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Via Francigena Pilgrim Identifier

Saikiki

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Fall 2019
Hi Guys!

Where can you buy crossed keys/pilgrim patch or brooch? I would love to have it from the beginning of my walk and was wondering if any cathedrals or tourist offices sell them. I'm visiting Lucca but I'm starting my walk from Altopascio and ending in Monteriggioni. Thanks!

P.S. leaving in 3 weeks - SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!
 

Saikiki

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Fall 2019
@Saikiki Welcome!
Not sure what country you are in. If in UK, the Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome.
Enjoy your experience.
I'm in the US and flying into Pisa and from there taking the train to Lucca. I know that the tourist office or churches will be selling the credentials but I didn't know if they were also selling the patches/brooches, etc...
 

timr

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
I'm in the US and flying into Pisa and from there taking the train to Lucca. I know that the tourist office or churches will be selling the credentials but I didn't know if they were also selling the patches/brooches, etc...
I don't know either! But I rather doubt that the tourist office or cathedral will have brooches or patches. I have never seen any. Even in Lucca, and other Tuscan cities, the absolute number of walkers on the VF is quite small compared, say, to the Camino in Spain.
I just looked on CPR site and it is giving £3 for the badge and £5.45 for shipping to US. £8.45 is $10.28
You can decide! ;)
 

DLJ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(4/2012) St.Jean to Santiago; (9/2013) Geneva to Le Puy-en-Velay and beyond
My wife and I went on Etsy.com and bought a couple of large antique keys. I think the Via Francigena Assoc. now has a patch.
 

Slow guy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2013
Le Puy 2014
Arles- Toulouse 2015
Toulouse - Pamplona 2016
VDLP 2017
CP 2018
VF 2019
As Tim mentioned, I got a nice patch and credential from the CPR. I sewed the patch on and the few pilgrims I saw were jealous
 

debra

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP 2010, Frances 2010
Via Francigena 2014 bicigrino
Way of St. Francis 2017 bicigrino
In the USA I bought a reproduction of a medieval pewter badge of the crossed keys that I sewed to my bag.

Both the key on the left and the key with sword are reproductions of pilgrim badges for Rome. If you would like more information I can post more information on how I got them.


I have been unable to sew the embroidered patches onto this bag (bent 10 needles trying) which I do take my pilgrimages by bicycle.
 

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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
In the USA I bought a reproduction of a medieval pewter badge of the crossed keys that I sewed to my bag.

Both the key on the left and the key with sword are reproductions of pilgrim badges for Rome. If you would like more information I can post more information on how I got them.


I have been unable to sew the embroidered patches onto this bag (bent 10 needles trying) which I do take my pilgrimages by bicycle.
Two words - fabric glue
 

debra

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP 2010, Frances 2010
Via Francigena 2014 bicigrino
Way of St. Francis 2017 bicigrino
Two words - fabric glue
At this point I am happy with the metal one and my bag doesn’t leek in the rain with them, so I am good.
I can also remove them.
 

Harington

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
Hi Guys!

Where can you buy crossed keys/pilgrim patch or brooch? I would love to have it from the beginning of my walk and was wondering if any cathedrals or tourist offices sell them. I'm visiting Lucca but I'm starting my walk from Altopascio and ending in Monteriggioni. Thanks!

P.S. leaving in 3 weeks - SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!
Good for you!
I made my own VF identifier...see pic.
Two keys & a piece of red felt (all from the local craft supply shop)...a few stitches later & voila! Total cost approx AUD$3.00
I will say I only saw the crossed key symbol once throughout the entire VF (London to Rome..2100+km). Also only one other pilgrim carried the key symbol, their's was homemade too.
By far & away, the recognised symbol of the VF is the robed figure, not the crossed keys.
Happy & safe trails to you.
👣 🌏
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Jbirk

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, SJPP to Finesterre April (2018)
Via Francigena Sept (2018)
Del Norte Aug (2019)
We found some patches in a tourist office outside Siena
 

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