Passo della Cisa

Passo della Cisa

In order to continue from the Ostello Cisa to the Passo della Cisa, we can either return to the main trail of the Via Francigena on the access we have walked the day before, and then continue on Variant A of yesterday's track to the pass. However, as the hostel is directly on the road to the pass already, we can as well take that road to get there, which means some savings in ascent and time, but also some traffic. Once we have reached the pass, we will transfer from the Parma province in the Emilia-Romagna region to the Massa-Carrera province in the Toscana region, whose capital is Massa.
on the Passo della Cisa

on the Passo della Cisa

On this pass we also leave the road, the Via Francigena will continue on that altitude for some time, and we will also pass by the Passo Del Righedo. It´s only at the Apennine peak named «El Cuccero», where we will start a descent of 600 Meters of altitude, from 1000 to 400 m.o.s., later during this descent we will hike through the village named Groppoli.

all day: rain in Italy

all day: rain in Italy

However, will will face another ascent up to 700 m.o.s, before we reach our destination Pontremoli which is slightly above 200 m.o.s. That´s where we have successfully finished our crossing of the Apennines.The position of Pontremoli in the large valley where the Fiume Marga and the Torrente Verde do merge had a strategic relevancy at the time due to the wide view. Today, Pontremoli is popular for spending vacations there.

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.