Via Francigena in the North

Leg 01 - From Gran San Bernardo to Echevennoz

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

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Leg 02 - From Echevennoz to Aosta

This itinerary follows evocative tracks that flank the "rus", old masterworks of hydraulic engineering: little channels that bring water from streams to cultivated lands.

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Leg 03 - From Aosta to Chatillon

The slope from Valle d'Aosta is an itinerary that we can follow entirely walking on the orographic left bank of the Dora.

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Leg 04 - From Chatillon to Verrès

Leaving Chatillon go uphill along a difficult path, before entering the one that flanks a rus till reaching Saint Vincent.

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Leg 05 - From Verrès to Pont St. Martin

A walking tour rich in attractions: the marvellous Saint Martin's Parish in Arnad, perhaps the main attraction along Via Francigena in our itinerary in Val d'Aosta;

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Leg 06 - From Pont St. Martin to Ivrea

Arriving in Piedmont, the mountains are softened, slopes and height differences are easier to follow. The walking tour alternates between characteristic

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Leg 07 - From Ivrea to Viverone

An easy route at the bottom of Ivrea Greenhouse, the biggest moraine in Europe, an interesting geological formation that marks the direction.

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Leg 08 - From Viverone to Santhià

The main attraction of the day is Roppolo Castle: here you can admire a view of the morainic amphitheatre of Ivrea and of Viverone Lake.

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Leg 09 - From Santhià to Vercelli

The itinerary crosses the plain of Vercelli characterized by several rice fields, different avicultural species attracted by sheets of water in this area.

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Leg 10 - From Vercelli to Robbio

The first section of the itinerary follows the dyke of the Sesia, among poplar trees and rice fields.
From Palestro follow the narrow dykes going across the flooded fields.

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Leg 11 - From Robbio to Mortara

A very short path that passes into the flat countryside of Lomellina follows large excavated streets in the first section and grassy sheep tracks 

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Leg 12 - From Mortara to Garlaco

Leaving Mortara we reach Sant'Albino Abbey, built in the fifth century and later recasted.
Now it is a stop for pilgrims arriving from Mortara.

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Leg 13 - From Garlasco to Pavia

The first section of the walking tour to the junction with the Ticino includes the beautiful countryside of Paviawhich is crossed by several irrigation ditches

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Leg 14 - From Pavia to Santa Cristina

The walking tour crosses the alluvial plain of Basso Pavese where there are characteristic river terraces nearby S. Lazzaro, Belgioioso, and S. Cristina.

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Leg 15 - From Santa Cristina to Orio Litta

In this route we flank the low reliefs dotted with vineyards on the hill of S. Colombano and, crossing the city centre of Miradolo Terme,

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Leg 16 - From Orio Litta to Piacenza

Leave Orio Litta and quickly reach the Ford of Sigerico, the "Transitum Padi", where you can ferry to the opposite bank in Soprarivo (0523 771607 ferryboat - call at least one day before).

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Leg 17 - From Piacenza to Fiorenzuola

In the first part of the stage you cross the town outskirts, and you must pay attention between Montale and the bridge on the Nure river

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Leg 18 - From Fiorenzuola to Fidenza

The last section on the plain provides the oppurtinity to admire two religeous buildings of great interest: the Cistercian Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba including

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Leg 19 - From Fidenza to Fornovo

The first hill route offers wonderful views. Leaving Medesano you cross the Taro Fluvial Park in the last track.

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Leg 20 - From Fornovo to Cassio

Past the first climb, outside of Fornovo, keep on walking along a provincial track in Val Sporzana to reach Bardone and Terenzo,

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