Cycling itinerary of Via Francigena

VFB01 - From Great San Bernardo to Aosta

After visiting the Hospice Museum and the adjacent kennel where St Bernard champions are bred, we can pedal to the border. 

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VFB02- from Aosta to Verres

The discent to Aosta Valley is an itinerary that initially runs on the orographic right of River Dora, where cycle path traits are frequent.

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VFB03- From Verres to Roppolo

A leg rich in cultural attractions: the crossing of the bridge in Bard, enchanting village dominated by the fort, seat of the Alps museum; but most of all, the entering in Donnas, along the ancient Roman road of Gauls. 

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VFB04- From Roppolo to Vercelli

The major attraction of the day is the Roppolo castle, where you can enjoy a nice view on the morenic amphiteatre of Ivrea and on the Viverone Lake, which totally deserves a little deviation from the original path. 

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VFB05- From Vercelli to Mortara

The first part of the leg runs along the bank of river Sesia, through poplar trees and rice fields. From Palestro a little trafficked provincial road leads to Robbio.

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VFB06- From Mortara to Pavia

From the Saint Albino Abbey, founded in the fifth century and later restored, now a leg point for the pilgrims who come from Mortara, 

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VFB07 - From Pavia to Orio Litta

The leg runs across the alluvial plain around Pavia, where we come across the carachteristic fluvial terraces near S.Lazzaro and Belgioioso. Interesting architectural attestations along the path,

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VFB08- From Orio Litta to Fiorenzuola

After Orio Litta we reach the Guado of Sigerico, the "Transitum Padi", where walking pilgrims are transported to the other bank. The cycling itinerary follows the bank of the Po instead,

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VFB09- From Fiorenzuola to Fornovo

The last part of plain allows us to admire two very interesting religious buildings: the Cistercensial Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba, with its enchanting cloister, 

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VFB10- From Fornovo to Berceto

Right after Fornovo, we cycle a long stretch of provincial road of Val Sporzana to reach Bardone and Terenzo, two little villages carachterized by beautiful churches. 

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VFB11- From Berceto to Aulla

We cover the SS62 until the Cisa Pass and, always following the state highway, we descend until the fascinating city of Pontremoli,

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VFB12- Alternative path sea

From Luni we continue towards the coast to later follow coastal roads until Marina di Massa. Starting from Aulla with this variant shortens the leg at 47.8 km and you avoid the climb after Avenza.

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VFB12- From Aulla to Massa

After a short stretch of SS 63 we follow the SP 57 with a long, unexpected ascent. Right after Ponzanello we continue on the SP19 until the nice village of Sarzana.
The second part of the path is flat,

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VFB13- Alternative path sea

From Marina di Massa some nice cycle paths lead us to Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta.

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VFB13- From Massa to Lucca

From Massa  reach Pietrasanta, the "little Italian Athene", adoptive fatherland to artists coming from all over the world  

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VFB14- From Lucca to San Miniato

Flat leg, where the major attraction is represented by the large number of historical and religious building along the path: the walls and amphitheatre of Lucca, 

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VFB15-From San Miniato to San Gimignano

From San Miniato we descend to Val d'Elsa, and through a flat itinerary we arrive to Castelfiorentino. Right after Castelfiorentino begins an uphill trait until the Pieve in Chianni, submansiones of Sigerico,

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VFB16- From San Gimignano to Siena

Once left San Gimignano, we reach Poggibonsi through some ups and downs. Hence begins an uphill stretch leading us to Colle Val d'Elsa, Gracciano d'Elsa and Strove, with the beautiful Romanic Pieve.

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VFB17- From Siena to San Quirico

This stage is especially beautiful when the sun shines, thanks to the boundless views from the Val d'Arbia ridges,

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VFB18- Alternative path Via Cassia

This alternative path avoids the unpaved slope on the road that goes from San Quirico to Vignoni Alto and Bagno Vignoni, and follows the Via Cassia

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