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Beyond the via Francigena: spiritual routes in Tuscany
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More and more these days, people are talking about sustainable and experiential tourism: we’re ever more on the lookout for a trip that will help us get back in touch with our inner wellness and better appreciate the nature that surrounds us. In recent years, for this reason, there’s been a sort of “rediscovery” or re-launch of pilgrimage as an escape from the everyday.

 

Among the most “beaten tracks” in Europe are of course the legendary Cammino di Santiago and the Via Francigena. This second one directly involves Tuscany, since it crosses the region from Pontremoli until Radicofani, eventually arriving in Lazio.


Along with the “official” route of the Francigena (and its variants), there are, however, other streets you can explore either walking, biking, or on horseback—and they all connect to other faith-related places. The Cammino di Vicinio (the route of Saint Vicinius) and that of Saint Francis both move through the Arezzo area, reaching the border of Emilia Romagna or Assisi, in the heart of Umbria. 


Still within the Arezzo area are the Sacred Forest routes in the heart of Casentino, and connections with the old roads like the Via Romea or the Via Germanica. There’s also the Via del Volto Santo in Lunigiana, which ends in Lucca in front of the wooden Christ in the Cathedral of Saint Martin. We also must mention the famous Via Clodia, which rounds out the main regional options for undertaking a “spiritual” vacation, in close contact with the beauty of the Tuscan region. 

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