Emilia Romagna Slow: the Assisi Way
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The Assisi Way is the spontaneous result of the connection of many traditional pilgrimage itineraries that have existed for centuries in local areas (Assisi, La Verna, Cerbaiolo, Montecasale, Montepaolo), which were linked to ancient and peculiar devotions. Today paired in a single itinerary, these trails represent not only a chance to live the historical and natural dimension of the Romagna Apennine, but also an opportunity to relive that purely spiritual side that these areas can convey to the visitor.
The itinerary starts from the village of Dovadola, in the province of Forlì-Cesena, and leads to the Hermitage of Montepaolo, the first Italian residence of Sant’Antonio, a place immersed in nature and an ideal retreat to rethink the spirit away from the city traffic.
The whole path has been conceived on some of the indispensable points related to the essence of the pilgrimage itself: it crosses the places known as Assisi, La Verna (the sacred mountain of the stigmata), Gubbio, Montecasale, then other Franciscan centers of indubitable Religious significance, like the hermitage of Casella, and the millennial hermitage of Camaldoli, founded by S. Romualdo of Ravenna.
Dovadola, Rocca San Casciano, Portico, Premilcuore, Santa Sophia (Corniolo, Campigna) passes in Tuscany along a beautiful ridge immersed in the Park of Foreste Casentinesi, reaching Badia Prataglia (town of Poppi), Chiusi della Verna, Michelangelo Caprese, Pieve Santo Stefano, Sansepolcro, finally enter Umbria with Città di Castello, Pietralunga and continue for Gubbio, where there is the possibility to continue for Valfabbrica (classic Franciscan path) or head to the wonderful park of Mount Cucco passing through Gualdo Tadino to finally arrive To Nocera Umbra and tread the same path of the last return to Assisi of San Francesco, already aware of the imminent “Extreme Journey”.
Technical Specifications and Services
The Way of Assisi is an itinerary that crosses three regions and today is about 290 kilometers long, running in 12-13 days by walking, cycling or by horseback.
On the official website you will find all the information about the trails and stages that make up the itinerary, as well as a list of Refuges along the way and some tips on how to embark on the journey and how to choose the equipment.
It is possible to sign up for Pilgrimage Credentials, an official document that determines the status of a pilgrim and who has the right to avail of shelters along the way and to take advantage of all conveniences.
The Emilia Romagna section of the Assisi Way is about 72 km long and is usually divided into 4 different stages:
Regions crossed: Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Toscana
1st Stage | Dovadola – Capannina km 21
2nd Stage | Capannina – Premilcuore km 21
3rd Stage | Premilcuore – Corniolo km 18
4th Stage | Corniolo – Passo della Cisa – Camaldoli km 23
Length: Approximately 290 km overall possible in about 12-13 days; In Emilia-Romagna the stretch is 72 km
Difficulty level: medium
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