Emilia Romagna Slow: the Romea Germanica Way
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History tells how in 1236 Alberto of Stade, Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria in Stade, wanted to introduce a stricter rule than the one in force in the Monastery and for this purpose had undertaken a trip to Rome to obtain permission from Pope Gregory IX . The following events, the acceptance of the Holy Father for the new ecclesiastic rule, but the refusal of its implementation by the local powers, convinced Abbot Alberto to step down from his role and to enter the convent of the Minor Friars of St. John of Stade.
Here Alberto devotes himself to the writing of the so-called Annales, a chronicle in Latin of the most important events of his time, which included within them a dialogue between two monks about the best pilgrimage routes to Rome, an literaly expedient that served to Alberto to accurately describe his trip to Rome, with all the resting places and exact directions on the length of the individual stages.
Thus, in the thirteenth century, it was born the Romeo Germanic itinerary, or via Romea of the Alps of Serra (as commonly called by pilgrims and travelers), which in time became the election path with which the peoples of Northern Europe reached the City of Rome and the route through which German King and Emperors maintained their ties with the eternal city of Rome. Such was the success of this path that, from the XI to the XII century, was by far the most traversed itinerary to reach the tomb of Peter and Paul.
Today, this ancient itinerary, thanks to the recovery of the Via Romea Germanica Association, is a route that from Strade to Rome has a total of 1022 km and about 97 detailed stages on the official website of the Path, along with all the indications of possible interest such as the +/- difference in altitude of the individual stages and the possibility of cycling trails.
Technical specifications and services
The Romea Germanica Way enters the territory of Emilia Romagna crossing the Po River in the province of Ferrara, from which it is possible to undertake various variations such as Ferrara-Argenta, Ferrara-Ro, Ferrara-Ostellato and Ferrara-Pomposa.
The route then passes through the Ravenna territory and, once arriving at the Apennine reliefs, climbs to Bagno di Romagna and the Serra Pass, from where it then goes down to the city of Arezzo and Rome.
From the official website of the path, it is also possible to request the Pilgrim Credential, which commits the applicant to a respectful attitude towards nature and other travelers and allows access to the “Hospitals” scattered along the road, guaranteeing, where provided, rebates on rooms prices.
For those who are interested in the historic Via Romea Germanica, we recommend the very rich historical documentation on the official website of the Path.
The Emilia Romagna route of Romea Germanica Way it is divided into 11 stages:
1st stage | Polesella (Ro) – Ferrara 20 km
2nd stage | Ferrara – Trail km 30
3rd stage | Ferry – Argenta km 17
4th stage | Argenta – Anita km 24
5th stage | Anita – Casalborsetti km 26
6th stage | Casalborsetti – Ravenna km 18
7th stage | Ravenna – Forli km 30
8th stage | Forlì – Cusercoli km 32
9th stage | Cusercoli – Santa Sofia km 20
10th stage| Santa Sofia – Romagna’s bath 25 km
11th stage | Bathroom of Romagna – Casa Santicchio km 18
In Emilia Romagna there’s also the chance to approach the Romea Germanica Way by cycling:
1st stage | Ferrara – Ostellato 40.8 km
2nd stage| Ostellato – Pomposa 29.5 km
3rd stage | Pomposa – Mesola 22.2 km
4th stage | Mesola – Goro 19.9 km
5th stage | Goro – Comacchio 32 km
6th stage | Comacchio – Sant’Alberto about 25 km
Length: the entire itinerary Stade (Germany) – Rome (Italy): 97 legs, 2,221 km. In Italy there are 49 legs, 1,046 km. The Emilia Romagna section is 260 km long.
Level of difficulty: low except for the length of some legs; the route does not have any particular technical difficulties.
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