San Gimignano
La Magione

The Francigena route

The Francigena Route (Via Francigena) was mentioned for the first time in Archbishop Sigeric's writings in 990, describing his pilgimage from Canterbury.

The Longobards had to find a passage far from Byzantine areas, in ordere to connect their dominions North and South of Appennini Mountains and to get to Rome.

The valley of the river Elsa was the easiest way coming down from Cisa Pass, close to La Spezia, reaching then Lucca, Altopascio, San Miniato, close to the ancient san Genesio.

In this locality opens up the Elsa river valley.