Coduro was a staging post of the ancient Via Francigena before heading towards the Apennines; the path goes on towards Parola, a village named after the stream that passes through it. Its church, dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie (Our Lady of Graces), was built in 1749 following the example of the church dedicated to the Gran Madre di Dio in Fidenza. After a few kilometres’ walk, you will find Santa Margherita, a village that boasts a church with a baroque facade and beautiful fifteenth-century frescoes.

Then, the route gently slopes uphill towards Santa Maria del Gisolo, a complex of buildings that includes a church and a 12th-century tower house that might have been built by the Templars. The next stage of our itinerary is Pieve Cusignano, situated in a valley known as Val Parola. If you have some time left, you can easily reach Colle Montemanulo and its small sanctuary set in green surroundings.

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