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Via Romea: in the footsteps of pilgrims in Tuscany

A few kilometers from Capovento stretches an ancient path, still accessible nowadays. This is the suggestive Via Romea del Chianti, which connected Florence to Siena, leading pilgrims to the Via Francigena towards Rome (hence the name). Retracing the steps of those tireless travelers can give a unique experience of its kind, but it needs to be faced with the appropriate spirit. The spirit of slowness. Step by step, breath after breath, with a gaze enchanted by the wonders of Chianti along the whole path.

The Via Romea starts in the heart of Florence, from the majestic Ponte Vecchio, through Porta Romana you leave the city and reach the Certosa. Walking on quiet paved roads and rural paths, you will arrive at the locality of Chiesa Nuova. Take a break and enjoy the peace you can breathe here, perhaps tasting the famous local schiacciata.

 

The first stages 

 

Continue your journey, until you reach Sant'Andrea in Percussina, where you can decide to visit the house of the exiled Machiavelli. Here you are at the first stage of the Via Romea: San Casciano Val di Pesa, where we suggest to refresh yourself with a delicious dish of Tuscan cuisine. For the second stage - the village of San Donato – you find yourself at a crossroads: two equally lovely paths leading to the same place. You can follow the creek bed of the Pesa, cross the Roman Bridge of Sambuca and arrive at the foot of San Donato. Or you can take the long way round - 2.5 km more - but delight your eyes and soul with breathtaking views. In this case pass over the Badia Vallombrosana of Passignano: through vineyards and colorful wooded areas you will arrive in San Donato.

 

A dive in the heart of Chianti

 

From here, you will enjoy unique natural landscapes: the backgrounds that will accompany you first to Castellina in Chianti, then to Siena, the point of arrival for your pilgrimage. All around you, the most authentic Chianti, crowned by mansions and ancient farms, sweet hills and endless rows of grapevines. Along the whole Via Romea, you could observe the traces of the ancient pilgrim journeys.

If you are curious to retrace their footsteps, trying a new way of traveling, at a slow pace and immersed in nature, ask us for information. At Capovento we provide you with the gps track so you can evaluate the route from your smartphone and decide whether to follow it. From our hotel you can easily reach, along the Via Romea, Florence or Siena on foot. If you do not feel like walking again, come back to Capovento by bus, taking advantage of the journey to recall the most evocative points of the path.

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