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Via Francigena WEEK 5

Via Francigena WEEK 5

From 650Euro per person

From Aulla to San Miniato
This week starts in the mountains & descends to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. After the beaches & sparkling waters of the coast, traverse across the lush meadows & waterfalls of Tuscany. Along the way you will pass through Sarzana, with its remarkable medieval fortress; the charming town of Massa, with its 15th century castle & Renaissance palace; the coastal town of Camaiore, with its 8th century abbey; & the famous Tuscan town of Lucca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with brilliant marble churches on every corner. You will finish your journey in San Miniato, in the province of Pisa. A romantic medieval center encircled in vineyards & olive groves, San Miniato is most well-known for its incredible basilica.

Aulla can easily be reached by train from La Spezia-Cinqueterre (25min) or Milan (3h50m). At your hotel you will find all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, a detailed description of the route & stops along the way, & the GPS maps. You will also find information on churches where you can receive a benediction, should you desire one.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Sarzanello fortress
The sea view from the Carrara hills
Lucca with its perfectly oval walls
“Il volto santo” inside Lucca cathedral

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.

 

PRICES AND SUPPLEMENTS

> Price in double room: 650 Euro

> Price in triple room: 580 Euro

> 5 Dinners package: 120 Euro

> Single supplement: 120 Euro

> Solo traveler supplement: 220 Euro

 

  • Destination
  • Departure
    From Aulla to San Miniato
  • 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
    11 NIGHTS ( in 3 Star Accommodation )
    2 Dinners
    5 Dinner package ( On Request )
    5 NIGHTS in 3-4 Stars Accommodation
    6 NIGHTS in 3* / 4* Accommodation
    8 NIGHTS in 3* / 4* Accommodation
    Wine Tasting in Umbria
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Day 1 – Arrival in Aulla

Aulla has been completely destroyed by bombing during World War II so most of the town is modern- However do not miss San Caprasio abbey; it is very interesting to see the reconstruction work and the little museum. The priest knows a lot about the Francigena and you can meet other pilgrims
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Day 2 – Aulla – Sarzana

Leaving Aulla which lays in the shade of the imposing Brunella fortress we walk through the last slopes of the Appennino mountain and will catch the first sight of the sea. The Bibola ruined castle is our first stop, then the ruins of the Brina castle before starting the descent towards Sarzana Distance: 17km // Walking time: 4h30 // Type of route: almost entirely unpaved
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Day 3 – Sarzana – Carrara

First you meet the Sarzanello fortress. You will then walk from fortress to castle, to watch tower with the Apuane Alps in as a backdrop. It is the country of the famous Carrara marble and the mountains are white from its deposits. Distance: 24km // Walking time: 5h30 // Type of route: dirt roads or secondary asphalt
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Day 4 – Carrara – Camaiore

A pleasant walk with beautiful views of the coast. Again we remain high on the hills to avoid an overcrowded plain. The route is therefore full of ups and downs. The villages of this area, contrary to the one on the coast are still very well preserved with cobbled streets and small cafes Distance: 24km // Walking time: 5h30 // Type of route: dirt roads or secondary asphalt
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Day 5 – Camaiore – Lucca

The main attraction of the day is certainly the arrival point, Lucca which you reach via the Park of the Serchio river. Take a walk on the oval shaped town walls, visit the Duomo not forgetting “il Volto Santo” an impressive, woodden sculpture created by Niccodemus, that arrived in Lucca by miracle on a boat without sailors, as the leggend goes. Distance: 21km+bus // Walking time: 5h00 // Type of route: dirt roads or secondary asphalt
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Day 6 – Lucca – Altopascio

A very pleasant town with a very old hospital. The area used to be very unhealthy because marshy and infested by bandits. Now it is a very densely populated area, not really nice to walk. Suggestion: spend most of the day in Lucca and catch a train! (Only 15 minutes) Distance: 16km // Walking time: 4h30 // Type of route: almost entirely asphalt
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Day 7 – Altopascio – Ponte a Cappiano

Many interesting things on the way, from the Echilod bridge to the Bard Fotress not forgetting the original Roman road called “Via delle GalThere is a short stretch of medieval original pavement. To see along the way : Ponte a Cappiano (bridge built by Cosimo de’ Medici, XVI sec.) – San Miniato Alto. To make it shorter and avoid a not so nice stretch, you can catch a bus.lie” near Donnas. Distance: 16,8km // Walking time: 4h30 // Type of route: dirt roads or secondary asphalt and a strech of original paved route.
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Day 8 – End our service

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

Location

The map of the Via Francigena

From Aulla to San Miniato

 
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