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Via Francigena walking: from Fidenza to Pontremoli
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Via Francigena walking: from Fidenza to Pontremoli

Via Francigena walking: from Fidenza to Pontremoli

Walking on the Via Francigena

  • Admire the bas-reliefs of the Cathedral of Fidenza, with the story founder, St Domninus, martyred by order of Maximian in 304 AD
  • Climb up to the top of Mount Valoria, the border between Emilia and Tuscany, to admire the historical landscape of Lunigiana
  • Take a slow walk along the medieval one-arched bridge of Groppodalosio
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Day 1: Arrival in 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: Arrivederci Pontremoli!

Day 1:    Arrival in Fidenza

 The journey starts from Fidenza, a town of art and culture. After admiring the pilgrims whose tracks you will follow in the bas-reliefs of the Duomo, you will walk along the paved streets of the  old town centre, to celebrate the beginning of your trip with an aperitif in Piazza del Municipio.

Day 2:    From Fidenza to Medesano, 22 km

You will begin your walk with a leg across the hills, which will already show you monuments of great historical importance such as the Pieve di Cabriolo, dedicated to the Archbishop of Canterbury Becket, where you will be able to discover its mysterious history linked to the knights of the Templar. You will walk alongside the ruins of Costamezzana castle, dominated by its circular tower which still climbs among the trees, and you will enjoy climbing up and down the ridges of the hills.

Day 3:    From Medesano to Sivizzano, 19 km

Continuing among the Parma hills, you will cross the river  Taro to arrive at Fornovo, where we recommend a visit of the cathedral, to admire the alarming bas-reliefs of its facade. You will then continue to Sivizzano, where you will sleep in a characteristic b&b along the way.

Day 4:    From Sivizzano to Berceto, 24 km

Today a demanding leg awaits you, but one that is rich in beauty: along your way you will come to the villages of  Bardone and Terenzo, where you will be able to admire ancient churches. From here you will tackle a climb that will bring you to  Casola Castle, before continuing up and down among conifer woods and finally reaching  Cassio, where you will follow the stone path already travelled along by generations of pilgrims. A 10 km walk along asphalted, secondary road (or a transfer) will then bring you to  Berceto, a “little stone jewel”, where you can restore yourselves with local mushrooms and  pattona, a typical cake made from chestnut flour.

Day 5:    From Berceto to Previdè, 18 km

From Cassio a climb awaits you towards the Cisa Pass, first along mule tracks and country roads and then over earth tracks and asphalted roads.  You will continue your walk along the last section of the route which will lead you among the attractive views over the  Lunigiana to Mount Valdoria, a panoramic point of great beauty, before climbing up again towards the Pass and then down to Previdè, a beautiful hamlet surrounded by nature.

Day 6:    From Previdè to Pontremoli, 10 km

There will be no rest during the last leg, but it will hold new surprises in store that will make all your efforts worthwhile. From Previdè you will travel along long sections of path surrounded by nature, through characteristic villages such as  Groppadalosio, with its ancient medieval bridge, and Casalina, which will charm you with its little stone houses and the characteristic little dome of its bell tower. Finally the exciting descent to  Pontremoli, the town of bridges and stele statues , where you can enjoy a relaxing evening walk among the alleyways of the illuminated old town centre.

Day 7:    Arrivederci Pontremoli!

Last day is included. Service ends after breakfast.



All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

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 Ayri - Medesano
Hotel Ayri - Medesano

Hotel Ayri*** is located into a naturalistic context surrounded by Parma's countryside. This hotel has rooms with air conditioning, memory-foam mattress, flat-screen TV with satellite and free Wifi. The hotel is clean and well-finished and the staff is helpful and courteous. Breakfast is good and offers sweet and savory dishes. 


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 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. 


B&B Eremo Gioioso - Previdé
B&B Eremo Gioioso - Previdé

This B&B is located in a Pontremoli village surrounded by the nature and its tranquility and offers a terrace, views of the mountain, a bar and free Wifi. Staff is helpful and friendly. Rooms are very comfortable and furnished in a rustic way. Breakfast offers natural local products and it's very good. 


Hotel Napoleon - Pontremoli
Hotel Napoleon - Pontremoli

Hotel Napoleon*** is a family-run property and is located near the historic centre of Pontremoli, surrounded by the Apennine Mountains. Rooms are comfortable, clean and has vintage furniture. These have free Wifi, TV, telephone, air conditioning and some of these have a balcony. Breakfast buffet is basic. 


practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and October.

The best airports to fly into are Milano airports (Linate LIN and Malpensa MXP), Bergamo-Orio al Serio (BGY), Bologna (BLQ) and Verona (VRN).

Arrival in Fidenza

From Bergamo-Orio al Serio (BGY) airport, 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 www.orioaeroporto.it.

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).

Departure from Pontremoli

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

Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com.

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 6 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer DAY 2 to DAY 6
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Fidenza and from Pontremoli
  • Trains or busses wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Tourist taxes


  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Fidenza
  • Transfer from Pontremoli to airport

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