You will start your Via Francigena walk in Canterbury, a city with a great amount of history, closely linked with religion. Its one thousand year old Cathedral, an amazing building that you can’t miss, has been chosen as one of the outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with the St Martin Church and the ruins of the Augustine’s Abbey.
2 Canterbury to Shepherdswell - 17km
5h | +247m / -150m
Your first day walking will see you make your way along the North Downs Way, crossing over gentle hills. This is a historic way used by pilgrims travelling to holy shrines. Along the way you will pass through the small village of Patrixbourne where you can observe the beautiful stained glass windows of Saint Mary’s norman church. Your stage today is easy, passing through orchards, fields and hamlets on mostly pathways.
3 Shepherdswell to Dover - 15km
4h30 | +158m / -267m
Today you will continue on the path of the North Downs Way before following minor roads into Dover, “The Lock and Key of England”. This is a peaceful part of the ‘Camino to Rome’ walking route along minor roads, passing fields and farms as you make your way downhill to the town of Dover. While there you can’t miss the 12th century Dover Castle, which is built on top of Dovers famous white cliffs. The castle itself has a vast military history, as the first place to repel invaders from mainland Europe.
4 Dover to Calais
Today is a break in your walking holiday because you will spend it on the ferry to Calais, crossing the English Channel. Almost the entire town of Calais was destroyed by heavy bombardments during world War II, and you can visit the war museum, located in the former German wartime military headquarters.
5 Calais to Wissant - 21km
6h | +285m / -276m
Today, you will walk along the Cote d’Opale, with its long sandy beaches and high white cliffs. This route offers you magnificent views of the coast. Wissant, the end of your stage, has long been a fishing village. There you will find all the facilities you may need. Popular attractions in Wissant include the 15th century church of Saint Nicholas and the 17th century fortified manorhouses.
6 Wissant to Guines - 26km
6h | +280m / -278m
Today you will follow the GR128 on farm tracks and small road until Guines. You will walk along the game reserve “Mont de Couple”. From the summit you will have a beautiful view of the English Channel.
7 Guines to Licques - 16km
6h | +232m / -163m
This section of the Via Francigena route follows farm tracks, forest tracks and minor roads. Licques, the end of your stage, doesn’t have as many facilities as the other stages but you can find some en-route. In Licques the culinary speciality is the turkey and the town organise some events involving them, like the Fête de la Dinde in December.
8 Licques to Wisques - 30km
7h30 | +444m / -426m
Your day walking will be a very pleasant day on small country roads, through a number of villages and woodlands. As you are passing the small town of Acquin-Westbécourt admire the 13th century tower and chateau of Prieuré de Saint-Bertin. In Wisques you can see the two abbeys St Paul and Notre Dame. Wisques is only 4km from the town of St. Omer, a middle town where you can find all the facilities you need.
9 Wisques to Therouanne - 23km
4h30 | +160m / -217m
Today you will mainly follow local roads. Even if they are short, the hills you will meet in this region are quite steep. Shortly after you start, you will reach Wizernes and the nearby La Coupole, which was a Second World War rocket base with a huge concrete dome, it is now a museum. In Therouanne you will see the beautiful Church of St Martin, dating from the 19th century, and also the archaeological site where you can see the remains of the medieval city.
10 Therouanne to Amettes - 19km
6h | +235m / -195m
On this part of the Via Francigena, you will walk off-road, in open farmland on tracks with good signage. This part of the route is really typical of the region, with a lot of farms and small rural villages. In Amettes you should take some time-out to visit the 16th century church of St Sulpice. Amettes is also known as the birthplace of Saint Benoit Labry, one of the patron saints of pilgrims.
11 Amettes to Bruay-la-Buissiere - 22km
6h | +231m / -276m
Today, after few kilometres on country tracks, you will start to meander through former mining villages and past open-cast mines. The area was leading place of the mining industry in the 19th and the early 20th century. In La Buissiere you will find a Museum of mining, among a full range of facilities.
12 Bruay-la-Buissiere to Acq - 20km
6h | +254m / -193m
Your route today begins with off-road tracks, first along a disused railway and then along the ancient road ‘Chaussée Brunehaut’. You will finish your walking day on country roads until you reach Acq.
13 Acq to Arras - 14km
4h | +101m / -123m
Today is a relatively short walk and soon after the start you will see the first houses of the urban area of Arras. Approaching Arras, you will meander along tracks beside windmills and canals. In Arras, you can’t miss the Flemish influence, especially on architecture. While in town you have to see the Cathedral of Saint Vaast, the historic Town Hall, rebuilt in the Flamboyant Gothic style, the site of the Abbaye de Saint-Vaast and of course the main square “Grand Place”.
14 Arras to Bapaume - 26km
7h30 | +241m / -192m
Today your route mainly follows minor roads crossing over farmlands along this picturesque section of the Via Francigena. Bapaume is a small town, which is a crossing point between the plains of Artois and Flandres on one hand, and Somme valley and Paris basin on the other. During the First World War, Bapaume played a major role in the Battle of the Somme.
15 Bapaume to Peronne - 27km
7h30 | +228m / -292m
As you are entering the Somme, a French department which is famous for its First World War battles, you will follow an easy route, mainly walking on quiet roads, and sometimes on farm tracks. A lot of the townscape in Peronne was ruined during the second world war and most of it has been reconstructed. Some of the highlights which should be seen, include the Monument to the Fallen, the Historial de la Grande Guerre, and the Porte de Bretagne.
16 Peronne to Trefcon - 18km
6h | +166m / -138m
Today you will follow minor roads and tracks, through the rural landscape of the Somme and end your walk in the small village of Trefcon.
17 Trefcon to Tergnier - 32km
6h30 | +232m / -278m
On this part of your Via Francigena walk you will enter the region of Aisne, while still following farm tracks, minor roads and woodland paths, before arriving in Tergnier. Tergnier is a small town, but large enough for you to find all the facilities you may need.
18 Tergnier to Cessiere - 23km
6h15 | +309m / -278m
After a few kilometres on minor roads crossing farmlands, you will enter the forest of Saint Gobain, where you will walk on pleasant tracks or quiet roads until the village of Cessiere. There is a stiff climb near the Abbaye of St Nicolas, which will lead you to a beautiful view of the Abbaye and the forest. In Cessiere you can visit the small war memorial and the Gothic Romanesque church.
19 Cessiere to Laon - 10km
4h | +141m / -62m
Today’s walk on the Via Francigena is short and easy. You will mainly walk on quiet roads until Laon, a medium sized town with a full range of facilities. In Laon, you can’t miss the Notre Dame Cathedral, as well as the Citadelle. Some features of the historical centre date back as far as the 6th century. You also have to see the Chemin des Dames close to Laon, which was one of the most famous battles of the First World War.
20 Laon to Corbeny - 27km
8h30 | +358m / -454m
Leaving Laon, your route will mainly use pathways, farm tracks or minor roads. All day long, you will walk along the Chemin des Dames, a 30km long former front line of World War One, which was the stage of several bloody battles. There are splendid views all along this walking route on clear days. You may also see huge craters made by artillery bombardments during those battles. You will arrive in the village of Corbeny through a nice little woodland.
21 Corbeny to Hermonville - 23km
7h | +266m / -254m
After a start on tarmac road, this walking day will use nice off-road tracks. There are some steep climbs in this section, initially through farmland or woodland, and then through the famous vineyards of Champagne.
22 Hermonville to Reims - 17km
5h30 | +198m / -226m
Today you will mainly follow off-road paths through woodlands and vineyards. You will arrive in the Champagne capital Reims by the towpath of the Canal de l’Aisne et la Marne. In Reims, you have to see the outstanding Gothic Cathedral, the Place Royale with its statues of Louis XV and Joan of Arc and the Porte de Mars, the oldest monument in Reims.
23 Reims to Trepail - 26km
7h30 | +486m / -405m
Mainly following off-road routes, this section has an easy start, but is harder after few kilometres, as you have to climb a steep hill between vineyards and woodland of Reims wine valley. The descent to Trepail is also steep, and could be slippery as well.
24 Trepail to Chalons-en-Champagne - 32km
7h30 | +149m / -227m
After the descent of the Montagne de Reims, the route will follow the towpath of the Canal Lateral a La Marne. Chalons is a nice town where you have to seat least the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Church, part of the UNESCO World Heritage and the Saint Etienne’s cathedral.
25 Chalons-en-Champagne to Coole - 29km
7h30 | +249m / -179m
Today, your route will follow busy roads during the first few kilometres. Then, the route will pick up the Roman road, crossing open countries. Coole is a very small village on your road.
26 Coole to Donnement - 26km
7h30 | +132m / -156m
Today is a pretty long walking day. however not too challenging. Your route will exclusively follow the very quiet Roman road, until the small village of Donnement.
27 Donnement to Brienne-le-Chateau - 22km
6h | +251m / -259m
Today’s route is not hard; you will first follow the Roman road on open countries, and then continue to Brienne on minor roads. In Brienne, you will find all the facilities you need, as well as a beautiful château you must see.
28 Brienne-le-Chateau to Bar-sur-Aube - 31km
8h30 | +238m / -195m
Your route today will follow the river Aube, through several small lakeside and riverside towns, mainly on minor roads, and sometimes on woodland tracks. Some pathways run parallel to some of the road sections, but they can be overgrown. Bar-sur-Aube is a pretty little town, built by the river Aube, with a typical architecture.
29 Bar-sur-Aube to Clairveaux-sur-Aube - 15km
4h30 | +422m / -399m
Today you route is mainly following off-road paths, through vineyards and the beautiful forest of Clairvaux. You will meet a very steep climb into this forest. In Clairvaux, you need to see the abbey, the remains of the ancient Cistercian monastery.
30 Clairveaux-sur-Aube to Châteauvillain - 24km
6h | +175m / -139m
The route you will follow today is a really nice way to walk, using a lot of woodland paths. In Chateauvillain, you can see the remains of the ancient fortifications, and a park of 272 hectares.
31 Châteauvillain to Mormant - 22km
6h | +338m / -192m
Just like yesterday, the route you follow uses off-road paths, mainly into woodland. You will cross the almost entire day the large forest of Chateauvillain, until you reach the small hamlet of Mormant and its old abbey.
32 Mormant to Langres - 30km
7h30 | +330m / -256m
This section will first use quiet roads until Humes. But from Humes to Langres, you are following the N19 road which can be busy, with a steep climb. In Langres you can see the Saint Mammes Cathedral, as well as the statue of Diderot, French philosopher.
33 Langres to Chalindrey - 25km
4h | +108m / -234m
The first day of this section is relatively short, and will bring you to Chalindrey through nice quiet roads. Woodlands, farmlands and small typical villages will form the background of your walk.
34 Chalindrey to Champlitte - 32km
7h30 | +108m / -234m
Today, you will follow quiet roads, mainly through forest. This tree-shaded route is easily followed and leads you to the nice fortified town of Champlitte, where you can visit the castle-museum.
35 Champlitte to Dampierre-sur-Salon - 17km
5h | +207m / -227m
Today your route will only follow quiet roads until Dampierre-sur-Salon, passing through several small typical villages along the valley of the river Salon.
36 Dampierre-sur-Salon to Gy - 25km
7h30 | +274m / -237m
Once again, your route of the day follows quiet roads to reach the pleasant town of Gy and its beautiful castle. Your background is only formed by greenery, and roughly a half of the route crosses forests and woodlands on tree-shaded roads.
37 Gy to Cussey-sur-l’Ognon - 16km
4h30 | +359m / -368m
Your entire route today will be surrounded by woodlands so you will enjoy shadowed quiet roads/paths the whole day. You will particularly cross the Grands Bois de Gy, the large forest of Gy.
38 Cussey-sur-l’Ognon to Besancon - 19km
6h | +297m / -280m
Your final route today is the more undulated, and you will alternately cross farmlands and woodlands until you reach Besancon, the final stage of your trip. In there, beside all the facilities you may need, you will enjoy the historic centre, one of the most beautiful of any major towns in France, as well as the Vauban’s citadel or the St Jean Cathedral, two highlights of the town.
39 Besancon to Ornans - 28km
8h30 | +724m / -370m
After few hundred metres along the river Doubs, you will meet a stiff climb in your way, as a warning: after the quite flat previous sections, you will now have to walk challenging climb to continue. And even if some may be quite stiff, you will always be rewarded by the enjoying view on the top. After this climb, you will follow quiet and isolated roads with forest on either side, along river valleys to the town of Ornans
40 Ornans to Mouthier-haute-pierre - 15km
6h | +724m / -370m
A great day, using quiet farmland and woodland tracks, or minor roads until Hautepierre Le chatelet, where we drop down, from the high plateaux, to the exceptional Gorges of Moutier-haute-Pierre! You won’t be disappointed.
41 Moutier-haute-pierre to Pontarlier - 23km
7h30 | +752m / -159m
The first 10km of this section accross the magnificent Gorges. Then only use quiet roads until Pontarlier, however those roads become busier as you are approaching Pontarlier. Pontarlier is the largest town you will meet until Lausanne, the second highest town in France. In there you can enjoy the Triumphal arch of the Porte Saint-Pierre (18th century), as well as the Gate of the ancient church of the Annonciades.
42 Pontarlier to Jougne - 19km
6h30 | +712m / -462m
As you are enter Switzerland, your route will be more challenging, the section between Pontarlier and Sainte-Croix is strenuous, climbing to 1152 metres. The first off-road section will follow a stiff climb and descent, but you will enjoy a great view of Chateau de Joux from above.
43 Jougne to Orbe - 18km
6h | +223m / -869mAs you were climbing to reach Sainte-Croix the day before, you walking day is now mainly descending. After reaching Vuiteboeuf, the route generally follows broad farm and forest tracks. In Yverdon the two main highlights are the 18th-century Temple, the protestant church and the Castle.
44 Orbe to Lausanne - 29km
7h30 | +314m / -527m
In this section, you will first follow farm tracks before quickly entering in Lausanne’s outskirts. In there you will follow quiet roads until you reach the centre of the Switzerland’s San Francisco. This nickname is due to the fact that Lausanne is scattered with incredibly steep hills, above the Lake Geneva. In there, highlights are the Notre-Dame cathedral, overviewing the Lake and the old town, the Olympic Museum and the Beaulieu Castle.
45 Lausanne to Vevey - 26km
6h | +467m / -459m
Today is you first walking day of the section. While you are leading Lausanne, you will walk along the Lake Geneva . Right before your arrival in Vevey, your route will steeply climb into the vineyard terraces, but then return to the lake side in Vevey.
46 Vevey to Villeneuve - 12km
8h | +257m / -230m
Today, the first part of your walk will follow the Route 70 by the lake shore. On your route, Montreux is a culture centre, with a lot of events along the year. You will also see the Chateau of Chillon on your way.
47 Villeneuve to Saint-Maurice - 25km
5h30 | +158m / -150m
This entire section between Villeneuve and Saint Maurice, you will be walking by the Rhone bank, which means that your route is quite flat today. In Saint Maurice you can see the beautiful Abbey, situated against a cliff.
48 Saint-Maurice to Martigny - 16km
5h | +297m / -245m
Today your route will follow higher paths and roads until the village of Martigny, after few kilometres alongside the Rhone. In Martigny, look out for the Roman archaeological remains, and especially the amphitheatre.
49 Martigny to Orsières - 20km
6h | +872m / -460m
Today is a climbing day until Orsières. Right after leaving Martigny, your route will follow narrow tracks, especially forest tracks, with stiff ascents. Highlights in Orsières are the church and its bell-tower.
50 Orsières to Bourg-St Pierre - 15km
4h30 | +1039m / -304m
For this walking day, you will steadily climb from Orsières to Bourg-St Pierre, on off-road sections with short steeper sections. Bourg-St Pierre is a very small and typical alpine village, which has been an important stage for the Napoleon’s Italy campaign.
51 Bourg St Pierre to Col Du Grand San Bernardo - 12km
3h45 | +1123m / -300m
This walking day will see you make your way along a route which has been in constant use for over 2,000 years. After leaving Bourg St Pierre you will make your way south towards the Colle del San Bernardo. Along the way you will pass the Lac des Toules and its dam. The Col du Grand St. Bernard sits at 2,469m above sea-level and has been used over the centuries by the armies of Rome and Napoleon as well as pilgrims. The pass is perhaps most famous for its hospice where the famous St. Bernard dogs were originally bred.
52 Col Du Grand San Bernardo to Aosta - 29km
7h | +617m / -2485m
Your last walking day will see you gradually descend to the town of Aosta along the banks of the Torrente Buthier river. Aosta was originally founded by an alpine tribe known as the Salassi. The towns position as a gateway to the Alps saw it change hands many times over the centuries. It was held by the Romans, Burgundians, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, and the Frankish before it finally became part of the Kingdom of Italy. As a result of this history there is an abundance of ancient remains around the town including the Augusta Praetoria Roman ruins.
Easy Walking Option Stay in Etroubles - 13km & 16km
3h30 | +308 / -1242m
Split the long walking day above, Col Du Grand San Bernardo to Aosta, into 2 stages of 14km and 16km instead of 30km, staying in the village of Etroubles.
53 Aosta to Nus - 15km
+626m / -627m
From Aosta you will travel along the northern side of the Aosta Valley, which has the river Dora Baltea at its centre. For this reason there isn’t much in the way of climbing but the scenery and views are fantastic. The first village you pass through is Saint-Chriostophe, which has a 15th century crucifix on display in the church.
54 Nus to Chatillon - 14km
+805m / -667m
On this walking day you continue to descend the green Aosta valley, passing through the beautiful town of Chatillon and its ancient castle : The Castello di Ussel. Chatillon is your day destination for today.
55 Chatillon to Issogne - 20km
+593m / -955m
Todays walk will again see you descend very gradually along the Aosta Valley. The valley has 2,000 species of plantlife and along the trail you may also see ibex, deer, foxes or golden eagles, as you pass vineyards and forests of pine and chestnut trees. Shortly after your start, You will pass through St Vincent where the surrounding landscape has created a micro-climate, which sees the area having mild winters and cool summers. The town is also famous for the therapeutic mineral water of the Fons Salutis. The town of Verres is dominated by an impressive cubic castle and is a great spot to see roman and gothic architecture.
56 Issogne to Pont St Martin - 15km
+492m / -502m
From Issogne you will have another flat days walk along the Aosta Valley, but shorter than the others. Along the way you will pass through Arnad where the church of St Martin is a gem of romanesque architecture and art. You will then come to Bard where you will see the impossing fort, which hugs the side of the valley. The town of Donnas was of huge importance as a rest stop during roman times. As you come into the town you will see a section of roman road which is carved out of the rock of the hillside. Your destination is Pont St Martin which marks the entrance to the Aosta Valley. The town is most notable for its beautiful roman bridge.
57 Pont St Martin to Ivrea - 22km
+558m / -652m
Your journey sets out from the town of Pont St Martin and travels south along the valley of the Dora Baltea river. Along the way you will pass Settima Vittone which has a 9th century church. From here you will make your way through Borgofranco d’Ivrea and Montalto Dora which has an impressive 12th century castle. Your destination for today is Ivrea. The town has an abundance of interesting historical buildings but is best known for its annual “Battle of the Oranges” carnival.
58 Ivrea to Viverone - 20km
+407m / -345m
From Ivrea the track moves away from the Dora Baltea river and into farmlands. You wil pass through the peaceful villages of Bolengo, Palazzo Canavese and Piverone. There is a short climb before you reach todays destination of Viverone which sits on the shore of the lovely Lago di Viverone.
59 Viverone to Santhia - 17km
+147m / -252m
From the lake the trail makes its way through some woodlands and passes over the last hill before the flat Padana Plain opens out in front of you. After passing through the village of Cavaglia you will again move in farmlands. The gradual descent begins to level out as you make your way into Santhia. The town of Santhia is a busy agricultural hub.
60 Santhia to Vercelli 26km
+75m / -127m
Your last walking day is a flat walk through farmlands. Many of the surrounding fields are frequently full of water as they are used for growing rice. Vercelli is quite a large, bustling, university town. There are many wonderful sights in Vercelli, including the piazza in the centre, the cathedral and the Basilica di Sant’Andrea which is one of the best preserved Romanesque buildings in Italy.
61 Vercelli to Robbio - 19km
5h | +247m / -150m
On leaving Vercelli you will cross the river Sesia. The trail today is once again on flat land and you will make your way through agricultural land. After about 7kms you will come to the edge of the Sesia valley. The trail continues for another couple of kilometres sandwiched between the river and farmland before it enters woodland. You will cross a stream and some more farmland before reaching the village of Palestro where there is a large memorial to the victims of the Battle of Palestro which took place during the second Italian War of Independance in 1859. You will pass through more farmland on your way into Robbio. The town has always been an important trading post on the road from Rome to Gaul (France).
62 Robbio to Mortara - 14km
6h| +49m / -57m
Through farmlands and woodlands, your route today follows a very flat itinerary until the small town of Mortara, where you can have lunch and sample the local speciality of Salame d’Oca, which is goose salami.
63 Mortara to Garlasco - 24km
6h | +89m / -104m
Today is a perfectly flat walking day, passing through farmlands as well as woodlands, betweem Mortara and Garlasco.
64 Garlasco to Pavia - 25km
7h30 | +89m / -104m
From Garlasco you will make your way into the agricultural lands of the Padana Plains before reaching the town of Zerbolo. After this your walk will take you along the course of the river Ticino. This area is the Ticino Valley Natural Park. The park was the first riverside park of its kind in Europe and is a conservation area for many species of birds. You will then cross the river and walk up the hill to the town of Pavia. Pavia is a beautiful university town, which holds a huge amount of artistic, cultural and historical treasures.
65 Pavia to Mirandolo Terme - 33km
8h | +162m / -170m
Today’s walk is a flat trek through the farmlands on the edge of the River Ticino. From here you will make your way away from the river to the town of Belgioioso. Due to the agricultural nature of the area you should take the opportunity to sample the local cheese and pork. The Castle of Belgioioso is also well worth a look. Your day finishes in the town of Mirandolo Terme.
66 Mirandolo Terme to Piacenza - 34km
8h | +158m / -169m
From Mirandolo Terme you will cross the river Lambro and follow it until you reach the Po which is the longest river in Italy. We normally use the alternative route which is shorter and quieter than the usual one. You can also choose the normal route which is 9km longer and uses a ferry to cross the Po. Piacenza has always been an important stronghold for control of power in northern Italy but it is now a cultural gem. There are many sights to see here so its worthwhile taking some time to stroll around.
Easy Walking Option Stay in Orio Litta - 12km & 22km
4h | +79m / -85km
Split the long day above, Mirandolo Terme to Piacenza, into 2 stages of 12km and 22km instead of 34km, staying in the village of Orio Litta.
67 Piacenza to Fiorenzuola d'Arda - 34km
9h30 | +141m / -123m
The walk to Fiorenzuola follows a flat trail through the Emilia-
Romagna countryside. Fiorenzuola sits in the valley of the river Arda. This particular area has some of the oldest human settlements in Italy. The town has long been a feature of the Via Francigena, which is evident from the fact that there is a number of pilgrims hospitals in the area. PS: Even if this is a very flat and easy walk, this day may seem to be long. So if you wish so, you can stop your walking day halfway, and then we organise your transfer for an extra night in Piacenza. You would be dropped off at the same point on the next morning.
68 Fiorenzuola d'Arda to Fidenza - 22km
6h30 | +1480m / -1484m
This walking day is really easy and flat , the route usually uses country roads, between Fiorenzuola d’Arda and Fidenza. In Fidenza, you are only 25km from the city of Parma. Why don’t you consider having a break there? Ask us for extra night in this fantastic city.
69 Fidenza to Medesano - 22km
6h30 | +563m / -502m
After leaving Fidenza, the well marked route starts to climb into the rolling hills of the Appenines, mainly on farmtracks. In Fidenza, you are only 25km from the city of Parma. Why don’t you consider having a break there? Ask us for extra night in this fantastic city.
70 Medesano to Fornovo di Taro - 12km
3h30 | +239m / -263m
This short day leads you along the bank of the Taro river to Fornovo. The town has always been an important crossroads as this is where the Via Francigena and a bridge over the Taro meet each other.
71 Fornovo di Taro to Berceto - 31km
9h | +1474m / -757m
From Fornovo the Via Francigena moves away from the Taro river and begins to climb gradually into the Apennine Mountains. The trail passes through woodlands and agricultural fields. Along the way you will see the unusual rock formations of the area known as “I Salti del Diavolo”. From the village of Bardone the trail begins to climb more steeply up to the second highest point of the day at about 930m. Then, after a a downward slope through woodlands and open ground, there is another climb up to 960m. You will continue on a twisting trail which goes up and down until you reach the village of Berceto.
Easy Walking Option Stay in Cassio - 21km & 10km
4h30 | +737m / – 378m
Split the long walking day above in Cassio, 17km from Fornovo di Taro and walk the remaining 13km to Berceto the next day. Transfers included, you will stay the night again in Fornovo di Taro.
72 Berceto to Pontremoli - 28km
8h | +1148m / -1763m
Today will see you travel deeper into the Apennines with the trail becoming more enclosed in woodlands. Before you reach Montelungo you will cross the Cisa Pass which sits at just over 1,000 metres. The pass marks the transition from the region of Emilia-Romagna into Tuscany. Then, you will gradually descend all day to the town of Pontremoli. Most of today is spent walking through woodlands and there are many signs of the Via Francigena along the way with crosses and chapels dotted along the route. Pontremoli sits on the river Magra and you will enter the town by way of a bridge, which dates from the 4th century.
Easy Walking Option Stay in Montelungo - 12km & 16km
4h | +574m / -881m
Split the long day above, Berceto to Pontremoli, into 2 stages of 12km and 16km, staying the overnight in the town of Montelungo.
73 Pontremoli to Aulla -28km
8h | +519m / -689m
This day of walking will see you follow a gentle downward sloping trail which traces the valley of the river Magra. You will pass through the villages of Villafranca in Lunigiana and Terrarossa, where you will see one of the many castles of the Malaspina family of nobles. Before reaching Aulla you will pass the abbey of St. Caprasio which dates from the 9th century.
74 Aulla to Sarzana - 17km
4h30 | +765m / -801m
Your first day of walking will see you climb sharply from the town of Aulla up to the beautiful hilltop village of Bibola. From here you will continue to climb past the ruins of Brina Castle before reaching the highest point of this section, which comes after about 7km. After this you will drop down out of the Apennine Mountains and get your first views of the sea. Your destination for today is Sarzana. The town was of great importance in roman times and the cathedral, citadel, and Castle of Sarzanello are all well worth a visit.
75 Sarzana to Massa - 28km
4h30 | +271m / -297m
Today you will take an alternative route which lead you on a track along the coast until Marina di Massa, a coastal town where you can enjoy the beach.
76 Massa to Camaiore - 26km
6h | +439m / -404m
You will continue you walk along the coast the main part of your day, before turning left towards PIetrasanta. There , you are back on the usual minor roads and tracks until Camaiore.
77 Camaiore to Lucca - 24km
6h30 | +504m / -519m
Todays walk climbs gradually for the first 8 kilometres before dropping down through woodlands to a valley which leads to Lucca. Lucca is a beautiful fortified town on the banks of the river Serchio. The town has been settled for nearly 2,000 years and is full of great sights. Its well worth taking some time to stroll around the town and enjoy the architecture and soak up the atmosphere.
78 Lucca to Altopascio - 18km
5h30 | +89m / -93m
The trail from Lucca to Altopascio is flat all the way. You will pass through the towns of Capannori and Porcari which have lovely little churches. Your destination for the day is Altopascio which is know as the “town of bread”, due to its bread making traditions. There is an interesting church and bell tower in the centre of the town.
79 Altopascio to San Miniato - 29km
7h | +383m / -283m
Your walking day on this section follows a lovely trail through woodlands and farmlands with some ups and downs. There is a short climb and descent before you reach a canal which is crossed by way of the beautiful fortified Medicean bridge, which dates from the 16th century. You will then pass through the lovely town of Fucecchio and over the Arno river, before the final climb up to the breathtaking town of San Miniato. There are planty of artistic, cultural and historical sights to see here. The area is also renowned for its white truffles.
80 San Miniato to Gambassi Terme - 24km
7h | +693m / -505m
Your first day of walking on this holiday follows a lovely trail through oak woods, chestnut woods, olive groves and vineyards. The trail is predominantly on off-road tracks over small rolling hills. There is a 300m climb to Gambassi Terme. Along the way you will pass through Chianni which has a lovely little church. The hilltop town of Gambassi Terme is best known for its spa and its glass manufacturing.
81 Gambassi T. to Colle di Val d. - 27km
8h | +624m / -760m
From Gambassi Terme you will descend for a couple of kilometres before you begin another climb. The day is quite up and down but the scenery as you pass through the world famous Chianti vineyards will make the effort worthwhile. San Gimignano, in the middle of you walk, is a wonderful, walled, hill top, medieval town, where you can stop for the night if you decide to split this day. The towers of the town can be seen for miles around. The museum of San Gimignano 1300 has a wonderful reconstruction of how the town once looked and is well worth a visit. Once you are leaving San Gimignano, you will have a pleasant walk through olive groves and cypress avenues up to the village of Montecchio. In Colle Val d’Elsa, enjoy a glass of Chianti in the central piazza.
Easy Walking Option Stay in San Gimignano - 13km & 14km
4h | +312m / -380m
Split your day by adding an extra night in San Gimignano, in order to benefit of this picturesque village, with unique architecture. The historic town centre is UNESCO World Heritage Site. The split of this day will make two walking days of 13km and 14km.
82 Colle di Val d. to Monteriggioni - 14km
3h30 | +266m / -144m
After enjoying a glass of Chianti in the central Piazza of Colle di Val d’Elsa, you will walk on tree-shadowded roads, starting with a long descent to the Castel Petraia and then up to the densely forested hill of Montagnole. Your walking day along the Via Francigena continues on to reach the handsome town of Monteriggioni and its circular walls.
83 Monteriggioni to Siena - 21km
5h15 | +380m / -316m
After Monteriggioni, you can admire the village of Funghaia and its church with frescoed interior. Make sure you experience real Tuscan food in one of the region’s best osterias, as you reach stunning Siena. Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in Italy. It is world famous for its art, medieval architecture, museums, cuisine and the ‘Palio’, the annual horse race held in the city’s piazza.
84 Siena to Lucignano - 18km
4h45 | +327m / -492m
You route will leave Siena through Siena gate and quickly use a country road. After a short section on a busy road, the route mainly takes farm tracks.
85 Lucignano to Buenconvento - 13km
4h | +57m / -96m
Mainly on country tracks, your route between Lucignano and Buenconvento meanders through the Tuscan hills.
86 Buenconvento to S. Quirico d'Orcia - 21km
6h40 | +602m / -356m
Today, you continue you route among the Tuscan hills, on gravel and white roads or sometimes on tarmac road.
87 San Quirico d'Orcia to Gallina - 17km
5h25 | +471m / -556m
The Via Francigena trail takes you today across the rolling hills of the magnificent Val d’Orcia Natural Park for most of the day. Your destination for the night is Gallina.
88 Gallina to Radicofani - 15km
4h10 | +612m / -181m
From Gallina, your entire day in a progressive day to Radicofani.Radiocofani is dominated by the castle with its impressive tower. The views from here are stunning.
89 Radicofani to Acquapendente - 32km
9h20 | +564m / -922m
From Radiocofani you will gradually descend for the first 9km to Paglia river at Ponte del Rigo. You will then travel along rolling hills to todays destination of Acquapendente where you will enjoy the impressive Cathedral.
Easy Walking Option Stay in Ponte a Rigo - 11km & 21km
4h10 | +282m / -461m
Split the long walking day above, Radicofani to Acquapendente, into 2 stages of of 11 and 21km, staying in the charming village of Ponte a Rigo.
90 Acquapendente to Bolsena - 22km
6h30 | +341m / -414m
After your start, you will walk on a trail which will take you down to the banks of the river Paglia. From here there is another short climb followed by a rolling track to Bolsena. You will pass through the important agricultural town of San Lorenzo Nuovo. The town has a wealth of artistic and historicla sites of importance. After this the huge Lake of Bolsena will loom into view as you make your way down to the town of Bolsena. Bolsena is a beautiful little lakeside town.
91 Bolsena to Montefiascone- 18m
4h | +464m / -210m
Today will take you over more rolling hills through farmlands and woodlands. As you gradually move upwards you will have breathtaking views back over the lake. Montefiascone is a bustling town with many interesting sights with the Cathedral being the highlight. This is also a great place to sample the local cuisine and wine.
92 Montefiascone to Viterbo - 18m
5h45 | +71m / -341m
Your final day of walking on this holiday will see you travel through the beautiful countryside of the province of Viterbo. Before you reach the end of your walk today, you will pass the Bagnaccio thermal pools, which are great for relaxing. Viterbo itself is a beautiful old town, with many things to see and do, chief among these are the Papal Palace and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.+71 m / -341 m: Your first day of walking on this holiday will see you travel through the beautiful countryside of the province of Viterbo. Before you reach the end of your walk today, you will pass the Bagnaccio thermal pools, which are great for relaxing. Viterbo itself is a beautiful old town, with many things to see and do, chief among these are the Papal Palace and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.
93 Viterbo to Vetralla - 18km
4h45 | +234m / -272m
Todays walk will see you travel through some beautiful unspoilt landscapes. Shortly after leaving Viterbo you will come to the lovely abbey in La Quercia and Bagnaia with its fantastic gardens of Villa Lante. Avoiding the main roads, you will walk within a undulated landscape, climbing a small hill before reaching Vetralla.
94 Vetralla to Sutri - 24km
6h30 | +326m / -336m
Day 3 of your holiday will see you make your way along rugged hillsides to the town of Sutri. Along the way you will pass through woodlands and farmlands, and have to climb a small hill before descending to Sutri, which is a lovely little town with the Roman remains being the most notable sights as well as the clock in the centre of the town.
95 Sutri to Campagnano di Roma - 28km
7h | +403m / -411m
Today will see you travel through the beautiful rugged landscape of Lazio. The trail will pass an abundance of streams, waterfalls and ponds. The rivers have carved wonderful deep valleys which are full of vegitation. Your day ends in Campagnano di Roma which is a lovely little town with lots of medieval architecture.
96 Campagnano di Roma to La Storta - 24km
7h | +401m / -590m
Your walk today will see you once again travel along lovely wooded valleys with rocky outcrops along streams. Along the way you will see the sanctuary at Sorbo and the archeological site of Veii where there are many Etruscan remains. Soon after this you will come to your destination for the day which is La Storta.
97 La Storta to Rome - 18km
4h45 | +349m / -395m
The final walking day of the Via Francigena will take you through the suburbs of Rome and into the Vatican. The Appian way is the ancient road from Rome to the south-east of Italy. It was originally built to open up access to the eastern side of the Mediterranean but was later put to use as a route for pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem.
End of the holiday after breakfast. Check out at 12pm.