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Buen Camino...in Italian?

longwalker60

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on the road to santiago, everyone says Buen Camino. Do they have a similar greeting for those walking the camino of St. Francis in Italy? What was the common greeting, and how common was English on this route.?
 

kazrobbo

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on the road to santiago, everyone says Buen Camino. Do they have a similar greeting for those walking the camino of St. Francis in Italy? What was the common greeting, and how common was English on this route.?
I'm currently walking the VF making my way down through Italy (in Siena tonight).
I can't comment on the Way of St Francis but an Italian equivalent greeting of 'buen Camino' is 'buon viaggio'...good journey. It is called out to me regularly by villagers, cyclists & out of car windows!
👣 🌏
 
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Harington

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Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016
on the road to santiago, everyone says Buen Camino. Do they have a similar greeting for those walking the camino of St. Francis in Italy? What was the common greeting, and how common was English on this route.?
Buon cammino
 

kazrobbo

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
on the road to santiago, everyone says Buen Camino. Do they have a similar greeting for those walking the camino of St. Francis in Italy? What was the common greeting, and how common was English on this route.?
Many locals I spoke to understood the difference between the paths; the VF heading to Rome & the Camino paths to Santiago, so different salutations were often applied. I however confused the issue by having a scallop shell swinging from my backpack! Another one I hear is Buon Passagio (good passage). I hope you experience the same good will on the Way of St Francis. There are those days where the simple acknowledgement of what you're doing can give you a lift just when you need it. Best wishes for your walk...however you want to word it! 🙂
👣 🌏
 
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kmrice

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Camino(s) past & future
Santiago - Fisterra 2008
St. Jean Pied de Port - Santiago 2013
On the Via Francigena, Cammino di Assisi and Cammino di Francesco we found no equivalent of the pilgrim's"buen Camino" in the sense of a common greeting referring to the pilgrimage. There are not nearly as many other pilgrims as on the CF and it is not like the CF where everyone you run into knows you are a pilgrim. Occasionally, someone familiar with the Camino de Santiago would give us a buen camino. Otherwise it was just the generic Italian greetings.

The Cammino di Francesco had some pilgrims who spoke English, and quite a few of the places we stayed at had an English speaker, but by no means all of them and less so in convents and monasteries. We found it very helpful to have some Italian, but probably could have gotten by without it.
 

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