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Via Francigena WEEK 4

Via Francigena WEEK 4

From 660Euro per person

From Fidenza to Aulla
This week you will cross over the Appennine mountains, the “backbone of Italy” that stretches North-South along the peninsula. Enjoy the unbeatable prosciutto, parmesan & stuffed pastas of the Parma province, a food capital of Italy. Then hike through pristine woods through the mountains until you reach the famous passo della cisa, the pass that marks the beginning of your descent into Tuscany. In Tuscany you will pass the iconic Groppodalosio bridge, after which lies the historic town of Pontremoli, with the river running through it. Your final destination will be Aulla, a small town with breathtaking views of the mountains on all sides.

Fidenza can be easily reached by train from Milan or Bologna (both about 1h15m). You will find at your hotel all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, a detailed description of the trail, the GPS maps, & the pilgrim’s “passport” (credenziale). You will also be told where to go to receive a benediction by a priest, should you desire one.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Fidenza & Berceto Duomos
The Neolithic statue menhir
The panorama of the Appennino mountains at Cisa Pass

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

The route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German. All maps have GPS tracing.

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  • Destination
  • Departure
    From Fidenza to Aulla
  • Included
    7 NIGHTS ( in 3 Star Accommodation )
    All breakfast ( dinners on demand )
    Emergency number 24/7
    Gps Files Available
    Luggage Transfer
    Pilgrim's "Credenziale" ( Stamp book )
    Road Book & Maps
  • Not Included
    5 Dinner package ( On Request )
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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
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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 Distance: 31km // Altitude gap: Uphill: m 500 // Walking time: 7h.00
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Day 3 – Fornovo – Cassio

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. Distance: 20,8 Km // Altitude gap: Uphill: m 760 // Walking time 4h.00
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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. Distance: 10,7 Km // Altitude gap: Uphill: m 300 // Walking time 4h.00
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Day 5 – Berceto – Previde – 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 Distance: 13,5 Km // Altitude gap: Uphill: m 650 // Walking time 4h.30m
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Day 6 – Previde – 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 Distance: 17 Km // Altitude gap: Uphill: m 250 // Walking time 5h.00
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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. Distance: 32 Km // Altitude gap: Uphill: m 100 // Walking time 6h.30
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Day 8 – End our service

See you next year to walk together the Next Stage >>

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