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Walk the Via Francigena, meet the Pope & receive the Testimonium

Walk the Via Francigena, meet the Pope & receive the Testimonium Walk the last 100km of the Via Francigena pilgrim trail in Italy to obtain your Testimonium certificate and experience an audience with the Pope. The Via Francigena is an ancient pilgrim trail starting in Canterbury, UK, and finishing in Rome. This trail, covering nearly …

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Carnival on the Via Francigena

The festival of Carnival has become synonymous worldwide with the South American nation of Brazil. But Carnival is actually celebrated in towns and villages all across Europe. In this week’s blog post we’ll take a look at Carnival on the Via Francigena, with a round-up of the most traditional and unusual traditions to be found across Italy. Carnevale de …

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Tower in Tuscany, Italy

VIDEO: Walking in Tuscany webinar

If you missed our recent walking in Tuscany webinar you can catch it here: Our colleague Caroline from the Customer Care team introduces this spectacular section of the Via Francigena, as well as sharing useful information and a special discount. For more information about the Via Francigena, walking in Tuscany or to request a quote, …

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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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Tourist tax in Italy

FAQ: tourist tax in Italy

When you are travelling the Via Francigena in Italy, you will find in some cities and historic towns you will have to pay a local tourist tax, what is called ‘Tassa di soggiorno’. This local tax is collected by hotels on behalf of the local authorities and they are charged per person, per night. The …

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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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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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