A passage for the Via Francigena

By 13 September 2018Blog

The structure is an old farmhouse used as a horse changing station near the Via Francigena between San Gimignano and Monteriggioni.

This stop is considered one of the most beautiful of the Via Francigena: it starts from San Gimignano, the Manhattan of the Middle Ages for its towers, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and arrives as far as Monteriggioni. But we follow it to Badia a Conèo and from here we go to Colle Val d’Elsa, the city divided into two, Colle Alta and Colle Bassa, which gave birth to Arnolfo di Cambio.

Itinerary: go out from Porta San Giovanni in San Gimignano and after a short stretch on Via dei Fossi go down to the left for some steps that lead to Via Vecchia, turn left again into Via Baccanella and get to a large roundabout. You cross and start to follow a stretch of asphalt in the direction of Santa Lucia.

After about 2 km, after passing the sports field, we find on the right the detour that leads into the dirt road: from here on the route is perfectly marked with the trail signs of the Francigena.
You have to make three fords: Borro degli Imbotroni, Botro dei Bagni and torrent Foci, quite easy, but in case of heavy rains in the previous days it is better to take plastic bags to wrap your feet. Or you take off your boots. Just before reaching the asphalted road to Campiglia, near an old biogas plant, turn right to see the beautiful “Blue Lagoon”, as the Colligiani call it. There are two waterfalls, the first of which originates from the gora of the old mill (ruins still visible), which create a small lagoon hidden among the trees, between the rocks dug by the power of water. We return to the path and continue to the beautiful Abbey of Santa Maria Assunta in Conèo, which unfortunately is almost always closed. However, it deserves to be seen even from the outside, with its beautiful and severe
Romanesque forms.

From here we go back on the asphalt road, we walk for about 500 meters and we turn left on the dirt road that leads us to Campiglia. In the square turn left and then immediately right, continue for about 1.5 km and then turn right until you reach the cemetery of Colle. Here we arrive and we take the main asphalt road towards Le Grazie, and always following this we arrive at Porta Nova. You could also avoid the asphalt, but the ride is tortuous and dispersive.

Useful information: the official website of the Via Francigena with this stop, the official website of the Pro Loco of San Gimignano, and that of Colle Val d’Elsa.

On Google Maps you can see the whole track on satellite map and below you can download the paper map on an OSM basis and the GPS track for the navigator.