Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!
The traditional route for this section of the Via Francigena is from Radicofani to Acquapendente. The problem is that the path takes you along a busy, shoulderless highway for several kilometers. What’s a hiker to do?
After planning and scheming, we found these key options.
1. Take your chances. Although not recommended, many walkers have done this…and lived to tell the tale. 24 km.
2. Take the bus. Our guidebook recommends using alternative transportation, especially for the “decidedly dangerous” section from Centento to Acquapendente.
3. Take your time. By detouring through Proceno, you add 7.7 km to your trip, and increase the “altitude difference ascent” from 220m to 600m. You also avoid the roads and increase your scenic views.
What route would you choose? We went with option #3…with a twist. We are staying the night in Proceno, where we are currently enjoying a well deserved gelato. After a 26.8 km hike (and a brand new blister on ny heel)…at least we think so!
Accommodations: Ostello Del Pellegrino, Piazza della Libertà, Proceno. 339-258-6470. 4 single beds in bedroom (plus 2 additional fold-up beds and couch in kitchen/sitting room). 10 euros per person. Kitchen use available.