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Stage 28. Lucca to Altopascio

  “Low level section of the route where the main attractions are the many historical and religious buildings along the path: the boundary walls and the amphitheatre in Lucca, the Pieve of Capannori, the Badia in Pozzeveri, the church of S. Jacopo and the old city centre in Altopascio.
Extra care should be taken along the stretch of road leading to Corte Ginori and when crossing the various main roads encountered during this stage.
Outside urban centres it is not possible to access a water source.”


Distance Time Elevation in meters

Gain Loss Min Max
18.5     20 20    



Original map courtesy of "The Via Francigena Terre De Mezzo by Roberta Ferraris ISBM978-88-6189-491-4"

28.1 1.3km Left into Via Tiglio
28.2 2.9km Gothic chapel
28.3 5.5km Via dell'Immagine Farnocchia
28.4 6.6km Capannori bell tower
28.5 9.3km Join busier SP 61
28.6 12.1km Facade and bell tower of Porcari church
28.7 14.2km Dirt road Via Serchio
28.8 15.5km Square of Pozzeveri Abbey


Starting from Piazza San Michele the Via Francigiana goes east along the short stretch of Via Roma into Via Santa Croce.This is the main east-west oriented road of the Roman city, or decumanus. The route passes through the San Gervasio Gate, dating back to 1255 and one of the four original gateways of the 13th century city walls. After this you pass Santa Maria Forisportam, a Romanesque church, which as its name suggests, was originally outside of the city walls or "out-of-town". Passing along Via Elisa you exit the present day walls at Porta Elisa. Crossing Viale Giacomo Marconi into Via Cadorna, you turn left along Via Tiglio and then right into Via Romana.


Santa Maria Forisportam

S. Maria Forisportam, also called Santa Maria Bianca, is a 12th century Romanesque church
located on piazza Santa Maria Bianca. The church was modelled on the Cathedral of Santa Maria
Assunta in Pisa, and a bell tower was added in 1619 .The church houses two
Guercino pieces, "Santa Lucia" of 1640 and "L'Assunta con i santi" of 1643