From the sanctuary of Dinnammare to that of Tindari, 120 kilometers of natural beauty and spirituality in six days. It’s back again this year from 11th to 16th September next the Path of the Soul, the itinerary promoted by the Camminare i Peloritani hiking association which winds along the Peloritani ridge – an ancient communication route probably also used by the Romans (also called military road or regia trazzera) – up to the Nebrodi. The trek born in 2014, in collaboration with the “Armonie dello Spirito” exhibition of the archdiocese of Messina Lipari Santa Lucia del Mela, the Valli Basiliane community cooperative and the provincial committee of UISP Sport for all, has grown considerably over time, becoming, thanks also to the support of the University of Messina – with the professor delegate for tourism Filippo Grasso – and of the Departmental Forestry Inspectorate of Messina, a flagship of the mountain paths.
Collaboration with the municipalities involved along the path to making accommodation facilities available is essential; a communion of intent aimed at relaunching small local businesses with a view to developing and promoting tourism in the area. “The mountain chain of the Peloritani mountains is a surprising panoramic balcony set between the Strait of Messina and Etna which, between endless panoramas and a morphology of the territory made up of peaks, ridges, fissures, ravines, deep and inaccessible gorges, courses of water, rivers, recalls the paths of the Peruvian Andes” explained the president of Camminare i Peloritani Pasquale D’Andrea, highlighting the Strait and the Falce among the most evocative views offered to walkers along the route.
The Path of the Soul, which refers to the great spiritual paths such as Santiago and the Via Francigena and is included in the “Sentieri Italia” project, is part of the offer of slow and sustainable tourism; it is a proposal that allows you to admire the highest peaks up close while enjoying magnificent views of the two Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas, crossing wooded areas, cultivated hills and small villages that preserve their authenticity intact, sealed by the architectural beauty of churches, monuments and castles – places that are a treasure chest of an immense historical and cultural heritage – and by the flavors of the local cuisine. As Father Giovanni Lombardo has underlined several times, who shares a constant commitment to the promotion and valorisation of the territory with the association, the Camino embodies a series of languages that involve all the dimensions of our being: the language of nature, of art, but also “the symbolic one of the sweat of those who become pilgrims with the tiredness of walking in silence, but with the desire to meet the Creator of such beauty”.