Emilia Romagna slow: Via dei Linari
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Among the various paths that cross the Apennines to reach the city of Lucca and Rome there is the Via dei Linari, one of the ancient deviations of Francigena which takes its name from the homonymous abbey on the border between the land of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna
Born as a safe path to reach the Tuscany compared with the most dangerous Francigena, the Via dei Linari has played a key role both for pilgrims on the way to the Holy City and as a trade route with the Mediterranean sea of the city of Parma.
As already said for the San Vicinio Way, the Via dei Linari was essentially a safe deviation from the Francigena journey, at that time distributed at regular intervals of hospitals where travelers could find safe refreshments from weather and brigands.
The path take its name from the Abbey of the Linari, a building that stood right on the mountain ridge and which was of fundamental social, political and religious significance for this high land. During the Medieval era its kingdom ranged from Lunigiana to Val d’Enza, from Lesignano de ‘Bagni to Traversetolo, thus taking much of the mountain area that divides the regions of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna and was used, especially during the Middle Ages, as a safe and warm place from pilgrims crossing the Apennines.
From the 13th century the route became also one of the key arteries of the municipality of Parma, which used both as a source of supply for Salt and as an important link to Tuscany and the south of the peninsula.
Despite its ancient history, this route is named after Via dei Linari only in 2016, when it was recognized as one of the spiritual paths of Italy, taking its name from the ancient Abbey, whose few remains coated in the past.
The Linari Way is today divided by eight-stage hikers and offers the chance to be faced even at times, with an average difference in altitude and moderate difficulty.
The path along the river Parma encounters the Castle of Torrechiara with its Benedictine monastery marking the northwest entrance to the Unesco Biosphere Reserve of the Apennines Tosco Emiliano and then reaching the Enza Valley and the Lagastrello Pass, then going down to Tuscany along the Taverone to Aulla .
Technical specifications and services
On the official website of the Assapora Appennino Group you can find all the information on the stages that make up the route, as well as detailed information on the route, food and eating spots and monumental emergencies not to miss along the way .
Regions crossed: Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany
Stages: Keeping in mind the places to stay and the facilities to be visited, the subdivision is as follows:
1st Stage | Fidenza – Parma 21.5km
2nd Stage| Parma – Torrechiara 18,5km
3rd Stage | Torrechiara – San Michele Cavana 13.5km
4th Stage | San Michele Cavana – Tizzano Val Parma 16.5km
5th Stage | Tizzano Val Parma – Ranzano 13.5km
6th Stage | Ranzano – Palanzano 9,5km
7th Stage | Palanzano – Rigoso 15,5km
8th Stage | Rigoso 6km
Total length: about 115 km
Difficulty level: medium
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