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Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
The Via Francigena starts in England at Canterbury then passes through France, Switzerland and then over the Alps and south to Rome. About 2000km in total though many people start near the halfway point at the Grand Saint Bernard pass and walk only the Italian part. I took 66 days to walk from Canterbury to Rome but I walk quite long daily stages. An average is closer to 80-100 days. This website would be a good starting point for information on the Italian stages. https://www.viefrancigene.org/en/ There isn't really an equivalent for the French and Swiss parts but there is a helpful Facebook group and guide books are available.

Edit: it has been pointed out that the website now covers the earlier stages of the route too. Been a while since I looked at it in detail and it has grown even more useful since :cool:
 
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Stroller

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Norte (2015), Frances (2016)
The web site quoted above has an ap that shows maps and gives some information on accommodation and sights to see. It starts in Canterbury and has sections for England, France, Switzerland and Italy. The ap works offline and the maps can be zoomed. To me it looks like a good start for planning and carrying on the trip.
 

moromauro

moromauro
Camino(s) past & future
May 2019: Camino catalàn + aragonès + frances till Burgos
2020: Camino portuguès from Lisbon (after
The "Via Francigena" follows the stages of the route that the bishop Sigerico of Canterbury followed around the year 1000 A.D. while going to Rome.

He wrote a diary of his journey, in ancient latin language, pointing out each "mansio" (end point of his daily stage) he and his fellows stopped by for the night; that diary was rediscovered and via Francigena was developt following the stages described in the diary: so the "official" and historical starting point of Via Francigena is in Canterbury, UK.

Of course, just as for the network of the Caminos de Santiago, every pilgrim/hiker starts from where he likes or can, according with his possibilities, wishes, available days for walking, etc.

Here's the link to the official italian website about Via Francigena (i give you the link to the portal in english but you can change the language just clicking on the flag in the upper right part of the page); the website covers the WHOLE itinerary from Canterbury to Rome.

https://www.viefrancigene.org/en/

If you need some further information about it maybe i can give you some more advice, as i walked the Via Francigena (starting from Pontremoli, Tuscany) in 2010 and the part between Vercelli and Piacenza in 2012; furthermore, i live very close to Altopascio (Tuscany, Italy), the traditional endpoint of the stage starting from the wonderful town of Lucca.

I don't log in this site daily but i think i can answer within a reasonable term...
:)
 

Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
he web site quoted above has an ap that shows maps and gives some information on accommodation and sights to see. It starts in Canterbury and has sections for England, France, Switzerland and Italy. The ap works offline and the maps can be zoomed. To me it looks like a good start for planning and carrying on the trip.
Thanks for that - I stand corrected :) It is a while since I looked at that site in detail and until fairly recently it only covered the Italian section and left you to find the earlier stages for yourself.
 

Stroller

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte (2015), Frances (2016)
Thanks for that - I stand corrected :) It is a while since I looked at that site in detail and until fairly recently it only covered the Italian section and left you to find the earlier stages for yourself.
No problem, I'm seriously looking at it starting in England for next year.
 

Harington

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Camino(s) past & future
Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016
where does this route start and how may kms and/or days?
Check out www.pilgrimstorome.org.uk. This site gives all sorts of helpful information, including accommodation lists. You could consider joining the Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome for credencial, badges, newsletters etc. Also the Facebook Via Francigena forum is good - ask a question and you'll be deluged with answers, some of them helpful. I was 69 when I walked Canterbury to Rome, and it took me 75 walking days, but with plenty of days off for interesting cities.
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012)
CP('15)
St Olavs Way Norway('16)
88 Temples Japan('17)
PWC & VF(2019)
Mozarabe & VdlP(2020)
where does this route start and how may kms and/or days?
I'm currently on the VF trail making my way across France having started in London (Pilgrim's Way to Canterbury) on 21st March. I expect to arrive in Rome the third week of June.
The length of time I have is dictated by Schengen visa restrictions & my daily distances for France by the availability of suitable (for me) accommodation.
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Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
One of the authors of the Lightfoot Guide is working on a new edition. He has just posted to the VF Facebook group saying that the "official route" is gradually growing longer. Walk it now before Rome gets even further away :cool:
vf-distance.jpg
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012)
CP('15)
St Olavs Way Norway('16)
88 Temples Japan('17)
PWC & VF(2019)
Mozarabe & VdlP(2020)
One of the authors of the Lightfoot Guide is working on a new edition. He has just posted to the VF Facebook group saying that the "official route" is gradually growing longer. Walk it now before Rome gets even further away :cool:
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😯 Further...! Come on little legs...walk faster, walk faster... 😁
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