Fiorenzuola D´Arda

Fiorenzuola D´Arda

Today's hike is a part with long and straight sections, where not even any hills will bring the horizon closer to us. On top, today's trail does not take us across fields only, but partly also along roads with heavy traffic. As hikers, we will begin to understand why Italians prefer to drive by car - not only Italians. By the way, quite some pilgrims also decide to transfer from Piacenza to Fiorenzuola by train or bus.
«Pilgrim trails» when leaving Piacenza

«Pilgrim trails» when leaving Piacenza

We leave Piacenza along the Via Emilia Parmense, and will not see major villages on our way until we reach our destination. However, we will see e few rivers while hiking across enormous acres; these rivers will represent the changes of the day that simplifies to focus on hiking and philosophing.

The name of our destination, Fiorenzuola, dates back to a pilgrim's name, a pilgrim on his way to Rome during the 6th century - Florence de Tours, who is said to have done miracles here. 800 years later, a church was built with his name. Furthermore the Swedish King Eric Svendsson built a hospice here for Scandinavian pilgrims.

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.