The Via Francigena, is part of a network of routes, which from western Europe, at that time dominated by Charles the Main, emperor of the Francs (hence the name “Francigena”) headed south. Pilgrims first went to Jerusalem, then, once the Holy Sepulcher was in Muslim hands, to St Peter grave in Rome. The pilgrimage to Rome, was in the Middle Ages, one of the three “peregrinationes maiores” together with the Holy Land and Santiago di Compostela.
That’s why Italy was continuously traveled by pilgrims from all over Europe. Most of them used to stop in Rome, others used to go down the peninsula to the Brindisi harbor and from there to Holy Land.
Most of the pilgrims used to come from the Franc’s land, so the name francigena.
It was Sigerico, the archibishop of Canterbury, the first to describe in writings his return trip from Rome in 990. The Italian government has chosen to follow his itinerary as the official Via Francigena within the Italian borders.
For practical reasons we divided the itinerary in 8 weeks, however we are very flexible:
You can start at any point of the road and on any day of the week;
You can divide some of the longest day in 2 and choose the places of your rest days.
As a courtesy service in most occasion you can shorten your stage by going with the luggage transfer.
We book your accommodations.
We transfer your luggage.
We supply detailed route notes and GPS files and the Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”.
We are available by phone 24hrs.
From Bourg St. Pierre (Switzerland) to Pont St. Martin | Km 109,3 mainly mountain trails
From Pont St Martin to Garlasco | Km 138,1 partly mountain trails – partly in low agricultural lands
From Garlasco to Fidenza | Km 132,2 mainly on flat ground last 2 days of hilly terrain
From Fidenza to Aulla | Km 125,6 mostly mountain trails
From Aulla to San Miniato | Km 150,2 hilly terrain
From San Miniato to San Quirico | Km 125,3 mainly on hilly terrain
From San Quirico to Montefiascone | Km 126,9 mainly on hilly terrain
From Montefiascone to Rome | Km 128,2 mainly on country trails and dirt roads – some asphalt
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