The Romea Germanica Way enters Emilia-Romagna at the River Po crossing near Ferrara, where there are various alternative branches to try, such as Ferrara-Argenta, Ferrara-Ro, Ferrara-Ostellato and Ferrara-Pomposa.
The route then passes through the Ravenna area and climbs through the Apennine foothills to Bagno di Romagna and the Serra Pass, where it drops down towards Arezzo and Rome.
You can get your Pilgrim Credential from the Way’s official website. With this, you commit to treating the flora and fauna – and your fellow travelers – with respect; in return, you can use the “Ospitali” (hostels) along the route and benefit from any discounts.
For a wealth of information on the Romea Germanica Way’s fascinating history, see the official website.
The Emilia-Romagna segment of the Romea Germanica Way has 11 stages:
Stage 1 | Polesella (Ro) – Ferrara (12.4 miles)
Stage 2 | Ferrara – Traghetto (18.6 miles)
Stage 3 | Traghetto – Argenta (10.6 miles)
Stage 4 | Argenta – Anita (14.9 miles)
Stage 5 | Anita – Casalborsetti (16.2 miles)
Stage 6 | Casalborsetti – Ravenna (11.2 miles)
Stage 7 | Ravenna – Forlì (18.6 miles)
Stage 8 | Forlì – Cusercoli (19.9 miles)
Stage 9 | Cusercoli – Santa Sofia (12.4 miles)
Stage 10 | Santa Sofia – Bagno di Romagna (15.5 miles)
Stage 11 | Bagno di Romagna – Casa Santicchio (11.2 miles)
There’s also a variant of the Romea Germanica Way in Emilia-Romagna for cyclists:
Stage 1 | Ferrara – Ostellato (25.4 miles)
Stage 2 | Ostellato – Pomposa (18.3 miles)
Stage 3 | Pomposa – Mesola (13.8 miles)
Stage 4 | Mesola – Goro (12.4 miles)
Stage 5 | Goro – Comacchio (19.9 miles)
Stage 6 | Comacchio – Sant’Alberto (about 15 miles)
Length: The entire route from Stade (Germany) to Rome (Italy) covers 1380 miles in 97 stages. The Italian section stretches over 650 miles in 49 stages; the Emilia-Romagna section is 162 miles long.
Difficulty: low, although some legs are quite long; the route presents no particular technical difficulties.