Along the Via Francigena and the Gran Fondo race

This tour is dedicated to those who have sports preparation and do not fear the effort as it winds its way between the Via Francigena, ancient way that in the Middle Ages joined Canterbury in Rome, and the route of the Gran Fondo of Versilia off road, is a race track but it will be dealt with in an entire day between photographic breaks and refreshments, and we will avoid the hardest climbs, so don't worry!

The itinerary is divided between the Municipalities of Camaiore and Massarosa encroaching for a small part in the one of Lucca.

We will follow secondary roads, paths and mule tracks, we will cross lush woods, green meadows and charming ancient villages always with a splendid view of the Apuan Alps or the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Starting from Camaiore, take the Via Francigena, with a final ascent to Montemagno, an hill village where Giorgio Gaber has spent long periods in his villa.

Immediately after, we will face the Gaber ascent, which gently winds through the woods to the top of a hill from which with a nice single track we will arrive in Montepitoro hamlet,  and then go up again with a paved road, in the middle of the trees, up to Gualdo, the country of fairy tales.

 

Here we will make a prolonged stop for a visit to the medieval village that has preserved intact its structure and the austerity of ancient land, the name Gualdo derives from "waldum" and means "privileged forest".

Almost all the houses are of stone, doors and windows are small, close to the walls open the mouths of the wood ovens, the silence dominates sovereign, it is a leap back in time.

We will then descend with an funny path up to Valpromaro: a strip of houses built along a narrow valley between two hills and arranged along the edges of the Freddana stream, the village is located along the Via Francigena and was a stop for pilgrims, knights, merchants, vagabonds , scholars and princes who stopped there for a meal or to spend the night, in fact the Pellegrino's house still stands there.

Then we will cross the villages of Piazzano and Fibbialla villages of Roman origins, between a climb of quite challenging climbs and fun single tracks to get to Pieve a Elici where, in a spectacular panoramic position, stands the church of San Pantaleone, the most imposing and bright among the religious complexes of Versilia, an authentic jewel of Romanesque art.

After returning to Montepitoro, the last kilometers along the Panoramic route, a beautiful dirt road that opens a view from the many facets that goes from the basin of Stiava to the sea, arrived at the village of Bargecchia faces the last single track, a bit more technical, which will take us back to Camaiore.

The area where this route takes place is full of cycle paths, so in case of need (exhaustion or sudden bad weather) there are several alternatives to vary and / or shorten the itinerary.

Length: about 50km

Vertical drop: 1500m D +

Route: roads - cycle paths - dirt roads - mule tracks - paths

Difficulty: challenging

Duration: full day

Meals: the tour is long and demanding, so there is no real lunch stop, we will make small snacks based on energy supplements and / or breaks in cafè along the way or "packed lunch" will be provided.

(the cost of lunch is not included in the participation fee)

Participation fee: 

2 participants € 75,00 per person

3 participants € 60,00 per person

4 participants € 50,00 per person

5 participants € 45,00 per person

from 6 participants € 40,00 per person

For single tours requires quotation by email.

Notes:

Is possible to take part in the tours by e-bike.

For large groups of 8 people or more, a second guide is foreseen, the cost of which will be calculated at the time of booking.

The tours can be changed without notice, due to logistical, technical and adverse meteorological conditions.

 

© e-mail: federico.neri@scuoladimtb.eu - images and texts by ©Federico Neri - 2019

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