In the days of the Roman Empire
troops marched on a stone-paved military road
leading from northern Italy to Rome.
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
tales are told of Robin-Hood type characters protecting
wayfarers and of miracles happening en route. However,
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.
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
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
- 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
- Learning about
- Admiring frescoes
by great Italian artists.
- Sampling new
flavours of gelato - blood orange, hazelnut,
- Dipping your feet
in therapeutic hot pools once frequented by
- Celebrating the
finish at a roof-top restaurant overlooking
the eternal city of Rome.
Our meeting point: Orvieto
End of Tour: Rome.