SACRED STEPS: A PILGRIMAGE JOURNAL

Interested in Pilgrimage?

If you’re considering a walking pilgrimage like the Camino de Santiago, these overviews are a tremendous starting point for beginners and experienced backpackers alike. Looking for even more information on what to pack or how to prepare for the journey?  Visit Kevin’s pilgrimage and backpacking blog:  One Step Then Another. 

Via Francigena

Spanning more than 2,000 km, the Via Francigena is Europe’s ancient pilgrimage route connecting Canterbury Cathedral to the tombs of seven apostles in Rome. Crossing through England, France, Switzerland, and Italy, this historic route culminates at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

California Missions Trail

Born from historic footpaths between twenty-one Spanish missions, the California Missions Trail – El Camino Real (“The Royal Road”) as it was first known – connects missions, pueblos, and presidios over 800 miles of America’s Pacific Coastline.

England’s Pilgrims’ Way

Followed by kings and fabled in literature, the Pilgrims’ Way (also Pilgrim’s Way or Pilgrims Way) is England’s ancient pilgrimage route linking both Winchester and London to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at the Canterbury Cathedral.

Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across much of western Europe to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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Viterbo to Vetralla on the Via Francigena
Montefiascone to Viterbo on the Via Francigena, including the truly magnificent dome of the Basilica di Santa Margherita, walking on an original Roman Road (Via Cassia) and arriving to Viterbo’s Palazzo dei Papi. While the walk into town was forgettable, Viterbo’s city center is beautiful. The VF association has done a wonderful service to pilgrims with a very large mural and infopoint near the main piazza.
A lovely walk through forest and farms, reaching the highest VF point in Lazio. Despite an early start, it was a hot day with little shade in the afternoon. Buon Cammino to fellow pilgrims Piero, Gabriel, Julia, and two wonderful Austrians pilgrims. Highlight of the day were the breathtaking fields of poppies.
Thank you, Bolsena, for you charm and warm hospitality. You made it easy to remember and ever so hard to leave. Arrivederci!
My travel day to Italy included a stop in Orvieto to visit its beautiful Duomo. Begun in 1290 and completed in 1591, it’s breathtaking Corporal Chapel holds the relic of the 1263 Eucharist Miracle of Bolsena, where I’ll resume my Via Francigena pilgrimage tomorrow.
Omnes viae Romam ducunt.
🎧 NEW PODCAST: PRAYERS & PILGRIMAGE
In the season two podcast finale, Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) reflects on carrying the prayers of pilgrims and strangers during his U.K. pilgrimage and looks ahead to resuming the Via Francigena in Italy.
As I make final preparations to resume my pilgrimage to Rome next week, I can't help but reflect upon the experiences I've been blessed with in these walks over the past three years. From the Camino de Santiago to California's Missions, England's Pilgrims' Way and crossing the seas to Holy Island... and now picking up the Via Francigena in Italy.
⏳ 10 DAYS AND COUNTING ⏳
🎧 NEW PODCAST: FINDING PEACE AFTER COMBAT FOR WARRIORS ON THE WAY
Committed to providing steps of healing for combat veterans, Fr. Steve Rindhal founded Warriors on the Way after 31 years as a U.S. Army Chaplain.