Day 21 Via Francigena, Aulla to Avenza, 35.9km

Date: Thursday 30 August
Distance covered to Rome: 559/1027km
Terrain: Hard climbs and descents and endless flat.
Overnight: Parrochia San Pietro Apostela, €10
Feeling: Beat!

Phew! What a day!

I wasn’t expecting today to be quite so long. The schedule said 33km, but the reality was quite different. In the scheme of things 3km isn’t much, but at the end of a long day, it can seem massive.

Way back when I was working out the plan for this trip, I thought it would be possible to combine a couple of days. How hard could that be? (See commentary on Day 1)

What I didn’t understand at that stage was that their definition of flat and MY definition of flat could be quite different. I also didn’t understand their relaxed attitude to distances – give or take 3-5km!

So today, as well as walking the ‘challenging’ 17km stage, I thought I would tack on 16km of flat. However their flat involved near vertical climbs out of towns and innumerable ups and downs. Go figure!?

The good news is that I saw the sea today and apparently I am quite close to the resort town of La Spezia. Now there is temptation, right there!

As you can see by the photos, the views continue to amaze. I saw so many hilltop towns today and I took photos of almost every one. I am sure the novelty will wear off, but I am loving them all at the moment.

Tip of the day: when it is thundering, the power of positive thinking is pretty useless.

19 thoughts on “Day 21 Via Francigena, Aulla to Avenza, 35.9km

  1. gracethepilgrim September 2, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Mel your photographers eye is wonderful ! Keep it up.


  2. Veronica September 2, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    I’ m glad to see you enjoy the journey … beautiful photos my dear Mel 💞🌷


      • Veronica September 3, 2018 / 12:36 am

        😍😍😍😍😍 you are the best 💪😉


          • Veronica September 3, 2018 / 3:35 am

            I’ m sure you are a strong woman😘💞🌷


          • Veronica September 3, 2018 / 3:47 am

            No doubt about it 😍😍😍😍😍


          • Life...One Big Adventure September 3, 2018 / 3:52 am

            It seems so long ago now….over 620km! Who would have thought I would have lasted so long!! 🙂


          • Veronica September 3, 2018 / 3:55 am

            It’s the same thing I thought when I did 850kms to Santiago…a great, unforgetable experience😍 and my next will be Francigena my dear Mel😊


          • Life...One Big Adventure September 3, 2018 / 4:04 am

            I have been impressed with the number of Italians who want to walk their own historic path. The Camino in Spain is so international.

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          • Veronica September 3, 2018 / 3:30 pm

            I think you met a lot of italians because in August the average Italian takes the holidays😅🤣🤣🤣🤣
            if I had to make the Francigena, I would leave in autumn or spring … I love walking alone😉
            Anyway you’re right the way of Santiago is international😍😍😍
            Have a nice day my dear🌷


          • Life...One Big Adventure September 3, 2018 / 6:39 pm

            Yes, and it seems to be getting busier the further I head south. Maybe that will change when school holidays are over next week. You have a good day too. X

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  3. mm4214 September 4, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Gorgeous photos. And massive cudos for such an impressive distance.
    We once decided to do a two stage day on the Norte with the same combo of an uphill then flat stage. It almost killed me watching the final destination creep ever so slowly towards us in the last few km. Towards the end, I felt like Wiley Coyote crawling across the desert to the feet of the Roadrunner. Great going.


    • Life...One Big Adventure September 5, 2018 / 12:38 am

      I am not sure if I should be congratulated for the distance or have my head read! The number of +30km days are starting to catch up with me, I think.


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