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Most romantic trails on the Via Francigena

Aoife ,

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Love is in the air this week and what better way to celebrate than by rambling through the land that practically invented romance? Become doe-eyed in the home of Chianti, lose yourselves along Tuscan hills or become the stars of

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Walking the Via Francigena with Roberta

Aoife ,

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Roberta tells us all about her trip walking the Via Francigena in Tuscany and why it was a challenge she’ll never regret accepting! When I was first given the opportunity to choose between a walking or a cycling trip, the

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Carnival on the Via Francigena

Aoife ,

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The festival of Carnival has become synoymous worldwide with the South American nation of Brazil. But Carnival is actually celebrated in towns and villages all across Europe. In this week’s blogpost we’ll take a look at Carnival on the Via Francigena,

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VIDEO: Walking in Tuscany webinar

Maria ,

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If you missed our recent walking in Tuscany webinar you can catch it here: Our colleague Caroline from the Customer Care team introduces this spectacular section of the Via Francigena, as well as sharing useful information and a special discount.

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Vegetarians on the Via Francigena in Tuscany

Aoife ,

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Vegetarians on the Via Francigena rejoice, with such a selection of meat-free dishes en route, the only problem you’ll face is knowing which one to choose! Here are some of my favourite Tuscan staples senza carne, in light of my recent trip

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Aoife’s story: The Via Francigena on foot

Aoife ,

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“You won’t know yourself once you start driving”,“Cycling will save you so much time.” These are the words of persuasion that I hear on a daily basis.  Urging me to ditch my favoured mode of transport. They are words motivated by

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3 great Via Francigena tours for Autumn

Maria ,

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Rolling landscapes, vibrant colours, mild temperatures ideal for hiking and a countryside with harvest in full swing and yielding the best seasonal delicacies … Autumn is a wonderful time to walk the Via Francigena, particularly the sections in Italy, also

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FAQ: What are the Via Francigena stages?

Aoife ,

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Here at FrancigenaWays.com we often get queries regarding what is meant by the Via Francigena stages, well today we’re going to answer exactly that. Let’s start off with a little introduction to the trail. For those of you who don’t know,

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Guided tour: walking in Tuscany this September

Maria ,

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Magnificent landscapes, spectacular heritage and delicious gastronomy. Looking for an unforgettable Autumn getaway? Join our Via Francigena guided tour, walking in Tuscany this September. Tuscany is one of Italy’s most visited regions for its unique beauty and history; it is

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FAQ: Food on the Via Francigena

Aoife ,

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Many of you have asked about the specifics of food on the Via Francigena such as what meals are included as part of your package. In today’s FAQ blog we’re going to cover food in Italy, including meal times, courses,

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Via Francigena Highlights

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The Via Francigena is one of the longest pilgrimage routes in Europe. From Canterbury to Rome, the trail takes walkers to some of Europe’s most spectacular regions, as well as areas of fascinating history and culture. These are some of

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A wine lovers guide to the Via Francigena

Aoife ,

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Picture the scene: cycling or strolling through lush countryside, the Mediterranean sun hot on your skin, drinking some of the best wine in the world and munching on fresh olives and local cheese. The Via Francigena crosses some of the most

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6 things that make the Via Francigena special!

Lisa ,

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What makes the Via Francigena special? This is one of the world’s longest marked walking routes, covering 2,000 kilometres, that stretches all the way from Canterbury to Rome. We have carefully divided the route into 16 walking and cycling stages.

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Must-see: unique San Gimignano

Maria ,

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The towers of San Gimignano, perched on a pretty Tuscan hilltop, are one of the most magnificent and unusual views pilgrims will encounter as they make their way along the Via Francigena trail. The medieval skyscrapers of San Gimignano are

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Via Francigena Culture: Easter in Italy

Maria ,

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Easter is a fantastic time to discover the Via Francigena, particularly if you’d like to experience Easter in Italy, its unique celebrations and traditions. Many cities and towns across Italy, big and small, hold Easter processions during Easter week or

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Claire’s top things to do in Tuscany

Claire ,

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Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and after having spent a few days cycling in the heart of its countryside from Lucca to Siena, it’s easy to see why. Here are the highlights from my

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An Amateur Cyclist in Tuscany

Caroline ,

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I could never be described as an avid cyclist or, any type of cyclist come to think of it. But this October I had the enviable honour of going on a cycling tour through Tuscany along the Via Francigena cycle

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Our favourite food experiences in Tuscany

Lisa ,

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Three amigos from the CaminoWays team recently cycled from Lucca to Siena along one of the most popular routes on the Via Francigena. Myself, Claire and Caroline began this great adventure in the medieval city of Lucca and finished in

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Experience the Via Francigena in Italy

Lisa ,

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If you want to discover Italy you can experience the best of Italian landscape, culture and history on sections 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 along the the Via Francigena. Each of these popular walking and cycling routes in

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Most popular routes along the Via Francigena

Lisa ,

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The Via Francigena walking and cycling route spans over 1,700 kilometres from Canterbury to Rome. This famous pilgrimage crosses four countries at different stages: UK, France, Switzerland and Italy. All of the routes on what is commonly known as the

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Truffle season in Tuscany

Lisa ,

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The Via Francigena walking and cycling route passes through the beautiful landscape of Tuscany giving you the ideal excuse to sample their famous local delicacy. To celebrate the truffle season in Tuscany we have come up with a few unique

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Autumn cycling in Tuscany

Maria ,

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Escape to Italy before the end of the year for a last minute cycling in Tuscany break. Tuscany is one of the most spectacular stretches on the Via Francigena, the medieval pilgrimage route from Canterbury also known as the Camino

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Food Festivals Along the Via Francigena

Lisa ,

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Food plays a major part in the culture of every country in Europe. Each part of a country will have their own styles, flavours and favourite foods. The full Via Francigena route covers 1,700 kms from Canturbery to Rome, passing through

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What is the St Francis Way?

Maria ,

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The St Francis Way or Way of St Francis is also known as Cammino di Francesco or Via Francigena di San Francesco. The trail, inspired by the life and work of Saint Francis of Assisi, starts in Florence in Tuscany

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Via Francigena guided tours in September

Maria ,

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Discover the Camino to Rome joining our Via Francigena guided tours this September. Most of our Via Francigena trips are self-guided for independent travellers but we also organise guided tours departing on selected dates only. Our last Via Francigena guided

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Best Summer Festivals in Tuscany

Lisa ,

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With summer in full swing there is no better time to discuss some of the best summer festivals in Tuscany. Whether you are walking or cycling any section of the Via Francigena through Tuscany festivals are a great way to enjoy

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Keith, United Kingdom – Walking from Lucca to Siena

Maria ,

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“Simple booking process, queries answered promptly by helpful staff. Walking notes excellent and easy to follow, the given walking distances are rather conservative !!! The scenery and trail all as expected, good quality hotels and dinner. Recommended.” For more information about

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Food Ideas From Canterbury to Rome

Lisa ,

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The Via Francigena walking route allows you to sample famous foods all the way from Canterbury to Rome. When you embark on any journey the food you eat is a big part of the experience that you take away with

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Types of Via Francigena Accommodation

Lisa ,

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There are various types of Via Francigena accommodation available when walking the route from Canterbury to Rome. You will find a mixture of luxurious hotels, rustic hotels and agriturismi (farmhouses) along the way. Due to the long distance that the

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Jan, United Kingdom – It was terrific

Maria ,

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“Eight of us booked with Caminoways for a walking holiday in Tuscany. We chose the ‘Easy Walking Option – stage 14’. It was terrific. We could not have asked for more. Everything went very smoothly and the hotels were terrific. I

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History of the Via Francigena

Lisa ,

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The history of the Via-Francigena pilgrim route dates back to the Middle Ages. The full Via Francigena pilgrimage is from Canturbery to Rome, covering 1,700 km, passing through France and Switzerland along the way. The pilgrimage from northern Europe to Rome

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Top things to do in Siena

Maria ,

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The city of Siena is one of the highlights along the Via Francigena in Tuscany. Siena is a UNESCO-listed city and one of Italy’s most visited sites. Designed as a work of art to blend in with the Tuscan surroundings,

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Cycling in Tuscany

Emmet ,

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Tuscany is world renowned as being one of the most beautiful parts of Italy. The Via Francigena route which passes through Tuscany offers the perfect opportunity to experience the region by bike. Our cycling section 7 and section 8 of

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Must-see: 5 things to do in Lucca

Maria ,

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Section 14 of the Via Francigena, Italy’s Camino, starts in the magnificent walled city of Lucca, in Tuscany, and finishes in spectacular Siena. Many walkers choose to start in San Miniato instead of Lucca, avoiding the first couple of walking

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Must-See: Val d’Orcia in Tuscany

Maria ,

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The Val d’Orcia in Tuscany is one of the must-see regions of the Via Francigena and one of the highlights of section 15 of the Camino to Rome, stretching from Siena to Viterbo. The Via Francigena crosses the Val d’Orcia

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Glassblowing in Tuscany

Alice ,

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While walking sections 14 and 15 of the Via Francigena in Tuscany, you will be able to discover and appreciate one of Italy’s most traditional crafts: glassblowing. Since this particular skill has started to disappear in our modern world, where could

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