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From Pietrasanta to Lucca

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abbazia di san pietro a camaiore

 

The Lucca stretch of the Via Francigena comes from the town of Pietrasanta, in the locality of Porta Beltrame and then Camaiore, where you can visit the ancient abbey of San Pietro and, crossing Monte Magno, descend into the valley of the Freddana torrent as far as Valpromaro and then climb up to the village of Piazzano where it joins the road that runs alongside the Contesora torrent. Here is the little church of San Michele Arcangelo (formerly adjacent to a destroyed pilgrim hospital called "Hospitale de Contesora").

Continue towards San Macario in Piano and along the Cerchia stream you enter the village of Ponte San Pietro. Here, before the construction of the bridge, the pilgrim could cross the Serchio river by boat, as evidenced by the name of the village Nave and thus reach the town following the road along the left bank of the river Serchio, partly crossing the present river park, a protected area and a suggestive environment rich in marshy flora and fauna.

Leaving the River Park behind you, after a few hundred meters, the Renaissance Walls of Lucca appear with their grandeur and through Porta Santa Maria you enter the city.

Departure: Pietrasanta, Cathedral

Arrival: Lucca, Piazza San Michele

Total length: 32.2 km

Difficulty: Challenging

Availability of water: Refreshment points in Camaiore, Monte Magno, Valpromaro, San Macario in Piano.

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