Valdichiana Aretina has always been a connecting territory for people. Among the multitudes of people who have passed through this territory, Saint Francis is certainly one of the most important and well-known of them. His journey on the way back to Assisi touches the towns of Castiglion Fiorentino and Cortona starting from Anghiari.
The first one is a village dominated by the Cassero, surrounded by almost intact medieval walls and the majestic Castle of Montecchio Vesponi. Cortona, the last Tuscan stop of this journey, contains several places connected to the Saint and to his cult, such as the Church of Saint Francis and the Basilica of Saint Margareth, next to an ancient Franciscan convent.
Another important indelible trace of Francis's journey is the Eremo delle Celle, a spiritual place to enjoy full contact with nature. Pilgrims, lovers of spiritual paths or just those who want to discover nature through a sacred path, can choose to follow this journey in the footsteps of St. Francis through Valdichiana Aretina, an uncontaminated and pure land.
Length: 69.90km from Anghiari to Cortona, passing through Arezzo and Castiglion Fiorentino
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