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The Holy Face road was in the Middle Ages an alternative route to the more famous Via Francigena. It crossed the valleys of the Garfagnana and Mediavalle of the Serchio and reached Lucca, an important place of worship, for the presence of the wooden relic statue of the Holy Face.


Going through one of the countless stages of the Via del Volto Santo is certainly an exciting experience that brings us back in time for over a thousand years. The 17,5 km of our route is easy and winds up on dirt roads and local unpaved roads, touching the main centers of Garfagnana (Piazza al Serchio, S. Romano and Castelnuovo) as well as the well-known fortress of the Valley, Verrucole, the lake Of Pontecosi, the village of Sambuca, in a scenery enclosed between the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.


Please find here the details:


Itinerary: easy hike, with slightly sloping slopes, and narrow asphalted streets with little traffic.
Whole length: 17,5 km
Departure: 10:00 am from the train station of Piazza al Serchio (arriving train from Lucca at 9:50)
Return: 5:00 pm to the railway station of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (departure train to Lucca at 17:20)
Guide: Pierluigi Pellizzer, qualified hiking guide, member of the Garfagnana Guide association.
Cost: Rates vary according to the total number of participants and do not include entrance to the Fortezza delle Verrucole and the visit to Garfagnana Coop.
Lunch: packed lunch or at a contracted facility.


For reservations please call before 6:00 pm on the day before the hike. The excursion takes place with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 16.


Departure: Piazza al Serchio, stazione FS
Return: Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, stazione FS
2017 September 3
at 10:00 am / 5:00 pm
Price: please contact the guide

More information

Garfagnana Trekking
Pierluigi Pellizzer, guida - mob. 328 5369047

Ufficio informazioni turistiche Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
piazza delle Erbe 1
Tel. +39 0583-65169