posts with my husband, Chuck. He loves this type of adventure, especially with some of the details you are sharing. Thank you, Donna!


  12. Hi Donna – just looks amazing .. and I can imagine the temperature is a challenge – 30 degC is hot and any higher … too much … especially walking in it. So pleased you’re being practical re stopping … cheers Hilary


    1. Thanks, Hilary – We were grateful that we had built in six “extra” days apart from the days suggested for the traditional stages. That made every day more relaxing…and gave us several options to play with!


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