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Saint Antony Way



Cammino di Sant'Antonio

The Long Walk of Saint Anthony is backwards because the trajectory of the Saint's life was inverted: from his hiding in the hermitage of Montepaolo, the initial home of Anthony in Italy, before being discovered as a prepared and zealous preacher, to his being sent to the streets of northern Italy and southern France as an evangelist, an expert of sacred scripts and even a provincial supervisor (for three years) up until the days in Padua and Camposampiero.


This Walk is designed to look back at some of the most meaningful places in the Saint's life, to relive his story, accompanying him step by step in the places where he was influential and that were touched by his passage. The traveler who decides to take on this tiring march knows that they must bring with them a rucksack full of faith, enthusiasm, and courage, and the awareness of being a simple pilgrim who accepts with humility all the difficult unknowns that every day of walking can bring, in a context of beautiful landscapes, great cities, solitary paths immersed in flourishing nature, between enchanting dawns and sunsets full of poetry.


Saint Anthony's Walk is part of a longer route, the one that connects Padua to Assisi: from the basilica that contains Saint Anthony's body to the basilica that holds the body of Saint Francis. You can follow in the footsteps of these two great Franciscan Saints who left a sacred and permanent mark along the way that humanity still looks upon with admiration and amazement, feeling them near, like friends and brothers, or companions along this walk and that of life.


The Walk is divided into 21 legs starting in Padua and arriving in La Verna for a total length of 406km. If you start in Venice, the total is 456 km, while from Camposampiero it is 430 km. To arrive in Assisi you must continue on the Walk of Assisi.


To pilgrims leaving from Camposampiero (PD) the Walk of Saint Anthony issues the Pilgrimage Credentials where you can collect stamps from the various sanctuaries visited.


In detail

Regions crossed: Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria

Legs: the route is clearly defined and marked with signs, except in two municipalities (the local authorities did not allow for the putting up of arrows) where the route can still be followed quite well both by using the detailed descriptions on the website or by using GPS.

1st leg: Polesella (Ro) - Ferrara (23 Km)

2nd leg: Ferrara - Malalbergo (19 Km)

3rd leg: Malalbergo - Castel Maggiore (26 Km)

4th leg: Castel Maggiore - Bologna (21 Km)

5th leg: Bologna - Settefonti (18 Km)

6th leg: Settefonti - San Martino in Pedriolo (18 Km)

7th leg: San Martino in Pedriolo - Tossignano (17 Km)

8th leg: Tossignano - Parco Naturale Del Carnè (22 Km)

9th leg: Parco Naturale Del Carnè - Modigliana (20 Km)

10th leg: Modigliana - Montepaolo (17 Km)

11th leg: Montepaolo - Dovadola - Rocca San Casciano (23 Km)

12th leg: Rocca San Casciano - Portico Di Romagna (12 Km)

13th leg: Portico Di Romagna - San Benedetto In Alpe (16 Km)

14th leg: San Benedetto in Alpe Cascate dellAcquacheta - Passo del Muraglione - Castagno d’Andrea 21.6 km


Length: 406 km starting from Padua; the route in Emilia Romagna is 258 km long


Level of difficulty: low






Information Office of the Basilica of the Saint

Opening hours: everyday, from 9.00am - 1.00pm / 2.00pm - 6.00pm

Tel. (+39) 049 8225652

Fax (+39) 049 8789735


Last modified May 03, 2017

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