September 27, 2018 - Siena and surroundings, Central Tuscany, Hiking, Active
This is a 3 or 4 hour walk in the Montagnola hills, west of Siena. We can organise a tour-guide for you or you can self-guide, we've added a link to a GPS trace of the route to this page.
A 3 to 4 hour walk in the Montagnola hills
...west of Siena. We can organise a tour-guide for you or you can self-guide, we've added a link to a GPS trace of the route to this page.
The walk starts from Pievescola - there is a large car-park beyond the church which makes an ideal starting point. From here you will proceed to Simignano, a tiny hamlet where they have a rare breed of pigs, the "Cinta Senese" - or Sienese Belted Pig. They have a distinctive band around their bodies.
After passing the ‘Cinta Senese’ pigs, the path climbs steadily up through chestnut woods and on past quarries of yellow Sienese marble before opening out with magnificent views towards Chiusdino and beyond. Walk on and up to the church at ‘Molli’ from where the duomo of Siena can be admired. This is the end of the climbing - take a moment to catch your breath and look around for the Castagnone, a giant and centuries old Chestnut tree. From Molli, the path continues through the trees to the tiny hamlet of Tegoia where we propose lunch at the ‘Osteria La Montagnola’ , a typical local restaurant with simple but excellent food, before the descent back to Simignano through the chestnut woods.
Walking time: Approx: 3.5 – 4 hours (with time to admire the views).