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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Total distance:   96 km
Daily average: 16 km
Meals: 7 breakfasts/ 6 suppers
Arrival railway station: Fidenza
Departing station: Aulla

Highlights:

Fidenza


Bercelo Duomo



The Appennino
landscape at  Cisa Pass
 

Day by Day

 


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

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.

Altitude gap:
Uphill: m 500
Downhill: m 450

Length: 31km
W. time: 7h.00


Day 3 - Fornovo - Cassio

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.


Altitude gap:
Uphill: m 760
Downhill: m 200
Length: 20,8km
W.time
4h.00


Day 4 - Cassio - Berceto 

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.


Altitude gap:

Uphill: m 300
Downhill: m 250

Length: 10,7km

W. time: 4h.00


Day 5 - Berceto - Montelungo

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.

Altitude gap:
Uphill: m 650
Downhill: m 510

Length: 13,5km

W.time:
4 h.30

Day 6 - Montelungo - Pontremoli 

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.

Altitude gap:
Uphill: m 250
Downhill: m 790

Length:
17km

W. time:
5h.00


Day 7 - Pontremoli - Aulla 

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 .

Altitude gap:
Uphill: m 100
Downhill: m 200
Length: 32km

W. time:
6h.30

 

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