The “Cammino di Sant’Antonio” (St. Anthony’s path) is a spiritual itinerary created in 2010 that retraces the life of St. Anthony of Padua, linking the most important spiritual and faith places of his life. It passes through 3 regions (Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany), over a total of 431 km, starting from the St. Anthony’s Sanctuaries in Camposampiero (Padua) and arriving at the Sanctuary of La Verna in Tuscany.
The route consists of 22 stages that allow you to discover, in slow mode, its different environments, ranging from naturalistic areas such as the Gessi Bolognesi and the Foreste Casentinesi dotted with hermitages, monasteries and fortified castles, to villages and art cities such as Padua, Rovigo, Florence and Bologna.
In the Bologna area, the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca sanctuary, the Parco dei Gessi and the charming village of Dozza are not to be missed.
Credentials: Before visitors begin the trail, a credential is issued by the Friars Minor Conventual. It allows access to the facilities/refuges that offer hospitality and qualifies the walker to receive the “Assidua” (the certificate of completion of the pilgrimage), from the competent ecclesiastical authority. It must be collected, if possible, the day before departure from the Information Desk of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua or from the porter’s lodge or bookshop or sacristy of the St. Anthony’s Sanctuaries in Camposampiero. Postal delivery can also be requested by writing to: email@example.com. An offering in support of “Saint Anthony’s Path” is requested for the issue of the credential.
More updated info on the trail HERE.
In Bologna’s territory:
Length: 146,9 km
High-top hiking boots and thermal anti-blister socks are recommended.
40/50 litre rucksack that should never exceed 7-8 kg (water included. At least 3 litres per day are recommended in summer. On some parts of the route there are neither drinking water fountains nor shops)
First aid kit
GPS system for orientation
Telephone and battery charger + power bank
Walkable all year round. Not recommended during summer periods temperatures due to high temperatures and winter periods due to low temperatures and snow.
Download the GPX track
Before leaving for the Pilgrim’s Path, a credential is issued by the Friars Minor Conventual. It allows access to the facilities/refuges that offer hospitality and enables one to receive the Assidua (the certificate of successful pilgrimage), from the competent ecclesiastical authority. It should be picked up if possible the day before departure from the Information Office of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua or Concierge’s Office or bookstore or sacristy of the Antonian Sanctuaries of Camposampiero. Or you can request it to be sent by mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. An offering in support of “The Way of St. Anthony” is requested for the issue.