• Official starting point of the Via di Francesco
  • Birthplace of the Renaissance
  • Rich artistic and architectural heritage
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Home to the powerful Medici family


Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Florence is a captivating city known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. With its stunning architecture, rich artistic heritage, and vibrant atmosphere, it is no wonder that St. Francis himself was inspired here. As you wander the city’s streets, you’ll feel immersed in a world that gracefully melds the past with the present. Start your pilgrimage at the official starting point: Basilica di Santa Croce!

Distance to Stage End:
18 km
50 meters
Services Available:
ATM / Bancomat
Pharmacy (Farmacia)
Grocery & Market
Post Office
Church & Sacred Sites
Food & Bar

Culture & History

Florence has a long and storied history, dating back to its founding as a Roman city in 59 BC. The city later became a thriving medieval center of trade and finance, eventually giving rise to the Italian Renaissance. Florence’s influential status can be attributed to the powerful Medici family, who were great patrons of the arts and helped shape the city’s unique cultural landscape.

Throughout its history, Florence has been home to some of the world’s most renowned artists and thinkers, including Dante, Petrarch, and Leonardo da Vinci. Today, the city is a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces, from Michelangelo’s David to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.

Events & Festivals

Calcio Storico Fiorentino: A historic football match held annually in June, featuring a mix of soccer, rugby, and wrestling.
Festa della Rificolona: A lively lantern festival held in September, commemorating the birth of the Virgin Mary.
Note: Due to the popularity of these events, consider booking accommodations well in advance.


Churches & Sacred Sites