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.
Shop on the Passo della Cisa

Shop 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. While the classic route passes through Groppodalosio, this «new» route passes more tot he west, mainly through woods across Monteluno. This trail counts 2.6 km less in distance and 260 meter of ascent less as well, which results in some 1/2 hours less in time to reach Pontremoli.

fog and rain beyond the Passo

fog and rain beyond the Passo

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)

Die «Via Francigena» ist einer der 3 christlichen Pilgerwege des Mittelalters, dessen Hauptachse von Canterbury in England nach Rom führt. Diese Dokumentation gibt vorerst den meistbegangenen Abschnitt von Lausanne nach Rom wieder.