Walking to Southern Tuscany from Siena | Italy's Via Francigena | UTracks

South of Siena is often considered the most beautiful section of Tuscany

However, it is somehow missed by the main tourist trail and so remains a place to be truly discovered

Staying in the world heritage-listed

medieval town of Siena, which is just under three hours train ride from Rome or an hour and 20 minutes from Florence, this stage of

The Via Francigena takes the lesser trodden trail south as soon you find yourself in a region of magnificent landscapes

gravel roads lined with cypress trees castles and medieval villages

local characters great food and the famous Brunello vineyards.

"Hiking the trails been fantastic.

It's been an interesting combination of hiking hills to the hill villages and then hiking through woods and

farm fields.

So it's got a great combination of hiking

There's the history

the castles on top of the

mountain tops

This journey consists of six days moderate grade of walking between 13 and 21 kilometres per day. Since I was travelling with UTracks

I had the freedom of a self-guided walk, meaning I could stop and explore along the way.

I was given maps, a guidebook, and an app to keep me on track, though the roads are well signposted.

"The trail is very well marked here in Italy." "But if we were following a route book

you can tick off places and say I've walked this, I've done that.

It made the walking really easy." What this meant was a fully immersed experience in a beautiful Tuscan countryside

"You're not on a tour bus and on a highway you're walking amongst the little villages and our stops

at the little towns

You get to meet the local people."

My luggage was transferred from hotel to hotel. So all I had to carry was my daily essentials.

Breakfast is included daily and dinner some nights, but the best part of all was knowing at the end of each day

I had a comfortable private room waiting for me. My favorite nights of all have to be the farm stays in the magnificent Tuscan countryside.