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Leg 14: San Quirico d'Orcia - Radicofani

 

Departure: San Quirico d'Orcia, Collegiata
Arrival: Radicofani, chiesa di San Pietro
Total length: 32.7 km
Travel: A piedi, in mountain bike
Walking time: 7.15 ore
Climb in altitude: 908 m
Descent in altitude: 532 m
Maximum altitude: 790 m
Difficulty: Demanding
Paved roads: 44%
Dirt roads and tracks: 56%
Mule trail and paths : 0%
Suitability for cycling: 99%
How to reach the departure point: From the railway stations of Siena or Buonconvento, taking the bus line 112
Description: Leaving San Quirico d'Orcia we take the road for Ripa d'Orcia, travelling an itinerary around the hill that becomes a dirt track. Then we descend towards Vignoni, cross the village characterised by its central fort and continue the descent on a dirt track as far as Bagno Vignoni, a spa centre which was already active in Roman times and used during the
Renaissance by Lorenzo the Magnificent. We continue descending the road until we return to the Via Cassia, passing the River Orcia, and soon start climbing again towards Rocca d'Orcia, passing the village of Castiglione d'Orcia, with the towering Aldobrandeschi castle. Descending once more towards the valley floor, we travel through hills with cultivated fields and a few farms. The road continues along the Via Cassia, passing the Briccole, an ancient hospital and station referred to by Sigeric as Abricula. Having crossed the River Formone,
we climb again on a surfaced road, passing the Le Conie farmhouses, to Radicofani Fort. Water and refreshment points can be found in Bagno Vignoni and  Gallina (there is a bar 500 m from the path, on the Via Cassia).
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