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Pilgrims Route in Tuscany: Monginevro to Rome – Via Francigena


Tuscany is a region where lots of important Saints lived. For this reason around this territory, there are lots of local pilgrims route and lots of topic events take place here.
The routes usually link a net of places with a particular theme or regarding the life to a Saint.

Parish Church on the Via Francigena - Via Romea

Parish Church of Pancole on the Via Francigena


The most known of them is the Tuscany part of the “Monginevro to Rome”, in Italy this route is called “Via Francigena” or “Via Romea”. This itinerary link Canterbury to Rome and, for the most enterprising pilgrims, go on till Jerusalem. It is the same way that the Archbishop of Canterbury followed in the year 969 to come back from Rome after he got the investiture from the Pope.

In Tuscany there are 220 Miles of this route (the full way is about 650 Miles), usually divided in stages of about 15 Miles.
The trip starts at the Cisa Passo, cross the Apennines, touch two of the most important town of Tuscany (Lucca and Siena), and go on till the South of Tuscany till Acquapendente before entering in Lazio towards the Bolsena lake and finally to Rome.

Who followed the Saint James Route (Camino di Santiago) has to be advice that Italy, and Tuscany, is not so organized. The pilgrim has to match with daily problems instead of soul questions. There are so few services, that you can’t decide day by day where to sleep and where to eat or where you can buy any necessities because there are long parts of the itinerary without any confort.
I don’t want to discourage anybody, but it is very important that if you decide to trek on the Via Francigena you must be informed and prepaired about the logistic difficoulties that you will find.
Before starting this venture get informed! by books, by blogs, by websites, contacting the tourists offices and so on.
The other way to follow this route is with an organized tour. This year (2011) I will start one in October; I will describe the steps from Lucca to Siena in one of my next posts, so someone can take them as a starting point.

Italian Pilgrims Towards the Pancole Sanctuary

November 11: Saint Martin’s Summer in Chianti, from Panzano to Greve


November usually is a pretty rainy month, but, the legend says that on the day 11, there is always a sunny day called “estate di San Martino” (Saint Martin’s Summer).

This year respected the tradition, and on the 11 we had a marvellous sunny day with no clouds in the blu sky.

With a group of 20 students and their teachers coming from Hong Kong I hiked in the Chiantishire from Panzano to Greve.

In this season the colors are spectacular the range of the tones is the larger than in any other part of the year and the parfums of the wood are so intense….

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Starting from Panzano in Chianti
Starting from Panzano in Chianti

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November 11: Saint Martin’s Summer in Chianti, from Panzano to Greve


We stop for lunch at Vignamaggio where we can rest and have a look at the villa, at the cellar and at the perfect italian garden… quite the same as in 1500 infact in 1993 it was the set for an intense movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. Did someone of you recognize it? Read the rest of this entry »