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, the Via Francigena is an ancient pilgrim trail which sets off from Canterbury Cathedral in the South of England, traverses through France and Switzerland and across Italy to reach Rome.
This pilgrim trail dates back to the middle ages and features a selection of historical, artistic and cultural treasures as well as being steeped in natural beauty.
How long is the Via Francigena?
The entire route covers over 2000 kilometres. While you are more than welcome to tackle the whole trail in one go, many of us have a limited amount of time! For this reason, we have divided the route up into various Via Francigena stages depending on whether you choose to walk or cycle.
Walking – Via Francigena stages
For walkers, there are 16 Via Francigena stages. Each stage typically takes a week to 10 days to complete; covering an average of 100 to 150 kilometres. See a selection of the most popular Via Francigena walking stages here: Via Francigena walking.
You can also start at any point along the route and adapt your journey to the time you have available.
Cycling – Via Francigena stages
Naturally cyclists will be able to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time, there are main eight Via Francigena stages for cyclists, designed to cover on average between 45 and 75 kilometres a day.
You can cycle the full trail or start your cycle from anywhere along the way but the most popular section will be the stretches across Italy: Via Francigena cycling in Italy.
The Via Francigena stages are not set in stone and you may start from anywhere you like along the route and we will tailor your itinerary accordingly. For example, one of the most popular stages is section across Tuscany walking the Via Francigena from Lucca which finishes up in Siena. However, should you choose to start midway through the stage or continue for a few more days, this is entirely possible .
For more information about cycling or walking the Via Francigena or to have an itinerary tailor made for you please contact our travel specialists