Every year, deep in the Tuscan countryside, is a travel festival devoted entirely to slowing right down. A gathering together to walk, talk, stretch, raft, cycle, eat. To explore the Tuscan culture and landscape. It’s the Slow Travel Fest held near the beautiful hilltop Monteriggioni in mid September.
You may not know it, but slow travel is part of the lifeblood of Tuscany. Ancient pilgrim route the Via Francigena, starting in Canterbury in the UK and finishing in Rome, runs like an artery through Tuscany from head to toe - stretching almost 400km. So for 1000 years, pilgrims have journeyed through Monteriggioni, stopping for food and rest at ostelli like the one the Slow Travel Festival was housed in: the 12th century fortified abbey of Abbadia Isola.