Discover Via Francigena with a mountain bike
Tourist route by mountain bike along the Via Francigena from Camaiore
Slope: +60 -60 metres
Time: 4 hours excluding stops
Area: 30 km
Difficulty: For cycle excursionists with medium technical skills
Soil: paved roads, dirt roads, paved mule tracks, rivers banks
From the hotel, we start with the MTB on a wide and comfortable paved road. Riding smoothly we pass through the coast to get to the route of the "Via Francigena" (or Via "Romea" if you traveled to the South). The Via Francigena was the early-medieval equivalent of our highways with related services to the traveler like accommodation, taverns, "hospitals&, civil, military and religious structures that still mark the route nowadays.
In addition to pilgrims, merchants and soldiers, the Via Francigena transmitted ideas, culture and science contributing to consolidate a model of European recovery, after the barbarism and "the dark ages&. Naturally, we can see only some of the roughest original route, because today is mostly paved.
We will accurately follow the official route towards Lucca, from the Longobard Vallecchia to Camaiore on asphalt, dirt roads and mule tracks stopping in Pietrasanta for the deserved lunch at the canteen worker. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.