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A very varied walk, through an original and little known Tuscany. You will depart from Pontremoli, in the heart of the Lunigiana, the land of the Moon, home of the “stele statues”, a very green land dotted with fine castles. On your way you will encounter the medieval village of Filetto, proud of its ancient heritage, celebrated each year with a festival, before reaching Aulla and its fortress.
Those moe interested in fine food will be delighted to discover the Testaroli al Pesto, from Pontremoli, and local rice cakes, among many others.
Pontremoli is a jewel in the heart of the Lunigiana. You will be able to get lost among its sandstone tower-houses, admire stone warriors and goddesses in the museum of the stele statues; if you like reading, the town of travelling booksellers will offer you places where there is a free exchange of books and benches decorated with literary quotations. And to enjoy the journey from day one, try a very thick slice of herb pie.
|Day 2||From Pontremoli to Filetto, 17 km|
During the first day of your journey you will be surrounded by a splendid area which alternates very green countryside with little medieval villages. Here you can admire the tower-houses of Ponticello, the ancient hospice of San Jacopo at Filattiera, and above all the ancient Pieve di Sorano, which has been home for centuries to the stele statues of Celtic warriors. Villafranca is a very beautiful medieval village: you can climb the hill up to the walled village of Malgrate, with its castle, or through the trees look at the ruins of the old castle of Malnido, residence of the Malaspina family. And just before you arrive, here is another surprise: the via Francigena meets the castle of Filetto.
|Day 3||From Filetto to Aulla, 15 km|
From Villafranca you will continue towards Aulla, crossing a thick forest and walking along sections of an ancient Roman road, towards Terrarossa castle. The last section of the route is over the tracks of the old railway, intelligently transformed into a cycle path. If you are keen on ancient history, you will appreciate the muse of the Abbey of San Caprasio, which contains archaeological finds from the medieval period. Do not miss a walk along the ancient walls of the Fortezza della Brunella, pretending to be medieval sentries, before taking a walk through the old town centre. And if you are hungry, there is nothing better than the tasty little local focaccias, to be enjoyed still hot accompanied by charcuterie and cheeses.
If you want some more time to visit Aulla, it is possible to add an extra night in Aulla (not included in the price displayed here)
Two nights in double room in *** hotels with breakfast
Hotetel Napoleon*** is centrally located in Pontremoli. Rooms are cozy, clean and furnished in a vintage style. These offer free Wifi, TV, direct dial telephone, air conditioning and some rooms have a balcony.
B&B Il Biancospino is located in the little medieval village of Filetto, in two ancient buildings of stone in Piazza Immacolata and the other in Borgo di Mezzo. Very appreciate for serenity, this B&B offers rustic rooms, clean and spacious. Breakfast is rich with fruits and brioches.
Hotel Demy*** is located in a strategic position for visiting Cinque Terre. Rooms are basic and clean, but old-faschioned and neglected. WiFi isn't working properly. Breakfast is normal.
From any airport, reach the closest railway station, from where you can get to Pontremoli by train. Trains are direct from Pisa, whereas you need to change if travelling from Florence, Bologna, Genova and Milano.
On departure from Aulla, 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
· Two nights in double room in *** hotels with breakfast
· maps and detailed description of the itinerary, App
. 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
· luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
· 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:
· luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
· Single room supplement
· Half Board supplement
· Extra night in Aulla
· Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.