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Hills of Tuscany

The stage starts in Pietrasanta and ends in Viterbo. This stage is very popular by pilgrims as it crosses the beautiful Italian regions of Tuscany and Lazio, combining nature, art and history, and the effort of riding in a hilly territory will be rewarded

From Pietrasanta and its famous contemporary works of art to Campus Maior (original name noted down by Sigeric) - the Apuan Alps as scenery -  you will get to important Medieval towns of Tuscany, some of them are UNESCO sites as San Gimignano or the treasured city of Siena. Merchants, pilgrims, Popes’, emperors, soldiers’ travels have marked the histories of these towns. Moreover, the well-renowned and untouched landscape of Val d’Orcia is ideal for slow travellers. You will also cross beautiful villages like Acquapendente and Bolsena and cycle aside a suggestive lake of volcanic origin to get to Montefiascone and Viterbo, in an area of Etruscan origins, whose historic centres are unmissable. And Rome is very close.

  • San Gimignano: medieval village entirely preserved

    The medieval village of San Gimignano, located in Siena, Tuscany is famous for its medieval architecture. Often referred to as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its dozen of tower houses, which form an unforgettable skyline. Within the walls of this picturesque city, notable examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture can be found. The town’s Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Bolsena: Basilica of Santa Cristina with catacombs

    The Basilica of Saint Christina has been recently rehandled (late 15th century) according to the will of Cardinal Giovanni de’ Medici (who became Pope Leone X). It is surely the most famous and visited monument of the little town of Bolsena. The complex has one unique characteristic: it brings together four buildings of four different religious periods. Apart from the Basilica these buildings are the Romanesque church with nave and two aisles, the Chapel of the Miracle, and St. Leonard Chapel.

  • Lucca: Duomo Church of S Martino

    The Church of S Martino shows features of both Gothic and Romanesque style. There is a portico with three arches where it’s said that pilgrims traveling along the Via Francigena used to trade with money changers. Lucca was, in fact, an important pilgrim destination and a point of connection along the Via Francigena route.The sculptural decorations inside the portico begun in 1233. Pink, green and white marble was used to create a magnificent effect. Some say that the story behind the mix of columns on the facade originates with a competition.The Lucca population initiated a competition to see who made the prettiest columns; in the end they just used all the entries for this mix matched effect.

  • Montefiascone: Rocca of Popes & Basilica of San Flaviano

    Being located 633 meters above sea level, Montefiascone is the highest town in the province of Viterbo, southeast of Lake Bolsena. With the remains of the Rocca of Popes fortress and the impressive Basilica of San Flaviano, the town has an unmistakable silhouette. Given its strategic position, the centre of the town was fortified and an impressive military fortress – the Rocca of Popes – was built in the 13th century by the Popes and Bishops of Rome to enable the people, living in the surrounding areas to defend themselves from frequent barbarian attacks.The Basilica of San Flaviano is not only a blend of two architectural styles (Romanesque and Gothic) but also of two churches, with opposite orientations, which were built one upon the other.

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