The Via Francigina was the ancient road for pilgrims and merchants leading from France down to Rome and many cities were formed along this road, including Siena. This Friday morning we started our walk at this small town near Colle Val d'Elsa taking the old path the pilgrims took across valleys and woods, passing archeological remains such as old Roman baths and Etruscan burial grounds. This stretch of the path was around 13 kilometers and though my legs were definitely tired afterwards, the views of the countryside were worth it!
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<p>Jessica Heymach is a junior at Lehigh University with a double major in International Relations and Sociology and Anthropology. She cannot be happier to be studying abroad in Siena, Italy this spring. Jessica is from Long Island, New York and loves adventures, whether it is hiking in the Adirondacks or scuba diving in Maui. She has a passion for photography and art. Traveling has always been her dream, and she cannot wait to explore and experience as many cultures as possible.</p>