Via Francigena - Facts:

  • The Via Francigena covers 1900km / 1190 miles from Canterbury to Rome.

  • This follows the path taken by Sigeric, Archbishop of Canterbury who travelled to Rome in 990 to meet Pop John XV and receive his investiture pallium.
  • The 79 stages recorded in Sigeric's diary of his journey back to Canterbury have made it possible to retrace the key stops on this.

  • It will take approximately 3 months to walk the full length of the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome all the way from Canterbury. It should take a month and a half to cycle the route.
  • The journey to Rome will end at the Vatican.
  • The Via Francigena or Camino to Rome crosses four countries: UK, France, Switzerland and Italy, through areas of spectacular beauty and historic interest.

  • The section of the Via Francigena in Tuscany, from Lucca to Siena, is one of the most popular and spectacular stretches of the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome.

  • The Via Francigena route is a Council of Europe  European Cultural Itinerary since 1944 and Major Cultural Route since 2004.
  • Once in Rome, you can request your Testimonium, certificate of pilgrimage to Rome.

  • To obtain the 'Testimonium' or certificate or completion to Rome, you must walk at least the last 100km of the Via Francigena - from Viterbo to Rome.
  • The Testimonium is issued at the rectory in St Peters's Basilica.
  • Numbers for the Via Francigena are difficult to come by and much lower than on the Camino. 2500 pilgrims walked or cycled the Via Francigena in 2012 (source: Cicerone Guides).
  • The Via Francigena route is a much quiter and less commercialised pilgrimage - perhaps a more authentic experience.
  • The red arrows and little black pilgrim signs mark the way to Rome.

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