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Top summer festivals in Italy

Lisa ,

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Summer has arrived and we are ready to party. Pack your sun glasses, sun cream and camera and head to some of the top summer festivals in Italy. If you are planning on walking the Via Francigena in Italy this

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Free Webinar: Walking in Italy

Lisa ,

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Join us for a free webinar on May 16th at 4:30pm. In this free online talk Juanma will discuss the most popular trails when you are walking in Italy. For this free online talk we are going to provide information

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Things to do during Easter in Rome

Lisa ,

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Are you planning to finish your Via Francigena walk this Easter in Rome? With Easter being one of the most important weeks in the Catholic calendar This is a great time to spend a few days in the capital of

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Must see: Montreux Jazz Festival

Lisa ,

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The famous Montreux Jazz Festival has been growing steadily since its inception in 1967. It is now renowned as the 2nd largest annual Jazz festival in the world. This unique festival attracts visitors from far and wide every July for

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Culture: Gubbio’s race of the candles

Lisa ,

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The fascinating ‘Corsa dei Ceri’, which takes place every year on 15th May, is dedicated to St Ubaldo, patron saint of the city. Every year, the charming town of Gubbio comes alive for this quirky festival that has become a

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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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FAQ: What is the Testimonium?

CaminoWays ,

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Testimonium is the name given to the certificate you can receive when you complete your pilgrimage to Rome along the Via Francigena. It is the Via Francigena equivalent of the Compostela awarded to those walking the Camino de Santiago. There

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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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Cycling the Via Francigena – How it Works

juanma ,

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If you are thinking about cycling the Via Francigena with FrancigenaWays.com, we have prepared this useful post answering all your questions about your new best friend: your bike! How it Works You have decided to cycle the Via Francigena, you

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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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FAQ: How to follow the Francigena trail?

Maria ,

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Most of our trips on the Francigena trail are available as self-guided holidays, which means you can pick your own travel dates and our travel specialists will adapt the itinerary to your requirements. *We also have a number of Via

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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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Simon, UK, Via Francigena from Lucca to Siena

Maria ,

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“We have travelled with CaminoWays before on the Camino in 2013. I have always found them very helpful in arranging a bespoke itinerary. The luggage transfer service on both trips has been flawless. Our accommodation has always been clean and our hosts friendly

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Pilgrimage to Rome

The Team ,

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Travel journalist and photographer Gavin Gough embarks on a pilgrimage to Rome. It is during our daydreaming sessions, those moments when we look blankly into the middle-distance and for which school children are often reprimanded, that our unconscious minds seek out solutions and

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Via Francigena Highlights

The Team ,

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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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Finish your walk in historic Rome

Lisa ,

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The romantic capital of Italy is home to some of the world’s most treasured buildings, artefacts and history. Rome is one of the world’s most visited cities and it is not hard to see why. In every direction you will

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Fabio Dipinto: Tales from the Via Francigena

Lisa ,

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We caught up with Fabio Dipinto to celebrate the completion of his Via Francigena documentary ‘I Volti della Via Francigena’. Fabio kindly agreed to do an interview about the film, the places and his experience of the Via Francigena in

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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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Most romantic Via Francigena locations

Aoife ,

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Leaving off from Canterbury in the UK, traversing through the land of love, France, through picturesque Switzerland and onto Italy; the nation that practically invented romance, there are no shortage of romantic Via Francigena locations to choose from. Here is a list

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3 unique experiences for the Holy Year

Lisa ,

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In 2015, Pope Francis announced that 2016 would be an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. This is an exciting year to challenge yourself to a walking or cycling trip on the Via Francigena pilgrimage. The Holy Year will be marked

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Traditional Christmas food in Italy

Valeria ,

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Looking to give your Christmas celebrations an Italian flavour inspired by the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome? Valeria from CaminoWays.com has picked her favourite festive dishes. Here’s her essential guide to Christmas food in Italy: Christmas dishes Cappone or

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Christmas traditions in Italy

Valeria ,

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Christmas is a special time of the year and each country has its own unique Christmas traditions. Italy, including the regions of the Via Francigena and St Francis Way, is home to a range of Christmas events, foods and traditions that

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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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2016 Holy Year to Rome

Maria ,

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Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced 2016 will be an extraordinary Holy Year for pilgrims heading to Rome. Holy years, also known as Jubilee years, usually take place every 25 years, unless the Pope requests an extraordinary Holy Year to

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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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