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Via Francigena  (The Italian Camino)

Guided Walk on the medieval pilgrimage route
Tuscany to Rome
 May
19 - 28,  2019        September 4 - 13, 2019

Via Francigena:  
In the days of the Roman Empire troops marched on a stone-paved military road leading from northern Italy to Rome.
 The decline and fall of the empire meant the path fell into disuse and many stones disappeared but about the year 1000AD a mass phenomenon of religious pilgrimage brought new life to the trail. For the next four centuries believers journeyed on foot to St Peter’s in Rome. Medieval tales are told of Robin-Hood type characters protecting wayfarers and of miracles happening en route. However, by the 1500’s, pilgrimage fell out of fashion, new forms of transport replaced travel on foot and once again the footpath to Rome was forgotten.  It was only in 2009 that the Italian government, to promote eco-tourism (and perhaps to 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 walk 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. 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 has walked the last 100 km (it is permissible to travel by bus from Formello to Monte Mario in Rome to avoid walking through Rome's traffic).

Accommodation: is in three and four star comfortable inns chosen for their location, comfort and atmosphere.  

Level of Difficulty: The terrain is varied through pretty farmland, forests, national parks and small towns. There are sometimes hills when entering 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.
  • Exploring lovely Orvieto.
  • Staying in a lakeside hotel at Bolsena and taking an evening stroll on the promenade.
  • Enjoying Italian food and wine.
  • Learning about Etruscan history.
  • Admiring frescoes by great Italian artists.
  • Sampling new flavours of gelato - blood orange, hazelnut, chocolate kiss.
  • Dipping your feet in therapeutic hot pools once frequented by popes.
  • Celebrating the finish at a roof-top restaurant overlooking the eternal city of Rome.

Our meeting point:  Orvieto     End of Tour:  Rome.


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Via Francigena Itinerary
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