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 Camino to Rome?

You can either walk or cycle the Via Francigena.


If you want to walk to Rome, following in Sigeric’s footsteps, it will take you 100 days (99 nights – 98 walking days) to complete the 16 sections with no rest days, 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 or at the end of each section).


Cycling the Via Francigena

Cycling will get you to Rome a bit faster however, we only recommend taking up the challenge if you are a keen cyclist. You can complete the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome over 44 days (43 nights – 42 cycling days), cycling between 27 and 73kms per day. At FrancigenaWays.com we have divided the Via Francigena route in 8 cycling sections. Some of the cycling days can also be merged, if you feel your cycling skills can handle longer distances, talk to the team.


The Via Francigena with limited time

While you might not be able to walk for 100 days, it doesn’t mean you can’t experience the Via Francigena. We have divided the Camino to Rome in 16 walking sections that can be completed in five to ten days; and 8 cycling sections from 6 to 11 days. You can also pick your starting and finishing points and adapt the itinerary to the time available to you.

Check out our Via Francigena walking sections and our Via Francigena cycling sections.

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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. by Percilla Goosen

    I woul like information on your limited time cycling packages .

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