The Via Francigena, which led from Canterbury to Rome, is one of the most ancient medieval routes.It is a main road travelled in the past by thousands of pilgrims on their way to Rome. It played a fundamental role in the construction of the European identity by bringing together religions, cultures, customs, languages and local economies, thus contributing to the integration of the peoples of the old continent.
The territory of Castelfiorentino is crossed by the Via Francigena in the hillside hamlet of Castelnuovo d'Elsa, precisely in the locality of Coiano, where there is one of the 79 stops on the official itinerary of the Via Francigena, the one described by Sigeric in 990 AD: the Pieve dei Santi Pietro e Paolo di Coiano.
Behind the Pieve, there is also an equipped rest area for those who need to rest along the way.
The publication "Taccuino della Francigena" (Notebook of the Francigena) provides valuable information on 26 museums and cultural assets located along the route of the road that pilgrims traveled on their way to Rome.
The web portal http://www.viefrancigene.org/it/ contains events, information, news, photographs updated daily.
Among the contents, you will find the following sections:
- "The travel diaries of the Francigena routes", spaces reserved for the discovery of new evocative stretches of the route.
- "La Via Francigena del Sud", an itinerary that winds its way from Rome to Puglia.
- The magazine "Via Francigena and the pilgrimage ways" available in three languages.
The Via Francigena also finds plenty of space on communities and social networks, starting with the official one of the European Association of Vie Francigene which through a punctual and constant update involves hundreds of "virtual walkers" every day.