Here at FrancigenaWays.com we often get queries regarding what is meant by the Via Francigena stages, well today we’re going to answer exactly that. Let’s start off with a little introduction to the trail. For those of you who don’t know, the Via Francigena is an ancient heritage trail which sets off from Canterbury in the South of England, traverses through France and Switzerland and across Italy to reach Rome. The scenic trail dates back to the middle ages and features a selection of historical, artistic and cultural treasures as well as being steeped in a natural beauty.
How long is it?
The entire route covers over 2000 kilometres. While you are more than welcome to tackle the whole trail in one go, many of us have a limited amount of time! For this reason, we have divided the route up into various Via Francigena stages depending on whether you choose to walk or cycle.
Walking – Via Francigena stages
For walkers, we have divided the route into 16 Via Francigena stages. Each stage typically takes a week to complete and covers an average of 150 kilometres in a week. See all of our Via Francigena walking stages here: Via Francigena walking.
Cycling – Via Francigena stages
Naturally cyclists will be able to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time, there are eight Via Francigena stages for cyclists, covering on average between 45 and 75 kilometres a day. See all of our Via Francigena cycling stages here: Via Francigena cycling.
Mixing & Matching stages
The Via Francigena stages are divided in this way for your convenience but it is useful to know that these are not set in stone and you may start from anywhere you like along the route and we will tailor your itinerary accordingly. For example, one of the most popular stages is section 14, walking the Via Francigena from Lucca which finishes up in Siena. However, should you choose to start midway through the stage this is entirely possible. Stages can also be combined, for example you may choose to begin midway through section 8 and finish up two days into section 10, it’s entirely up to you!
For more information about cycling or walking the Via Francigena or to have an itinerary tailor made for you please contact our travel specialists