The first edition of "Pilgrim Fest" starts from 19 to 21 July in the magnificent Firmafede Fortress in Sarzana. Workshops for children, conferences, exhibitions and above all two days dedicated to the exhibition and tasting of typical products of the Via Francigena curated by the Slow Food Sarzana, Lerici, Val di Magra and the now traditional opening of the Porta Pisana.
There is a stretch of the Francigena that ideally combines two distant places but with many similarities: Veleia and Luni. Both ancient Roman cities, today one of the most important archaeological areas in Northern Italy were founded after the final subjugation of the Ligurians by Rome. Veleia (whose name derives from the Ligurian tribe called Veleiate) in the province of Piacenza, Luni on the border between Liguria and Tuscany collect a large territory that coincides with the historic Lunigiana, a land rich in historical, architectural, cultural and environmental emergencies to be enhanced and promoted . A path that goes from the ridge of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines to the Ligurian-Tyrrhenian coast, and that covers the territories of the provinces of Piacenza, Massa Carrara and La Spezia.
Friday 19 July 2019 hours 11.00-13.00 and 15.00-17.00
I.TE.R. - Romei Regional Routes
Operating Table. Construction of a network for the enhancement of castles, fortresses, walled villages and archaeological sites along the Francigena route.
"Pleasure, Mr. Pellegrino!" Animated visit for children
in collaboration with Museo Diocesano di Sarzana (by reservation only, duration 1h30, cost € 5.00 - info 370 3433951)
Saturday 20 July 2019 18.45
Spungata, a dessert on the path to heaven
with Gabriella Molli, Nicola Caprionimoderano Caterina Battistini and Roberta Pelliti (Slow Food Sarzana)
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019 10.30 - 13.00 and 18.30 - 24.00 hours
Opening route visit Fortress Firmafede and MUdeF
A lucky charm for travel
guided tour and educational workshop for children from 6 to 10 years (by reservation only, duration 1h30, cost € 5.00 - info 370 3433951)
6.30 pm - 12.00 am (visits every 30 minutes)
Porta Pisana and underground passage
Extraordinary opening of the ancient city gate. In the light of torches, visitors walk along the walls to the foot of the door accompanied by period costume guides.
6.30 pm - 12.00 am
From Canterbury to Rome: 1,800km across Europe
Exhibition dedicated to the Francigena in the basement of the Firmafede Fortress
Exhibition and sale of food and wine products of the Via Francigena from Fidenza to Luni
For more information: www.fortezzafirmafede.it
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