Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

Walk with us! Take part in "I love Francigena" event on Saturday 3 October

On 3 October 2020 participants of an event "I love Francigena" will walk from Fornovo di Taro (Parma) to Corte di Giarola, Collecchio. During this trek they will discover one of Via Francigena variants between from Fornovo di Taro to Collecchio.

"I love Francigena" is a series of annual walking events, celebrating the cultural route of the Via Francigena and offering a unique opportunity to enjoy sections of the path, its cultural and natural heritage and local gastronomy.

20 places available for 3 October. Enrolment is open till 30 September. Sign up here

The event is organized by the EAVF with the contribution of the Cariparma Foundation and the support of Municipalities of Parma, Collecchio, Fornovo Di Taro, Sala Baganza.

The main objective is to promote travel along the Via Francigena via:

  • Environmental education,
  • Sustainable and slow tourism,
  • Involvement of local communities and stakeholders,
  • Route maintenance and signage,
  • Promotion and visibility.

A typical “I love Francigena” day will be an easy 10-20 km walk (depending on a section of the Via Francigena) mediated by a local guide who explains interesting facts about natural surroundings and history of the Francigena with a few sightseeing stops and a reception in the end of the hike. The hike is free of charge and a shuttle bus is organised from the final point.

The EAVF conducts “I love Francigena” since 2017, co-organising the event together with Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna regions (I LOVE CAMMINI framework) in Italy and Bourgogne - Franche-Comté in France with kind support of local municipalities and associations.

Programme for Saturday 26 September

After visiting the splendid parish church of Santa Maria Assunta in Fornovo, which preserves a famous statue of a medieval pilgrim on its facade, we walk along the paths in the Taro Park. We skirt the Naviglio Taro canal, surrounded by greenery. Here we visit splendid Corte di Giarola with its museums, where we discover the history of the Taro Park and the river ecosystem.

Anti_Covid measures:

Each participant is required to present a filled in self-certification form, which can be downloaded here. Please consult the information brochure of the Italian Association of Environmental Hiking Guides (AIGAE). Participants are required to have personal health protection equipment with them.  


Backpack with snacks and a good supply of water (1,5 l. per person recommended), trekking shoes (vibram sole recommended, visit the Garmont technical sponsor website). Recommended: waterproof cape.

Technical information: length of the stage 9.8 km, positive difference in height 70 meters, duration 3 hours (stops excluded).

Difficulty: tourist (easy)

Meeting point: 14.30 in Fornovo di Taro

Google coordinate of departure:

Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Via Cesare Battisti, 7, 43045 Fornovo di Taro (PR)

Expected arrival: 5.30 pm at the Corte di Giarola (Collecchio)
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