Francigena route inside Siena

Francigena route inside Siena

The Via Francigena route, the route of the franks, hit by merchants and pilgrims, the route connecting Northern Europe with Rome. At the end of 10th century the Abbot of Canterbury describes the road in his travel diaries. Walking along Via Francigena can be defined as another way to travel, another kind of tourism.
This tour to discover the ancient road and attracts not only who is fond of art and history but even who is travelling for passion or just for fun.
This tour is a different way to discover medieval Siena through fortified houses, knights templars and fountains. You could not believe, but the knights templars were the administrators of tourism at the time. They organised hotels, Patrons Saints and all the rest. With a glance to the medieval ‘five stars hotel’, hospice for pilgrims and travellers, where kings and monks, popes and mendicants stopped and were cared for. In the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, built in 822, we will meet his 11 centuries history the secrets of it’s frescoes, the treasures of art and hidden religious brotherhoods. The Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala is situated in the religious hart of the city together with the Cathedral and the so called Duomo Nuovo (New Cathedral), the most ambitious, but never completed architectural project testifying of the golden age of the Sienese history. We will finish our tour in another basilica, Santa Maria dei Servi, last stop of medieval tourists before leaving.

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