Stage 69: Lucca-Altopascio

The sixty-ninth stage of the Via Francigena takes pilgrims from the charming city of Lucca to Altopascio. This stretch offers a mix of Tuscan landscapes, with rolling fields, vineyards and the opportunity to experience authentic Italian hospitality. The route is a testament to the rich cultural and natural heritage of the region.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Lucca: The stage begins in Lucca, a city surrounded by impressive Renaissance walls. Pilgrims can explore the narrow cobblestone streets, Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and St. Martin’s Cathedral before setting out on their journey.
  • Capannori: On the way to Altopascio, pilgrims can pass through Capannori, a picturesque Tuscan village with its colorful houses and rural charm. The central square and the local church are highlights.
  • Altopascio: The stage concludes in Altopascio, known for its medieval hospital, the Spedale di San Jacopo, which offered shelter and care to pilgrims in the Middle Ages. The town also has a Romanesque church, San Jacopo, which is worth visiting.

Monuments to see along the route

    • Walls of Lucca: When exploring Lucca, pilgrims can marvel at the well-preserved Renaissance walls that surround the city. These walls are ideal for scenic walks and offer stunning views.
    • St. Martin’s Cathedral: Located in the heart of Lucca, the cathedral is an architectural gem with an impressive façade and notable works of art inside.
    • Spedale di San Jacopo: In Altopascio, the ancient hospitality of the Spedale di San Jacopo is a historical monument that evokes the generosity towards pilgrims along the Via Francigena.
    • San Jacopo Church: The Romanesque church of San Jacopo in Altopascio features charming architecture and adds a spiritual touch to the end of the stage.

Stage 69 offers pilgrims an authentic Tuscan experience, from the elegance of Lucca to the welcoming history of Altopascio.

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StagesVia Francigena

Etapa 69

Lucca - Altopascio

19 km
Etapa 70

Altopascio - San Miniato

29 km
Etapa 71

San Miniato - Gambassi Terme

24 km
Etapa 72

Gambassi Terme-San Gimignano

14 km
Etapa 73

San Gimignano - Monteriggioni

31 km
Etapa 74

Monteriggioni - Siena

21 km
Etapa 82

Viterbo - Vetralla

18 km
Etapa 83

Vetralla - Sutri

24 km
Etapa 84

Sutri - Campagnano di Roma

27 km
Etapa 85

Campagnano di Roma - Isola Farnese

24 km
Etapa 86

Isola Farnese - Roma

18 km

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