Via Francigena – Classic Walks Itinerary

Orbe's medieval town square

Via Francigena – Itinerary: The Via Francigena was an ancient route once used by medieval pilgrims and other travellers on their way from Canterbury to Rome. Throughout the ages, merchants, armies and members of the clergy traveled back and forth between Northern Europe and Rome carrying goods, money and information. The route is now once […]

The Via Francigena – Classic Walks

An old Italian olive grove on the Via Francigena

Via Francigena: A Classic pilgrimage trail through Europe: The Via Francigena is one of the most interesting walks in Europe. This walk takes you along one of the most historic and longest pilgrimage paths. The Way begins in Canterbury and makes its way to Dover. A ferry takes the walker to Calais, where the land […]

Assisi and St Clare

St Clare in the crypt

A brief detour from the Via Francigena, the 2000 km pilgrim path which joins Canterbury to Rome. We had arrived in Assisi, the home of St Francis, Italy’s patron saint, and checked into St Anthony’s Guest House. St. Anthony’s was well designed for pilgrims and travelers; a coffee machine, white and red wine in the […]

The second most visited church in Italy

Basilica di San francesco.

Assisi’s Basilica San Francesco: We had been walking around the fabulous ancient hill-top town of Assisi as part of our journey along the Via Francigena. We followed the cobble-stoned road up to Piazza S. Francesco and entered the Lower Church of the Basilica San Francesco, the numero uno site in Assisi. This basilica ranked as […]

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A classic Lake Leman steamer.

Lausanne, Switzerland. On the Via Francigena When on the Via Francigena, there are precious few opportunities that come your way in regards to being ferried about instead of walking. Such an opportunity arose in travelling from Lausanne to Vevey – by ferry. In the morning, with the bright sun beaming in the sky, we walked […]

Via Francigena – Montefiascone and a legend

Magnificent St Flavian's Church, Montefiascone

We were on the Via francigena and had arrived in the small Italian city of Montefiascone, built on an old volcanic ridge, a wonderful place to rest after the walk from Bolsena. We walked up the main road to a secondary winding road that led to the very top of the volcanic rim and to […]

Via Francigena: Rome’s seven pilgrim churches

St. Paul's Outside the Walls

St. Paul’s Outside the Walls Via Francigena: Rome, Italy. The Seven Pilgrim Churches San Pietro, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, San Sebastiano fuora la Mura, San Paolo fuora la Mura, Santa Maria Trastevere. Pilgrims throughout the ages have walked to or visited the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome as […]

Via Francigena: Martigny to Orsieres

Suddenly the mists parted, revealing the valley

Suddenly the mists parted, revealing the valley Via Francigena: Martigny, Switzerland. After a filling breakfast we donned our packs and walked out into the wet, overcast weather which was rather pleasant after the past few hot days. We arrived at a park where there was a fork in the track. Decisions. Decisions. One track zig-zagged […]

Passion Relics from Jerusalem

A reliquary with a piece of the True Cross

 Via Francigena: Rome: Refreshed after a Roman lunch, we continued to Holy Cross in Jerusalem (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme). The church was high on every pilgrim’s itinerary and its present name was given to it during medieval times. In 325 an old Roman palace was consecrated as a church to house the Passion Relics that […]

Via Francigena – Canterbury Cathedral

Pilgrims outside Canterbury Cathedral

Pilgrims outside Canterbury Cathedral Beginning the Via Francigena: Although still 1900 kilometers from Rome, the legacy of the ancient Romans was not hard to find in Canterbury especially if you visited the Roman Museum in Butchery Lane which encourages visitors to explore the subterranean remains of Roman Canterbury. The Romans had built 6000 miles of […]