Via Francigena Articles

Our Via Francigena articles are here to inform and inspire you to walk this historic pilgrimage route in Italy, one that has been walked for centuries. The most popular trails to start your journey with are the Via Francigena in Tuscany, or we have created a specific Cycling section of the Via Francigena, and the Last section of the Via Francigena into Rome – the last 100km in one week. This stunning Pilgrimage to Rome was named European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in 1994, with highlights on the Via Francigena inluding Siena, Lucca, San Giminiano, Rome and the Vatican.

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Via Francigena: 24 hours in Siena

On a trip walking the Via Francigena in Tuscany with three colleagues in October we elected to take an extra day to explore the hilltop city of Siena. It was a decision that I’d happily repeat. Here’s our top things to see in Siena Siena Cathedral Siena is home to an eclectic mix of Architecture ranging …

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Pilgrimage to Rome

Travel journalist and photographer Gavin Gough embarks on a pilgrimage to Rome. It is during our daydreaming sessions, those moments when we look blankly into the middle-distance and for which school children are often reprimanded, that our unconscious minds seek out solutions and find resolutions. Going on a long distance walk offers plenty of opportunities for our minds to wander …

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6 things that make the Via Francigena special!

What makes the Via Francigena special? This is one of the world’s longest marked walking routes, covering 2,000 kilometres, that stretches all the way from Canterbury to Rome. We have carefully divided the route into 16 walking and cycling stages. Whether you are an adventurer, life long learner, history enthusiast, food lover or culture buff the …

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Must-see: unique San Gimignano

The towers of San Gimignano, perched on a pretty Tuscan hilltop, are one of the most magnificent and unusual views pilgrims will encounter as they make their way along the Via Francigena trail. The medieval skyscrapers of San Gimignano are a fascinating reminder of the might and power of local feuding families in the Middle …

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Truffle season in Tuscany

The Via Francigena walking and cycling route passes through the beautiful landscape of Tuscany giving you the ideal excuse to sample their famous local delicacy. To celebrate the truffle season in Tuscany we have come up with a few unique truffle ideas for you to try out at home or even better, when you visit …

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History of the Via Francigena

The history of the Via Francigena pilgrim route dates back to the Middle Ages. The full Via Francigena pilgrimage is from Canterbury to Rome, covering 1,700 km, passing through France and Switzerland along the way. The pilgrimage from northern Europe to Rome was first illustrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 990AD. Archbishop Sigeric is also known …

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Must-See: medieval Viterbo

The city of Viterbo, in the region of Lazio in Italy, is a popular starting point for Via Francigena pilgrims as it marks the last 100kms of the ‘Camino to Rome’. Viterbo is a small city of just over 60,000 inhabitants and home to one of the best preserved medieval centres in Italy. You will …

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Top things to do in Siena

The city of Siena is one of the highlights along the Via Francigena in Tuscany. Siena is a UNESCO-listed city and one of Italy’s most visited sites. Designed as a work of art to blend in with the Tuscan surroundings, the city’s perfect Gothic beauty will amaze you. If you are walking the Via Francigena …

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Francigena: Cycling in Tuscany

Tuscany is world renowned as being one of the most beautiful parts of Italy. The Via Francigena route which passes through Tuscany offers the perfect opportunity to experience the region by bike. The Via Francigena passes through Tuscany as the Via makes its way from Canterbury to Rome. Along the way you will be immersed in …

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