half day - difficulty level: easy
We look for ancient paths on the Francigena route, used by pilgrims since the year 800 a.D. on their way to or from Rome, when going on a pilgrimage was the goal of a lifetime. We can walk on the same paths today, but with more comfortable shoes!
On our way we find one of the oldest churches in the province of Siena, the Romanesque abbey of San Salvatore and Cirino, that still displays a beautiful and rich 1400's painting on its main altar.
We reach then the little hamlet of Monteriggioni, mentioned by Dante Alighieri in his Divina Commedia, when he compares the Giants at the entrance to the Ninth Circle to Monteriggioni towered profile:
Because as on its circular parapets
Montereggion crowns itself with towers,
E'en thus the margin which surrounds the well
With one half of their bodies turreted
The horrible giants
This path has been mentioned in Shape Magazine SA