[Emilia Romagna Slow] The St. Vicinio Way
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The St. Vicinio Way is one of the oldest Italian historical hiking paths and is developed on a circular itinerary that extends for almost 350 kilometers between the provinces of Forlì-Cesena, Arezzo, and Rimini, and which overlaps with the ancient Roman road system.
As its name suggests, it is dedicated to St. Vicinio, the first bishop of Sarsina around the 4th century BC, who was an important figure in the process of evangelization of the Ravenna Province. The path winds along the places of the life of the Saint, essentially along the Valley of Savio river, between Mount Fumaiolo, the place where the Tiber River rises, and the Adriatic Sea.
Being exploited both as a pilgrimage route, due to the many religious structures that arose on the Valley, both as an alternative Apennine road to Roma, it acquired during the Middle Ages a great importance for travelers and Pilgrims from the North – Eastern Europe: it was, in fact, one of the few routes with secure structures located along the road at regular intervals. During the Middle Ages, therefore, the path of Saint Vicinio was a path guarded by many hermits, pievi and hospitality placed in a strategic position.
For all the lovers of the walk, today’s San Vicinio trail crosses the most important and evocative natural environments in Italy, such as the Casentino Forest Park, and allows you to visit some of the great centers of Christian spirituality, such as the Madonna del Monte in Cesena, the Basilica of Saint Vicinio in Sarsina, the Santuario of La Verna – Umbria, the “Volto Santo” in Borgo San Sepolcro – Tuscany, as well as the cultural and spiritual center represented by the monastery of Camaldoli.
Next, to the most important places of worship, the path then allows to meet small sanctuaries from even more remote origins, which are placed in less evocative and accessible places, still subject to local devotion.
St. Vinicio WayThe San Vicinio Way is also a circular itinerary of medium difficulty that can be approached by pilgrims and walkers of all kind, allowing them to be approached also by children, disabled and bicycle lovers.
Hamlets along the Way
Among the most suggestive religious itineraries of the Italian territory, the Saint Vicinio Way is also distinguished by some of the most famous Italian hamlets placed along its route in the Cesena province.
This is the case of Bagno di Romagna, a place known since Roman times for the healing properties of its thermal waters.
From Bagno di Romagna it is also possible to reach the Forest of the Lama, a primitive beauty and an integral part of the Parco delle Foreste Casentinesi.
Technical Specifications and Services
On the official website of the Saint Vicinio Path it is possible to find detailed itineraries, information about the accommodations along with the ability to download GPS files of individual stages and to prepare routes that include the use of bicycles and horses.
The San Vicente Way is a ring circuit so it could be approached from different starting points without affecting the value itinerary.
Regions crossed: Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria
Stages: ring circuit with stages Sarsina – Camaldoli – La Verna – Cesena – Sarsina
1° Stage | Sarsina – Bagno Di Romagna 37,6 km
Variation 1A | Facciano – Quarto – Monteriolo – Pagno – Sarsina 20 km
Variation 1B | Careste – Ranchio – Pieve di Rivoschio – Facciano 34 km
2° Stage | Bagno Di Romagna – Camaldoli 20,2 km
Variation 2A | Bagno di Romagna – Alpe di Serra 8 km
Variation 2B | Alpe di Serra – Rotta dei Cavalli – Verghereto 10 km
3° Stage | Camaldoli – Badia Prataglia 12,1 km
4° Stage | Badia Prataglia – La Verna 12,1 km
5° Stage | La Verna – Verghereto 17,3 km
6° Stage | Verghereto – Balze 13,1 km
7° Stage | Balze – Sant’agata Feltria 22,7 km
8° Stage | Sant’agata Feltria – Pietra Dell’uso 23,1 km
9° Stage | Pietra Dell’uso – Sogliano Al Rubicone 9 km
10° Stage | Sogliano Al Rubicone – Borghi 21,9 km
11° Stage | Borghi – Sorrivoli 17,3 km
12° Stage | Sorrivoli – Cesena 19 km
13° Stage | Cesena – Ciola 26,1 km
14° Stage | Ciola – Sarsina 13,1 km
Variation 14A | Fonte San Vicinio – Nuvoleto – Linaro 6 km
Variation 14B | Incrocio SP 12B – Sarsina – Bazzano – Careste 2,5 km
Variation 14C | Ciola – Mercato Saraceno – Sarsina 21 km
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