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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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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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24 hours in Siena

Aoife ,

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On a trip walking the Via Francigena in Tuscany with three colleagues in October we elected to take an extra day to explore the hilltop city of Siena. It was a decision that I’d happily repeat. Here’s our top things to

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Michael, UK – Excellent service

Maria ,

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“Excellent service. Always at the end of a phone! We started this walk in Switzerland and are now in Tuscany en route to Rome. Camino have ensured luggage transfers and reasonable accommodation every step of the way.” For more information about

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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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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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FAQ: tourist tax in Italy

Emmet ,

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When you are travelling the Via Francigena in Italy, you will find in some cities and historic towns you will have to pay a local tourist tax, what is called ‘Tassa di soggiorno’. This local tax is collected by hotels

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Must-See: medieval Viterbo

Maria ,

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The city of Viterbo, in the region of Lazio in Italy, is a popular starting point for Via Francigena pilgrims as it marks the last 100kms of the ‘Camino to Rome’. Viterbo is a small city of just over 60,000

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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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5 Fun Things to Do in Lausanne

Lisa ,

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Lausanne is a picturesque Swiss city located on the banks of Lake Geneva and also happens to be a popular starting point for walkers and a must-see attraction on the Via Francigena. Its proximity to Geneva Airport and its panoramic

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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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The Via Francigena in England

Emmet ,

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The route of the Via Francigena to Dover follows that of the North Downs Way and takes you along quiet country roads, gravel paths, farm tracks and old Roman roads. Along the way you will pass through picture perfect villages

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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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Unmissable Rome

Adam ,

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If you are walking or cycling the Saint Francis Way or Via Francigena, Camino to Rome we would absolutely recommend you take an extra day to explore the Eternal City before travelling home and re-joining the real world once again.

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Christmas in Italy: Befana the witch

Valeria ,

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Who will bring your Christmas presents if you are walking the Via Francigena in Italy? We answer this important question for Christmas pilgrims: Santa will definitely find you if you are walking in Italy, as he also delivers presents to

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Sabela on the Via Francigena to Rome

Sabela ,

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Sabela from the FrancigenaWays.com Customer Care team cycled the last section of the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome, recently. She shares her experience and tips: When I was offered to travel the last 100 km of the Via Francigena,

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