The St Francis Way begins in Florence the birthplace of the Renaissance and to this day a cultural haven. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Florence you will walk through the breath-taking Italian countryside. Lush rolling hills and valleys of olive groves, vineyards and forests will accompany you on this section providing many opportunities to capture panoramic shots of this region. With ample occasions to enjoy a picnic, this section of the St Francis Way will allow you to truly appreciate the countryside that was beloved by St Francis as well as taking you to the most revered location of Santuario della Verna, where St Francis spent many days and also where he received the Stigmata. Finishing this section in the town of Sanselpocro you can reward yourself with a hearty plate of pasta, after all this is the home of Buitoni Pasta!
Florence (Firenze) is not only the largest city but also the capital of Tuscany and birth place of Dante. Renowned world over as the cradle of the Renaissance this city makes a wonderfully cultured start to your walk. Be sure to have time to visit the domed cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore to marvel at this engineering feat built by Filippo Brunelleschi, as well as one of the many museums, palaces and churches that house the greatest artistic treasures in the world.