Day 24 on the Via Francigena

San Gimignano to Colle di Val d’Elsa – Saturday September 29th – 9 miles in 4ish hours and climbed 1000 feet. Chappy’s device doesn’t show what the descent is.

The days are lovely. The humidity is finally gone!That’s San Gimignano way up there at the top of the last photo.

Down from the hilltop town to the creek at the bottom and back up again. Over and over. The new complaint I heard today is: “we have to go down to go up”. It’s also known as boiler plate for short.

When Bill hears anyone complaining about which direction we’re going other than straight or level he reminds us we’re on a Pilgrimage repenting for our sins.Saturday must be hunting day. One group told us they were looking for wild boar. It’s on every menu in this region. Some group of hunters had walkie talkies – some were alone. It was interesting that no one had a hunting dog. This man had a bird call.It was a short day. We started out leisurely and ended by 12:30 where we walked straight into an Enoteca and had a marvelous lunch.Colle di Val d’Elsa is another medieval town known for it’s production of crystal glassware and art.Tonight we are staying at B&B Palazzo Beltramini. Again, we rented all the rooms and have the place to ourselves. Lucky us.

Roxanne’s post and photos:

Museum of Torture

Morning fuel in San Gimignano

View of the San Gimignano


Olive orchard

Walking into the town of

Colle di Val d’Elsa

3 thoughts on “Day 24 on the Via Francigena

  1. Kim Chapman

    Looks like a fun and interesting day with lots going on to see and feel the mind set with. As far as the comment from Bill about “pilgrimages repenting for our sins” I am sure some of you have to repent a little more than others LOL 🙂 no names mentioned of course haha xoxo

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