Travel Agents What is the Via Francigena?
Like the Camino de Santiago, the Via Francigena (the Camino to Rome) is an ancient pilgrimage route. This epic trail starts in Canterbury Cathedral, in the UK, and takes pilgrims across Europe and into Rome, the Eternal city. The whole Via Francigena is 1900kms long and follows the route taken by Sigeric the Serious, Archbishop of Canterbury, who went on pilgrimage to Rome back in the 10th century and recorded it in a travel diary.
It takes three months to walk the full length and a month and a half to cycle the route. However many pilgrims choose to do a few days or weeks at a time. These are the most popular Via Francigena tours:
Walking from Lucca to Siena is our clients’ favourites. It takes eight days to complete and walkers will be walking in a region of wonderful beauty and history, stopping in spectacular towns such as San Gimignano and Siena. We also have an ‘Easy Walk‘ option for this tour, starting from San Miniato and walking an average of 15kms per day.
The last section of the Via Francigena from medieval Viterbo to Rome is the best tour for those who want to walk into Rome and claim their Testimonium pilgrim certificate.
The alpine stretch of the Via Francigena is only open in the Summer months, as it crosses the St Bernard’s Pass in Switzerland. Along the way, you will enjoy wonderful views of Lake Geneva and you will feel a real sense of adventure as you make your way across the mighty Alps.
We also organise Via Francigena guided tours departing on selected dates, focusing on specific sections.
The Via Francigena has been gaining popularity in recent years but the route is not as well known as the Camino de Santiago so walkers and cyclists won’t encounter as many pilgrims en route.
The St Francis Way is another route into Rome, inspired by the life and teachings of St Francis of Assisi. This is a 4-week trail from Florence to Assisi, the Rieti Valley across the Apennines and finally Rome. While shorter, the Way of St Francis is a challenging trek, recommended for experienced hikers.
For more information about our Via Francigena tours or to be listed as a travel agent with FrancigenaWays.com, contact our groups team
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