Distance: 24.1 km
Ascent: 424 m
Descent: 1,124 m
The final stretch goes through Baggio and concludes in Pistoia, at the church of San Bartolomeo in Pantano. The pattern on the church’s frieze inspired the logo of the pilgrimage route.
In Pistoia, as in the Pistoiese mountains, the cult of San Bartolomeo is especially strong and heartfelt. Saint Bartholomew is considered the patron saint of children, who receive a blessing at religious services on 24 August. The typical sweet eaten that day in Pistoia is the “pippi” or corona (crown) di San Bartolomeo, a traditional necklace of sweets, chocolates and chunky biscuits, strung out along a length of twine. Even today, as in the past, the children carry these crowns of San Bartolomeo around their necks.