A journey through the traces left by the Franciscans in Sardinia over the centuries, from north to south, almost ideally connecting the two extremities of the island and the first two places in which the followers of St. Francis settled, perhaps coming from Corsica. Cagliari, near the hill of Bonaria, and immediately after Luogosanto, in the hermitage that, according to legend, guarded the remains of Saints Nicola and Trano. Their influence is still visible in the towns and municipalities where the friars established their communities, capable of living in symbiosis with the territory and its inhabitants, in real oases of peace, almost always surrounded by nature. Franciscan devotion became deeply rooted in different areas of the Island, from the sea to the hinterland: in the north-west, in Alghero, Sorso, Bottidda, Castelsardo, Mores and Bosa; in Barbagia, in Fonni; in Oristano and as far as the south-west, in Iglesias. Several convents still offer hospitality and space for an experience of spiritual contemplation. The path stretches across 17 residential areas. Six of these are pilgrimage locations directly linked to Franciscan saints and blessed figures: Laconi, where St. Ignatius was born, Cagliari, the last place in which St. Salvador of Horta lived, Sassari, where the Blessed Francesco Ziranu worked, Gesturi, the birthplace of the Blessed Nicola, Cuglieri, where the Venerable Paolo spent almost his whole life, and Pula, the birthplace of Fra’ Nazareno.

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