Friday 17th April 2020

Friday the 17th of a leap year

leap year let's say in Tuscany and this year is just like that.

The eighth edition of Tuscany Crossing and the 2nd of the 100 miles was supposed to start, but unfortunately this damn Virus forced us to abdicate, we immediately took the decision to skip a year even if many have tried to move their races to the autumn, we didn't feel like it because anyway it wouldn't be the same Tuscany and then our program already included the Tuscany Autumn that we still have to decide whether to make it will depend on the conditions when we get out of this sad moment.

It's a shame because there were a lot of members but we hope to have more in the future because many of the members decided to give up the refund and to leave the registration to 2021 and for this we thank them for their trust and attachment to the sport.


Of course we didn't stay still, this year everything would have remained unchanged but Aurelio Michelangeli and I, my partner in this adventure, had some news in mind and this stop gave us the input to implement them...

What will the new Tuscany be like?

Certainly we still can't predict when and how our activities will start again but one thing is certain Val d'Orcia is there waiting for us with open arms and as soon as it will be possible we will be walking along those paths, maybe far away, maybe in self-management but we will come back.


For this reason we have designed 100 new km that will consist of two rings of 50 km, the Green Heart Ring that will also include the municipalities of San Quirico d'Orcia and Pienza and the ring Castiglione All within the Territory of Castiglione d'Orcia, these are routes available all year round, to do in self-management by practicing our favorite sport, but also simply walking or cycling or other, In the villages we will find bars, shops or fountains to refresh ourselves, both routes can be done starting from any country, at this point will remain to be defined the missing 60 km of the 100 miles but given the vastness of the territory will not be long to arrive will also depend on the willingness and desire of the people to collaborate in this new project.


The Green Heart ring will also be the route of the 50 km and will be the classic iconic route of the Val d'Orcia will descend into the valley will go up to Poggio Istiano then along the river Onsola, after the pedestrian bridge Peruzzi will divert along the river Orcia to Pienza in the green sea of Valdorcia through cultivated fields will go up the valley of Terrapille known as the valley of Gladiator where the famous film was shot, then will cross the center of Pienza city Unesco heritage site and head to the church of Vitaleta another icon of Valdorcia, this area is predominantly clay (not surprisingly it is defined the Cretaiole and in times of rain can be difficult because of the clay that makes a windy effect on the feet, the route heads towards the lands of where the house of the Gladiator was defined for this the lands of the Gladiator, then with a nice ups and downs we go up to Celamonti also these roads are famous for the cinema, we are in the area of the English patient, then after wonderful views of the Val d'Asso we enter the Valley of Triboli where at the bottom there is the famous grove of cypress trees (the original one) other icon of Tuscany then we start the climb that leads to the village of San Quirico d'Orcia which is crossed and then take the dirt road that leads to the fortress of Vignoni, real door on the Vald'Orcia you go down on the paths to Bagno Vignoni famous spa and beautiful village also this theater of many movies dear especially in Verdone then once you cross the Orcia on the Ponte Peruzzi you continue on the Via Francigena until you climb under the Rocca d'Orcia and crossed the characteristic village back to the starting point.


The second ring will be called Anello Castiglione d'Orcia (Castiglione d'Orcia Ring), by virtue of who has welcomed us in this adventure and has supported or endured us in these years, it will be a little less known but not so fascinating... always starting from the Pro-Loco it will go down in the valley on the Pozzo road (via Francigena) until the crossing of the Onsola stream, Then we turn left and climb up a ridge that dominates the valley towards Gallina, we cross the artisan area and practically make a ring that takes us back to the Cassia from where we take the Via Francigena that will take us up to the crossing of the Formone and then up to Bagni San Filippo, thermal station where we descend in front of the famous limestone formation called "The White Whale" we go up the white ditch where hot and cold waters cross and we enter the village, from there we head up to Campiglia d'Orcia, in this stretch there is a bit 'asphalt but the road is not very busy, We enter by climbing on the panoramic terrace under the bell tower and descend into the characteristic narrow streets of the village, after crossing the village sisale to the highest point 1100 meters above sea level in the beautiful forest of Vivo d'Orcia rich in springs, we descend to the village of del Vivo and start a gentle descent on a dirt road that leads back to Castiglione d'Orcia in a wooded stretch but with beautiful views.

the path "Green heart Val d'Orcia"

51 km          1530 mt D+

The "Top" route of Valdorcia, the dream landscape, the land of wind and desert, the landscape that the world envies us, will be the new symbol of the revival of slow walking, the new Ultramarathon and Ultratrail. 

The route "Cuore Verde Tuscany" is a ring of 50 km, a journey through the symbolic places of Valdorcia, through the Baths of Bagno Vignoni, the Rocche di Vignoni Alto and Tentennano, the villages of Castiglione d'Orcia, San Quirico d'Orcia and Pienza (Unesco heritage) churches, cypresses, places made famous by the film "The Gladiator", will be the route of 50 km also part of the "Tuscany Crossing 103 km and 160 km" the Ultramarathon par excellence.

The route is passable at any time of the year even if in case of rain or mud can be difficult for the clay soil, if it is done independently there is the possibility of refreshment places (bars or shops) and water:

6° km Bagno Vignoni

20° km Pienza

40° km San Quirico d’Orcia

43° km Vignoni alto

46° km Bagno Vignoni

the path "Tuscany Castiglione d'Orcia"

50,3 km          1600 mt D+

Will it be part of the 103 km and 100 mile route and perhaps of other Tuscany Autumn ??? events?

The route is all within the municipality of Castiglione d'Orcia and descends into the valley touching various parts of the Via Francigena, passing through Gallina, a hamlet located on the 43rd parallel and then continue along the lower part along the Orcia river, until you reach Bagni San Filippo, spa famous for its limestone formations "the white whale" and the white ditch, from here begins to climb first gently then once you reach Campiglia d'Orcia begins the climb to the highest part of the race in the enchanted forest of Vivo d'Orcia, from here begins the return to Castiglione d'Orcia. ..the route is very varied among cartroads, white roads and paths.

The route is always passable all year round and if it is done independently there is the possibility of refreshment places and water:

12° km Gallina

25° km Bagni San Filippo

30° km Campiglia d’Orcia

37° km Vivo d’Orcia.

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