Italian
The evolution of transports, the revolution of rubber and the resulting abandon of the railway lines, over the years has led to a transformation: some abandoned railways have been rehabilitated becoming paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Also in Italy this small change has had important results in the development and diffusion of cycling tourism: where there is a secure path for bicycles the curious and the travelers arrive and induced tourism grows... 
I had never done a bicycle trip before this one, but I have always been fascinated by those brave bikers I occasionally meet on the road, with their huge bags on both sides of the bicycle, their worn clothes and a little flag indicating their native country. For me they are the most significant image of freedom. I have always admired and respected them. So I had a dream in mind for many years, a solo bicycle tour. The itinerary choice has not been difficult: the classical Way of st. James by bicycle was everything I was looking for, and even more.
1600 kilometers travelling by bike from the Anglo-Saxon territories to the capital city of Italy, the Via Francigena is the itinerary that the Archbishop Sigeric traveled in 990 to reach Rome after leaving from Canterbury 79 days before. Sigeric described in detail his long pilgrimage in his own diary and thanks to his precious testimony nowadays it is still possible to follow, at least in part, the ancient Via Francigena by bicycle, together with the thousands of pilgrimscycling travelers and wayfarers every year.
The Parenzana rail was an old narrow gauge railway that connected the city of Trieste to Buje and Poreč, Parenzo in Italian (whence the name Parenzana!). Built by the Austrian-Hungarians in 1902, it was the longest narrow gauge railway on the 760 mm. Ruins of the railway are still visible today and one of the most interesting tourist activity in the area is walking through the track (entirely or partially) by bike!

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