Day 13 Via Francigena, Orio Litta to Piacenza, 18.3km

Date: Tuesday 21 August
Distance covered to Rome: 338.4/1027km
Terrain: Flat and a bit ordinary
Overnight: Duomo Guesthouse, €65
Feeling: a bit nervous about the next stage.

Today was another nice short walk although the nice bit relates more to the length/distance rather than the scenery.

We started the day happily with a ferry ride across the River Po. This trip is one of the highlights of the walk as the boatman is a real character. He truly embraces his role as the boatman and not only does he transport us, but he explains the history, stamps our credentials and we must sign his massive ledger and have the obligatory photo. All before we can start walking again.

From there it was just a slog into Piacenza. 95% of the path today was on the edge of quite busy roads so you needed to be conscious of where you were and what the traffic was doing. It then took us through a very rough and ready industrial estate before the final 5km slog into the city, also along the edge of busy roads.

I was not encouraged to see many of the farmacias displaying the temperature which ranged from 30C-34C. Too hot to be walking!

But I have a rest day scheduled for tomorrow and that is a beautiful thing!

Tip of the day: you just have to take the good with the bad.

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