VIA FRANCIGENA IS FOR EVERYONE, AND IT'S THE HISTORICAL ITINERARY FROM THE NORTH OF EUROPE TO THE ETERNAL CITY
Move the first step on the way to Rome. It does not matter where you are, nor does it matter to be great athletes. The Francigena Way is for everyone, and it is the historical itinerary that from the north of Europe led to the eternal city. Walk on and follow the footsteps of pilgrims who before the year 1000 crossed the peninsula.
They came from the British Isles, from the Kingdom of the Franks, from the farthest regions of the Empire. They crossed the Alps from the hill Gran San Bernardo: through the Aosta valley, the doors of the "Bel Paese" were opened for them with cities full of history and art.
Follow the signs that from Canterbury Cathedral cross over, on Pilgrim's Way, the English countryside to the cliffs of Dover. In addition to the Manche Channel, the Via goes to the gentle landscape of Picardy and Champagne, territory of ancient cities: stopped at Reims with its cathedral and Clairvaux abbey.
Then you enter the Via Francigena in Switzerland, from Sainte-Croix to Vuiteboeuf, then follow the placid Venoge to Lac Léman. From Lausanne, the Via Francigena divides through the vineyards of Lavaux until the Rhône. From the ancient city of Octodurus, the trail continues through the narrow stretch formed by the wild Dranse to the northern slope of the Great St. Bernard Pass.
DISCOVER THE CITIES THAT ARE PROSPEROUS AND RICH THANKS TO THE VIA: LUCCA AND ITS HUNDRED CHURCHES, SAN GIMIGNANO AND THE TOWERS, SIENA LEAN AGAINST ITS HILLS
The climb to the Alps is gentle and gradual: let yourself be enchanted by the snow-capped bastions which the Via is direct. From the hill of Gran San Bernardo the descent is fast, and you will find yourself in a few days in the great spaces of the Po Valley. Walk fast along the embankment of the Po. Visit its cities: Vercelli, Pavia, Piacenza will surprise you.
From Fidenza climb to the hill and begin the long climb that leads you to pass the Apennines, among the forests of the Cisa pass. Imagine what excitement the Archbishop Sigerico experienced - whose footsteps are following - to the view of the Mediterranean Sea and the deserted beaches of Versilia. Discover the cities that are prosperous and rich thanks to the Via: Lucca and its hundred churches, San Gimignano and the towers, Siena lean against its hills..
Contemplate memorable landscapes, step by step, following the mountain muleways, the white streets and cypress rows, Roman Via Cassia, polished stones from the passage to Viterbo, surrounded by medieval walls.
Observe the geometries of cultivated fields, the mirrors of the paddies in spring, watching the wind combing the ripe wheat, the rows of bunches in late summer, the naked and ripe ground of the Crete senesi in the fall: every day and every season give you Always new emotions, under the skies of the peninsula.
THE VIA FRANCIGENA IS AN UNFORGETABLE EXPERIENCE. IT'S THE TRAVEL OF LIFE
Do not run and stop often, listen to the tale of history, visit the crypts, silently gathered in the shady aisles of Romanesque churches, warmed in the sun on churchyard of the pieves
Taste every night a new and unknown food. Day after day your goal approaches and feels that the Roman countryside must end and leave space for the city of the seven hills, to its eternal monuments
You will be surprised by the strength of your footsteps, who slowly and steadily summed up, a meter after a meter, just over a thousand kilometers, in a month and a half of waking: theVia Francigena is an unforgetable experience. It's the travel of life