sabato 22 gennaio 2011

The Via Francigena in Tuscany

A walk in the nature of art and history treasures -

The story says that he was Sigerico, Archbishop of Canterbury on his way to Rome, who marked the beginning of the journey of pilgrimage, but the source of the route that dates back to the Lombards in the sixth century mountain,  passing between Bardone Berceto and Pontremoli, in correspondence of the Passo della Cisa, tracing a secure location for the ancient maritime port of Luni and the Tuscia, away from the routes controlled by the Byzantines, their irreconcilable enemies.
With the Carolingian Franks and the road became a street of great communication, reaching Lucca, was heading for Alton, cross the Arno, and traveled throughout the Val d'Elsa, up to Siena. From here, follow the Via Cassia, crossed the Arbia and Orcia valleys to reach Rome. The ViaFrancigena runs along the main towns of the time, linking the holy sites in Christendom. Over the years, monuments and art treasures enriched the main centers of the route, such as the magnificent cathedral of Lucca, the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena and the relics kept in the churches.
The route began in the communication area with the Mediterranean Sea in the north and soon became an artery passed through men and goods, thus contributing to the revival of the great European trade. The way is now an important cultural itinerary traces of limestone fed emotion over the centuries, through unspoiled landscapes dotted with art treasures, to get in touch with the traditions of the places. The route runs along little or no industrial areas and thus promotes the formation of a landscape of mind, a good place for the imagination.
Travelling slowly - along the Via Francigena with the slow rhythm of the traveler, it follows a route rich in history and traditions. From Passo della Cisa Pontremoli, along a trail through the woods and to the beautiful medieval parish church of Sorano Filattiera and then from Aulla to the view of the sea. Continue through fortified towns to Massa and Pietrasanta, in Versilia, on the side of the ridge of the Apuan Alps and arrive in Lucca. A journey that facilitates contact with nature and with people. We will stop to meditate, to discover, to understand the art, history, culture, nature, religious places.
Continuing along the valleys of central Tuscany, between Alton and Fucecchio, cross the Arno River and arrive in the ancient San Miniato. Ridges along the picturesque hills of the Val d'Elsa, in a constant up and down hills covered with vineyards, olive groves and cultivated fields, to the Val d'Elsa and the medieval San Gimignano. And then through the center of Siena, along the roads of the Val d'Arbia cross Buonconvento and arrive in Val d'Orcia, to the medieval village of San Quirico.
The ViaFrancigena we propose a route for its beauty and ability to summon the new paradigm is slowly making way to travel the route - on foot, on horseback, by bike or by car - an inner journey, a journey of the spirit, religious or layman, history and personal experience that enriches the cultural offer to a qualified and environmental conscious tourism respectful of territories and populations. The WebGIS of ViaFrancigena allows you to program a path to find information on services or view detailed map of the sections chosen, highlighting the difficulty level and extracting the relevant cartographic documents.

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