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Our hotel is located in Le Vedute, a few kilometers from Fucecchio, and only 100 meters from the official Via Francigena.
Relais Hotel Le Vedute is the perfect stop for pilgrims from Lucca who want to reach San Miniato, in fact we are located 26 km from Lucca and 16 from San Miniato: the ideal place to regenerate in the long path leading to Rome.
For pilgrims who are cycling, we have a guarded deposit.
Our offer dedicated to the pilgrims of Via Francigena
Offer valid only showing the credentials of the pilgrim.
We recommend checking availability.
One night stay in multiple room (minimum three people) € 45.00 per person
One night stay in single room Euro 90,00
We are official partner of Via Francigena
LA VIA FRANCIGENA
From Lucca to our hotel
Plain stage where the greatest interest is represented by the many historical and religious buildings that meet along the route: the walls and the amphitheater of Lucca, the Pieve di Capannori, the Badia di Pozzeveri, the church of S. Jacopo and The old town of Altopascio.
Then continue from Altopascio to the Vedute along a splendid stretch of ancient Via Francigena.
We overtake the Cerbaie area, wild and deserted, then head to Ponte a Cappiano, where inside the ancient medieval bridge. From here we cross an ancient swamp that is now boned
KM Total 26
From our hotel in San Miniato
After breakfast you will begin the route along Via Francigena, direction San Miniato.
You will visit the historic center of Fucecchio. After passing the Arno, we cross the embankment toward San Miniato.
Total KM 16
What to visit on via Francigena from Lucca to San Miniato
The city of Lucca, which for the economic traffic linked to the Via Francigena had much of its wealth, was reachable, coming from the Lucca plain, through two roads, respectively named "via de supra" and "via de subtus", the first of which Crossed the formerly called "Feliciaio", while the second was from the Longobard settlement called Tempagnano.
The first destination of the pilgrim entering Lucca was the famous wooden crucifix called 'Holy Face', a relic statue preserved in the cathedral of San Martino that the legend wants to be sculpted by Nicodemus. The most famous tale is Leobino who in the pilgrimage of Lord 1282 in the City of the Holy Face, entered the Duomo, began to play and sing because he had nothing else to offer and suddenly, Jesus' right foot slipped out of the big shoe Of silver and he fell on his knees twice a day. The silver shoes (XVII century) are displayed in the Museum along with the precious collection to dress the Holy Face crucifix on 3 May and 14 September. In the city, numerous hospitals annexed to the main churches welcomed and restored pilgrims.
In the National Museum of Villa Guinigi, however, the relief depicting San Jacopo (second half of the 12th century), from the Spedale di Altopascio, is another important destination for the pilgrims. Since the tenth anniversary of the tomb of Saint Jacopo, the apostle attributed to the Christianization of Spain, pilgrimage stations were covered with images of the saint in the garbage of the pilgrims with stick and shell, Or "matamoros" on horseback as the infidels land. The image preserved in the museum shows a less common iconography, the saint is sitting in a throne inserted into an archery, with a scroll on which is read IACOBUS OF THE DOMAIN OURSELF IESUS XRISTI SERVUS. Extremely inspired by the sculpture of the fourth century, the work, which together with its pendant depicting St. Peter, is one of the most interesting productions of Pisa-Lucchese sculpture of the second half of the twelfth century, was probably part of an altarpiece, Rebuilt in the Lucchese Museum.
Here you can admire the church of San Lorenzo, which represents the evolution of the medieval architectural structure through the progressive stages.
Particularly rich in medieval fortifications and churches, are the church of San Leonardo in Treponzio, whose facade is attributed to the school of Guidetto, and that of San Gennaro, with a rich decorative apparatus. Overtaking Capannori, you come across the village of Lammari, which houses the church of San Cristoforo dating back to the 12th century.
Here we come to the Hospital of the Saints Matteo and Pilgrim, who served the assistance of the ancient travelers and dependent on the church of San Frediano, of which the whole bell tower remains and some traces in the present church.
In the small center of Rughi, of probable Longobard origin, you can admire the Church of Santa Maria, which today presents radical transformations in its layout with respect to the medieval architectural structure and unfortunately does not preserve any rest of the adjacent Hospital of the thirteenth century.
The next stage of the route as a center that housed the churches of St. Mary and St. Michael the Archangel at the beginning of the 11th century survives the ruins of the castle that were the scene of clashes between the opposing noble factions in the area.
Here is a visit to the castle and the church of San Piero in Campo dating back to the 16th century. XII and still well preserved.
At the beginning of the route, in Galleno, you walk on the pavement of the ancient Via Francigena. The hills of the Cerbaie, wild and deserted, go beyond the Ponte a Cappiano, with the newly restored Medicean bridge.
From here, along the banks of the Usciana canal, crosses an ancient swamp that has now been reclaimed and goes back to the old town of Fucecchio. After crossing the Arno, crossing the embankment and soon arriving at San Miniato, the powerful and rich medieval hamlet is still perfectly conceived.
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