a great day for hiking

a great day for hiking

We have been hiking through the Tuskany province for quite some time and it will go on like this. However, we will not hike through hills any more, talking about mountains becomes more appropriate today. We will ascend about 1000 meters in total and reach an altitude of 800 m.o.s. today.

Shortly after starting on the first peak, we get to a village named Vignoni Alto. From here, we descend to the valley of the river Orcia. Down there, we will encounter a real curiosity. The village «Bagno Vignoni» is a health resort, and as you can conclude from the name, it has to do with bathing. They do have a hot spring and bathing is not in a hotel nor in a modern pool, but in an antique basin. This basin substitutes what is usually a central plaza in a village.

Descent into the Orcia Valley

Descent into the Orcia Valley

After an extensive hike within the «Area Naturale Val d'Orcia», we finally reach Radicofani, a Middle Aged village on a mountain, dominated by the Radicofani castle on a further peak. Towards the end of the 13th century, Ghino di Taco, a man banished from Siena, acted here as a knight robbing rich travellers, and he was much admired by the local population for doing that. Probably, pilgrims then were not so much exposed.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.