FAQ: What is the Testimonium?

Testimonium is the name given to the certificate you can receive when you complete your pilgrimage to Rome along the Via Francigena. It is the Via Francigena equivalent of the Compostela awarded to those walking the Camino de Santiago.



There are two ways of getting your Testimonium:


This Testimonium is issued at the rectory in St Peter’s Basilica. To receive this certificate, you must do your pilgrimage for religious reasons and it is only available for pilgrims who have walked (or travelled on horseback) at least the last 140km from Acquapendente to Rome – or cycled 400km from Lucca to Rome. The office is open every day from 9,30 until 12,30 except Wednesday and Sunday. Take a photocopy of your pilgrim passport with its stamps in case you don’t find the relevant person; if you leave your address and photocopy of the stamped pilgrim passport you can get your Testimonium sent by post.


Religious and Cultural

You can also request a certificate at the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi if you walk to Rome for both: religious or cultural reasons. You must walk at least the last 100km of the Via Francigena to Rome and present your credential at the office of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi in Piazza Pio XII, Saint Peter’s Square (from 8:30am to 6pm Monday to Friday; until 5pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 4pm on Sundays)*.

In any case, your stamped Via Francigena pilgrim passport or ‘credential’ (as with the Camino de Santiago) will be the proof that you have walked the distance required to apply for the Via Francigena Testimonium and must be stamped from the beginning point of your journey to Rome and all along the way.

*Sources: Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, Association Internationale Via Francigena, PilgrimstoRome.org.uk, VieFrancigene.org



  1. By Jenny Farr

    Hi . We would like to do the last 140 km to get the pilgrimage certificate in Rome. Where do we get our card to do it as we’re doing it on our own. Thx jennyfarr

  2. By Maria

    Hi Richard, thank you for your note. I have passed your details to our Customer Care team, they’ll prepare an itinerary for you shortly. Let us know if you need any additional information. Kindest regards.

  3. By Richard Garber

    My wife and I are interested in walking the last 140 km of the Via Francigena from Acquapendente to Rome in September of 2016 to obtain our Testimonia at the rectory of St. Peters” Basilica.

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