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 encounter on the walk include Massa, which even today retains a medieval atmosphere; Montignoso, an enchanting village dominated by the mighty Castello Aghinolfi; and Pietrasanta, the spiritual home of artists and artisans, who flock there from all over the world.
Once you have arrived at your destination, the pilgrimage continues to Lucca. After stopping at the Romanesque churches and abbeys of Camaiore (which dates back to Roman times), you arrive at the famous walled city. Here, before continuing the journey to Altopascio, visits to Piazza Anfiteatro, the cathedral and the Torre Guinigi in Lucca are a must.