Via Francigena: one of the best ways to explore Italy
24 Jul

Via Francigena: one of the best ways to explore Italy

Are you planning your trip to Italy and want to explore one of the most beautiful countries in the world in a very special, unique way? Have you ever heard of Via Francigena?

The Via Francigena is an an ancient road and pilgrim route running from France to Rome and that, in fact, is considered to have its starting point much further away, in the English cathedral city of Canterbury. Also known as "Via Romea Francigena" ("the road to Rome that comes from France"), the route was an important road and pilgrimage route for those wishing to visit the Holy See and the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul in medieval times.

Even though it’s 2017, you can still discover the charm and soul of the most hidden Italy backcountry by walking the 80-mile trek with the so-called “10-day Wilderness Travel tour”, which begins in Siena in a few weeks. The route will include scenic portions of the 17th century Christian pilgrim’s trail, which is just as beautiful as the way more famous Camino pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

You will have the chance to trail alongside Lago di Bolsena and wind through the Italian countryside past ancient Roman and Etruscan ruins, but also visit historic towns and hamlets such as Viterbo, Siena, San Gimignano, Capranica and Sutri, ending in Rome.