Two days to discover the history of the San Salvatore Abbey, with pilgrims, hikers and local residents in medieval costumes on a part of the historic itinerary which led from the Via Cassia to the abbey.
It was founded in the 7th century by King Ratchis, to evangelize the mountains and control the Roman road through the Paglia Valley, which would later be called the Via Francigena. It was a major stop on the road between Pavia and Rome, and housed 100 monks at the time of Charlemagne.
Programme 9 July 2016
10:30 Conférence: “The VF and the origins of language: the birth of idioms along the road” (ex. Postilla Amiatina) by prof. Giancarlo Breschi (University of Florence and Accademia della Crusca) and Mauro Braccini (University of Florence)
14:30 Hike from Zaccheria to the S. Salvatore Abbey by trails, fields and streams.
Programme 10 July 2016
Official opening of the variant (to/from Rome) adopted by the AEVF with spiritual reflection and opening of the Holy Door of the Jubilee at the Santissimo Salvatore Abbey.