With grateful thanks, as ever, to visittuscany.com , a note on a couple of the churches along the via Francigena as it passes through our part of Lunigiana, Tuscany.
The Via Francigena is the general name of an ancient road and pilgrim route running from France to Rome. The route was known in Italy as the Via Francigena (“the road that comes from France”) or the Via Romea Francigena (“the road to Rome that comes from France”). In medieval times it was an important road and pilgrimage route for those wishing to visit the Holy See and the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul.
The entire Tuscan section of the Via Francigena – 380 km of history, culture, traditions and stunning landscapes – has recently been made safer and the infrastructure has been fully restored.
Here you can read “all the things you need to know” about the Via Francigena in Tuscany. Meanwhile, below, we focus our attention on some of the churches that you can visit while travelling along it, from North to South.
Pieve di Santo Stefano a Sorano – Filattiera
The Pieve di Sorano was mentioned in the 10th century by Sigeric, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who spent some time in the area on his way back from Rome.
The whole building is made with impoverished, local materials (river rocks or boulder stone) and was completely restored in 2000.
Pieve di Sorano
San Caprasio Abbey – Aulla
The Abbey was founded in 884 AD, inside a castle, and is the oldest monument in Aulla. The building assumed its current appearance with three naves around 1070 and it was refurbished in the 14th century and during the Baroque period.
When in the area, you should pay a visit to the San Caprasio museum as well.