Submansio X – Sce Petir in Pail
First stop in Tuscany! Since 773, Italy had been a part of the Holy Roman Empire, and the southern part of Tuscany had been dominated by the Aldobrandeschi family. They appeared in history as the counts of Santa Fiora and lords of Roselle. The possession extended to what is now known as the existing province of Grosseto and the northern regions of Lazio.
Sce Petir in Pail or “St Peter on the river Paglia” or “in the valley of river Paglia” is an unidentified monastery, pieve or hospice in southern Tuscany. In fact, as we noted in an earlier post, the via Francigena was not one single route, but several, that changed depending on the time of year, the political situation, and the popularity of christian shrines located along the way. Besides the site of Podere Voltole, the Abbey of San Salvatore is one of the oldest monasteries of the area that could fit Sigeric’s description. The abbey was founded, according to tradition, by the Lombard king, Ratchis, on the spot where he had a spiritual experience.