Italy - Trail Running the Via Francigena Toscana

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The Via Francigena is a way for pilgrims of over 2200 kms, that connects Canterbury to Rome and that is perfectly adaptable for trail-running. The long path crossing Tuscany is considered one of most beautiful of the entire Via. Villages, soft hills, white streets and curvy trails will lead you ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Extreme: 5/5
  • Tour Type
    Trail Running
  • Availability
    September 8-13, 2015
  • Duration
    5 Nights / 6 Days
  • Distance
    25-30 km/day

Day 1 | Arrival in Florence

Arrive in Florence on your own; via air or train. International flights arrive at Florence and high speed trains from Rome and other cities also serve Florence. Take a taxi to your hotel that we include for tonight. Extra nights are possible, please book in advance. Your hotel is centrally located and great for getting out on foot to explore before we have an orientation meeting this evening. Dinner on your own. OPTION: Run on the hills and along the river Arno.

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Day 2 | Stage 1: Monteriggioni – Siena

25kms / D+350 mts / D-250 mts or 14kms / D+200mts / D-150mts (trekking) Bus transfer (1 hour approx.) and arrival at the little burg of Monteriggioni. Emotional and evocative stage that ends in the city centre of the historical Siena, beautiful town with a unique architecture. Night in Siena.

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Day 3 | Stage 2: Siena – Buonconvento

30 kms / D+250 mts / D-420 mts or 14kms / D+150mts / D-250mts (trekking) We leave Siena and enter its lands, on a smooth and enjoyable route. A pleasant day on sweets hills. Night in Buonconvento.

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Day 4 | Stage 3: Buonconvento – Bagno Vignoni

30kms / D+ 700 mts / D-550 mts Crossing the spectacular Val d'Orcia, recently declared UNESCO World Heritage site, we'll discover the suggestive burgs of San Quirico d'Orcia and Bagno Vignoni, where we can enjoy a relaxing bath into the warm thermal waters. Night in Bagno Vignoni.

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Day 5 | Stage 4: Bagno Vignoni - Radicofani

27 kms / D+800 mts / D-350 mts or 14kms / D+250mts / D-200mts (trekking) The last stage is the most demanding one, with a long but not steep rise. Your effort will be worth it when you arrive at the characteristic burg of Radicofani. Bus transfer to Orvieto where you can relax visiting the spectacular city centre, situated on the edge of a tuff cliff. Night in Orvieto.

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Day 6 | Departure Day with Run Option

After breakfast we offer the possibility of doing a short ring itinerary around the Orvieto cliff. Individual departure from Orvieto. Orvieto is well connected by train with Rome (1,5h), Florence (2h) and Pisa (2,5h), where you have international airports. On demand, we can organize shuttle or taxi transfer for every destination.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- Trail-running guide
-- 5 nights in hotel with breakfast.
- 2 dinners.
- Bus transfer as in schedule.
- Baggage transport service (every morning you give your luggage to the staff and they will carry them until the end of the stage).
- Shuttle service to reach the end of the stage in case you find the route too long and/or too hard.
- Photographic documentation.
- Pre travel documentation including site information, recommendations, packing lists, and more.

Please note that some of the hotels may have a city tax that you need to pay on the spot. It usually varies between 1-2 Euros per person per night.

Lodging

Accommodations: Stay in moderate 3 star hotels in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.

  Prices
Via Francigena Trail Running Tour - Standard rooms
Double Occupancy
Ask US for rates €/person
Triple Occupancy :
TBD €/person
Single Supplement:
TBD €/person
Solo Traveler Supplement:
n/a €/person
Florence - Siena Trekking- Non running spouses
Double Occupancy
Ask Us for rates €/person
Triple Occupancy :
TBD €/person

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Florence and Siena with their incredible historical and artistic heritage
- Countryside of Tuscany along the Via Francigena trail
- Local food and outstanding wines

Need to Know:
- This is a guided run and guided trekking tour
- Trekking is only for spouses of running participants.
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
 
Dates: 8-13 September 2015 * dates on demand for groups previously formed. For questions, please inquire.
 
Level 5Extreme! For experienced endurance runners. Each day is from 15.5-18.5 miles (25-30km), rolling hills. Paths are dirt trails, tracks and double track. Experience is required.

 
Arrival & Departure: Florence is your arrival point, and then transfer to your hotel on your own. Departure town is Orvieto where you can take a train to your next destination point.
 
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    Local Coordinator: Pure Adventures is the exclusive partner of Mandala Tour, an Italian trail running event company and hiking outfitter. This trip is 100% locally organized and operated within strict accordance of Italian law.  

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    Local Guide: Our local experts will include our 'Star' guide Sylvain Bazin, notorious French ultra-runner who had run the Santiago of Compostela Road in Spain, the Shikoku pilgrimage (of the 88 temples) in Japan and the entire Via Francigena from Canterbury to Roma in the autumn 2013.

    On this trip we recommend:
    Being fast is not necessary, but it will be good if you are used to run 20/30 kms a day. Attitude to face new challenges and a bit of preparation are essential to deal with this itinerary. Every morning we create little groups who will run with a guide at different rhythms. The slowest one will be perfect for the least trained.
    Technical difficulty: (T – E) Small inclines and the route without technical difficulties make the itinerary perfect both for trail-runners and street-runners. Passages on white streets, easy grassy paths and a few fords. The guide's tips will help you to tackle each kind of soil, increasing your technical skills.
    Specific equipment: trail-running rucksack (5/10L), water provision (min 1L), snacks and energetic bars (for each stage), emergency thermal blanket, trail-running/outdoor clothes good for every meteorological condition (cold, hot, rain), hat, band/scarf and gloves. Use trail-running shoes with perfect grip, very well tested in advance.  

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