Join us on the Via Francigena, part of the ancient pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. Our pilgrimage takes us through the beautiful landscape of Tuscany, from mediaeval San Gimignano to Montalcino, with glorious scenery, ancient frescoes, hill top mediaeval villages, and a true sense of doing something different.

Our next Italy Pilgrimage will be SEPTEMBER 1st - 8th 2018

 Beautiful Tuscan Scenery

Beautiful Tuscan Scenery


Most of us, most of the time, long to get away from it all: away from the rush and the stress and the busy-ness of our everyday lives. Time away to spend time with the Lord. Time to get fitter and leaner in every way. AND in a beautiful and special place. A pilgrimage is a vacation with a difference, and  many people are now discovering that walking on ancient pathways, surrounded by beauty, in peaceful quiet places, helps you get into a rhythm that makes it easier to hear from God, to shed the burdens, to rediscover who you are and who you are meant to be

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jer. 6:16



"Your Pilgrimage was formative for me in so many ways, Penelope…thank you for providing this catalyst for transformation in my life." Shelly

"It truly was a life changing experience for me; and I met with God in a way I’d never done before." Roy

"It was fantastic! I haven't had a group vacation in a long time and now that I know how much fun I had with others, hiking through the hills, I'd be willing to take more vacation time and do a longer or equally long trip/hike again. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to have joined you and the others on this trip! Thank you!" Ann

 San Gimignano

San Gimignano


Day One: Arrive in San Gimignano
Spend the evening exploring the ‘Manhattan skyline’ of ancient towers

Day Two: Walk to Colle di Val d’Elsa (8.7 miles)   
A pretty walk across low hills of olive groves and vineyards to this historic town renowned for its tunnel streets, old upper town and lower 'new' town

Day Three: Walk to Monteriggioni (11.6 miles)   
Pathways lead across farmlands and woods, past a wonderful open air Roman swimming pool, to ascend to the hilltop town surrounded by 14 mediaeval watchtowers

Day Four: Walk to Siena (11.8 miles)   
Through woods and meadows, the paths lead to the best preserved great mediaeval city in Europe – where they serve more fabulous gelato!

Day Five: Walk to Lucignano (14.5 miles)   
Tracks wind across low open hills through the Crete region

Day Six: Walk to Buonconvento (9.5 miles)   
Gravel lanes (strade bianchi) lead along the Arbia valley to Buonconvento – the Museum of the Mediaeval Masters

Day Seven: Walk to Montalcino (10.9 miles)   
Paths lead up through the vineyards of the renowned Brunello wine district to the wonderful hilltop town of Montalcino

Day Eight: Depart for home

 Become a Pilgrim

Become a Pilgrim


The cost of the 8 day Pilgrimage includes:

  • 7 Nights' Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  • 6 Days Fully Guided Walking Tour
  • Ensuite accommodation in an eclectic range of wonderful hotels, inns and guest houses  
  • Meditations and contemplations each day while walking
  • Evening worship and Bible teaching
  • Daily Luggage Transport
  • Emergency backup
  • "At Home" Training Guide
  • Suggested Supply List
  • Spiritual and Walking Preparation

Cost in GBP: £1,495 per person      
Cost in USD: $1,950 per person
Price is per person, for a double or twin room. Please note that the tour operators charge a £200 supplement for single occupancy

The tour operators we use (ATG) do offer a fully escorted equivalent for £2,345. We feel ours is good value!

- Email penelope@ministriesbydesign.org to request a booking form

- Booking deposit of £250/$300 p.p. as instructed on the form; the balance will be due by 12 weeks prior to the Pilgrimage

Additional Costs:

  • Travel to and from Pilgrimage
  • Travel insurance
  •  Lunch, purchased at cafes along the route or in local shops

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN but places are limited to a maximum of 12, so be sure to book soon.