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  • Photo of Altopascio
  • Photo of Altopascio
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Altopascio has been settled since Roman times, but it really got 'put on the map' in the 11th Century because it was an important rest point on the Via Francigena between France and Rome – there was a famous church and hostel here: the Church of San Jacopo Maggiore – of which the cloister, bell tower and facade still take their original, and very lovely form.  The rest of the town is pretty Italian, but the history, and the war – which here you can mention – gives the place a bit more drama than your average ancient Italian town.

Written by  Rachel.

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