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3 festivals along the Via Francigena

From Lunigiana to Monteriggioni, discover more about the first Italian festival dedicated to slow travel

Not only a pilgrimage destination, the Via Francigena is also a place for sharing and entertainment. For four years Monteriggioni has hosted the Slow Travel Fest with a rich program of music, street performances, meetings and excursions to fully experience the centuries-old road: on foot, on horseback or by bike. But 2018 has brought exciting news: in addition to the Monteriggioni Slow Travel Fest, Tuscany will host two major events in Lunigiana and in Versilia for outdoor enthusiasts and families. Here are three events on the Via Francigena not to be missed:


Lunigiana Folks and Family (June 15, 16 and 17)
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A special edition of the Slow Travel Fest, Folks&Family is packed with outdoor experiences for families and nature lovers. Excursions on foot, by bicycle or even on horses; river hiking; stories, concerts, performances and workshops, all taking place in Filetto, a charming town along the Via Francigena.

Camaiore hike and Climb (September 14, 15 and 16)
Climbing and trekking festival
Climbing and trekking festival

Camaiore is one of the most appreciated places in Italy for climbing enthusiasts and a perfect point to use when planning excursions to the Apuan Alps. In fact, from 14 to 16 the city will become the capital of hiking and climbing. 

Among the scheduled activities is a climbing wall challenge and a street boulder competition, with demonstration and lessons for beginners and kids. During the three-day festival it will also be possible to participate in the hiking program; the schedule also includes conferences, exhibitions, concerts and tastings. The festival offers the chance to discover the Camaiore valley, an extraordinary natural theater between the sea and the Versilia hinterland.

Monteriggioni Walks & Talks (September 21, 22 and 23)
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Over the last four years, the Slow Travel Fest of Monteriggioni has transformed this town into a small cultural capital of the Via Francigena. Hosted in the monumental complex of Abbadia a Isola, the Slow Travel Festival offers a weekend full of activities – such as excursions, walks, talks, music and street performances – all dedicated to nature and rethinking space and territory at “low speed”. 

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