Se il cammino è la meta del viaggio, allora meglio viaggiare pedalando

Where to sleep

⭐ Hotel Crabun (Pont Saint Martin, AO)

Good restaurant, clean room, very comfortable bed.

 

 B&B Residenza I Mille  (Pavia , PV)

The owner is very kind and the price is reasonable. A two step-away from the Covered Bridge. The house is inside a court where you can easily park your bike.

 

⭐ Hotel Astoria (Fidenza)

Good room, hotel without great charm but clean. If the bike is quite clean, you can carry it inside.

 

⭐ Convento Frati Cappuccini (Pontremoli)

It is a convent. So no comforts. But at least once, along the Francigena Way  is a must stay, right ?!

 

 Soggiorno Dimora del Grifo (San Miniato) 

The room is very spacious and furnished in exquisite old style (I felt like the Marquis del Grillo). Monica is very helpful and kind. Highly recommended!

 

 A La Casa dei Potenti (San Gimignano) 

The room was pretty with a tower visible through the skylight. From the toilet you could see (and photograph) the beautiful old town. Practically on the Piazza del Duomo.
Quite and welcoming.

 

 B&B I Terzi di Siena (Siena)

Central location, a few steps from Piazza del Campo. Excellent apartment (bathroom and bedroom). The only flaw is that the breakfast is not worth it of what you pay. Nice terrace where you can enjoy the view (amazing view).

 

 Il Mio Pavone Blu (Buonconvento)  

The lady is fantastic and very kind, the structure really welcoming. We slept like popes, spacious and furnished like old times. The bed is embellished with hand-embroidered sheets and the room is in original liberty style (with the blue peacock from which the structure took its name) ..

 

La Casa di Adriano ( Radicofani)

Wonderful and spacious apartment. Perfect kitchen. A jewel embellished with impeccable management. It is perfect for the bike ride along the  Francigena Way because the bikes have ample space to park safely. Not to be missed!

 

 Dimora Frattina (Roma) 

Very beautiful and refined structure. Really strategic position, between via Condotti and via del Corso, a few steps from Piazza di Spagna. Friendly staff that, after slight insistence, has left us to bring the bikes in the room.

Where to eat

 ⭐ Il Duomo (Fidenza, PR)

A little expensive, but excellent dishes. Try appetizers and tortelli.

 

 Trattoria Norina (Pontremoli, MS)

Typical cuisine in the heart and alleys of Pontremoli. Try the chestnut fritters and testaroli.

 

⭐ F.lli Tomasulo Di Tomasulo Fabrizio Pasticceria (Castelfiorentino,FI )

We got a little dessert and the schiacciata, the Tuscan focaccia. Here one is recognized and distinguished by sympathy (and memory! If we come again for Castelfiorentino, we will definitely come to this pasticceria!).

 

 Trattoria da Fiorella (Pienza, SI)

For the first time we ate “Pici all’aglione” which are like big strands of homemade spaghetti pasta typical of Tuscany. They were so good that we ordered another plate !!! Try this out too, but this is in all of Pienza, the famous cheese whose streets are perfumed generating a hungry appetite :-).

 

Places we liked…

 

Camillo Cavour square in Vercelli

Covered bridge Pavia

The Covered Bridge in Pavia

covered bridge pavia

Pietrasanta (LU)

pietra santa

Lucca, its walls, the Via Fillungo and the oval square

oval square of Lucca

The Convent of San Francesco in San Miniato

San miniato convent

San Gimignano,its towers and Vernaccia

towers of san gimignano

The square inside the castle of Monteriggioni (SI)

The castle of Monteriggioni

Siena (of course !!!) 

Siena

val D'orcia, via francigena

Buonconvento (SI)

buonconvento

The famous cypresses

cypresses of val d'orcia

Pecorino cheese of Pienza and the streets of the “Ideal City” …

pecorino cheese of pienza

 

The capers that adorns the waters of Piazza delle Sorgenti: Bagno Vignoni

bagno vignoni

Walk up to the Fortress of Ghino di Tacco and walk through the village of Radicofani with an atmosphere of times gone by, isolated from everything, while eating some mouth watering pastries of the local wood-burning oven (click here for the coordinates).

radicofani

The Cloisters of the church of San Francesco in Acquapendente

San francesco church in acquapendente

The Rock of Viterbo (although some areas is really downgraded and very busy roads)

The Rock of Viterbo

Stop in Sutri and immerse your feet in the fresh water of its ancient wash house

sutri ancient wash basin

Rome colloseum

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