Tuscany is bisected by the Via Francigena and other well-known pilgrimage routes, but there is space enough also for the Cammino di San Bartolomeo, a 100km-long devotional trail that connects various places dedicated to the saint. For Saint Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles, is the patron of many a little town in these parts, such as Cutigliano, and a number of churches and festivals as well
The route begins at Fiumalbo, in the province of Modena, and finishes in Pistoia. It can be divided into five sections, and so should take around five or six days, depending on the fitness of the pilgrim.
The majority of the route is made up of mule tracks and dirt paths, keeping asphalt stretches to a minimum and not causing any great difficulties. The signposting is recognisable by yellow arrows, while the symbol of the route is the so-called borlengo, fashioned either from stone or wood.
The Cammino di San Bartomoleo passes through areas of especial natural beauty, which often as not are home to historic and artistic gems. It is, therefore, a perfect walk for those who are looking for silence, reflection and inner peace.