[Emilia Romagna Slow] Longobarda – Romea Strata Way
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They were named the Via Romea Strata a series of ancient itineraries which reached the gates of the northeastern boundaries of the Italian peninsula and the city of Rome from North Central and Eastern Europe.
The routes that descended from Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria crossed the Alpine border near Tarvisio; The routes from the Balkans, Hungary and Slovenia passed from Gorizia, while those from Croatia from the town of Trieste. They were all part of the ancient Romea Strata traces, although locally they took different names depending on the territories along the way.
The Romea Strata was then usually divided into seven small different paths (Allemagna, Aquileiense, Annia, Nonantolana-Longobarda, Postumia, Porciliana and Vicetia) and its importance was dictated by the fact that once it was reunited with the Via Francigena in Fucecchio, pilgrims were able to choose whether to continue the journey to Rome and the southern ports where to sail for Jerusalem, or to the Santiago de Compostela sanctuary.
During the time of the great pilgrimages, Romea Strata Way was thus one of the main European itineraries that allowed to reach the most important sacred places of Christianity. A multitude of routes that were reaching Italy from all over the Eastern Europe which, once crossed the Po River, they were all merged in a unique path at the height of Badia Polesine.
From here, once crossed the hamlet of Bondeno and the Padana Plain, the road touched the Abbey of Nonantola where he resumed climbing to the castles of Vignola and Spilamberto and the Natural Parks of Rocca Malatina and Frignano, then reaching the ridge Apennine with the passage Of the Arcane Cross. From here the roadway was then redirected to Pistoia, Fucecchio and San Miniato, where it was reunited with the Francigena.
Via Romea Strata today is a great itinerary that, starting from the nearby Eastern European, connects cultures, stories and religions, and in its going to cities and places of great historical and spiritual value. A trip to the ancient Italian settlements, but also a journey to discover the traces of the most significant places in the spirit of the Italian peninsula.
Hamlets along the Way
Together with Romea Nonantolana Way, the Romea Strata Way is one of the most suggestive religious itineraries in the Modena area, which runs along the Apennines and the most renowned villages in the Province of Modena. This is the case of small medieval hamlet of Vignola, with its imposing Fortress, Spilamberto, town of Traditional Balsamic and Fanano, a small hamlet nestled in the Modena Appennine Park and renowned for outdoor activities such as walks, bikes in the summer months, snowshoes and skiing in winter.
From Fanano you can also reach the top of Cimone Mount which with its 2,165 meters is the highest peak of the Northern Apennines.
Technical specifications and services
The Romea Strata Way runs 300 km of Italian territory (from whom 186 km on the Emilia Romagna territory) and it crosses today a territory that is still shaped by monastic orders, noble houses and ancient medieval villages where every stones tells about the passage of pilgrims, merchants and ambassadors.
On the official website of the journey, it is also possible to find information on different manners to approach the pilgrimage along with the specific techniques of the individual ways that make up the Romea Strata and the GPS traces of stages, all freely downloadable. There is then a section dedicated to the release of the Pilgrim’s Credential.
Regions crossed: Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany
Legs: keeping in mind the places to stay overnight, the breakdown is as follows:
1st leg | Stellata – Finale Emilia 21.4 km
2nd leg | Finale Emiila – Nonantola 37 km
3rd leg | Nonantola – Spilamberto 35.1 km
4th leg | Spilamberto – Gainazzo 28.7 km
5th leg | Variante Spilamberto – Savignano sul Panaro – Marano sul Panaro 10.4 km
6th leg | Variente Savignano sul Panaro – Vignola – Marano sul Panaro 6.9 km
7th leg | Gainazzo – Montese 19 km
8th leg | Montese – Fanano 23.5 km
9th leg | Fanano – Capanno Tassoni 4.1 km
Length: more than 300 km; the Emilia Romagna section is 186.1 km long
Level of difficulty: medium
Tourist Information Office
Via Roma 21 Palazzo della Partecipanza, Nonantola MO 41015
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