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Bill from Canada

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (2012), Camino Norte (Fall 2015)
We just finished the Via Francigena from Lucca to Rome. There were many surprises, both good and bad. The good was the path was well mark and we were never close to being lost. The bad was the accommodations. I used different lists from the forum and other sources and they are terribly out of date. We called ahead each day because we were in Italy during a very high holiday period - Easter, Libert Day and National Labour Day. The Italians love the Via Francigena and were walking for 2-3 days, and some for a week, and they walk in both directions. We are just winding down in Amalfi and when we get back to Canada I will try to add more to this post for your information plus try to update some of the out of date information. In the mean, if you have a question, I would be pleased to try and answer it for you.

Cheers,
Bill
 

Pilar

Member
We are in Bolsena. We have experienced the same thing. We will be in La Storta on 5/11 and are having trouble finding a place to stay. Where did you end up.
 

Harington

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016
We just finished the Via Francigena from Lucca to Rome. There were many surprises, both good and bad. The good was the path was well mark and we were never close to being lost. The bad was the accommodations. I used different lists from the forum and other sources and they are terribly out of date. We called ahead each day because we were in Italy during a very high holiday period - Easter, Libert Day and National Labour Day. The Italians love the Via Francigena and were walking for 2-3 days, and some for a week, and they walk in both directions. We are just winding down in Amalfi and when we get back to Canada I will try to add more to this post for your information plus try to update some of the out of date information. In the mean, if you have a question, I would be pleased to try and answer it for you.

Cheers,
Bill
The elenco ospitalità on the EAVF website is updated every year.
 

Bill from Canada

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (2012), Camino Norte (Fall 2015)
We are in Bolsena. We have experienced the same thing. We will be in La Storta on 5/11 and are having trouble finding a place to stay. Where did you end up.
We stayed at a convent called Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore at Via cassia, 1826. It’s right on the Via Francigena. It’s really more of a hotel run by nuns. The cost is 50 euros for a double which includes breakfast. You can send an email to info@casanostrasignora.it or call them at +39 (0)630890863.
 

caminka

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Camino(s) past & future
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We just finished the Via Francigena from Lucca to Rome. There were many surprises, both good and bad. The good was the path was well mark and we were never close to being lost. The bad was the accommodations. I used different lists from the forum and other sources and they are terribly out of date. We called ahead each day because we were in Italy during a very high holiday period - Easter, Libert Day and National Labour Day. The Italians love the Via Francigena and were walking for 2-3 days, and some for a week, and they walk in both directions. We are just winding down in Amalfi and when we get back to Canada I will try to add more to this post for your information plus try to update some of the out of date information. In the mean, if you have a question, I would be pleased to try and answer it for you.

Cheers,
Bill
that will be very much appreciated by all the future vf pilgrims, thank you!
we can only rely on the information we get from the web, so I always have a plan B for when the accommodation I was planning to stay in is no longer operating/full/has changed contact details...
 

caminka

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Camino(s) past & future
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The elenco ospitalità on the EAVF website is updated every year.
yes, they are constantly adding new possibilites (just this year at least 10 more options south of lucca). but then you have to really fish around their site for some accommodation (like the abbazia in aulla). and I am not sure about some of them - eg. casa alpina sacro cuore in etroubles which is (again) on the list but reports from pilgrims for the past three years indicate that they don't accept pilgrims anymore.
 
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Harington

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016
yes, they are constantly adding new possibilites (just this year at least 10 more options south of lucca). but then you have to really fish around their site for some accommodation (like the abbazia in aulla). and I am not sure about some of them - eg. casa alpina sacro cuore which is (again) on the list but reports from pilgrims for the past three years indicate that they don't accept pilgrims anymore.
you're certainly right about the Casa Alpina Sacro Cuore. And the Carmelites in Sutri. But I found it absolutely invaluable.
 

Parksville

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Tui to Santiago (2011), SJPP to Najera (2016) Najera to Finisterre (2017), Lucca to Rome (June 2019)
Congratulations on the successful completion of your Camino. Thank you for sharing this information -- it is very valuable! My husband and I plan to walk from Lucca to Rome beginning June 1 this year. When calling accommodations ahead of time were you able to use English? What was the average cost of your accommodations per night? I greatly appreciate your help.
 

Freewalker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
PC - LIS to SdC (16), VdlP /Sanabres(17). Mozarabe - Almeria /Merida April (18) Levante Nov (18)
We just finished the Via Francigena from Lucca to Rome. There were many surprises, both good and bad. The good was the path was well mark and we were never close to being lost. The bad was the accommodations. I used different lists from the forum and other sources and they are terribly out of date. We called ahead each day because we were in Italy during a very high holiday period - Easter, Libert Day and National Labour Day. The Italians love the Via Francigena and were walking for 2-3 days, and some for a week, and they walk in both directions. We are just winding down in Amalfi and when we get back to Canada I will try to add more to this post for your information plus try to update some of the out of date information. In the mean, if you have a question, I would be pleased to try and answer it for you.

Cheers,
Bill
Hi Bill
Congrats !! I am so looking forwardt to it. How many days did it take you ? Mary here from Canada LOL.... anyhow I will be starting the Via F in Lucca on May 24th although I leave for Italy in 3 days time. Now I am worried as have lists, am traveling solo and was really hoping the accommodations are not going to be more than 25 euro per night. Any lists you have that are fairly up to date I would grately appreciate.
Many thanks
M
 
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Stewart Wilson

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese in 2018
Congratulations on your camino.
My partner and I are planning on walking the same section from Lucca to Rome next year at this time. We used a luggage transfer service for part of the Portuguese carmino last year. Did you see any of these services advertised on your journey from Lucca to Rome?
Bon Camino.
Stew
 

Ell

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese
Part of the Camino Via De La Plata
Camino Frances
Hi

Congrats on completing your Camino!

I am in Bolsena now and sadly sprained or broke my ankle today.

I loved the Via Francigena and we never had a problem finding accommodation. We used the attached list.

In my opinion it is easier to find accommodation on the Via F now then on the CF.

I also think the accommodation is cleaner, more practical etc.

Speaking a bit of Italian is quite important.

My only bad experience was in penzione Italia in Bolsena. It is depressing and the 2 old ladies are not kind (well the complete opposite). They increased the rate far more then advertised and in the end offered up to 50% discount when they saw I was going to leave. When I didnt stay the lady shouted abuse until I left the building.

I will return next year to finish the last few stages.

If anyone happens to be driving from Bolsena to Rome tomorrow or Monday, I would really appreciate a lift and will obviously pay....

🐚
 

Bill from Canada

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (2012), Camino Norte (Fall 2015)
Hi

Congrats on completing your Camino!

I am in Bolsena now and sadly sprained or broke my ankle today.

I loved the Via Francigena and we never had a problem finding accommodation. We used the attached list.

In my opinion it is easier to find accommodation on the Via F now then on the CF.

I also think the accommodation is cleaner, more practical etc.

Speaking a bit of Italian is quite important.

My only bad experience was in penzione Italia in Bolsena. It is depressing and the 2 old ladies are not kind (well the complete opposite). They increased the rate far more then advertised and in the end offered up to 50% discount when they saw I was going to leave. When I didnt stay the lady shouted abuse until I left the building.

I will return next year to finish the last few stages.

If anyone happens to be driving from Bolsena to Rome tomorrow or Monday, I would really appreciate a lift and will obviously pay....

🐚
Did you attach the list?

Thanks!
 

Mr_Ross_Duncan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018) Portuguese (2017)
I am in Bolsena now and sadly sprained or broke my ankle today.

I loved the Via Francigena and we never had a problem finding accommodation. We used the attached list.


🐚
Hi Ell, many commiserations on the ankle issue, that must be devastating for you, perhaps you'll make it back to continue the walk one day in the future.
My wife and I are planning our Francigena walk from Aosta, starting in September. You mentioned in your post an attached list of accommodation, I couldn't see one attached, would you be in a position in the next few weeks to repost with the list, I'm sure it will be a great help.
All the best
Ross
 

Freewalker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
PC - LIS to SdC (16), VdlP /Sanabres(17). Mozarabe - Almeria /Merida April (18) Levante Nov (18)
Sorry to hear - take good care ! Elevate as much as possible and ice it....
Please post attachment as cannot see it - thank you and all the very best.
Mary
 

Ell

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese
Part of the Camino Via De La Plata
Camino Frances
Hi

I hope the list is attached now.

Unfortunately I can’t take credit for the amazing list and I am so sorry for not being able credit the right person.

Thank you for your lovely words. I was / am extremely disappointed not being able to finish - so close to the end. Especially now that I am so fit.

Another reason to do the VF is the delicious food!

Buen camino!
 

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Stefystar

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances from sarria 2015
Via Francigena Aquapendente to Rome 2016
Camino Portuguese from TuI 2016
We stayed at a convent called Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore at Via cassia, 1826. It’s right on the Via Francigena. It’s really more of a hotel run by nuns. The cost is 50 euros for a double which includes breakfast. You can send an email to info@casanostrasignora.it or call them at +39 (0)630890863.
Hi,
I stayed there too in 2016, very nice and welcoming nuns..the evening meal was also very nice and home made..maybe I paid a little extra ..I was there in May too and they could lend you a hairdryer too.
😊
 

Bill from Canada

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (2012), Camino Norte (Fall 2015)
Congratulations on the successful completion of your Camino. Thank you for sharing this information -- it is very valuable! My husband and I plan to walk from Lucca to Rome beginning June 1 this year. When calling accommodations ahead of time were you able to use English? What was the average cost of your accommodations per night? I greatly appreciate your help.
About 50% of the time you will need Italian, and the other 50% you will need some Italian. When we had problems understanding people on the phone, we would try to find someone to help - someone at our pilgrim facility, or the hotel front desk, or at a restaurant. Basic words for reserving over the phone you should have are reservation (prenotare), today (oggi), tomorrow (domani), two people (due persona). We have done the camino Frances and the camino Portuguese and the accommodations for the ia Francigena are different. The pilgrim style accommodations are usually your own room, not a shared room with bunk beds. Sometimes with a shared bathroom, sometimes your own bathroom. We only stayed in a Spanish style albergue/hostel once in Monteriggioni at the church. Therefore, the prices are higher, we paid anything from donation to 75 euros a night, depending on what was available. In Tuscany I found this website viafrancigenatoscana.org which is basic , volunteer run accommodations but usually have your own room.
Also of note, I only used my sleeping bag once and if was had asked, they did provide blankets on request.
 

Bill from Canada

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (2012), Camino Norte (Fall 2015)
Hi Bill
Congrats !! I am so looking forwardt to it. How many days did it take you ? Mary here from Canada LOL.... anyhow I will be starting the Via F in Lucca on May 24th although I leave for Italy in 3 days time. Now I am worried as have lists, am traveling solo and was really hoping the accommodations are not going to be more than 25 euro per night. Any lists you have that are fairly up to date I would grately appreciate.
Many thanks
M
Try viafrancigentoscana.org for cheaper accommodations. Also Google european-association-of-vie-francigene-eavf/ - the trouble with this site is it does not have an address and trying to ask directions over the phone with my limited Italian was dreadful.
 

Bill from Canada

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (2012), Camino Norte (Fall 2015)
Congratulations on your camino.
My partner and I are planning on walking the same section from Lucca to Rome next year at this time. We used a luggage transfer service for part of the Portuguese carmino last year. Did you see any of these services advertised on your journey from Lucca to Rome?
Bon Camino.
Stew
Yes we saw this service but I don't remember the name - the cost for the one we saw was 15 euros per bag per day.
 

Freewalker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
PC - LIS to SdC (16), VdlP /Sanabres(17). Mozarabe - Almeria /Merida April (18) Levante Nov (18)
Try viafrancigentoscana.org for cheaper accommodations. Also Google european-association-of-vie-francigene-eavf/ - the trouble with this site is it does not have an address and trying to ask directions over the phone with my limited Italian was dreadful.
Thank you very much for this... GREAT sites. Not sure if you are back in CA or where you are from but the weather here in ON has been raining every second day for a month !!! Can't wait to board my flight later today !
 

andycohn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2012,13,15); Finisterre / Muxia (15); Portugeuse (17); Primitivo (17); Norte (18); Ingles (18)
Congratulations on your camino.
My partner and I are planning on walking the same section from Lucca to Rome next year at this time. We used a luggage transfer service for part of the Portuguese carmino last year. Did you see any of these services advertised on your journey from Lucca to Rome?
Bon Camino.
Stew
There’s one baggage transport company I found. Bags Free. www.bags-free.com/en/
They’re expensive. 15 euros per bag per transport. I haven’t used them, but other people have mentioned them on this forum.

Also, after walking a part of the Francigena in December, I put together a mini-guide / resource sheet for our local Camino group. It includes a lot of the links mentioned above, and covers stuff like accomodations, transport within Italy, weather, credential / testimonium, guidebooks, apps — all the nitty-gritty stuff that I could think of that would be helpful in planning. I’ve attached it. Hope it’s useful.
 

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Parksville

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Tui to Santiago (2011), SJPP to Najera (2016) Najera to Finisterre (2017), Lucca to Rome (June 2019)
There’s one baggage transport company I found. Bags Free. www.bags-free.com/en/
They’re expensive. 15 euros per bag per transport. I haven’t used them, but other people have mentioned them on this forum.

Also, after walking a part of the Francigena in December, I put together a mini-guide / resource sheet for our local Camino group. It includes a lot of the links mentioned above, and covers stuff like accomodations, transport within Italy, weather, credential / testimonium, guidebooks, apps — all the nitty-gritty stuff that I could think of that would be helpful in planning. I’ve attached it. Hope it’s useful.
Thanks, Andy - This resource is awesome!! My husband and I begin our pilgrimage on the VF (Lucca to Rome) this June 1. Your list is very timely and very much appreciated!
 

Mr_Ross_Duncan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018) Portuguese (2017)
Th
Hi

I hope the list is attached now.

Unfortunately I can’t take credit for the amazing list and I am so sorry for not being able credit the right person.

Thank you for your lovely words. I was / am extremely disappointed not being able to finish - so close to the end. Especially now that I am so fit.

Another reason to do the VF is the delicious food!

Buen camino!
Thanks Ell, that's amazing.
 

caminka

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
see signature
Hi

I hope the list is attached now.

Unfortunately I can’t take credit for the amazing list and I am so sorry for not being able credit the right person.

Thank you for your lovely words. I was / am extremely disappointed not being able to finish - so close to the end. Especially now that I am so fit.

Another reason to do the VF is the delicious food!

Buen camino!
I am so sorry to hear about your ankle. I don't know what I would do, probably throw myself into the lake or something.
this right credited person will update the list before she leaves for vf in june. a couple of new stays have popped up on the vf web site. stay tuned... :) she also appreaciates any updates till then.
 

caminka

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
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anyone knows of any current bloggers on the vf? I'm quite unable to find any and I know people are walking right now.
 

MichaelC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aug 2017: Le Puy to Santiago
Nov 2018: Kumano Kodo (partial)
2021: ?
I've been following people on the various Facebook groups.
 

Parksville

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Tui to Santiago (2011), SJPP to Najera (2016) Najera to Finisterre (2017), Lucca to Rome (June 2019)
that's cool, I'll be behind and happy to get first-hand tips. :)

I found this blog cited on a fb site I'm currently reading: https://therandoneurds.wordpress.com/2019/04/.
Thank you! That site is awesome. Now, if the internet gods (and time and energy) are with me, I'll be blogging live from the trail too. If not, I'll blog immediately upon our return home.
 

Bill from Canada

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (2012), Camino Norte (Fall 2015)
Thank you! That site is awesome. Now, if the internet gods (and time and energy) are with me, I'll be blogging live from the trail too. If not, I'll blog immediately upon our return home.
Depending on where you stay, the internet gods will abandon you. We were gone a month so my wife and I bought a SIM card for a month - cost was 30 euros each and included 15GB data and 200 minutes talk time, but no texting. This was with TIM and in most places, service was excellent and I was able to post daily updates to Instagram. We had poor reception in two towns and therefore would try Vodafone next time.
 

Bill from Canada

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis (2012), Camino Norte (Fall 2015)
anyone knows of any current bloggers on the vf? I'm quite unable to find any and I know people are walking right now.
I dont have a FB account but I did create an Intagram acount to post pictues and comments. I found it way faster than uploading to Wordpress. There are a few groups you can follow like #viafrancigena, #walkingtheviafrancigena - these both have very current activity.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, SJPP to Finesterre April (2018)
Via Francigena Italy Sept (2018)
Del Norte Aug (2019)
We walked Lucca to Rome last October. We used Booking.com and had no problems staying in any town. Half the nights were in agriturismos and B and Bs the other half.
 

Parksville

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Tui to Santiago (2011), SJPP to Najera (2016) Najera to Finisterre (2017), Lucca to Rome (June 2019)
Depending on where you stay, the internet gods will abandon you. We were gone a month so my wife and I bought a SIM card for a month - cost was 30 euros each and included 15GB data and 200 minutes talk time, but no texting. This was with TIM and in most places, service was excellent and I was able to post daily updates to Instagram. We had poor reception in two towns and therefore would try Vodafone next time.
Great information! Thank you!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, SJPP to Finesterre April (2018)
Via Francigena Italy Sept (2018)
Del Norte Aug (2019)
I downloaded the path and all my hotel locations on maps.me. It works great offline.
 

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