Mantua, Capita of Italian culture 2016

Atlas of Paths: the Via Matildica and the Jacobsweg now included

Two new paths proposed by the Regions enter the Atlas by fulfilling the criteria provided for and rising to 44 the number of Italian Paths

Atlante Digitale dei Cammini D'Italia -Mappa Direzione Generale Turismo MiBACT
The map in the Atlas and the 500 points of interest crossed by the Paths of Italy

Two new Paths join the list of the green trails crossing Italy: the Via Matildica del Volto Santo (Matilde’s way of the Holy Face). The first from Mantua to Lucca through Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany and the other one, Jacobsweg Südtirol, crossing the Province of Bolzano – also known as the Cammino di San Giacomo, a Tirol variation in the Austrian path of The Way of St. James, Compostela.

Cammino di San Giacomo – Jacobsweg Südtirol -Hnerlegende, Mahr Brixen
S. James, right, in the Hnerlegende – Mahr Brixen

In less than one year since it published the Digital Atlas of the Paths in Italy, the Paths’ counter rises from 41 to 44. The Regions keep on nominating new Paths, 116 up to now, 72 of which do not still fulfil the 11 quality requirements, provided for by the Committee established for the Year of the Paths of Italy in 2016.

The Via Matildica del Volto Santo (Matilde’s way of the Holy Face) crosses Canossas’ lands and shows the past by giving a different idea of the territory’s growth. A Path composed of 11 steps for 9 POI, a challenge to mend the link between Europe and the Mediterranean.

Cammini d'Italia Via Matildica del Volto Santo - Direzione Generale Turismo
Path and POI of the Via Matildica del Sacro Volto (Matilde’s way of the Holy Face) in the Atlas of the Paths

Along the 6 steps and the 6 POI in the Cammino di San Giacomo (Way of St. James – Jacobsweg Südtirol), it comes across Tyrolese proofs of devotion to Saint James, travellers’ and pilgrims’ patron saint, as shown in the 25 among churches and chapels dedicated to him along the territory.

Cammini d'Italia Cammino di San Giacomo – Jacobsweg Südtirol DG T