The Via Francigena
The Via Francigena was one of the most important roman roads, the only one that linked Rome to France and to England by crossing the Alps.
In the territory of Massa-Carrara and Versilia, a long section of the old way is still viable today: between Passo della Cisa and Pietrasanta. The road passes through natural environments of infinite beauty that seem to have remained unchanged over the centuries.
The path is well marked by the characteristic white-red signs along its length, about 85 km, which makes it ideal for a short hike or a simple trip with the whole family.
The Via Francigena in Lunigiana passes through several historic towns like Pontremoli, Filattiera, Villafranca, Sarzana, Aulla that preserve the oldest traditions and stories of the area.
It’s possible to make a stop in each of these towns and take the opportunity to taste the local dishes made with chestnuts, poor flour, game and seasonal vegetables.
Along the way were born many hospitals for pilgrims and merchants who travelled on it, some are still present. They were often run by religious orders that offered care, food and shelter.
Today, the Via Francigena is mostly used as a trail for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking, but also is crossed by modern pilgrims that just as in the past are coming to Rome.