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Via Francigena, from Fidenza to Pontremoli

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Via Francigena, from Fidenza to Pontremoli

Via Francigena, from Fidenza to Pontremoli - 7 days

Via Francigena, from Fidenza to Pontremoli - 7 days

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.  

Day 1: Fidenza
Day 2: From Fidenza to Medesano, 22 km
Day 3: From Medesano to Sivizzano, 19 km
Day 4: From Sivizzano to Berceto, 24 km
Day 5: From Berceto to Previdè, 18 km
Day 6: From Previdè to Pontremoli, 10 km
Day 7: Pontremoli

Day 1:    Fidenza

Your journey begins in Fidenza, a very important city for Via Francigena: the European Via Francigena Association has its seat here, and in this Cathedral walks the little pilgrim that has become the symbol of the itinerary. His eternal pilgrimage is carved in the stone, together with a caravan of pilgrims and knights.

Day 2:    From Fidenza to Medesano, 22 km

Ready to set off? Today you are up for a nice hilly walk, among history and myth. On your way, the Pieve di Cabriolo, dedicated to the Canterbury Arcbishop Beckett: here you can learn about the fascinating history of this place and the man it is dedicated to, involving none other than the Templar Knights. 

You then coast the ruins of the Costamezzana Castle - a suggestive place, perfect to photograph - or even draw, if that is your thing - with its circular tower that still rises among the trees. 

From here, follow the itinerary up and down the hills to reach Medesano, today's destination. 

Distance: 22 km

Elevation gain: +600/-530 m

Day 3:    From Medesano to Sivizzano, 19 km

Your journey continues, as you walk on the Parma hills: step after step you reach the river Taro and then Fornovo, where you can stop for a short visit to the cathedral. Its facade - apparently very simple - hides Medieval reliefs to be found and interpret, rich with mysterious symbols and apocaliptyc scenes. 

Today's destination is Sivizzano, where you spend the night in a cozy bed and breakfast. 

Distance: 19 km

Elevation gain: +1090/-440 m

Day 4:    From Sivizzano to Berceto, 24 km

Pack some snacks before setting off, because today's stage is among the toughest - but also the nicest - of the whole itinerary. 

On your way you find Bardone and Terenzio - tiny sleepy villages, stone houses surrounded by hills and woods, with ancient churches of timeless beauty. From here, you ascend towards the Casola Castle and continue through peaceful and fragrant coniferous forests, before setting foot on the cobbled streets of Cassio. 

From here, 10 more kilometers on asphalted road (or a transfer) lead you to Berceto, a small Medieval jewel, your last overnight stay before entering Tuscany. 

Here you can recharge with the local specialty, pattona or castagnaccio: a flat cake made with chestnut flour and pine nuts, a typical grandma-made dessert, nourishing and rustic - like the land that is welcoming you. 

Distance: 24 km

Elevation gain: +780/-340 m

Day 5:    From Berceto to Previdè, 18 km

Serve yourself another slice of castagnaccio for breakfast, because there is another good climb awaiting out of that door: first through country roads and forests paths, then on secondary asphalted roads, towards the Cisa Pass. 

The ground resists under your feet, your legs struggle with the ascent, but don't forget to take a look around: you are surrounded by incredible views on Lunigiana, and Mount Valdoria is the best point to admire them and have a snack and some water, before facing the last climb of the day. 

Finally, the pass. As you start descending, enjoy the views and soften your steps - you deserve it. After reaching Previdè, a peaceful hamlet immersed in the nature of Lunigiana, a transfer will take you to Pontremoli.

Distance: 18 km

Elevation gain: +563/-1294 m

Day 6:    From Previdè to Pontremoli, 10 km

In the morning, a transfer will take you to the little hamlet of Previdè to resume your walk. From Previdè you walk long sections of forest paths immersed in nature, through small villages like Groppadalosio with its picture-perfect medieval bridge and Casalina, with the stone houses and the tiny dome on the bell tower.

Finally, enjoy the exhilarating descent towards Pontremoli - one of our favorite places, a city of bridges and  "Stele Statues": we highly suggest a visit to the dedicated museum, housed in the imposing Pontremoli castle, to learn more about these famous and peculiar locals

The best way to celebrate the end of your trip? A nice stroll in the lively old town centre and a good portion of testaroli with almond pesto, the local specialty. 

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +563/-1294 m

Day 7:    Pontremoli

Last day is included. Service ends after breakfast.


Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast

Hotel Astoria Fidenza
Hotel Astoria - Fidenza

The Astoria Hotel is housed in the center of Fidenza, close to the train station. Staff is kind and helpful. Location is clean and comfortable . Rooms are quiet and equipped of air conditioning, TV, free WiFi and direct phone. Breakfast is rich and various.

Hotel Salus Medesano
Hotel Salus - Medesano
B&B Sulla Strada Sivizzano
B&B Sulla Strada - Sivizzano

B&B Sulla Strada is located on the roas Val Sporzana 135 and it has 6 beds with breakfast and self-catering meals. The B&B offers a repair shop for bicycle and an information point with maps and news about territory. 

B&B Sulla Strada

B&B La Casa dei Nonni Berceto
B&B La Casa dei Nonni - Berceto

Located in Berceto’s historic centre, just a few steps from the Romanesque Cathedral, La Casa dei Nonni offers different accommodation types with its five rooms: single, twin and double rooms (extra beds available for children). The location is well-finished and beautifully decorated. Breakfast with house specials is served on the ground floor and for the dinner it's suggested to try the restaurant.

Ai Chiosi Pontremoli
B&B Ai Chiosi

“Ai Chiosi” Bed and Breakfast consists of two recently restored ancient manor houses, separated by a 300 square metres stone paved patio and surrounded by 3 hectares of farmland.

Between the two farm houses there is the availability of a large open space in the green of nature, where it is possible to stay in relax, of a suitable area for the entertainment of children and of a reserved parking.

The hospitality is familiar and careful of guest expectations, respecting their privacy.

practical info

You can find more information in the "accommodation" section: we always select your accommodation for their character and comfort. You will always be booked in a private, en-suite room, with breakfast included. 

Luggage transfer (max. 20 kg)  from one hotel to the hotel is included in the price. 

From Bergamo-Orio al Serio (BGY), you can

  • get to Milano Centrale railway station by bus and reach Fidenza by direct train;
  • get to Bergamo railway station and catch a train to Fidenza, with change in Milano.

Check bus connections from Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY) on

From Milano airports (MXP, LIN), Bologna airport (BLQ) and Verona airport (VRN), get to the central railway station, where you can catch a train to Fidenza (not direct in case you are travelling from Verona).

On departure from Pontremoli, you can reach Bergamo, Mlano, Bologna and Verona by train (not direct).

Check train timetables on

Thanks to our special APP, you will be able to follow the track of the whole trip on your mobile phone, with no need for internet. GPS tracks are available on request.


What is included

  • 6 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer Medesano-Sant'Andrea Bagni and back
  • Transfer from Previdè to Pontremoli and back
  • 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.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
Is this trip for me?

This is the section of Via Francigena crossing the Appennines: a great trip for someone reasonably fit. Beginners may find the continuous ups and downs and especially the climb to Passo della Cisa - the most beautiful part of the trip and among the best of the whole itinerary - a bit challenging


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