The mountain that unites

The Via Romea Nonantolana: of Lombard origin, the road connected the Val di Lima with via Emilia

Since ancient times, the Pistoian Mountains have been crossed by transapennine roads. Traces of Roman roads have been reported by researchers in different parts of the area.
Certain information is known with the advent of Lombard rule. In 727, King Liutprand wanted to open an alternative connection between the Po Valley and Tuscia with respect to that of Montebardone (the present-day Cisa pass) so as to reach central Italy more easily.

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In 749, King Astolfo donated the lands of Fanano to his brother-in-law Anselmo. The latter founded the monastery of S. Salvatore a hospice dedicated to St. James, and, in 751-752, the monastery of S. Silvestro in Nonantola. The road that joined the two linked the Via Emilia with the Lima Valley, and then split into two routes: one to Pistoia, the other towards Lucca, the capital of the Lombard kingdom in Tuscany.
Taking on the name of Via Romea-Nonantolana, this road was traveled by wayfarers, soldiers, and pilgrims on their way to Rome.
In XIII-XIV century, the road (mentioned as the Mutina-Pistoria) continued to be of great importance. Over time, other tracks were added, with the most important being the Croce Arcana track that led to Castilian.

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Volunteers from the Associazione Valle Lune have restored the use of some sections of the old road network in the Pistoian Mountains that, over time, had become overgrown, ruined by landslides, or reduced to a waterway. Currently, approximately 15 km have been put in order, running from the village of Lancisa as far as Migliorini (Piteglio). Remains of ancient fortresses, old ironworks, historic bridges, rock carvings can be encountered along this historic-naturalistic itinerary.

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Fabiano Fini

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Nicolò Begliomini

Archivio Ass. Vallelune

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