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Cammini Emilia Romagna

Matilde’s Way of the Holy Face

image from Matilde’s Way of the Holy Face photo credits Mirko Pradelli

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.


Tour Operators

Assapor@ppennino Agenzia per il Turismo di Comunità
Piazza Leoni 2 (Torrechiara)
Langhirano (PR)
+39.328.2250714 +39.345.0839016
Club di Prodotto Reggio Tricolore - Itinere s.r.l.
Viale Ramazzini 72
Reggio nell'Emilia 42124 (RE)
+39.0522.1696020 Fax.+39.0522.553432