The Via Francigena is the backbone of a cultural, religious, and even tourist tale.
On the territory of Lucca some traditional events, other current ones, are closely linked to the Franciscan path and during the year it is possible to meet in the middle of festivals and historical re-enactments of the pilgrim's passage. Knowing all aspects of the Francigena: from the medial re-enactments that report in times when the figure of the pilgrim was a constant of the stories and of the quotisiano to the culture that always accompanies these great European paths, to the contemporenaità. The new pilgrims meet in non-competitive festivals and "marathons", as in the spirit of the journey, to share experiences and landscapes.
On April 27th, Lucca, celebrates Saint Zita. People remember the miracles of which she was the protagonist, in which the pilgrims are often present, as the famous episode of the bread changed into flowers, the pilgrim quenched by the water changed into wine at the source of the Fatinelli house. In these days, in homage to the saint and the miracle of flowers, the square in front of the church of San Frediano becomes a garden and so are the nearby squares, the amphitheater, the square of the stonemasons.
The events are concentrated in the summer months, more conducive to outdoor initiatives, inaugurated each year by the celebrations for St. James, protector of pilgrims.
San Jacopo is celebrated on July 24th and, in Altopascio, throughout the month with markets, festivals and historical reconstructions of medieval life in the village and at the hospice of the Tau monks.
In May Francigena Running, same route but on the run, from Pietrasanta to Lucca, along the Via Francigena.
In Camaiore, near the Abbey, medieval dinners are held in the summer with faithful historical reconstructions of the characters of the Abbey and guided tours of the abbot in person to commemorate the times in which the monastery was active. Historic loyalty also for the food carefully prepared respecting the medieval recipes.
To relax and immerse yourself in more meditative and intimate atmospheres, in summer, in Lucca and Porcari, the "Francigena International Arts Festival" with many musical and cultural events to spread and embrace the culture, traditions, concepts belonging to the Via Francigena.
In the first weekend of September, at Castello di Nozzano the oldest festival of medieval re-enactment in Tuscany "Il castello rivive". A rich program for two days in the company of fire-eaters, jesters, waders, minstrels, singers and musicians, soldiers and duelists, angels, witches, harlots, friars and beggars, in a continuous and always different spectacle of evening and evening. And finally, haute cuisine, medieval of course, with a final toast based on Hippocrass!
Always in the same days, the historical center of Camaiore hosts "Discovering Camaiore Medievale and of the via Francigena". Parades, historical re-enactments, shows and scenes of everyday life set in the Middle Ages and some moments dedicated to good food, with tastings of typical products and medieval wine. A two-day event in which the ancient road trodden by pilgrims to Rome will be the protagonist.
September 13th and 14th in Lucca, moves for the Luminara and Exaltation of the Holy Cross. A long historical procession through the streets of the city lit by small candles.
At the end of September, two great sporting events on the Francigena: FrancigenAmica from Camaiore to Pietrasanta is the walk for everyone dedicated to the rediscovery of this stretch of the Via Francigena and Francigena Tuscany Marathon, a unique event, a non-competitive stroll and free step to celebrate the values of solidarity, equality and spirituality of the Sigerico path. 4 routes with increasing difficulty of 10, 11, 22 and 42km. from Pietrasanta, to Lucca passing through Camaiore, Massarosa.
Finally, on 11 November, in Lucca, in the short days of the summer of San Martino, San Martino di Tour is celebrated. The festival is dedicated to the titular bishop of the Lucca cathedral, known for the episode of the gift of the cloak to a poor pilgrim.