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Leg 12: Siena - Ponte d'Arbia

 

Departure: Siena, Piazza del Campo
Arrival: Ponte D'Arbia, Centro Cresti
Total length: 28.5 km
Travel: On foot,  mountain bike
Walking time: 6.20 hours
Climb in altitude: 234 m
Descent in altitude: 408 m
Maximum  altitude: 318 m
Difficulty: Demanding
Paved roads: 30%
Dirt roads and tracks: 69%
Mule trails and paths: 1%
Suitability for cycling 100%
How to reach the departure point: Siena-Grosseto, Florence-Siena and Siena-Chiusi railway lines, Siena station
Description: If travelled on a beautifully sunny day, this
leg can be made unforgettable by the views from the hilltops of the Val d'Arbia; along endless dirt roads with the profile of Siena behind us. We leave Siena through the Porta Romana gate, heading towards Certosa di Maggiano and then taking a narrow surfaced road that leads to S. Pietro a Paterno. From here, a series of descents and ascents takes us to Borgo Vecchio and then to Colle Malamerenda. Descending again and crossing the railway lines, we head towards Isola d'Arbia, characterised by the small church of Sant'Ilario. From here onwards, the road travels along the Via Cassia, up and down the hills, arriving at Ponte a Tressa and then the Cuna Grange, a huge medieval fortified granary which belonged to the Spedale del Santa Maria della Scala, the main historical attraction of this leg. We then cross Monteroni d'Arbia and Quinciano, entering the village of Ponte d'Arbia. Here we cross the medieval bridge and come to the Cresti Cultural Centre. To find a refreshment point we have to leave the path at Isola d'Arbia, while water (which isn’t readily available) can be found at the Cuna Grange.

 

 

 

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