Just like on the Camino, pilgrims on their way to Rome can request a pilgrim passport, or credenziali, to track their progress and request the Testimonium of pilgrimage to Rome.
On the Via Francigena
Before you start your Via Francigena, make sure you get your pilgrim passport so you can stamp it along the way and apply to receive your Testimonium once you reach Rome. In order to be able to receive for the Testimonium from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, you must walk at least 140km to Rome, from Aquapendente.
You can also get your Testimonium from the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi in St Peter’s Square, if you walk at least the last 100km from Viterbo to Rome.
You can get your passport and certificate from the Saint Francis Walk main office located at the offices of the Rieti Tourist Board on via Cintia 87, Rieti. In order to be able to apply for the Saint Francis Way Certificate, you must walk at least two days of the Saint Francis Way.
There is an ‘Assisiana’ certificate for pilgrims walking at least 100kms into Assisi; you can claim it in Assisi’s Basilica. You can also get a Testimonium of Pilgrimage from the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi in St Peter’s Square in Rome (you must walk at least the last 100km, from Rieti to Rome; 140kms if you are requesting it from St Peter’s Basilica).
You can request a pilgrim passport from the Dioceses of Assisi on the Via de Francesco website (in Italian). At FrancigenaWays.com we include our own pilgrim passport as part of our packages; you can stamp it along the way and request the relevant certificates at the end of your walk: Saint Francis Way Certificate in Rieti, Assisiana in Assisi and Testimonium in Rome.