Leaving Orio Litta we found this beautiful mansion – not yet fallen into disrepair!
Approaching the area where we are to wait for the ‘ferryman’ to take us across the River Po, as in the footsteps of Sigeric the Serious in 997AD.
A cross with a crown of thorns.
The last hamlet before the river crossing.
Such colourful pelargoniums!!
Waiting for the ferryman to come across the river for us at 9.30am.
Loading 8 of us into the ‘ferry’.
Our group’s travelled along and stayed at pilgrim accommodation together for a few days now. These 2 look like they’re really enjoying the boat ride.
We’re happy to have reached the River Po crossing. Just 30 days to go now till Rome, even less if we don’t go via Cinque Terre.
This was Sigeric’s marker for the route crossing.
Our lunch stop was in the shade of these old trees in the church yard.
Approaching Piacenza we walked nearby this long and imposing bridge over the River Po.
After a very long walk into Piacenza we at last reached the old city. It’s really quite spectacular.
The old centre of government for Piacenza.
Inside the Piacenza Duorma.
Further inside the church of San Francisco is this wonderfully cool and green retreat. The cloisters are beautiful.
Looking in from the street this private home and garden looks so inviting.
And so does this one. Piacenza is just a magic place to visit with interesting, mystical vistas seen every which way you turn.
Italian churches seem to be becoming more ornate as we draw closer to Rome.
After being tourists in Piacenza for a few hours we set off for Montale, 5kms south east where there was Pilgrims accommodation for the night. Surprise, surprise – 4 of our pilgrim friends were also there so we have a further night together here.