From Fidenza to Aulla
Fidenza can be easily reached by train from Milano or Bologna; you wil find at your hotel all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, the detailed description of the walking, the GPS maps and the pilgrim’s “Credenziale”. You will also be told where to go to receive a benediction by a priest if you want one before you start on your way. Ths week il centered on the crossing of the Appennino, the long chain of mountains that unfolds for the whole length of the Italian peninsula. Mountains after mountains until the horizon opens up and on a clear day the pilgrims were able to catch a first glimps of the sea. An untouched landscape thick with woods. Now and then small, forgotten by time hamlets and small towns are the human note in a pristine scenary.
Activity Level: Easy / Moderate | Daily Mileage: 4 – 8 mi | Daily Walking: 2 – 5 hr Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights
Day 1 – Arrival in Fidenza
Seat of the European Association of the Vie Francigene the town has been a major stop on the pilgrimage road. The barelifs of its Duomo are very famous and have taken on a symbolic significance for the Francigena travelers
Day 2 – Fidenza – Fornovo – Altitude gap: Uphill: m 500 Downhill: m 450 Length: 31km W. time: 7h.00
A fairly long day full of ups and downs approaching the first hills before the Appennino mountains. Pastures and vineyards to begin with, then replaced by oak woods, cool in the summer heat. Fornovo is a pleasant, small town that doesn’t offer many interesting things to see, but being at the beghinning of a scarsely populated area offers one of the few opportunities for decent lodging
Day 3 – Fornovo – Cassio – Altitude gap: Uphill: m 760 Downhill: m 200 Length: 20,8km W.time 4h.00
Short transfer to Sivizzano from where you will start the climb to the Cisa Pass. It is a tough day because of the high altitude gap. Superb scenary with strange rock formations called I salti del Diavolo- Nice churches in Bardone and Terenzo.
Day 4 – Cassio – Berceto – Altitude gap: Uphill: m 300 Downhill: m 250 Length: 10,7 km W. time: 4h.00
A softer day with many interesting very typical villages that were built while the Francigena soared with houses lining the road, Reach Berceto with its important Duomo. Located on the Romea, it used to be a crossroad for commerce.
Day 5 – Berceto – Montelungo – Altitude gap: Uphill: m 650 Downhill: m 510 Length: 13,5 km W.time:4 h.30
Today we enter Tuscany and we enjoy some of the most beautiful scenary of the whole Francigena. The view from the Cisa Pass is just awsome
Day 6 – Montelungo – Pontremoli – Altitude gap: Uphill: m 250 Downhill: m 790 Length: 17 km W. time: 5h.00
The longest day of the week though mainly downhill. Along the way many signs of the faith that was so much part of medieval life: small altars, little chappels, via crucis line the way. You will cross the river Magra on a bridge dating from year 300
Day 7 – Pontremoli – Aulla – Altitude gap: Uphill: m 100 Downhill: m 200 Length: 32 km W. time: 6h.30
Just outside town the St Annunziata church was built after the Virgin appeared to a young shepard girl. Just before arriving in Aulla you will pass the remains of St. Caprasio abbey, dating back to 884 .
Day 8 – end our service
The Appennino landscape at Cisa Pass
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