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The historical pilgrims’ road of medieval origin

The Via Pisana runs through the municipality of Lastra a Signa and is part of the network of pilgrims’ roads. It connects to another ancient road once used by pilgrims, the Via Francigena, in the lower Elsa Valley.

The old road to Pisa was used during the Middle Ages and was a portion of the road that connected Rome to Pisa, the Via Quinctia.

The road from Florence to Pisa was an important commercial artery. Along with the River Arno, it allowed goods to travel to and from the towns of the lower Arno Valley and the port of Pisa. But the Via Pisana was also used by pilgrims going to Pisa to embark and begin their journey to Santiago de Compostela. Or they would connect with the Via Francigena south-west of Empoli, near where the Rivers Elsa and Arno meet.

Today the old road to Pisa leads to the Parco dei Renai in Signa, at the western-most end of the Chianti region, and runs along the hills on the right bank of the River Elsa. This itinerary combines historical sites and the natural environment, abounding with vineyards, olive groves and woods.

Bearing witness to the pilgrims' use of the Via Pisana are all the hospices located along the road, such as the Spedale di Sant'Antonio at Lastra a Signa, founded in 1411 at the request of the Silkmakers' Guild, or the one at Gangalandi.