La Via Matildica del Volto Santo
A 285 kilometer long itinerary that crosses in 11 stages (with 3 variants) the territory of 3 Italian regions (Lombardy, Emilia, Tuscany) rich in culture, traditions and landscapes. From Mantua to Lucca via Reggio Emilia, from the Po plains, through the hills and mountains of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park, to the Garfagnana valleys.
A journey to discover the territories of Matilde di Canossa to be explored in its entirety or divided into its three historical features:
  • the Via del Preziosissimo Sangue | from Mantua to Reggio in 3 stages;
  • the Cammino di San Pellegrino | from Reggio to San Pellegrino in Alpe in 5 stages;
  • the Via del Volto Santo | from San Pellegrino in Alpe to Lucca in 3 stages.

Stages in Tuscany

From San Pellegrino in Alpe to Barga (32.4 km) The Emilian territory is left to go down to Tuscany and in particular to the Garfagnana, a land rich in history and an integral part of the territories of Matilde di Canossa. You get to Barga and its Cathedral, passing through Castiglione and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.
From Barga to Borgo a Mozzano (18.0 km) Continue in the heart of the Garfagnana da Barga and its cathedral, passing through the Pieve di Loppia, the ancient route of the Solco, the village of Ghivizzano and continuing towards Borgo a Mozzano and the famous Devil's bridge over the Serchio river.
From Borgo a Mozzano to Lucca (29.4 km) Towards the end of a great itinerary, walking among the olive trees of the valley floor, visiting the Pieve Matildica di Diecimo and admiring the great views from the hills of Aquilea towards the mountains and towards Lucca, a city with splendid walls, rich in traditions, culture, spirituality and which houses the Holy Face.


Recommended season: All the seasons