Event location
Gropello Cairoli - Belgioioso
Saturday 07 Oct. 2017
Sunday 08 Oct. 2017

On the 24th and 25th June we will be walking together on the Lombard tract of the Via Francigena for I Love Francigena, the second of three walking weekends - free and open to all - organsied to collaborate towards the cleaning and maintenance of the great Italian itinerary.

On the 10th and 11th June the first event took place, we walked together from Santa Cristina to Piacenza and it was a very enjoyable, exciting and constructive experience.  You may find several posts that reaccount the trip "directly" on the official Via Francigena Facebook page, among the posts can be found a photo album and a short video.   
On the 24th and 25th June 2017 we will proceed along the itinerary from Palestro to Garlasco. 
Whereas on the 7th and 8th September, we will hike along the tract between Gropello Cairoli and Belgioioso, stopping at Pavia. Further information will follow soon.

6 days of walking to discover the wonder of an ancient itinerary which is by now regarded at the same level as the route of Santiago de Compostela, 6 days to discover the beauty of our region, 6 days to become a part of the walk and to learn the maintenance techniques of the route and its signage.

The event has been organised by the European Association of the Vie Francigene.

Guiding the group is the the environmental-hiking guide, Stefano Mazzotti.

Participation is free and open to all.  The first 15 people to sign up will recieve a free “I love Francigena” t-shirt.


Saturday 24th June 
From Palestro to Mortara (24 km), or from Robbio to Mortara (14,3 km)

9.15: meet at the Palestro railway station. Start of the hike.
From the ancient Lombard city, site of a famous nineteenth-century battle, the route proceeds through the paddy and corn fields until reaching Robbio where a second meeting point is is forecast at 11:45am at the railway station, to then continue togehter towards Mortara, an important city of the Lomellina.  
Dinner and overnight shelter at the Sant’Albino Abbey, founded by Gaudenzio, a bishop of Novara, and potentially rebuilt by Charlemagne to give the Francs fallen at the battle of Pulchra Silva a worthy burial.

Sunday 25th June 
From Mortara to Garlasco (22 km), or from Mortara to Tromello (17 km)

9.30: meet at the Mortara railway station. Start of the hike.
The route begins by proceeding through cultivated fields leading to Remondò e Tromello, another stop-over of Sigerics itinerary. 
For those who are tired and do not wish to proceed with the walk, there will be the possibility to return to Mortara by train from the Tromello railway station, shortening the route by 5.1 km.  
The route mostly follows easy rural roads that only become asphalt roads through towns. Arrival at the Garlasco railway station in the afternoon. 


Other information
Route cleaning equipment and kit
A pair of gardening or work gloves are necessary. The organisation will supply the required equipment for the cleaning and maintenance of the path. Technical clothing for a walk along the route is advised (hiking shoes/boots, a rucksack, a canteen of water, sunglasses, a sun hat, sun cream)

- Overnight stay 24th June
At the Sant’Albino abbey (donation)

Information and registration
The event is free and open to all. 
It is possible to participate for one day without staying overnight.

For more information and registration: