Santhià

Santhià

The Via Francigena between Viverone and Santhià until end of the last millenium was signalled through Lido, then along the lake and further through Comuna and Mozzano to Santhià. The itinerary described here substitutes that former one and passes more to the North. Today, we will hike through 3 provinces. Viverone at our start belongs to the Torino province, Ràppolo and Cavaglià which follow later on belong to the Biella province, and Santhià finally belongs to the Vercelli province.
Hotel at Viverone

Hotel at Viverone

Santhià is one of the destinations on our way which has not been founded by Romans, but by Celts. It was only in 143 b.Chr. that Romans conquered this location. The church Santa Agata was built during the 10th century, and some ruins testify that a monastery built during the 12th century existed here as well.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.