Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

Hiking


Leg 21 - From Cassio to Passo della Cisa

From Cassio follow the main road of the Cisa 3 km further (mind the traffic, moderate in weekdays and heavy in the week end) later,

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Leg 21 - Variation Monte Valoria

This variation rises up to the top of Mount Valoria from where it is possible to enjoy of an incredible panorama.

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Leg 22 - From Ordona to Stornara

Via Francigena - Via Traiana.

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Leg 22 - From Passo della Cisa to Pontremoli

From Cisa Pass we reach Righetto Pass where, crossing the main road, a steep and hard slope leading to Groppoli begins.

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Leg 23 - From Pontremoli to Aulla

Walking on this long and difficult stage you can enjoy the ancient villages: Ponticello, Filattiera, Filetto, Villafranca, and Virgoletta.

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Leg 23 - From Stornara to Cerignola

Via Francigena - Via Traiana.

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Leg 24 - From Aulla to Sarzana

The majority of the leg is on dirt road, it is quite demanding, very beautiful and it gifts the traveler with the first view of the sea.
The atmospheres of the ancient villages along the way are really interesting,

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Leg 24 - From Cerignola to Canosa

Via Francigena - Via Traiana.

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Leg 25 - From Canosa to Andria

Starting from the St. Sabino Cathedral in Canosa, you’ll soon come to a local road that takes you out of the city and guides you among the olive groves and vineyards that characterise the countryside here; this is the kind of landscape that will accompany wayfarers all the way to Andria.

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Leg 25 - From Sarzana to Massa

The leg is flat; the main attractive is the archeological area of Luni, ancient Roman harbour where the pilgrims used to board towards Santiago. 

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Leg 26 - From Andria to Corato

Starting from the Cathedral of Andria, you’ll soon reach a “contrada” road (Macchia di Rosa) which immediately becomes a dirt track that winds its way through olive groves, vineyards and small dry stone walls.

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Leg 26 - From Massa to Camaiore

This leg rises to the Aghinolfi Castle to access a panoramic way, that needs to be covered carefully because of the traffic.
The leg continues towards Pietrasanta, "the small Italian Athens",

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Leg 27 - From Camaiore to Lucca

From Camaiore the leg rises up to Monte Magno from where the path follows the SP1, that in some points is pretty dangerous because of the traffic.
Once raised to Piazzano you will descend the valley of the Contesola creek 

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Leg 27 - From Corato to Ruvo di Puglia

This leg starts from Corato’s Mother Church, but before leaving then town, you must absolutely visit the “City and Territorial Museum” which is home to three milestones from the ancient Via Traiana.

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Leg 28 - From Lucca to Altopascio

Undertake a plain route where the main attractions are historical and religeous buildings along the path: the boundary wall and the amphitheatre in Lucca,

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Leg 28 - From Ruvo di Puglia to Bitonto

Starting from the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral in Ruvo di Puglia, walk along the narrow streets in the historic centre to arrive to Piazza Bovio; from here, take Via Madonna delle Grazie that leads you out of the town. Once you’ve crossed the overpass,

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Leg 28 bis - Ruvo, Terlizzi, Bitonto

Starting from the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral in Ruvo di Puglia, walk along the narrow streets in the historic centre to arrive to Piazza Bovio; from here, take Via Madonna delle Grazie that leads you out of the town. Once you’ve crossed the overpass,

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Leg 29 - From Altopascio to S. Miniato

In the initial section of the route cross a lovely paved track along the ancient Via Francigena.
Past the area of Cerbaie, wild and deserted.

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