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Via Francigena – WEEK 2

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From Pont St Martin to Garlasco

The second week of the Italian stretch of Via Francigena starts in Pont St Martin, which you can easily reach by train or by bus in 2h30 from Milano. This is the road that leads from the Alps to the Pò river plain with a great variety of Landscapes: the Alps behind Ivrea, the hills around Vercelli and the wide plain down below. Towns rich in history, alternate with natural pearls like the Viverone lake. Ancient medieval towers, churches and renaissance buildings take you back in times. Don’t forget, the Sanctuary of Madonna della Bozzola, an important pilgrims destination. You wil find at the first hotel all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, the detailed description of the walking and the GPS maps.

  • Holiday Type
    Via Francigena
  • Activity Level Moderate
    3/8
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All about the Via Francigena – WEEK 2.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Ivrea red towers
The mountains landscape
Viverone lake
Pavia
Madonna della Bozzola sanctuary

HOW DOES IT WORK:

We book  your accommodations

We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels, b&b or country Inns. and you will find the corresponding vouchers in your package

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 supply detailed route notes and maps

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

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • All Breakfast ( Dinners on Demand )
  • Luggage transfer
  • Road Book & Maps
  • Gps Files Available
  • Emergency number 24/7
  • The Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”
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  1. PONT SAINT MARTIN Day 1 – Arrival in Pont St Martin – Height at departure: 345 m

    The departure point of the first stage is Pont Saint Martin, little village located on the frontier between Valle d’Aosta and Piedmont. It owes its name to the Roman bridge dating back in the I century B.C. . The second part of the name honors the Saint. In the neighborhood there is also the Strada delle Gallie (Gaul’s’ road), which arrived almost intact nowadays, with its pavement, one column and the arch built in the granite.

  2. IVREA Day 2 – Pont St Martin – Ivrea – Height at arrival: 253 m Length: 26.5 km Walking time: 6h.00

    Today the itinerary winds among countryside areas, little villages and woods. From the hills located in the north of Ivrea, you will see, in the distance Montalto castle, a huge fortress with high towers dated back to 1300. The stage ends in Ivrea, located on the banks of the river Dora Baltea. In the towns you will find some important remains of the Roman Age and from medieval times, when Ivrea was protected by its walls and divided in “rioni” (quarters).

  3. VIVERONE Day 3 – Ivrea – Viverone – Height at the arrival: 287 m Length:22,8 km Walking time: 5h.00

    The first part of the today’s stage take place through open countryside. Interesting, the little village of Bollengo, The second part goes across the hills and offers nice views on the valley and then on the Lake of Viverone, with crystalline water and rich in uncontaminated plant and wild life. Really nice to visit is the nearest village of Viverone, with the interesting Bell Tower.

  4. SANTHIA’ Day 4 – Viverone – Santhia’ – Height at the arrival: 183 m Length:16.7 Km Walking time:4h10

    After a quite walk along the lake of Viverone, you continues through a nice wooded area to cross one of the last hills before the agricultural plain. The fields gets the upper hand little by little while you reach Santhià, first village you meet during the long passage of the Padana plain. Santhià is an agricultural and industrial centre where two branches of the Francigena Way join on: one towards the Gran San Bernardo Pass and the other one towards the Susa Valley.

  5. VERCELLI Day 5 – Santhia’ – Vercelli – Height at the arrival: 130 m Length: 30.5 km Walking time:6h30

    This is the first stage completely flat. During spring the wide area of fields around Vercelli became a boundless water expanse, thanks to a complex net of water channels built for rice cultivation. The city of Vercelli is at the junction of two branches of the Francigena Way (Jacob toward Turin and Susa Valley, and Sigeric toward Valle d’Aosta). The medieval Cavour square is entierly surrounded by ancient houses with porch and the renowned Basilica of Saint Andrew isan absolute masterpiece of Romanesque-Gothic of North Italy.

  6. ROBBIO Day 6 – Vercelli – Robbio – Height at the arrival: 120m Length: 22 km Walking time: 4h

    Out of Vercelli, after a short walk in the countryside, you walk along the banks of the river Sesia. The itinerary becomes wooded and you cross the border between Piedmont and Lombardy. Nearly Palestro, you will leave the river and shortly you reach Robbio. This town is on the consular street that led to Gallie and had an important role since the ancient times. Today it is an agricultural and industrial centre in the pavese plain.

  7. GARLASCO Day 7 – Robbio – Garlasco – Height at the arrival: 93m Length:16 km+ train Mortara/Garlasco Walking time: 5h

    The today’s stage crosses the pavese countryside: farm houses and imposing rural houses are like little dots among the wide cultivated fields. tYou will reach Mortara which is the home of the Salame d’Oca (goose Salami ) and it hosts a historical “palio” dating back to 1400 during which take place the famous ” game of the goose”. From there you can either spend the night if your vacation ends, orcatch a train to Garlasco and spend the night there ready to continue your walk. Garlasco is well know for the Sanctuary of Madonna della Bozzola, 4 km from the town centre.

  8. YOURS DEPARTURE Day 8 – end our service

     

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Accommodation List

Accommodation Level

 

Day 1 – Pont-Saint-Martin –

Day 2 – Ivrea –

Day 3 – Viverone –

Day 4 – Santhià –

Day 5 – Vercelli –

Day 6 – Robbio –

Day 7 – Garlasco –

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Some pics from our HotelsOn average the hotels are 3 star level

hotel via francigena

Some pics from our B&BsWe choose cozy B&B with friendly and professional owners
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accommodation via francigena

What happens if I can’t walk / cycle a stage?

If you find the stage too long or if for any reason you cannot walk at all for one day, let us know the previous week and we can arrange for you to go for a short stretch or for the entire stage with the luggage transfer . In some cases a small fee will be asked and you can pay it directly to the driver.

When is the best time of year?

Generally speaking the best season is certainly from April to October; however, it varies with each stage:
– You can only cross the Alps(week 1) from June 15th to September 15th
– The Appennino mountains (week 4) are more pleasurable from mid May to the end of September
– We suggest that you avoid walking among the rice fields (week 2&3) in full summer

How does the baggage transfers work?

Every morning you leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation, better with a name-tag and you will find it at your arrival at the next accommodation. It has to be delivered by 2pm

Do you provide GPS files for all days?

Yes, on request we can provide GPS files, but we will still supply the paper description just in case your GPS does not work!

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