Via Ghibellina – From Firenze to La Verna

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Via Ghibellina from Firenze to La Verna

This is an ancient way, and this is testified by the high number of “spedali” which is an ancient word for an hospital, where pilgrims could get a warm place to rest, food and therapies if they were sick (“il fuoco, la luce ed il dormire”). Some of them such as the Antico Spedale del Bigallo, and the one in Rignano dedicated to Saints Jacopo and Filippo, have remained in use till XVIII century; other abbeys had the same function for pilgrims. Also, you will find on the way some cobbled stretches, which testifies that they were busy roads travelled by foot, horses, and carts.

The highest point is at the Croce Vecchia (1200 m), at the merging with the Roman Via Florentia, which comes from Strumi.

Also, you are sure you are walking through history when you cross the beautiful Medieval bridge on Pistiano stream, never crossed by cars, and go on walking on a magnificent, cobbled road. The still working Mulino Grifoni (a water mill) activated by the Torrente Solano, in the mills’s valley is worth a detour.

You will then walk on the asphalt road until Strada in Casentino, dominated by San Niccolò dei Conti Guidi Castle, where all its inhabitants where murdered, after the long Niccolò Piccinino’s siege, at the orders of the Viscon­ti family. There you can also find one of the most important Romanic churches of the Casentino area, the Pieve di S. Martino a Vado, built from the beginning of the XI century.

You will then arrive in Strumi, fascinating location where the Abbazia di San Fedele had the duty of giving food to 10 pilgrims passing from there. In Campi you will start climbing to the La Verna Sanctuary.

  • 4 Days
  • Age 15+
  • Via Ghibellina

Highlights

  • Florence
  • San Leonino church
  • Vallombrosa Abbey
  • Poppi Castle
  • La Verna Monastery
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How does it work

We transfer your luggage

Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.

We book your hotels

We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels or b&b or country Inns.

We supply detailed route notes and maps

At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, or French and GPS maps

Departure:Firenze
Destination:La Verna
Included:
  • 4 nights (in 2/3 stars accommodation)
  • All breakfast (dinners on demand)
  • Emergency number 24/7
  • Gps files available
  • Luggage transfer
  • Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”
  • Road book & maps
Excluded:
  • Dinners
  • Tips
  • Wine tasting

Map

Via Ghibellina – From Firenze to La Verna

Tour Plan

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Distance 24 km

Day 1: Firenze - Rignano sull'Arno

The Via Ghibellina starts from Florence centre and after the narrow mediaeval streets, follows the Lungarno along the Arno River. Climbing the soft hills outside the town at Ospedale del Bigallo (ancient Medieval hospital for pilgrims), you’ll have a stunning view of Florence and his historical monuments. Forests and rolling paths will take you to Pieve di S.Leonino (1000 bc) and Rignano a quiet village on the Arno banks.

02

Distance 18 km

Day 2: Rignano sull'Arno - Abbazia di Vallombrosa

A long and gently climb through the forest ascend to Abbazia di Vallombrosa an huge benedectine monastery, very famous and rich on the middle age. The monastery is just open for visit and the overnight will be close by, at a comfortable hotel.

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Distance 25 km

Day 3: Vallombrosa - Poppi

A quite tough day walking from the flat “Valle del Casentino” to La Verna (1000 mt asl), one of the most important San Francis sites. The Ghibellina now passes through the “Foreste Casentinesi” national Park and crosses at some point the Via Romea Germanica another ancient pilgrim's way. The last part from Chiusi to La Verna is an unforgettable experience. Overnight at the Monastery where you can get the pilgrim credential.

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Distance 23 km

Day 4: Poppi - La Verna Sanctuary

A quite tough day walking from the flat Valle del Casentino to La Verna (1000 mt asl), one of the most important San Francis sites. The Ghibellina now pass through Foreste Casentinesi national Park and cross somewhere the Via Romea Germanica another ancient pilgrims way. The last part from Chiusi to La Verna Is an unforgettable experience. Overnight at the Monastery where you can get the pilgrim credential.

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Day 5: End our service

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