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  1. Piero Frustascarpe

    Place "worthy" of an extra stay.

    Trekking fron Buonconvento to Montalcino, see here: http://www.travelingintuscany.com/walk/it/buenconventoasanquirico.htm And from Montalcino do San Quirico: https://www.parcodellavaldorcia.com/itinerari/ But if you want to go directly to Montalcino you can take a taxi from Buonconvento...
  2. Piero Frustascarpe

    Place "worthy" of an extra stay.

    Everywhere, in Italy, there are old structures. :) In addition to the suggestions of William... Siena deserves at least a couple of days, just to visit the churches, not to mention the museums. A detour to Montalcino to enjoy good food and among the best wines in Italy. San Quirico d'Orcia, a...
  3. Piero Frustascarpe

    VF Phrases I absolutely need to know ( in Italian)

    "Credenziale" in Italian is feminine. In attachment a zip file containing the recording of how it should sound... ;)
  4. Piero Frustascarpe

    The Way of St. Frances

    :D:D:D Yes, definitely, to be able to speak to the natives in their idiom helps a lot. :cool:
  5. Piero Frustascarpe

    The Way of St. Frances

    Just enjoy and take it easy. Although in Italy the number Pilgrims is steadily growing and in the media the Italian Caminos are more and more popular, in the recently established or less popular ones the organization is not (yet) fully developed. So, be prepared to meet many people (always very...
  6. Piero Frustascarpe

    San Quirico d'Orcia is a beautiful village of medieval origin and, beside the view, the food is...

    San Quirico d'Orcia is a beautiful village of medieval origin and, beside the view, the food is veru good (as everywhere in Tuscany!). Last time I walked there was on October 2017. Don't be surprised about bus services on Sundays, it's quite common in Italy. I love Topo shoes too, and I use them...
  7. Piero Frustascarpe

    Lausanne start

    I confirm you that the Pass is usually closed from October 15th to June, depending on how much snow there is.
  8. Piero Frustascarpe

    Stages: Vercelli-Robbio-Mortara

    I and most of my acquaintaces who walked over there do/did the tract Vercelli-Mortara in one leg. In our region we also consider it a beautiful training track, because of the beauty of different views in all the seasons. No muddy tracks, so it is perfectly feasible in all seasons with no sweat.
  9. Piero Frustascarpe

    VF Phrases I absolutely need to know ( in Italian)

    Random survival sentences: "Please, where can I find a toilet?" - "Per favore dove trovo un bagno?" "Please, can you fill my bottle with water? - "Per favore, può riempirmi la borraccia con acqua?" "Where is...?" - "Dov'è...?" "Help! Can you help me?" - "Aiuto! Puoi aiutarmi?" "I feel bad. I...
  10. Piero Frustascarpe

    Mass on the Francigena

    It happens the same in Italy. Most of the churches are closed when there are no rites/cleaning/rehearsals in progress. You have better chances to find churches open along the day in larger villages and in towns. In villages/towns that have more than 2000 inhabitants there is at least a parish...
  11. Piero Frustascarpe

    Cape or umbrella?

    ...And chances are that it could become part of the huuuuge collection of "Lost&Found" of a Hospitale! :D:D:D
  12. Piero Frustascarpe

    Accomodations in Italy

    The same in Italy. Just learn some Italian words for your "survival" conversations. Not everywhere you can find people who understand English.
  13. Piero Frustascarpe

    Cape or umbrella?

    A serious umbrella to be used in hicking and Caminos has to be strong and wide enough to protect you - at least the whole upper part of your body and backpack - in a decent way and to face strong winds as well. Personally I don't like the umbrella, because when you use it you can't use the...
  14. Piero Frustascarpe

    Accommodations in italy

    Thank you so much for your precious information. I'm just curious (and probably someone else has the same question too): why did you choose not to use the usual (and much cheaper) Pilgrim Hospitality venues? Thanks for your answer.
  15. Piero Frustascarpe

    Hi, Cullo! I give you the link to the current timetable of the buses from Aosta to GSBP. I hope...

    Hi, Cullo! I give you the link to the current timetable of the buses from Aosta to GSBP. I hope it will be valid also for next year. Better to check next year, when you will leave... Anyway, as you can see, the bus service starts on July the 1st and ends on September 3rd...
  16. Piero Frustascarpe

    WiFi

    Don't worry, in Italy even if not all the Pilgrim Accomodations have Wi-Fi, you can find plenty of bars and public areas in which it is available and free. The diffusion of it is improving every year. And, just in case, you can always find generous local people who will be happy to give you the...
  17. Piero Frustascarpe

    Starting in Siena next week

    Great! Most probably you will stumble in the volunteers who are setting up the track for the Francigena Ultramarathon from Siena to Acquapendente (27-28 October). :cool: And tomorrow there will take place the extra Palio to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW 1!!!
  18. Piero Frustascarpe

    Best way to get certificate

    I checked both offices and they confirmed me that they are open all year round.
  19. Piero Frustascarpe

    Best way to get certificate

    I will call the offices later today and I will report their answers.
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