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Via Francigena Guide

tominrm

Hiking to Celebrate the End of Working Life.
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2014,2019)
del Norte ( 2015)
Portuguese ( 2016)
Primitivo ( 2017)
VdlP (2018)
I am thinking about walking VF next spring and wondering if a guidebook would be necessary to walk from Lucca to Rome. I read it here that the path is well marked from Lucca. My reluctance on getting a guidebook is the weight of the book. I suppose I can download a guide but why if I don't need to read. I am trying to reduce the weight of my backpack to minimum. I think I can download the list of accommodation in my iPhone. Does anyone see the advantage of having a guidebook?
 

Stripey Socks

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances '13, Via de la Plata '14, Portuguese '16, Via Francigena - Italy '18, Madrid Combo'20
No guidebook required. Just use the app from the Vie Francigene website - it is excellent. You can download the maps for use offline if need be..

 

MikeC

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Cycled SJPP to SDC September 2016
Starting Camino Ingles June 2018
We have just finished the final 100km of the Via Francigena.
I did buy the Terre Di Mezzo guide: it was very useful for planning and it is pleasant to be able to read it again and reflect on our pilgrimage.
I did not take it with me, but did photocopy the pages that I needed and then discarded them after each section.
There are some signification alternative routes to choose from as you make the journey: it is easier to make those choices with help from the guidebook.
There are also some confusing alternatives and some poorly waymarked sections in urban areas.
I just weighed the book and it is 315gm: if you are not too bothered about cutting up books your journey will be about 150gm worth.
Hope this helps
 

sharon w

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2007
Camino Portugues 2009
Via Podiensis, Camino Frances, Camino Finisterre 2012
Cammino di Assisi 2014
Via Podiensis, Camino del Norte, Camino Frances(Astorga to Santiago) 2015
Aussie Camino 2016
Have just returned from walking from Lucca to Roma. I used apps on my phone. You can buy the Terre di Mezzo guidebook in Lucca if you want. However, the apps I used were great. I also uploaded the route onto Maps.me
 

tominrm

Hiking to Celebrate the End of Working Life.
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2014,2019)
del Norte ( 2015)
Portuguese ( 2016)
Primitivo ( 2017)
VdlP (2018)
Thank you, all. I will definitely download the app and get a copy of Terre Di Mezzo guide for the planning purpose.
 

Carol06

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (May 2012)
Frances (May 2015) all going well and with my husband this time.
Thank you, all. I will definitely download the app and get a copy of Terre Di Mezzo guide for the planning purpose.
I tried to buy the guide online... the ebook, but it did not download. Will have to buy a hard copy when we get there in April.
 

MikeC

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Cycled SJPP to SDC September 2016
Starting Camino Ingles June 2018
I tried to buy the guide online... the ebook, but it did not download. Will have to buy a hard copy when we get there in April.
I bought my copy from Amazon
 

suzanne perron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Frances, Norte, Primitivo, Aragones, 1/2 Via Plata. Future: Italian part of Via Francigena
Hello,
I have walked several caminos in France and Spain and am planning a to walk the Via Francigena (Italy) as of April. I am a little concerned about the cost of accommodations. I have downloaded (first time going techy!) the Via Francigena app and am wondering if it is (or what is?) the best source for low cost/pilgrim hostels. En français ou en anglais ... haven't figured out out to put a picture
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Camino Frances SJPP / 2014 Camino Portugues / 2015 Camino Ingles / 2015 Hospitalero Training
2016 (fall) Camino Sanabre / Hospitalero?
I am thinking about walking VF next spring and wondering if a guidebook would be necessary to walk from Lucca to Rome. I read it here that the path is well marked from Lucca. My reluctance on getting a guidebook is the weight of the book. I suppose I can download a guide but why if I don't need to read. I am trying to reduce the weight of my backpack to minimum. I think I can download the list of accommodation in my iPhone. Does anyone see the advantage of having a guidebook?
Guide books are wonderful resources but added weight. Buy the book to pay and encourage the author and future writers. Then using your phone, photograph what you need and be prepared along the way.
 

suzanne perron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Frances, Norte, Primitivo, Aragones, 1/2 Via Plata. Future: Italian part of Via Francigena
Thank you for the tip! It will be useful. In the meanwhile I found a room for 2 (friends) for 51 euros ... best I could find. Called Hotel Miage.
 

Carol06

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (May 2012)
Frances (May 2015) all going well and with my husband this time.
I tried to buy the guide online... the ebook, but it did not download. Will have to buy a hard copy when we get there in April.
I emailed Terre di Mezzi and received wonderful support. I now have the app downloaded on my phone and it looks to be fabulous.
 

Carol06

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (May 2012)
Frances (May 2015) all going well and with my husband this time.
I emailed Terre di Mezzi and received wonderful support. I now have the app on my phone and it looks fabulous.
 

caminka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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Hello,
I have walked several caminos in France and Spain and am planning a to walk the Via Francigena (Italy) as of April. I am a little concerned about the cost of accommodations. I have downloaded (first time going techy!) the Via Francigena app and am wondering if it is (or what is?) the best source for low cost/pilgrim hostels. En français ou en anglais ... haven't figured out out to put a picture
have you seen the accommodatin list in the resources? it lists pilgrim-specific and pilgrim-friendly budget accommodation, last updated in august 2019.
 

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