The Via Francigena is not a single street but part of a bundle of streets, also known as Romee routes that from Western Europe, in particular from France, led to Rome and from here they continue towards Puglia, where there were the ports of embarkation for the Holy Land , destination of the pilgrims and the Crusaders.
The section of the Via Francigena that crosses the province of Siena is one of the most beautiful, able to attract pilgrims in search of spirituality, places of art and unspoilt nature. In this section, in fact, there are different landscapes, passing from the wooded Montagnola, to the vineyards of the Chianti, to the arid Crete Senesi, passing next to parishes, abbeys, hermitages, castles and medieval villages that at the time developed just along its axis Road, with itineraries by car, bike, on foot and also on horseback (ippoturismo).
In the Middle Ages, Siena was one of the richest and most populated cities of the old continent: it counted 50,000 inhabitants, surpassed only by a dozen European cities, and its historical center is present today as then. The pilgrims entered the city from the North Gate (Porta Camolla) and, passing in front of the mansion of the Knights Templar still existing, reached the Duomo of Siena, and the Santa Maria della Scala, the largest medieval European hospital where they received Assistance and leaving offers.
At the Santa Maria della Scala Bookshop, you can receive the Pilgrim’s credential: a sort of “identity card”, a document that attests that the person in possession of it is taking a pilgrimage to a place of worship.
The municipality of Siena organizes #Sienafrancigena an urban trekking, with tourist guide, that crosses the whole city from Porta Camolla to Porta Romana, making to touch with hand churches, palaces and places of what was the path of pilgrims and Wayfarers and # SienaFrancigenaKids for children.