Via Francigena  (The Italian Camino)

Guided Walk on the medieval pilgrimage route
from Tuscany to Rome

 September 25 - Oct 6, 2023

Via Francigena:  
The history of this trail dates back to the days of Julius Caesar when Roman troops marched on a stone-paved military road leading from northern Italy to Rome.
Later, when the empire declined, the path deteriorated and during the dark ages it was used only by merchants and itinerant clerics brave enough to risk bandits. One of these was Archbishop Sigeric who, in 990AD, travelled to Rome and kept a detailed travel diary. Then, about 1000AD, a mass phenomenon of religious pilgrimage brought new life to the trail using Sigeric's map. For the next four centuries pilgrims journeyed on foot to St Peter’s in Rome and medieval tales are told of miracles happening en route. However, by the 1500’s, pilgrimage fell out of fashion and the footpath to Rome was forgotten.  It was only in 2009 that the Italian government, to promote eco-tourism and compete with the Spanish Camino, restored the ancient trail.  Way-markers now direct walkers through some of Italy’s loveliest countryside and through towns that have changed little since medieval times.

Our walk: 
In theory, the Via Francigena starts in Canterbury England and ends in Rome so to cover the entire route would take months. We walk only the final 130 km. We have two experienced guides so each day there is a choice of doing an easy walk at a relaxed pace or a longer, more challenging distance. A support bus is available for assistance if needed. Walking this historic route does wonders for body, mind and spirit but our walks have no religious focus. For those who wish, a "Testimonium" certificate is available at St Peter's for anyone who walks the last 100 km (it is permissible to travel by bus when entering Rome to avoid city traffic).

Accommodation: is in comfortable inns chosen for their location and comfort.  One is a restored 15th century convent which is now an atmospheric 4 star hotel.

Level of Difficulty: The terrain is varied through rolling farmland, forests, national parks and small towns. Our support bus follows and is available at various junctions along the way.
Some of the highlights:
  • Arriving at the spectacular St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
  • Taking an evening stroll on Bolsena's lakeside promenade.
  • Enjoying Italian food and wine.
  • Learning about Etruscan history.
  • Dipping feet in therapeutic hot pools.
  • Celebrating the finish at a roof-top restaurant overlooking the eternal city of Rome.
  • Walking through beautiful Tuscan scenery
  • Overnight in a restored 15th century convent (now a 4 star hotel)

Our meeting point:  Siena    End of Tour:  Rome.

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Via Francigena Itinerary
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