Day 25 Via Francigena, Altopascio to San Miniato, 31.1km

Date: Tuesday 4 September
Distance covered to Rome: 671/1027km
Terrain: mostlying forest paths and country roads
Overnight: Ostello San Miniato, €16
Feeling: like I know what I am doing….sort of!

Ah, what a difference a day makes! Today was much more enjoyable, despite the long distance.

It was the usual haul out of town on tar roads, but within a couple of kilometres it was onto back country roads and forest paths. So much more enjoyable.

The bonus today was that there were lots of interpretative signs explaining the history of the region, the path and the flora. At one stage I was even walking on Roman roads. A sign said that in 1804 this stretch of road was described as ‘appalling’ as carts and carriages would frequently roll over. I bet the same could be said for some of our modern day roads.

Tonight I am staying in a place called San Miniato. I thought my accommodation was in San Miniato Basso (lower), but of course not! I am in San Miniato Alto (high) which meant a huge climb up an equally huge hill! My current challenge, as I write, is to find a bed. I had booked at one ostello, but it looked completely abandoned and no one was there. My gut told me to move on, so now I wait for a much nicer ostello to open their doors….only a five hour wait ahead of me!

And it has started raining again. Oh well, at least it has cooled things down again.

Tip of the day: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck!

Postscript: all good. I have a bed. Now I need to chase some food!

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5 thoughts on “Day 25 Via Francigena, Altopascio to San Miniato, 31.1km

  1. Well, you are having your ups and downs but as we know that is the Camino. Glad you found some more country and peaceful walking. The edge of the road walking just does not do it!!
    And glad you found a bed, hope you also found food. But knowing you, if you didn’t you probably had a crust of bread and a jar of marmite handy. We just got to Segovia for two nights. We begin walking on Friday, from the spot that we left off. Forecast is calling for rain but later in the day so I am praying we can start out with dry skies. I am excited to begin.
    It is wonderful that you are quite a few kilometers past the halfway point. Keep on trucking! 💥

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    • Hi Lue. Yes, you and I were never fans of walking on roads! Yes, found some food and I did have a crust of bread for lunch with some tuna! I used up my Vegemite a week or so ago!! 🙂 You know me well! Wishing you blue skies and gentle breezes and I look forward to following your footsteps. Take care, Melx

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