The Via Di Linari is a historic path that reaches Tuscany by way of the Lagastrello Pass, and it gets its name from the Linari abbey, the remains of which near Mount Malpasso testify to the abbey's vast importance in the past.
There are many such religious institutions along this route, and beginning in the 13th century, and clearly described in the statues of Parma, the path was used to carry salt to the city.
Via Linari is open again and is divided into eight points of interest. Following the Parma river one encounters the magnificent Torrechiara castle with its Benedictine monastery, which signal the north-west entrance to the Tosco- Emiliano Apennine Unesco biosphere reserve. Crossing the river one then comes across the important Cavana Abbey followed by Parmossa valley and finally, taking via La Costa and Tizzano, you arrive at the Enza valley.
Continuing up, the path leads to the Valli dei Cavalieri where you can revive the memory of the consortium of knights or milites, a sort of feudal lordship once under the control of the Vallisnera family’s many branches. This consortium, where, like a clan system, the various families of vassals exerted their control, gave the name to the terrae militum (knights’ lands) and, among other things, provided the Municipality of Parma with horses for war. It then became the vallis militum and then the Valli de’ Cavaglieri (Knights’ Valley), and it is still called by this ancient name today.
Once arrived at Malpasso, the ancient name of Lagastrello Pass, the pilgrims had to face the road that would take them to Rome, going down along the Taverone stream to Aulla (or Aguilla, the 31st stop along the Via Francigena). Among the local people of the valley, also the Cult of the Holy Face of Lucca was very strong and they could reach it by way of Comano going towards Fivizzano. One of them, or better, the image of one of them, has remained carved in stone at the Rimagna Chapel where it is possible to see the image of the medieval pilgrim wearing the typical pilgrim garment and staff, together with the writing PELIGR[INUS].
Assapora Appennino Group provides information on the itinerary and at Torrechiara's Information Point, in Piazza Leoni n.2, the pilgrim’s credentials are readily available.
Regions crossed: connection with the Via Francigena coming from Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany
Stops: keeping in mind the places to stay and the places to visit, this path has been divided as follows:
1st leg: Fidenza - Parma 21,5km
2nd leg: Parma - Torrechiara 18,5km
3rd leg: Torrechiara - San Michele Cavana 13,5km
4th leg: San Michele Cavana - Tizzano Val Parma 16,5km
5th leg: Tizzano Val Parma - Ranzano 13,5km
6th leg: Ranzano - Palanzano 9,5km
7th leg: Palanzano - Rigoso 15,5km
8th leg: Rigoso 6km
Length: 115 km about
Difficulty level: medium
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