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Roads or trails?


Camino(s) past & future
From Porto, Portugal, through Tui, Spain, in 2015.
Northern route in August/September 2017
I'm looking a year ahead to walking the Via Francigena from Lucca to Rome, and wondering what to expect: road walking or trails?

I've done the Northern Camino, which had a mixture of both, and was happy regardless, but did prefer to be off the busy highways.

Thank you in advance!


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Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
A mix. As far as I remember it much of that section of the VF is on strade bianche - the gravel and clay minor roads that are a big feature of Tuscany and to a lesser extent Lazio. Very little motor traffic on those and what there is tends to be slow moving. Some asphalt and some off-road footpaths too. Very little on busy highways except on the approach into Rome itself - and I believe that the route has been redirected onto quieter roads and paths since I walked in 2015.

Stripey Socks

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances '13, Via de la Plata '14, Portuguese '16, Via Francigena - Italy '18, Madrid Combo'20
Yes, I agree with Bradypus, there is a mix. Although I found the mix heavy in favour of road walking by about 70%. It was a relief to get onto some dirt country roads and bush paths were rare. Still beautiful though. Mel

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