Siena to Vescona
Distance: 19.5 km
Ascent: 430 m
Descent: 395 m
From Siena you reach Taverne d’Arbia following the provincial Lauretana road (SP438) and then travel the first length of dirt track. On this first stage the Via Lauretana goes as far as the Leonina gullies, with their typical clay paths in a lunar landscape, the cool colours of the soil ranging from bluish-grey to ice white.
You will find the “Sito Transitorio”, a stone monument created by Jean Paul Philippe in 1993, at the meeting-point of three small country roads, between Mucigliani and Leonina. The best time to visit the site is at sunset, particularly on the evening of the summer solstice. The hot colours of the sun fit perfectly inside the window without a wall, part of the Sito Transitorio: a magic moment that will take your breath away.
The walk continues to Mucigliani along a route offering plenty of opportunities to admire the beautiful Sienese countryside and its gentle hills. The end of the stage is the small village of Vescona.