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Day 15: Acquapendente to Bolsena

Distance Hiked: 25.5 km. Time: 7 hours (including a wonderful lunch in San Lorenzo Nuovo). Summary: Richard and I both began this day tired. We were grateful for the gentle trail, with minimal climbs, generous periods of shade, and cool breezes. Despite our exhaustion, we did not miss the unique beauty of this particular path.… Continue reading Day 15: Acquapendente to Bolsena

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Day 14: Proceno to Acquapendente

Proceno: When I left you last, Richard and I were enjoying a gelato in Proceno. After a bit of downtime, we had soup on our minds and went to find a restaurant. After a fruitless search, we saw the man who runs our hostel. Not only did he tell us where ’the’ restaurant was, he… Continue reading Day 14: Proceno to Acquapendente

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Day 12: Castiglione d’Orcia to Radicofani

Distance Walked: 26km (door to door). Time Walking: 6 am - 2:30 pm (8.5 hours). Accommodations: Rifugio Communale Alceo Gesti, Piazza Anita Garibaldi 2. Tel: 331-5291556, infostelloradicofani@libero.it. Bunk Bed: 14.70 euros per person. Summary:  Although we walked 8 km more than yesterday, our early start and frequent cool breezes made it a much easier day… Continue reading Day 12: Castiglione d’Orcia to Radicofani

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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… Continue reading Day 11: Torrenieri to Castiglione d’Orcia

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Day 10: Ponte d’Arbia to Torrenieri

Distance Walked: 19.6 km (door to door). Time: 7 hours (including rest stops and a LONG lunch break). Weather: Cloud coverage with a steady, cool breeze for the last 5 km. Our Route: The traditional Via Francigena walking section from Ponte d’Arbia ends in San Quirico, 26+ km. As Tuscany provides endless hills to climb and… Continue reading Day 10: Ponte d’Arbia to Torrenieri

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Day 9: Siena to Ponte d’Arbia

Distance Walked: 26 km Time Frame Walked : 6:15 am - 2:15 pm (with 3 rest stops and a tiny bit of rerouting)! Temperature: 31 C (it is now 5:30 pm and is 32 C). Accommodations: Centro Cresti - Via Cassia 8, Ponte d'Arbia, Buonconvento 53100 Siena (SI) lCombination of bunk beds and single beds.… Continue reading Day 9: Siena to Ponte d’Arbia

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Days 7 and 8: Siena

Monteriggioni to Siena: 21 km Walking Time (including rest breaks): 6 hours. Siena: The Lonely Planet has referred to Siena as “a giant, open-air museum celebrating the Gothic.” Siena’s historic centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Its museums, art, food and medieval architecture make Siena a popular tourist destination. Accommodations: CASA DELLE BALIE HOSPITAL… Continue reading Days 7 and 8: Siena

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Day 2: Galleno to San Miniato Basso

Although we enjoyed yesterday’s walk, today’s hike reminded us about what we love most about the Camino. The scenery was lush and peaceful, and changed frequently. The majority of this hike was far away from traffic (and other people) making it incredibly meditative. All along today’s trail were Information Signs (as in the Feature Photo)… Continue reading Day 2: Galleno to San Miniato Basso

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Our Via Francigena Base Camp: Pisa

After more planes and trains (and a PisaMover) we left Lincoln and began our Italian adventure. The Via Francigena is now so close that my legs have begun to ache in anticipation! PISA Despite the stern warning from our guidebook, we visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the morning, without purchasing advanced tickets. Although… Continue reading Our Via Francigena Base Camp: Pisa

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Language Lessons

Richard and I are currently taking Italian lessons in preparation for our upcoming hiking trip in Italy. Blame it on too many traumatic high school French classes...but Richard did need to be gently coaxed (read here: DRAGGED kicking and screaming) to join me in this course. Despite this initial setback, we are enjoying our studies,… Continue reading Language Lessons