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.
A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE VIA FRANCIGENA
One of Europe’s oldest published pilgrimage routes, the Via Francigena has been overshadowed recently by the more popular Camino de Santiago through Spain. Following the historic route of Archbishop of Canterbury Sigeric the Serious to present himself to the Pope John XB in 990 AD, the Via Francigena takes pilgrims from England through France and Switzerland before culminating in Rome, Italy.
Planning a Pilgrimage on the Via Francigena? Click to view Kevin’s tips and recommendations from his pilgrimage and backpacking blog, One Step Then Another:
- Earning the Testimonium on the Via Francigena
- HOW TO: Follow Trail Markers and Trail Blazes in Europe
- Packing List: Backpacking Gear for England’s Pilgrims’ Way
- PACKING LIST: First-Aid Kit for Blisters and Foot Care
- HOW TO: Five Tips for Urban Hiking
- PACKING LIST: Backpacking First-Aid Kit
- The Top Hiking GPS Apps for iPhone and Android
- Where are the Apostles of Jesus Buried?
- Key Differences Between the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena
- A Beginners Guide to the Via Francigena
- Via Francigena Stages: Canterbury to Dover
- PACKING LIST: Trekking The World