The first section starts in Avenza and ends in Pietrasanta, the “little Athens” of Italy. Here, the walk is surrounded by hills that face the Apuan Alps on one side and the sea on the other. The cities that you’ll encounter on the walk include Massa, which maintains a medieval atmosphere even today; Montignoso, an enchanting village dominated by the mighty Castello Aghinolfi; and Pietrasanta, a land of artists and artisans coming from all over the world.
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, the pilgrimage continues to Lucca. After passing through Romanesque churches and abbeys of Camaiore (of Roman origin), you’ll arrive at the famous walled city. Here, before continuing the journey to Altopascio, visits to Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca’s Duomo and the Torre Guinigi are a must.