Day 16 Via Francigena, Fidenza to Fornovo Di Taro, 32.4km

Date: Saturday 25 August
Distance covered to Rome: 427.3/1027km
Terrain: Stiff climbs
Overnight: Ostello Parrochia Santa Maria Assunta, €10
Feeling: Tired, but pleased to have the day done.

A shocker of a sleep last night saw me awake for a good part of it! It is just so hot and there is little relief at night, even with a fan on. So, I gave in and got up extra early and was on the road before 430am. I know that is nuts, but it beats tossing and turning in bed.

I feel perfectly safe out at that time and have my headlamp on to make sure I don’t miss any of the signs or waymarks. They were predicting thunderstorms and showers today and that was another reason to make an early start – attempting to get as many kilometres done before it set in.

Thankfully it never set in and instead, was gloriously cool for 90% of the walk. Heaven!

Today marked the first day of climbing and I do admit to a couple of “you’ve got to be kidding” moments. One climb seemed to go straight up through the middle of a farmer’s lucerne paddock. I have no idea how they farm on such inclines, but everything was ploughed and planted to within an inch of the path. No doubt I provided a some entertainment for the man on his tractor as I wheezed and puffed my way to the top.

Despite all that, it was a very beautiful walk today. More like the Italy we see in the media with the pencil pines and iconic farm houses. Again this region looks very prosperous, so there must be money in lucerne and stinky intensive cattle and pigs.

Apologies for the quality of the photos, it was a hazy sort of day.

The good news is I have caught up with Gerard from Sydney, so have some company in the ostello tonight.

Tip of the day: ice cream is a perfectly acceptable breakfast food.

12 thoughts on “Day 16 Via Francigena, Fidenza to Fornovo Di Taro, 32.4km

  1. Dallas Rheinberger August 30, 2018 — 1:16 am

    Nuts!!!! Sorry but Mel……! Ice cream sounds the perfect medicine for the end of that day. Go girl….. you are killing it. Enjoy!!!!


    1. End of the day, beginning of the day, middle of the day… it all works for me!


  2. gracethepilgrim August 30, 2018 — 3:04 am

    Oh I’m pleased you have some company now. Great to go out and share a meal and stories.


  3. There is never an inappropriate time for ice cream.


  4. I’m with Stubbs as well…icecream is basically a really cold glass of milk right?😋


    1. True. All dairy products are totally acceptable for


  5. Your comment about ice-cream, made me remember how my late dad always had ice-cream in the middle of the night during the hot summer months … so yes, ice-cream is perfect for any hour of the day (or night) 😄.

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    1. What a clever Dad and that sounds like a completely plausible excuse to eat ice cream. When I was little I used to be devastated when my Dad asked for a taste of my ice cream…it felt like only half the ice cream was ever handed back to me!! 🙂 My Dad likes ice cream even more than me!

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