Day 14 Via Francigena, Piacenza to Fiorenzuola D’Arda, 33.3km

Date: Thursday 23 August
Distance covered to Rome: 371.7/1027km
Terrain: Flat and amongst the traffic. Not fun!
Overnight: Parrochia di San Fiorenzo, €10 (donation)
Feeling: a bit foot sore.

A shocker of a start to the day with 10 solid kilometres of industrial estates and edge of road walking. I understand that in the latest guide book, it even suggests skipping this whole stage and I know a few of our previous pilgrim party did just that. Some are pressed for time so they made the call to catch the train from Piacenza straight here. A wise choice I think.

Thankfully the path did improve and it followed small country roads through an intensive farming area. Corn is still featuring strongly although there are also great swathes of tomatoes, lush lucerne paddocks and I was passed by a large semi-trailer filled to the brim with onions. The farms looked very prosperous and there was plenty of serious farm equipment about.

Glad to see the town and the cathedral spire on the horizon and get in out of the heat.

The most exciting thing of the whole day is that I have been able to do a load of washing in a WASHING MACHINE!! Too exciting for words.

Tip of the day: a large bowl of penne with bolognese sauce is a wonderful post-walk wind down!

(Apologies everyone. I am having terrible email troubles again and WiFi is as scarce as hen’s teeth!)

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9 thoughts on “Day 14 Via Francigena, Piacenza to Fiorenzuola D’Arda, 33.3km

  1. Thank god you are okay. When we don’t hear from you for a few days we all start to worry. Poor Alan got a phone call yesterday! Hope the heat is not knocking you around too much.

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  2. I was a bit worried when I didn’t get updates. Another camino friend walked the Via last year so I knew about the scarce wifi though. Glad you’re partaking of the lovely local foods. Cheers G

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