The Via Francigena Camino is not for the feint hearted! It begins at Canterbury in England and continues through France, Switzerland and Italy, ending in Rome.
‘Via Francigena’ means ‘road through France’.
In medieval times, pilgrims and travellers walked this road to travel from England to Rome. Today’s pilgrims take great pleasure in walking in the footsteps of pilgrims past.
It takes about three months to walk the whole 2000km! Pilgrims carry a Pilgrim Passport or Credential which is stamped at each overnight stay. Upon arrival at St Peter’s Basilica a Testimonium is given to those who have stamped pilgrim Credentials.
Via Francigena Tours like to think of our customers as ‘pampered pilgrims’. They have made the walks easier by creating a variety of smaller tours focusing on highlights.
Their itineraries aim to achieve a balance between walking and enjoying the history and culture. To achieve this, we walk for about 20km per day and have luggage transferred to friendly, family run hotels.
Each tour comes with a guidebook with detailed maps and descriptions of places to see. They like their tours to focus on highlights like festivals, sacred art, castles, gardens, food and wine. Some exciting guided tour plans for 2024 are ‘A Taste of Tuscany’ and a ‘Cinque Terre and Liguria’ walk.