A journey that starts across the agricultural plain dominated by the Po. You will start Parma, one of the most beautiful surprises of the Via Francigena, and a city that will lies in the middle of one of the most mythical areas of Italian food and wine. It is in fact home of the Prosciutto di Parma, the culatello di Zibello, and Parmigiano Reggiano. But don’t eat too much though, because your walk still has beautiful surprises in store for you: you will continue your journey through the Appennines at the Cisa Pass until the descent towards Pontremoli and the crossing of Lunigiana, territory of castles and medieval villages.
Finally Marina di Massa, where you will be able to set your bike down and enjoy a nice bath, before ending your journey in Lucca, with its enchanting elliptical square.
Then, you will enter one of the most intersting and pictoresque sections of the whole itinerary of Via Francigena: the tuscan Valdelsa valley around San Gimignano, before reaching Siena, one of the gems of central Italy.
Your trip begins in Parma, the Italian province with the highest number of DOP and IGP food products. For this reason, it is an excellent starting point for your cycling tour!
Do not miss a visit to the historical centre, where you will have the chance to visit the imposing romanesque Dome, Teatro Farnese and the Galleria Nazionale (with paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Van Dick, Tintoretto and Beato Angelico).
Distance: 51 km
Ascent/descent: +1068/-332 m
Distance: 54 km
Ascent/descent: +370/-1115 m
Distance: 47 km
Ascent/descent: +716/-770 m
Distance: 52 km
Ascent/descent: +380/-356 m
Distance: 47 km
Ascent/descent: +228/-122 m
Distance: 42,2 km
Ascent/descent: +640/-476 m
Distance: 51 km
Ascent/descent: +505/-470 m
Our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked any extra nights with us
Have a safe trip home!
Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
The climate in North Italy is generally very mild with differences depending on the geography of the region, from coasts and valleys to the continental areas. The warmest months are generally July and August, with temperatures ranging from 23°C up to 30°C. The valleys can often see higher temperatures and 38°C to 40°C is not uncommon, while June and September normally offer lovely warm weather. Of course there are always exceptions or dry spells that cause afew days to get really hot. Spring (April and May) and Autumn (October and November) are often dry with sunny days, but the chances of rain is higher then.
From Bergamo-Orio al Serio (BGY), you can get to either Milano Centrale railway station or to Bergamo railway station by bus. From there, you can get to Pavia by train (with change in Milano Lambrate, if you are travelling from Bergamo).
Check bus connections from Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY) on http://www.orioaeroporto.it/en/bus/.
From Milano airports (MXP, LIN), get to the central railway station in Milano, and get a direct train to Pavia.
From Turin airport (TRN) and from Verona airport (VRN), get to the closest railway station, from where you can reach Pavia by train, with change in Milano.
On departure from Lucca, you can easily get to Pisa and Florence by direct train. Trains to Genova, Bologna and Milano are not direct.
Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com.
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included
· 8 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
· luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
· maps and detailed description of the itinerary
. Pilgrim Passport
· Medical and luggage travel insurance
· 24h phone assistance
What is not included
· Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
· lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated.
· visits and entrance fees - tips
· personal expense
· possible sojourn taxes
· everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single room supplement
· Half Board supplement
· Bicycle rental
. cancellation insurance
· Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
A varied, charming section of the Via Francigena cycling route, from the hills of Emilia Romagna to the sea of Versilia. This section is suitable for you if you have previous experience of cycling trips and a good fitness level, because of the long days on the saddle and because the climb on the first day in particular will definitely test your legs. We can rent you a bike, but as with every biking trip you are required to know how to carry out minor repairs on your bike.