How to get to La Verna where the pilgrimage of St Francis of Assisi begins

How to get to La Verna

The path begins in La Verna where Francis received the Sacred Stigmata

When you reach Chiusi della Verna (if you leave the car in the village, remember to inform the municipal police) we advise you to go up to the sanctuary via the strada della Beccia, which is below the rock of the Stigmata and until a few decades ago was the only way into the Sanctuary. 
After a steep but short climb you will get to la Cappella degli Uccelli (chapel of the birds)(1.95 km), built in 1602 in memory of the joyous welcome given by a multitude of birds the first time St Francis reached the mountain of La Verna. 
A few steps, also uphill, and going through the southern portal, like the ancient pilgrims did, you enter the sanctuary.

By train

Travelling on “La Società Ferroviaria Italiana" by "Trenitalia" (Italian Railway Company) and the local bus companies.  
From Arezzo, use the Arezzo-Pratovecchio-Stia private railway to the station of Bibbiena; then continue on by bus to Chiusi della Verna. 
From Florence, take the bus to Bibbiena, then change and take the bus to Chiusi della Verna. 
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By car (from the north and from the south)

  • A1 Motorway Arezzo exit. Continue on along SR71 to Rassina, following the road signs to Chitignano and Chiusi della Verna. 
  • From Florence take the SS70 road, through the Consuma Pass, then take the SR71 to Bibbiena, and the SS208 to Chiusi della Verna. 
  • From Forlì take the SS310 through the Calla Pass. 
  • From Cesena take the E45, Pieve Santo Stefano exit,  then take the SS208 through the Spino Pass.
Statue of Saint Francis of Assisi at La Verna. St Francis' Way - Via di Francesco

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