Crete Senesi: hikers paradise

Crete Senesi: hikers paradise

Today, our trail to Ponte d'Arbia will take us through impressive landscapes, the area south of Siena is called «Crete Senesi». It's a landscape consisting of hills created by erosion. The trail is therefore a continuous up and down with changing views. We do not only remain in the Siena province, but we even remain for quite a while in the community named Monteroni D'Arbia because our destination Ponte d'Arbia is still a fraction of Monteroni, 10km away. This reflects the fact that we hike in a agricultural area with very few villages.
Piazza del Campo: ready to go

Piazza del Campo: ready to go

Even before reaching Montenori,at Cuna, we encounter a Middle Aged, fortified farm. At the time, this farm was owned by a hospital. On the surrounding fields, cereal, olive oil and Wine was produced, and the fortified farm enabled safe stocking of these provisions.

Soon after leaving Siena, we come through the area where the river Arbia has it's source, and subsequently, that river remains on our left hand side until we cross it over the Ponte d'Arbia which gave the name to our destination. On the last part of our trail, after Quinciano, orientation becomes easier, because we will follow a railway track until shortly before our destination.

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.