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Apennines to the Sea

(From Fidenza and Parma to Pietrasanta) Along very quiet secondary roads, this stage will take you through the hills of Parma province and a very green landscape while having the opportunity to visit significant art towns like Parma or Fidenza and its impressive Romanesque-style Cathedral, whose façade is a sculpted celebration of pilgrimage.

The area is dotted with ancient churches and beautiful castles. Entering Tuscany through the charming Cisa pass, the EV5-VRF will take you to Pontremoli, mentioned in Sigeric’s diary where you can visit the famous museum featuring megalithic statues. Then, in Ligury region, you will enter lovely towns like Sarzana and the national archeological site of Luni to get again in Tuscany and cycling along the popular Versilia coast.
This stage demands enough fitness to climb up over 1000 m in a day but the effort can be replaced by a train connection between Fornovo and Pontremoli.

  • Berceto: Duomo of San Moderanno

    The church is built resembling a Latin cross with three naves, a transept and three apses. The nineteenth-century hut shaped facade is characterized by a small rose on top, an undercut underneath and two high pearls on the sides of the majestic stumped portal, which, dating from the Renaissance renovation, has a succession of columns and polystylistic arches. In the Central nave, the various facades, entirely covered, like the facade, in sandstone, are enriched by subtle arches, with sculptures and metopses of various ages; The northern side and the apsidal part, built in Romanesque times as the basement part of the bell tower (or tiburio), are distinguished by the presence of some full-body sculptures placed inside the arches.

  • Pontremoli: Ancient bridges & Museum of Statue Stele

    Literally translated, Pontremoli means "Trembling Bridge" (from ponte "bridge" and tremare "to tremble"). The city was named after a prominent bridge across the Magra and amazes visitors with the richness of its Baroque palaces and works of art in the churches. The "Museo delle Statue Stele" (situated within the castle) contains a number Bronze Age stone sculptures representing human figures found in Lunigiana.

  • Cisa Pass (1041 m)

    The Cisa Pass is a 1041 m high mountain pass in Italy. Located on the border between northern Tuscany (Province of Massa-Carrara) and Emilia-Romagna (Province of Parma) it marks the division between the Ligurian and Tuscan Apennines. The Cisa Pass offers a mixture of glorious views, old stone roads, interesting woodlands and many interesting bridges.

  • Pietrasanta: Town Centre with Duomo Square

    The façade is covered with white marble. Over the three portals are lunettes with scenes of the Life of Christ. On the right transept is another portal with St. John the Baptist, a 14th-century work by Bonuccio Pardini. The coat of arms on the main façade are memories of the Genoese and Florentine dominations, but there is also one of Pope Leo X. The marble rose window is attributed to Riccomanno Riccomanni (14th century).The church is on the Latin cross plan with a nave, two aisles and a transept. Much of the decoration dates from the reign of Christina, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, who in 1627 commissioned the restoration of the Collegiata to Florentine artists, who provided large devotional altarpieces and sculptures. The dome was originally octagonal (1453), but was rebuilt on circular plan in 1820.

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