This was once the fastest route between Lucca and Pavia and passes the Abbey of Bobbio, where the body of San Colombano, father of European monasticism, was laid to rest
The Abbots’ Way starts from Pavia, crosses the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and arrives in Pontremoli.
Rediscovered in the late 1990s, the itinerary was presented by the Via degli Abati Association in 2011, together with historical, artistic and environmental information about the areas of: Pavia, Bobbio, Coli, Farini, Bardi, Borgotaro and Pontremoli.
Already known in the 7th century, the Abbots’ Way was the fastest way to reach Lucca from Pavia; used by Lombard sovereigns, the route went via the Abbey of Bobbio, located in the heart of the Apennines, where pilgrims going to Rome worshipped the remains of St. Colombanus, the Irish abbot and father, along with St. Benedict, of European monasticism.
All stages have accommodation within 1 km from the Way.