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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in 3 star hotels and agriturismo / B&B's
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$850USD

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Overview

Trip Code: FR4

Trip highlights


  • Admiring the Cathedral of Fidenza
  • Walking through the woods and valleys of the Apennine range
  • Rambling through well preserved medieval villages
  • Sampling the excellent local food and wine
  • Climbing to the top of Mount Valoria on the border between Emilia and Tuscany

This section of the historic Via Francigena journeys through the Apennines and the Parma hills before entering Tuscany. Starting in Fidenza, where you can admire the Cathedral and its portals that narrate the life of Saint Domninus, the walk soon enters the Parma hills, which are a foretaste of the Tuscan mountains to come. The climb to the top of Mount Valoria and over the Cisa Pass will sometimes be long and demanding, but the priceless views over the Lombardy and Lunigiana plains will reward your efforts. Descending towards your final destination, you'll continue along the ancient walking path, surrounded by the beauty of the natural landscape. Walking over the medieval Groppodalosio bridge will feel as though you're stepping back in time. You'll finally arrive in the charming town of Pontremoli where you can relax among the alleyways of the old town centre. En route stay in atmospheric farm houses and small family run hotels, soaking up the fine hospitality that has characterised the route for centuries.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Make your own way to Fidenza and your hotel. Fidenza is a town rich in art and culture. Here you can admire the Cathedral and its portals that narrate the life of Saint Domninus. In the evening you can walk along the paved streets in the old town, and celebrate the start of your trip with an aperitivo in the Piazza del Municipio.

Meals:  Nil

Begin your walk with a section that takes you up and over the Parma Hills and will show you many monuments of historical importance, including the Pieve di Cabriolo. The Pieve is dedicated to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, and has a mysterious history that links it to the knights of the Templar. The walk continues leading you alongside the ruins of Costamezzana Castle, dominated by its circular tower which still climbs among the trees. In the afternoon you'll arrive at Medesano, then transfer to your hotel in Sant'Andrea Bagni.

Meals:  B

After breakfast transfer to Medesano to start walking. Continuing among the Parma Hills, today you will cross the river Taro to arrive at Fornovo. Here we recommend visiting the cathedral, where you can admire the bas-reliefs of its facade. Continue to Sivizzano where you'll stay in a characteristic B&B. Note: Accommodation options on the Apennines section of the via Francigena are limited and at times we may need to organise transfers off the trail to stay in alternative towns.

Meals:  B

Today's walk is demanding but the beautiful views and villages you pass will reward your efforts. Along the way you will come to the small villages of Bardone and Terenzo where you can admire their ancient churches. From here you will tackle a climb that brings you to Casola Castle, before continuing up and down through conifer woods en route to Cassio. From Cassio you will follow a stone path which has been used by pilgrims for hundreds of years. You will then follow a country road to Berceto, a little 'stone jewel' where you can restore yourself with local mushrooms and pattona, a regional cake made from chestnut flour.

Meals:  B

Another climb awaits you this morning as you head towards the Cisa Pass. At first you'll walk along mule tracks, then country roads and finally along asphalted roads. The last part of today's walk has stunning panoramic views over the Lunigiana to Mount Valdoria. Finally you'll climb up again towards the Pass before descending to Previde, a beautiful hamlet surrounded by natural beauty. Overnight in Previde.

Meals:  B

Today's walk is short with some surprises in store. Leaving Previde you will walk along long sections of path surrounded by nature, through characteristic villages such as Groppadalosio with its medieval bridge, and Casalina which is a charming town full of small, stone houses. The walk ends with a descent to Pontremoli, a town known for its bridges and stele statues. When you arrive in Pontremoli you can enjoy a relaxing evening stroll among the alleyways of the old town centre.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes in Pontremoli after breakfast. If you want to stay an extra night, please ask for our rates, or you can continue along the Francigena Way to Lucca.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, tea, coffee & juices
  • 6 nights in 3 star hotels and agriturismo / B&B's on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15)
  • Luggage transfer from day 2 to day 6 (maximum 1 piece per person)
  • Emergency hotline and SMS alert
  • Information pack including smartphone app with maps plus a route book per room booked
  • Credenziale - the pilgrim's passport

  • Travel to Fidenza and from Pontremoli
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks. Allow EUR15-20 for each dinner and EUR5 for a picnic lunch
  • Items of a personal nature including drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, internet and laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees (museums, galleries etc.)
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax - allow €2 per day - payable directly to the hotel

Grading

moderate  

MODERATE – GRADE 3 This is a moderate grade walk along paths that are well defined and clearly marked and sometimes paved. You should be an experienced walker and be able to walk for up to 7 hours a day in hot sun on dusty and stony tracks. There are some steep hills, and the terrain is mountainous at times. The whole itinerary is well-marked by the official signs of the Via Francigena. A reasonable level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

DN4
Prices valid to 31 December 2021

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Total Priceper person from

$850USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$150
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$390
*Prices listed are per person

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