|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS AIR FARE INCLUDED? Air fare to
Italy is not included Teachers Travel would be
happy to assist in booking flights to Rome.
HOW DO I GET TO THE START AT ORVIETO? From Rome airport there is
train into the central Rome station (Termini) and from here your
will find direct trains to Orvieto.
HOW DIFFICULT IS THE WALKING? The terrain is mostly gentle rolling
countryside mostly on dirt paths but occasionally on
well-worn old Roman
paving stones. A few short sections are on quiet
paved roads. Many of the old towns along the way
are atop hills (they were built there for defensive
reasons) so it means walking uphill at the end
of the day.
WHAT IF I GET SO TIRED I CAN'T FINISH THE DAY'S WALK?
The bus is available but it cannot be
beside you at all times. At times the Via Francigena
footpath intersects with roads where the bus can meet
ARE THERE TOILETS AVAILABLE? In villages
along the way there are usually cafes with facilities. It is
considered polite to buy something if you use the
IS VEGETARIAN OR GLUTEN-FREE FOOD AVAILABLE?
Vegetarian is not a problem. Gluten-free is difficult in
HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I TAKE? There is
no restriction. The bus can carry lots of luggage but
keep in mind you will be responsible for carrying your
own bag (or bags) from the bus to your room.
WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED? You should have
sturdy and comfortable hiking boots or shoes, a small
backpack to carry bottled water, snacks, rain-gear etc.
HOW DO I GET A PILGRIM PASSPORT?
It will be supplied to participants who want
one at the start of the walk. Hotels, churches and
cafes along the way will stamp it if you wish.
HOW DO I GET A "TESTIMONIUM" CERTIFICATE? At
the end of the walk at St Peter's in Rome you present
your pilgrim passport. You are to have walked the last 100
km of the Via Francigena but allowance is made for the
last day walking into the city. It is permissible to use
the bus to skip the urban section with traffic and just
to walk the last 7 km from Monte Mario to St Peters.