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Hiking, Biking, and Walking Across Italy: How to Explore the Cammini d’Italia

“Italy has embraced the Via Francigena as none of the other three nations have,” writes Timothy Egan in his New York Times bestseller A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith. As he walks the storied route that traverses England, France, and Italy, Egan explains what makes walking the Italian section of the Via Francigena so appealing: This country never threw off its Catholicism; monarchs with their own religious agendas were scarce, and Protestants still are. The...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, History, Rome, Nature, Ecotourism, New York Times, Italy, Canterbury, Walking Tours, England France, Timothy Egan, Sports & Leisure, Francigena, Parks and Nature, Biking Tours

Aulla, a Town in the Lunigiana

“Why did I land in this dump?” the tourist may well ask when his rental car breaks down, or the train stops running, or he’s misread the map. As happens in archaeology and garbage collecting, sometimes a dump can surprise you. The largest town in the Lunigiana is called Aulla. At first glance, there is nothing special about it, save the brooding 16th century fortress called La Brunella perched on a hill overlooking the town, which now houses the Museum of Natural History of the Lunigiana. You w...
Tags: Travel, US, Provence, Tuscany, Fodor, Museum of Natural History, Severo, Lunigiana, Magra, Francigena, Aulla, La Brunella, Florence Tuscany Umbria, San Caprasio, Brunella, Caprasio

Most scenic biking routes in Europe

For cycling enthusiasts and amateurs alike , Europe offers some of the most scenic biking routes in the world. You can cycle a 1000-year-old pilgrimage route in Italy, get distracted by Baroque palaces in Vienna, and admire dramatic Baltic seascapes. Here are seven of the most scenic biking routes in Europe. 1. Via Francigena, Italy Photo: Via Francigena The longest signposted cycle route in Italy, the Via Francigena runs from the Great St Bernard Pass on the border with Switzerland to St...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Germany, Rome, Austria, Vienna, Budapest, Cycling, Santiago, Italy, Switzerland, Alps, Biking, Latvia, St Ives