The city of Assisi, the neurological center of Franciscan pilgrimages, is the Italian representative in the European Federation of Saint James Way.
El Camino extends over 650 kilometers across Italian territory, spanning several regions of Italy’s seventeenth center. As main municipalities of the country we find Asís, Siena, Lucca, Genoa and Bordiguera.
The Roads through Italy
Italy is the second country that most Jacobean pilgrims come from in the present day, only surpassed by Germany. Its route follows the ancient Via Francigena that linked Compostela with Rome or Rome with Compostela, two of the three major pilgrimages, along with Jerusalem, in the Middle Ages.
Along this route, the different hospitals were estabilished in order to attend pilgrims and sanctuaries consecrated in turn to San Pedro and Santiago, following this dual section of El Camino. A great heritage and cultural legacy that we can visit today departing from the heart of the holy city of Assisi.
Cammino di Assisi Forli – Assisi
The Assisi path, also known as the Camino de San Francisco or Francesco, is a pilgrimage that begins from the hermitage of San Antonio de Montepaolo (Dovadola), in Forli and aims at Assisi. Assisi, La Verna, La Casella, Camaldoli, Montecasale, Montepaolo; Linked to the peculiar Franciscan devotions born from the concatenation of many small and consolidated traditional pilgrimages to the existing hermitages.
The route passes through the hermitage of Montepaolo, Camaldoli, La Verna, Montecasale touches and historical cities such as Portico di Romagna, Premilcuore, Sansepolcro, Citta di Castello, Gubbio and Assisi.
The tour visits many key areas of Francis’ spiritual life, but the sacred place par excellence is the La Verna sanctuary, because right there it received the sacred stigmata.
The route, which is divided into 13 stages, is more than 300 km; the path crosses, in the early stages, the forests of Tuscany and Romagna, in the Casentino Park, where there is still an immaculate nature; this is the most difficult part with constant ups and downs on well marked CAI trails. The second part has flatter, but longer sections that meander through typically inhabited places. At each stage location there are shelters and places used to accommodate travellers on foot.