Via Francigena from Piacenza to Aulla

Stage 11 of 16

173.9km

9 days

Comfort

Popular time

september

Starting from

€970

Overall

Distance:

11.2 min | 24.8km average | 34.6 max

Ascent:

111.7 min |575.9m average | 1568.8 max

Cardio:

2   4   5

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For those seeking a more challenging trek through the Italian countryside than other walks, 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 that defines the north of Italy distinctly as well as delicious local cuisine and wines.

Palazzo y Basilica in Piacenza

Palazzo y Basilica in Piacenza

Piacenza is known for its several cathedrals and palazzos such as the Duomo di Piacenza. Romanesque architecture is particularly highlighted in this. Between the cathedral and the Palazzo Gotico, the Gothic-style Basilica of Sant’Antonio 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. We highly recommend taking a break here and enjoy a cool and refreshing drink.

National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian

National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian

After passing Medesano, you will arrive in the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian. Untouched by the mass tourism which has impacted so many other spots across Italy, the national park has kept its landscapes relatively unharmed. Feel the refreshing breath of the Mediterranean Sea on your skin, climb the beautiful green mountains and let yourself go to the intimacy of a quiet moments in these surrounds.

Pancakes with salted salmon

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 salamie. For example, you can try Bortellina salted pancakes or Chisulen, an Italian specialty of fired dough. You can also add some Gorgonzola or Robiola to make it even more authentic. 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).

Via Francigena from Piacenza to Aulla

Starting from € 970

PIACENZA

AULLA

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

PIACENZA

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

Day

2

34.6 km

PIACENZA FIORENZUOLA

Your first day of walking is a bit challenging as it is long, but it’s mostly quite flat with some gentle uphill walks. Along the walk, you will pass by a memorial for a young man shot dead in 1944 by the Nazis during World War II, which is very moving. This is a good spot to pause and reflect on your journey so far. 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 sightseeing in the town.

Day

3

22.1 km

FIORENZUOLA FIDENZA

Today’s walk is shorter than yesterday’s, and you go through the beautiful countryside by fields and woods. There is some hillwalking too, 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 local pizza or fritti before heading off for Medesano tomorrow.

Day

4

22.5 km

FIDENZA MEDESANO

Heading for Medesano, you will have a choice of two routes: 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 heading towards the Castello di Costamezzano directly on tracks and then tarmac roads. Afterwards, 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. 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

11.2 km

MEDESANO FORNOVO DI TARO

Your walk today is a lot shorter than the previous days and is very easy. 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, and have some pizza and a glass of wine.

Day

6

31.1 km

FORNOVO DI TARO BERCETO

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 stony tracks 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. Once you’ve reached Berceto, rest and eat some fritti or carbonara. Should you decide to do some sightseeing, the Church of San Moderanno, containing relics and treasury of San Remigio and San Broccardo, is definitely one to see.

Day

7

27.6 km

BERCETO PONTREMOLI

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 it. You will have different routes to choose from along the way to get to Pontremoli. The choice 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 (such as: Cobbles, or loose stones), or a longer but easier walk gently downhill. You will eventually 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

24.8 km

PONTREMOLI AULLA

Your last day of walking is not too difficult. There are lovely churches along the way (such as: Church of San Giorgio in Filattiera) to brighten up the route. Arriving in Aulla, take a look around the town and visit the impressive Fortezza Della Brunella. Remember to also treat yourself to some wine and pizza. After that journey, you deserve it!

Day

9

km

AULLA

After breakfast we bid you farewell. If you didn’t get the chance already, the Abbey of San Caprasio is another popular tourist attraction in Aulla, and is one of the city’s oldest and most important buildings.

How to Get There

Getting to Piacenza, Italy

To begin your Camino, it is easiest to fly into Milan Malpensa or Milan Bergamo Airport.

Fly into Milan Malpensa Airport

Milan has several major airports, with Malpensa served by airlines from all over the world. This includes Ryanair and Aer Lingus, which operates out of Dublin. From the airport, take the train to Milan Centrale station. From there, you can get to Piacenzadirectly. This journey takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    Fly into Milan Bergamo

    Bergamo is a smaller airport, and is typically served by budget airlines including Ryanair. You can get a bus directly from Milan Bergamo bus station to Piacenza’s Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi. The bus journey can take up to 2 hours and 30 minutes.

      Getting home from Aulla, Italy

      It is best to return from Aulla via Pisa Airport or Genoa Airport.

      Fly home from Pisa Airport

      Pisa Airport is a major travel hub for Italy, connecting to a number of cities in Ireland, the UK, and across Europe. Ryanair flies into Pisa. From Aulla Lunigiana train station, you can catch a line to Pisa Centrale, and then on to the airport. This trip will take 1 hour and 30 minutes.

        Fly home from Genoa Airport

        Genoa Airport is smaller than Pisa, but still connects to a number of European and international destinations. From Aulla, you can catch a train to Genova Brignole, the city’s main train station. From there, it’s an easy connection to Sestri Ponente Airport. This journey will take you around 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

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