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Via Francigena from home - English Guidebooks for Germany?

Hiking Fran

Solvitur Ambulando
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances {04-2018} Camino Finisterre, Muxia and back to Santiago {09-2018} Home to Rome {2019}
#1
Hello!

After walking the Camino Frances this year if I am going somewhere I am walking and I'm forever on a camino.

I started walking to Rome (from home) yesterday! Starting in bite sized day trips. First I will walk from The Netherlands and into Germany.

I am looking for websites and guide books in English? Does anybody know any? Also I love blogs (stories) written by pilgrims/hikers from the road ... so any new ones for me to read particularly from the road to Rome would be amazing.

Looking forward to any responses.

Fran

Frances Antonia - Ambassador for One Girl

www.slowerfamilytravels.com
 
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Hiking Fran

Solvitur Ambulando
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances {04-2018} Camino Finisterre, Muxia and back to Santiago {09-2018} Home to Rome {2019}
#3
I walked from Great Saint Bernard Pass to Rome in Aug/Sept this year. This website is a great resource for the Italian leg with links to an excellent app. https://www.viefrancigene.org/en/

Happy walking, Mel
Hello Mel!

WOW what an amazing walk. It must be still so fresh! I am a still long way from Great Saint Bernard Pass but it looks absolutely stunning.

Thank you for the link and I'll be sure to download the excellent ap. I think this camino will be a bit more challenging for me (navigationally) than my Camino de Santiago earlier this year.

Have a wonderful day.

Fran
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
#4
How wonderful! I would love to walk Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome some day!! Here's another website for you that I've had bookmarked for a few months now.
https://francigenaways.com/

Also, check out "Lightfoot Guides" on Amazon as well: https://pilgrimagepublications.com/pp_2014/

Finally, seek out Harry Bucknall's "Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim"! Fabulous book of his Via Francigena pilgrimage.

Have a great time!!
 

Stripey Socks

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances- 2013,Via de la Plata-2014, Portuguese - 2016, Via Francigena - Italy 2018
#5
I blogged for the 40 days I walked, plus have done some summary posts etc - here: www.lifeonebigadventure.com.

Are you blogging? I would love to follow your progress. Have fun, Mel

Ignore me! I just found your blog! Sorry a bit slow on the uptake post-Christmas!! :)
 

MarkWoods

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via Francigena (Canterbury to Rome 2017)
#6
Hello!

After walking the Camino Frances this year if I am going somewhere I am walking and I'm forever on a camino.

I started walking to Rome (from home) yesterday! Starting in bite sized day trips. First I will walk from The Netherlands and into Germany.

I am looking for websites and guide books in English? Does anybody know any? Also I love blogs (stories) written by pilgrims/hikers from the road ... so any new ones for me to read particularly from the road to Rome would be amazing.

Looking forward to any responses.

Fran

Frances Antonia - Ambassador for One Girl

www.slowerfamilytravels.com
Try kentontheviafrancigena
 

Hiking Fran

Solvitur Ambulando
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances {04-2018} Camino Finisterre, Muxia and back to Santiago {09-2018} Home to Rome {2019}
#7
I blogged for the 40 days I walked, plus have done some summary posts etc - here: www.lifeonebigadventure.com.

Are you blogging? I would love to follow your progress. Have fun, Mel

Ignore me! I just found your blog! Sorry a bit slow on the uptake post-Christmas!! :)
I found your blog! It's wonderful, I LOVE it and have already made a start to reading your camino story. I have been away for the past few days but am looking forward to digging over a cup of tea when the kids go back to school.

fran ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
#8
Hello!

After walking the Camino Frances this year if I am going somewhere I am walking and I'm forever on a camino.

I started walking to Rome (from home) yesterday! Starting in bite sized day trips. First I will walk from The Netherlands and into Germany.

I am looking for websites and guide books in English? Does anybody know any? Also I love blogs (stories) written by pilgrims/hikers from the road ... so any new ones for me to read particularly from the road to Rome would be amazing.

Looking forward to any responses.

Fran

Frances Antonia - Ambassador for One Girl

www.slowerfamilytravels.com
Hello Fran,
First, I love your blogs - great photos. And I like to hear of your plans which sound v interesting.
I walked last (2018) year from Canterbury to Brindisi, although my blog didn't keep up for various reasons. I hope to get back to it and finish the story. I blogged as www.walkingtim.com

A very brief take on English guides: Each one has its strong supporters and strong detractors. You will see little skirmishes developing from time to time on the via francigena FB page!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/19899007360/

Raju, two volumes. Cicerone series Due for new editions soon I believe. I used Kindle versions of both volumes. Interesting information on places along the way. Not always accurate for the road! (But the road changes)

Lightfoot Guides (3 volumes). It seems you either love these or loathe them. I used pdf vesion on my phone which didn't really work terribly well. The books themselves seemed quite large to me. I abandoned using them. A bit expensive too. But those who liked them loved them!!!

Terre de Mezzo. Two volumes.
Vol 2: The via Francigena. 1000 kilometres on foot from the Gran San Bernardo to Rome Paperback – 27 Sep 2018 I used the older edition of this . I liked it for the maps especially.
The first volume is from Canterbury to Gran San Bernardo by Riccardo Latini and is only in Italian and is out of print, but if you can manage Italian it is good and useful maps. The route is not the same as Raju or Lightfoot - quite honestly in France you really make up your own route!


Terre di Mezzo also have a useful app for their guides
https://www.percorsiditerre.it/the-app-with-the-digital-guides-of-terre-di-mezzo/?lang=en

I used the second volume on my phone.

Within Switzerland and Italy the Sloways app provides perfect directions, as does the near identical one for the viefrancigene website, but I could never get it to work without regular crashes on my iphone. Sloways worked a treat.

Tim
 
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Marc S.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012-2018 Frances, Norte, Salvador, Aragones, Portuguese, Via Regia, Elisabethpfad, Jakibspaad.
#9
I haven't walked the Via Francigena (would love to, one day) and I do not know the guidebooks, but (as I see you live in the Netherlands) I do know a specialised bookshop in Amsterdam that has a massive collection of guidebooks, so it may be worth checking it out and browsing through its shells (I have no commercial interests). This is the link: https://www.piedaterre.nl/
Buen camino.
 

Stripey Socks

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances- 2013,Via de la Plata-2014, Portuguese - 2016, Via Francigena - Italy 2018
#12
I found your blog! It's wonderful, I LOVE it and have already made a start to reading your camino story. I have been away for the past few days but am looking forward to digging over a cup of tea when the kids go back to school.

fran ;)
Thanks Fran! Happy reading. The only downside, I find with these things, is that it gives me terrible wanderlust! I guess there are worse things to suffer from! ;-) Have a good day, Mel
 

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