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Travelling on the Via Francigena

The ruins of San Galgano Abbey (Tuscany)The Via Francigena, or Franchigena, is a set of paths, also called Romea, which drew a route from Central Europe to Rome. Known as the road of the pilgrims, according to the first documents dating back to the 9th century. that mention its existence.

Itinerary road of the pilgrims:

Canterbury to Rome route, streches over 1600 km that starts from Canterbury and arrives to Dover to cross the English channel; from Calais proceeding by Reims, Besançon and Lausanne, it gets to the Alps, which are crossed by the Great St Bernard. From Aosta Valley it runs down to Ivrea, and Vercelli.

A route quite common was also Chambery that crossed the Mont Cenis, arrived to Susa, passing by the Novalaise Abbey and the Sacra di San Michele it reached Turin and Vercelli, then, until the end of the course, it followed a unified route. After Pavia, it iterates through the Apennines between the provinces of Piacenza and Parma, passing by Ducato di Montebello, Segalara, Fornovo and Berceto. From Pontremoli it continues through Lucca, Porcari, Altopascio, Galleno, Ponte a Cappiano, Fucecchio, San Gimignano or Poggibonsi and Colle di Val d’Elsa, Siena, Montefiascone, Viterbo, to end in Rome.” (excerpt from Wikipedia.org)

To read all the information about Via Francigena, consult Visit Vie Francigene: a site dedicated to those who want to travel along the Via Francigena, rich in ideas, information, with a photo-gallery, and an interactive path map.

You can also ask for the magazine Via Francigena and the European Culture Routes,containing several curiosities!