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Walking the Via Francigena from Piacenza to Aulla

Stage 11
9 days
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Piacenza to Aulla Map
For those seeking a more challenging trek through the Italian countryside, this stretch of the Via Francigena is the perfect fit. While enjoying the rolling hills, scenic woods, and weathered roads, you will be exposed to a rich cultural history as well as delicious local cuisine and wines.


Palazzo y Basilica in Piacenza

Piacenza is known for its several cathedrals and Palazzo such as the Duomo di Piacenza. Romanesque architecture is particularly highlighted in this Italian area, so if you are interested in architecture just go take a look. Between the cathedral and the Palazzo Gotico, the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, built in a Gothic style, is certainly worth a visit and can easily be identified by its colossal arch frames.
After visiting the Basilica of Sant’Antonio keep walking to the Palazzo Gotico, where you get to spot the most amazing architecture in Piacenza. We highly recommend taking a break here and enjoy a cool and refreshing drink.

National Park

After passing Medesano, you will arrive in the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian, untouched by mass tourism, the National Park has kept its landscapes unharmed. Feel the breath of the Mediterranean Sea, climb those beautiful green mountains, enjoy the little Camino in front of you and let yourself go.

Food and Wine

During your trip, you should eat some of the Piacenza and North Italian specialties. Piacenza is known for its salted pork products such as pancetta, coppa, and salame. For example,, you can enjoy some Bortellina salted pancakes or Chisulen, a fried Italian hearty specialty. You can also add some Gorgonzola or Robiola.
If you would like some wine to go with the food, the wine produced in the area is certified and called Colli Piacentini. You can choose between two red wines (Gutturnio, Bonarda) and two white wines (Ortrugo, Malvasia).

Piacenza to Aulla
Via Francigena
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  • Bed & Breakfast
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  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
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  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Day Tours Available
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  • Drinks/Lunch


Day 1

PIACENZA (Arrival)

Piacenza is a beautiful and charming town. Before setting off for Fiorenzuola tomorrow, visit the fantastic Palazzo Comunale (Gotico) if possible. Piacenza is famous for its salted pork products, so it’s well worth trying their pancetta, coppa, and salami dishes!

Day 2


Your first day of walking is a bit challenging as it is long, but it’s mostly quite flat with some uphill walks. In which case, you can handle it. Along the walk, you will pass by a memorial for a young man shot dead by the Nazis during World War II in 1944, which is very moving. Entering Fiorenzuola, you can take a much-deserved rest (and a big glass of wine!). The Collegiata de San Fiorenzo is a fantastic tourist attraction, built in the 14th century, should you feel like doing some sight-seeing in the town.

Day 3


Today’s walk is shorter than yesterday’s, and a lot nicer as you go through the beautiful countryside, by fields and woods. There is some hillwalking, but it’s quite easy to negotiate, before reaching Fidenza. While in the town, try to see the magnificent Duomo di San Donnino from the 12th century and Palazzo Comunale. Also, remember to treat yourself to some pizza or fritti before heading off for Medesano tomorrow.

Day 4


Heading for Medesano, you will have a choice of two routes: 1) taking the main road and walking by a lovely church (Strada Costa Pavese), with some uphill walking and viewing the impressive Castello di Costamezzano or; 2) heading towards the Castello di Costamezzano on tracks and then tarmac roads. After choosing a route, you have an easy walk by nice fields and woods leading into Medesano. Now in the town, you can relax and have a small glass of beer or wine, whichever you fancy. Once you’ve rested, and if you have the time, try to visit the fantastic Chiesa di San Pantaleone from the 13th century.

Day 5


Your walk today is a lot shorter than the previous days and is very easy, not very stressful at all. On the walk, you will pass by the striking Taro Valley. Although the valley is partially dried up, it is situated in the stunning Italian countryside, planted between woods, with mountains and hills seen in the distance. It is a sight to behold. Reaching Fornovo di Taro, you can visit the lovely Romanesque Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta, as well as having some pizza and a glass of wine.

Day 6


The route for Berceto is long and is challenging, with a walk through a dried up river providing part of a tough journey. However, it is very much doable, and the sense of achievement you’ll feel upon completion will be second to none. Your walk also consists of hill walks, stony tracks, and through lovely woods while passing by beautiful churches such as the Church of San Stefano in Terenzo. You will also have choices of routes to take to get to Berceto. Each route is different – one being more flat and the other hillier, on a road or bad tracks, for example. Once you’ve reached Berceto, rest and eat some fritti or carbonara. Wine may also be a good idea after that walk! Should you decide to do some sight-seeing, the Church of San Moderanno, containing relics and treasury of San Remigio and San Broccardo, is definitely one to see.

Day 7


Walking to Pontremoli is a bit tough today. There are gravel lanes, tarmac lanes and hills to navigate; however, you can most certainly get through this as it’s not too stressful. You will have different routes to choose from along the way to get to Pontremoli. The first route to choose will depend on the weather, and if you prefer a scenic route to a more straight-forward one. Your next route to choose from depends on a preference for a direct route with tough surfaces (e.g. cobbles, loose stones), or a longer but easier walk gently downhill. After taking the chosen routes, the walk you will reach Molinello where you can stop for a drink and some food. Continuing on, you have a relatively easy walk into Pontremoli. Here, you can take some time to rest and recuperate. If you like, you can visit the wonderful Church of San Nicolo and the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta. Also, try the local cuisine of the town – ‘’Amor’’ – a small cake with a creamy filling between wafers.

Day 8


Your last day of walking is not too difficult. There is hillwalking but you will be well-weathered in this by now, so it’s not too challenging, as well as tarmac roads and gravel roads and going through woods. There are lovely churches along the way (e.g. Church of San Giorgio in Filatierra) to brighten up the route. Arriving in Aulla, if you can, take a look around the town and visit the impressive Fortezza Della Brunella. The Abbey of San Caprasio is another popular tourist attraction, and one of the city’s oldest and most important buildings, definitely one to go see. Remember to also treat yourself to some wine and pizza. After that journey, you deserve it!

Day 9


After breakfast we bid you farewell.

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