In Tuscany, the via Francigena has 16 official legs, but when you get to the Siena area, you can deviate onto another path that leads to the village of Abbadia San Salvatore. Starting from San Quirico d'Orcia and ending in Ponte a Rigo, the route is 45.45km long. Starting in San Quirico D'Orcia and ending in Abbadia S. Salvatore, the route is 32 km long. The hike up to Abbadia is particularly difficult, winding along a steep and bumpy road through the forest, but the view from the historic centre and the abbey is well worth the effort.

Abbadia San Salvatore
on foot
Total length:
25.45 km
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Abbadia San Salvatore
Abbadia San Salvatore

The alternative route for Abbadia San Salvatore deviates from the official route along the historic via Cassia, a little before Posta di Ricorsi. This town was a crossroads for pilgrims and shepherds during the Middle Ages: the Abbadia monastery owned hotels and hospices throughout the Val di Paglia and was an important stopping point for travellers. In the medieval village, you can see the Church of Santa Croce and the Church of Sant'Angelo. Don't miss Palazzo della Podestà and the many other medieval buildings. Outside the walls, stop by the Church of San Leonardo and the small, rustic Church of the Ermeta.

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