FAQ: How long does the Via Francigena take?

How long does the Via Francigena take? The Via Francigena, or Camino to Rome, covers over 2000kms from Canterbury in the UK, to Rome in Italy.


This epic trail, following the pilgrimage route taken by Sigeric the Serious, Archbishop of Canterbury, back in the 10th century crosses regions of spectacular beauty such as the Alps and Tuscany, as well as cultural and historic landmarks such as the Champagne region and Great War battlefields of Northern France. But how long does it take to complete the Via Francigena, or Camino to Rome?

You can either walk or cycle the Via Francigena.

If you’d like to walk to Rome, following in Sigeric’s footsteps, it will take you 100 days (99 nights – 98 walking days) to complete the whole route, walking between 14 and 30kms per day.

You also have an option to ‘split’ the longest walking days in two in certain sections, taking you a total of 106 days to complete. For such an epic journey, we also recommend taking a rest day at regular intervals (for instance once per week).


Cycling the Via Francigena

Cycling will get you to Rome a bit faster however but we only recommend taking up the challenge if you are a keen cyclist and are familiar with essential bike maintenance. You can complete the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome over 44 days (43 nights – 42 cycling days), cycling an average of between 27 and 73kms per day. At FrancigenaWays.com we have divided the Via Francigena route in manageable sections but if you feel your cycling skills can handle longer distances, our team will be able to tailor the itinerary for you.


The Via Francigena with limited time

Walking the whole Via Francigena is a big big adventure and commitment but while you might not be able to walk for 100 days, it doesn’t mean you can’t experience the Via Francigena. The route can be divided in sections with the stretch in the Alps, Tuscany and the last 100kms into Rome being the most popular. You can also pick your starting and finishing points and adapt your trip itinerary to the time you have available. Talk to our travel specialists for advice.

For more information about the Via Francigena route or to pland and book your Camino to Rome trip, contact our travel specialists.contact-us-francigenaways



  1. By Maria

    Hi Marcus, thank you very much for getting in touch. We are not aware of the current record but will do a bit of research and let you know if we find any details. Kind regards.

  2. By Marcus Williams

    Hi there! We are thinking of undertaking the entirety of the Via Francigena as part of a charity event. Do you happen to know the fastest recorded timer for the entire route? We would love to be able to beat it!

  3. By krist

    Take your time to walk the camino francese. We walked camino portugese last year. Slow life.. But nice to see all the germans on speed, eager to put “walked the camino” on their cv’s …

  4. By Lisa

    Hi Sandra, thank you for your message and congratulations on completing 200kms of your Camino journey. I will get one of our travel team to send you more information on the St Francis route. If you are interested in a 10 day trip than this will be a great option for you. In the meantime you can read about the route here too: https://francigenaways.com/treks/st-francis-way-cammino-di-francesco-2/from-assisi Kindest wishes, Lisa from FrancigenaWays.com

  5. By Sandra Stoker

    I am interested in walking Camino of St Frances of Assisi to get to Rome in ie 10days . Would love i go o. Where to comnence and to finish in Rome.

    I have previous walked Camino DE Santiago 200kns trail.

  6. By karl

    Hi Petrus

    Great to hear that you are interested in walking the whole Via Francigena over a period of a few years. You can select the amount of time you wish to spend walking each stage. You can request a quote here with your preferred start date and add extra nights for rest days if you wish: https://francigenaways.com/customise-tour/via-francigena
    You can receive the pilgrim crendential once you walk a minimum of 100km or 140km into Rome, depending on which testimonium you want to apply for. Please see details on both here: http://francigenaways.com/what-is-the-testimonium/#.U2OutvldXz4
    Our package includes private ensuite accommodation, dinners in the smaller towns and luggage transfers on all walking days. If you require further advise please don’t hesitate to contact our customer care team directly by emailing info@francigenaways.com.

  7. By Petrus

    Hi there!

    You said that you have divided the Camino to Rome in 16 walking sections that can be completed in five to ten days.

    After a section is done, I’d probably be able to start the next one just on my next vacation… is it possible to do so? I mean… complete some sections per year/vacation, ’till the end of the via? There would be any problem with my pilgrim credential by taking so long to finish the Camino?
    I have a limited time, but even so, I’d like to experience the entire via, from Canterbury to Rome… even if it takes years to do so.

  8. By Maria

    Hi Percilla

    You can see all our cycling tours on the Via Francigena here: http://francigenaways.com/ways/via-francigena#tabs-cycling. If you have limited time, we would recommend for instance, cycling from Siena to Rome (6 nights) or start from Lucca to Rome (9 nights) so you can cycle across Tuscany, the Val d’Orcia and then Lazio into Rome. Our Customer Care team will email you details, Percilla. When would you like to travel? Kind regards

  9. By Percilla Goosen

    I woul like information on your limited time cycling packages .

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