Your journey begins in the silence of a church: in front of you, the reliefs of the Fidenza cathedral, a tale of pilgrims and knights forever carved in stone.
One of these pilgrims will be your companion throughout your walk - it's the official symbol of Via Francigena, a tiny pilgrim indicating the right way to fellow pilgrims through the itinerary's official signs.
From Fidenza begins your walk across the Appennines, through the hills around Parma and the Appennine Pass of the ancient Monte Bardone hill, the modern day Passo della Cisa. Tough ascents alternate with incredible views - first on the plains of Lombardy and then on Lunigiana, the mysterious and Medieval side of Tuscany.
And right into Lunigiana you walk once past the Tuscan gate of Via Francigena: the last day of walking leads to Pontremoli through enchanted forests and out-of-a-fairytale Medieval bridges.