From Siena To Acquapendente
Piazza del Comune (Town Hall Square) of Acquapendente
approx. 120 km
Siena is the starting point of a 32 km long stage. A demanding route along the white roads of the Val d’Arbia – which offers views gorgeous characterised by the profile of Siena – leads to the Grancia di Cuna, an ancient fortified farm owned by the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala. Continuing along the offshoots of the Crete Senesi, we pass by Monteroni and arrive in Quinciano. A short distance away is the fortified village of Lucignano d’Arbia, with the Romanesque parish church of St. John the Baptist. After a stretch extending along the railway line, we reach Ponte d’Arbia and then Buonconvento, the final point of the alternative route leg. San Quirico d’Orcia is the starting point of a demanding stage of 32.7 km (night departure), with climbs and descents along barren hills. We reach the small fortified village of Vignoni, with a breath-taking view of the Val d’Orcia and descend to Bagno Vignoni, famous for its monumental thermal pool. A long up and down stretch through the valleys of the Orcia and Paglia rivers leads us to the ancient hospital Le Briccole. From here begins a hard climb towards the stopping point in Radicofani, located 790 m above sea level. From Radicofani, another challenging stage of 31.8 km. The walk begins with an 8 km descent along the ridge, offering a view of the valleys below, which stretch towards Lazio. All around us, we can see hills as far as the eye can see and Mount Amiata, behind the Fortress of Radicofani. Once in Ponte a Rigo, we walk a few more kilometres before entering Lazio, and then along a dirt road with views of the Paglia river valley as far as Proceno. We descend to Ponte Gregoriano, before facing the last steep climb to the Porta della Ripa, the gateway to the Town of Acquapendente, with the finish line of the Ultramarathon in the Piazza del Comune.
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