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Pavia to Fornovo The Francigena Way Section 3

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Crossing the Po river as Sigeric did during his travel to Rome? Yes, it's still possible on the Via Francigena. From the same dock, the "transitum padii" you'll be led by a modern "Caronte" to the opposite shore of the Po river, in the direction of Piacenza. The amazing town rises at the end of the Plain and at the bottom of the Apennine, the oldest Italian mountain range. The landscape in this part of the Via is very various! Rivers, valleys, countryside, old villages rising on the shore of the rivers. Passing Fidenza and its amazing cathedral until the beginning of the hilly area of Fornovo.
- The historical centre of Pavia and Fidenza and the cathedrals.
- The navigation of the Po river, the biggest Italian river
- The excellent local food and wine

Daily itinerary

DSC02578Day 1: Arrival in Pavia
Individual arrival in Pavia and overnight in Hotel/B&B in the centre of Pavia. Dinner is not included.

PaviaDay 2: Pavia – St. Cristina (6 h30 hiking, +160mt -170mt, 27 km)
From the red brick built town of Pavia and its amazing medieval bridge on the Ticino river, the trail starts to enter the countryside, becoming more and more hilly until the small hamlet of Belgioioso, where you can enjoy the great "Castle". Another heritage SITE of the powerful family of Visconti. Short private transfer to Mirandolo. Dinner and overnight in B&B in Miradolo Terme. ( B-D )
DSC02594Day 3: St. Cristina – Orio Litta ( 3 h30 hiking, + 27 mt/ -40 mt , 11 km)
Following the trail along the wheat fields and old fortified farmhouse, you'll discover another important Italian river, the "Lambro river", that has its springs in the Alps. Overnight stay in Orio Litta. ( B)

piacenzaDay 4: Orio litta – Piacenza (6 hours hiking, +44mt -43mt, 22 km)
Crossing the Po with the ferry river is one of the highlight of the entire Via Francigena, as Sigeric did 1000 years before! The path in the countryside takes you to another gem of the architecture of North Italy: Piacenza. The charming town was founded in the 218 B.C. by the Romans as first settlement of North Italy, to defence the invasion of Hannibal. Visit the impressive "Duomo" and the S. Savino church, as the elegant square of the municipality. Overnight in B&B in Piacenza. ( B)
IMG 9417Day 5: Piacenza – Fiorenzuola d'Arda ( 7h30 hiking, +141 mt-123mt, 34 km)
Today you will walk through the Emilia-Romagna countryside. The nice town of Fiorenzuola is located in the valley of the river Arda. During your hike, you will discover some of the oldest human settlements in Italy. Overnight stay in Fiorenzuola d'Arda. ( B)

DSC02599Day 6: Fiorenzuola d'Arda – Fidenza ( 6h hiking, + 1480mt – 1480 mt, 24 km)
This walking day is really easy and flat. The last section on the plain provides the opportunity to admire two religious buildings of great interest: the Cistercian Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba including an interesting cloister and the Cathedral of Fidenza, a valuable example of Lombardy Romanesque style dedicated to San Donnino. Dinner and overnight stay in Fidenza ( B-D )

Fidenza-Town-Hall-Garibaldi-Obelisk-2012Day 7: Fidenza - Medesano (5h30 hours hiking, +150mt / -150mt, 22 km)
Today is the most cultural part of the Via Francigena. Thanks to a fantastic trail in the first hilly landscape of you journey, you meet the incredible town of Fidenza. Elected by Carlo Magno as the most strategic point between the Padana plain and the Mediterranean to conserve the Romanesque Cathedral and the medieval walls. Dinner and overnight in Medesano (B-D )
Day 8: Medesano – Fornovo
( 4 hours hiking, +239 m / -236 m, 12 km)
A short walk along the bank of the Taro river will lead you to Fornovo. This little town has always been an important crossroads as this is where the Via Francigena and a bridge over the Taro meet each other. End of the tour ( B )
In Fornovo you can book an extra night in hotel (option) or continue walking on the next part of Via Francigena
Note meals: B (Breakfast); L(lunch); D (dinner)

Skill level: medium, 5 to 6 hours walking each day, well marked large and paved paths and wooden trails. A prior hiking experience is recommended.

Accommodation: 7 nights in hotel *** and B&B based on twin/triple ensuite room

Equipment: trekking shoes, wind and water proof jacket, hat and gloves, bathing suit, sun glasses and sun cream.

Price per person 1280 €
2 people in double room 1280 €
3 people in triple room 1150 €
Single room supplement 125 €
Single traveller surcharge + 300 €
Supplement for departures during Easter + 40 €

- 7 nights' accommodation with B&B treatment
- Luggage transfer from day 2 to day 8
- Private transfer to hotel in Miradolo Terme on day 2
- Dinners included as described in the program
- 24 h Phone Assistance in case of emergency
- Maps, road book and description of the tour

Not included:
- All kind of beverages and personal items
- All lunches (about 5€ for each pick nick lunch)
- Dinners not included
- Transfer to the first accommodation in Pavia on day 1
- Tourist tax where required (about 2€ per day per person)
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Location Emilia and Lombardia

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Trips note: MOTVFUS3TI

Destination: Lombardy and Emilia Romagna
Travel Style: self-guided walking holiday
Interest: Pilgrim route and local gastronomy
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Departures: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Group size: from 1 person
Airport: Milan