The Via Francigena is an ancient pilgrimage trail which starts in Canterbury, England, and stretches through France and Switzerland before ending in Rome, Italy. Many thousands of pilgrims have followed this stunning trail to Rome since Medieval times.
We focus on the final sections of the pilgrimage between Switzerland and Italy, which divides into eight manageable stages. You will be supported with 24-7 back-up and provided with comprehensive route notes and the Via Francigena route maps. Accommodation is booked each evening for you in friendly and comfortable hotels, inns and guesthouses, according to the nature of each overnight stop.
It is possible to arrange optional luggage transfers each day, should you wish.
Walking along those trail makes people feel part of a larger family; it creates a sense of belonging; since relations are easy and informal, the pilgrimage turns into an experience in sharing and friendship.
For many people, this is the beginning of a spiritual roads; some want to search their souls, reaching deep inside themselves, in a natural and peaceful setting, in the silence of holy places, in the sharing with the others pilgrims.
A superb week of walking that begins in the heart of the Alps, crosses the border from Switzerland into Italy and traverses the high mountain pass of Great St Bernard. En route you will be surrounded by a backdrop of magnificent mountain peaks and follow trails through pretty vineyards and orchards.
This stage of the Via Francigena is full of contrasts, from the snow-capped Alps, to the cultivated hills around Vercelli, and beyond to the vast wide plains of the Po River Valley. Walking through three different regions of Italy; Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont and Lombardy, you visit medieval towns, see ancient towers and churches and shimmering Lake Viverone.
Cross the fertile river plains of Lombardy and the vineyard-covered foothills of the Apennine Mountains within Emilia Romagna. Discover the exquisite towns of Pavia and Piacenza, both incredibly rich in cultural and artistic treasures.
This journey along the Via Francigena takes you through the Apennine Mountains, known as the “backbone of Italy” and from the region of Emilia Romagna into northern Tuscany. Originating in Fidenza, known for its duomo of pink stone, you cross the Cisa Pass and finish in Aulla, an important pilgrimage stop at the confluence of the Aulella and Magra Rivers.
Originating in the historical region of Lunigiana, an area of great gastronomy, lush green meadows and waterfalls, your walking tour along the Via Francigena takes you from Aulla at the foot of the Apennines, along the coast into northern Tuscany and the medieval village of San Miniato.
Explore the central belt of iconic Tuscan landscapes and a distinctive trio of medieval towns; Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. This stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the charming village of San Miniato to San Quirico situated on the northern edge of the Valley d’Orcia.
Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from the Middle Ages this section of the Via Francigena begins in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and finishes in the medieval town of Montefiascone. Encounter small hamlets and villages atop conical hills and set within the distinctive undulating countryside.
The final stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the hill top town of Montefiascone to Rome, the eternal city. During your journey along this ancient pilgrimage route you will follow trails through the classic Italian landscapes of Lazio.
The route you will take will give you ample time to soak everything in, as you’ll traverse 60 km a day, and without a great deal of difficulty. From Lucca to Rome we offer the southern part of the italian Via Francigena.
Francesco in an humble and simple way has been a revolutionary figure in the history of Christianity ; in a time when the Church of Rome was a centre of the temporal power of the Papacy and the centre of huge riches, plots and corruption, he preached poverty and fraternal love towards every creature of this world.
The exemple set by St Francis life and message is probably the reason that inspired the new Pope to chose to be called Francis I.
The St Francis trail is not a pilgrimage route in the proper sense of the term. As a matter of fact until a few years ago there were never pilgrims retracing St Francis steps. This trail simply links the places that were important in St Francis life.
The path of the Francigena way, to Rome from the Italian border, is very long so that we have it divided into eight weeks. But we want to reach out to those who have neither the time nor the energy to deal with this type of travel. So we have selected some of the most interesting, at least for us, and in some periods of the year, we offer the possibility of forming a group and have a guide.
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