Aulla: bridge across Torrente Aullela

Aulla: bridge across Torrente Aullela

Today, we hike towards the Mediterranean Sea along the Fiume Magra, remaining all the way on its left side. Sometimes, we also cross hills on the verge of the valley which results in some harmless ascents, but also in rewarding views over the valley.

The largest agglomeration on our way today is Villafranca In Lunigiana, also suitable as a place to spend a night. The name Villafranca is based on the fact that pilgrims returning from Rome at at he time were allowed to settle here without the obligation to pay taxes or to do military service, but this has changed now. Lunigiana is the name of the territory between the Apennines and the Ligurian Sea. The name descents from the roman agglomeration around the harbour «Luni». Our destination Aulla is situated at the confluence of the Torrente Aulella with our today's companion, the Fiume Magra.

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.