Giorno #59. Cassio à Ostello della Cisa.18km

《Amore: Love》 A glass of fresh orange juice, two cups of aromatic coffee, a bowl of cereals and two slices of bread with camembert kick-started my day pleasantly. A nice hostel makes you linger. Since today’s distance was short (18km),I took all the freaking time I wanted. Ready to leave Cassio, I went to say…

Giorno #58. Fornovo-di-Taro à Cassio. 21km

《Inpagabile: Fantastic》 Having checked the weather forecast last night, which said it’d rain today’s afternoon, with thunderstorm and perhaps even hailstones, I started my walk earlier hoping to escape the bad weather. Today’s walk went from 100m to 800m and it’d not be fun at all to be trapped in a thunderstorm in the mountain….

Giorno #57. Fidenza à Fornovo di Taro. 34km

《Che caldo: Gosh, it’s hot!》 Three days in a row, I did over 30km a day. Altogether, it’s over a 100km. Pretty insane in this weather, but I did so for two main reasons. For more than a week, this session of Via Francigena has offered impossibly monotonous (also known as boring) rice fields, tomato…

Giorno #56. Chero à Pidenza. 33km

《La fedeltà: loyalty》 After about 16km from Chero, we arrived a small town called Chiaravlle della Colomba. Merium wanted to stay there for the night. Marco was leaving to meet his aunt up north. After much thought, I said to Merium, “I will walk to Fidenza. I need some time on my own.” It was…

Giorno #55. Calendasco à Chero. 35km

《Jacuzzi:Jacuzzi》 It’s a strange day. Again, it’s an early start, waking up at 5pm. To be honest, it’s far too early for me. But when you walk with a team, somehow you gotta compromise. Merium and I arrived where Marco spent the night and we trio trotted together again. For the most part, the road…

Giorno #54. Santa Cristina à Calendose. 22km

《La passeggiata: strolling》 “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red Crying’s not for me Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’ Because I’m free Nothing’s worryin’ me.” I was singing this song with Merium and Marco walking together with me in the rain….

Giorno #53. Pavia à Santa Cristina. 26km

《Spritz: … Spritz》 Hip Hip Hurrah, I am leaving the mosquito epicenter! After Pavia, the rice paddies are disappearing and so are mosquitoes. I can’t be more grateful for that. Merium also arrived Pavia yesterday. After stopping for a day due to foot inflammation, she was a day behind me. Now, with me taking a…