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Matilde’s Way of the Holy Face

256 km / 140 km in Emilia-Romagna

Matilde’s Way of the Holy Face is an ancient pilgrimage trail and trade route about 200 km long which connects the cities of Mantua and Lucca, passing through Reggio Emilia and crossing the regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Picturesque villages and strategically placed ancient castles lie in its path in the lands of Countess Matilde amid cultural variety and a uniquely rich natural environment.

In the lands of the Countess Matilde di Canossa the trail crosses the Po Valley Plain and rises into the Apennines, then dropping down toward Lucca where it joins the Francigena Way and continues to the papal throne at Rome.

The route of Matilde’s Way now joins Mantua, a UNESCO city and perhaps the birthplace ...
of the countess herself, to Lucca where the Volto Santo (Holy Face, a wooden crucifix) is kept, passing through the village of Guastalla, Reggio Emilia and the spiritual hermitages of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park.

It is a great European trail that penetrates the cultural, historic, economic and religious thinking of the European Continent.

Matilde’s Way of the Holy Face rejoins the Francigena Way in Tuscany.



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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.


Trail Marathon delle Terre di Canossa
2° gara podistica denominata Trail Marathon delle Terre di Canossa....


FESTIVAL ITINERANTE DELLE LECCORNIE SPONTANEE “Alla riscoperta dei prati commestibili e sostenibili”
FESTIVAL ITINERANTE DELLE LECCORNIE SPONTANEE “Alla riscoperta dei prati commestibili...

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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.