The path that goes through the Valdelsa, keeping unchanged its charm over the years, is one of the more characteristic of the via Francigena, with its rolling hills rich of history, and it’s like a dive into the past at the time of ancient hospital for pilgrims, abbeys, monasteries, abbeys set along the way.
It’s from Palazzo San Lorenzo in Colle Val D’Elsa, start the same journey of thousands of pilgrims from all over Europe. From here the path leads to Siena going through small villages such as Castel Petraio, a castle that became a villa during the 15th Century, and Abbadia Isola, important stopping point for the pilgrims of all Europe, famous for its Church with two entrances on the front, like the entrance of Chiesa del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme. along the way you will also see the Castle of Monteriggioni, built in the 1213.
From here the path leads to Siena where there was the ancient hospital of the territory, the Santa Maria della Scala, nowadays a Museum. From here we come back to explore Colle Val d’Elsa, famous as the "Home of crystal" for its wide crystal production.
We then can continue to San Gimignano, great example of medieval town, unchanged in its urban shape, famous for its towers. Also this village is set on the via Francigena: continuing on the path the traveller will reach Certaldo, a lovely medieval village, to end our itinerary in Tavarnelle.