The ‘ Via Francigena’ or ‘ Francigena Way’ is an ancient pilgrims way from north-western Europe to Rome. It is a group of trails and paths that together constituted a road system toward the city of Rome.
The particular Francigeno route most known today is the one indicated in A.D. 990 in the highly detailed travel diary of 97 legs of the journey written by Bishop Sigeric who traveled from Canterbury to Rome to be received at the papal throne.
From Casal Sant’Elena there are two sceneric legs that are worth the walk. From Lucca to Altopascio ( 19 km) and from Altopascio to San Miniato ( 29km).