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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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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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How long is the Via Francigena?

How long is the Via Francigena? 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 …

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Must-see: 5 things to do in Lucca

One of the most popular sections of the Via Francigena, Italy’s Camino, starts in the magnificent walled city of Lucca, in Tuscany, and takes walkers to spectacular Siena. Many walkers choose to start in San Miniato instead of Lucca, avoiding the first couple of walking days, as the trail takes you out of the city. …

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Favourite Camino: Pontesampaio

CaminoWays.com staff members get asked about their favourite Camino de Santiago spots or places along the way. With this in mind, each member of the team is sharing his/her particular place on the Camino they feel it is special to them. Second of the series is Sabela, from the CaminoWays.com Sales and Customer Care team. Her chosen …

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10 Things to do in Seville

The Via de la Plata starts in the magnificent city of Seville. This Camino de Santiago route was first of all a trading road used by the Romans to join the North and the South of Spain and it is by far the longest Camino (1000km). Seville is the capital and largest city of the …

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Pamplona on the Camino de Santiago

What a Trip: Leave your burdens and be in the moment on Spain’s Camino de Santiago

Who: Leda McIntyre-Hall of WashingtonWhere, when, why: I went to Spain for three weeks to walk part of the Camino de Santiago. Like many Americans, I hadn’t heard of the Camino de Santiago until the release of the Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen film “The Way” in 2011. I saw the movie at a critical …

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When in Lugo… Do as the Romans Do

Lugo Roman Heritage If you are walking the Camino de Santiago taking the Camino Primitivo, also known as the Original Way, Lugo will be one of the city highlights of your journey. The only city in the world surrounded by intact Roman walls,  Lugo owes much of its unique identity and character to its Roman past. Founded by …

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Cycling on the Camino de Santiago

St James and the Field of Stars by Timmy Mallett

St James and the Field of Stars by Timmy Mallett Listen to Timmy Mallett’s audio commentary recounting his recent cycling pilgrim on Camino de Santiago! Portraying his experience and encounters along the way. If you are considering going on the Camino either walking or cycling this is well worth a listen. Timmy Mallet Cycling-the-Camino-de-Santiago A …

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Pyrenees walk on the Camino

Andrew McCarthy on life, travel writing and the Camino de Santiago

Former Hollywood backpacker Andrew McCarthy’s life changed forever while walking the Camino de Santiago. In an extract from his first book, he describes how that led to a second career as a travel writer I was in a bookstore, gazing at a girl across the display table. She had sandy hair pulled back in a …

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