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Abbot’s Way

190 km / 127 km in Emilia-Romagna

Also known as “Francigena di Montagna”, the Abbot’s Way is an ancient route of about 190 Km that connects Pavia to Pontremoli along the Val Trebbia, passing through places of religious significance and remarkable atmosphere such as the Abbey of Saint Columbanus, characteristic villages such as Bobbio or Pontremoli, magnificent castles such as the one in Bardi and unspoilt scenery of rare beauty in the Apennines above Parma.

The Abbot’s Way dates from the period of Lombard rule when it was used mainly by the monks of Bobbio on their way to the city of Rome before the Francigena Way of Monte Bardone (now Cisa), which was left for a long time under the control ...
of the Byzantines, assumed a predominant role in the ancient trade routes and pilgrimage trails.

The way, used particularly by northern European and Irish pilgrims in the long and difficult pilgrimage toward Rome, included a stop at Bobbio to visit the tomb of Saint Columbanus, an Irish abbot who founded the local abbey.

The trail runs parallel to the Francigena Way which it joins at Pontremoli.
The Abbot’s Way is listed as a trail in the Atlas of Paths of the Mibact (Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism).



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Events and places

Find all the other dates and events along the trail

From those of national importance to the more characteristic and picturesque and the points of interest for tourists along the trail.

Further events on this route will be available shortly

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From hospitality in the villages of the Apennines and Po Valley Plain to the Resorts, Hotels and Bed & Breakfast of the hills and cities of art.
Choose your holiday immersed in the nature and culture of Emilia Romagna.

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From the natural parks to the monumental trees, green areas and fountains.
Discover natural places of interest of the region and the trail.

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Pilgrim's Bag

Food & wine and Typical Products

From dairy specialities to traditional quality foods and Doc and Docg wines that you can taste along the trail.
Discovering the patrimony of food and wine of Emilia-Romagna.

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From places of religious interest and accommodation to the Saints and Blessed that distinguish some Trails and the Dioceses of Emilia-Romagna

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Legs & Open Data

Accommodations, points of interest, stops and GPS routes to build your application.
This is the section where APT Servizi Emilia Romagna provides freely all the data available on the Trail.