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FAQ: How long does the Via Francigena take?

via-francigena-map-route-francigenawaysHow long does the Via Francigena take? The Via Francigena, or Camino to Rome, covers over 2000kms from Canterbury in the UK, to Rome in Italy.

This epic trail, following the pilgrimage route taken by Sigeric the Serious, Archbishop of Canterbury, back in the 10th century crosses regions of spectacular beauty such as the Alps and Tuscany, as well as cultural and historic landmarks such as the Champagne region and Great War battlefields of Northern France. But how long does it take to complete the Camino to Rome?

You can either walk or cycle the Via Francigena.

lucca-walking-tuscany-via-francigena-francigenawaysWalking the Via Francigena

If you want to walk to Rome, following in Sigeric’s footsteps, it will take you 100 days (99 nights – 98 walking days) to complete the 16 sections with no rest days, walking between 14 and 30kms per day. You also have an option to ‘split’ the longest walking days in two in certain sections, taking you a total of 106 days to complete. For such an epic journey, we also recommend taking a rest day at regular intervals (for instance once per week or at the end of each section).

Cycling the Via Francigena

Cycling will get you to Rome a bit faster however, we only recommend taking up the challenge if you are a keen cyclist. You can complete the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome over 44 days (43 nights – 42 cycling days), cycling between 27 and 73kms per day. At we have divided the Via Francigena route in 8 cycling sections. Some of the cycling days can also be merged, if you feel your cycling skills can handle longer distances, talk to the team.

The Via Francigena with limited timesan-quirico-dorcia-tuscany-cycling-via-francigena-ways

While you might not be able to walk for 100 days, it doesn’t mean you can’t experience the Via Francigena. We have divided the Camino to Rome in 16 walking sections that can be completed in five to ten days; and 8 cycling sections from 6 to 11 days. You can also pick your starting and finishing points and adapt the itinerary to the time available to you.

For more information about the Via Francigena route or to plan and book your Camino to Rome trip, contact our travel specialists.


  1. By Maria

    Welcome back Mike! Walking the Via Francigena from Piacenza would be a similar distance (just under 700kms) and we would recommend having rest days included at least once a week. Our sales team will email you some details for your trip to Rome. Kindest regards

  2. By Mike Taylor

    We finished Camino Frances in June of 2017 and are eager to do a similar distance on the pilgrimage to Rome. Can you please send information with recommendations for our next trip to Rome, maybe this coming May 2020 or September.

  3. By Maria

    Hi Pedro, thank you very much for getting in touch. The first section across the Alps is only open in the Summer months (until mid-September generally). At we organise packages including accommodation but we don’t generally work with albergues so we wouldn’t have that information. However if you’d like to request a quote our team can prepare one for you. Kind regards.


    I´d like to walk the Via Francigena from Lausanne to Rome starting the first week of October 2019. Is this a good time to do it? are Albergues open then? how much they cost? do they serve meals? how much they cost? Please, send any other relevant information you deem necessary. Thank you!

  5. By Maria

    Thank you Frances! We’ll email you some suggestions.

  6. By Frances Brown

    Just finished the Camino in Spain
    from France to the coast 1000 Kms 48 days
    I’m keen to do the francigena Route
    send me as much as possible

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