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Walking in reverse

jkk

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A friend and I are planning on walking the Via Francigena, starting on May 20. We would really like to walk over the Grand St. Bernard Pass, but realize that we would probably be a couple of weeks too early. So my question is, could we start in Pontremoli and walk towards Switzetlsnd instead of going toward Rome? How hard is it to go the opposite direction?
 

Harington

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Camino(s) past & future
Vézelay/Francés 2011, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2013, Via Domitia 2014, Inglés 2015, Francigena 2016
A friend and I are planning on walking the Via Francigena, starting on May 20. We would really like to walk over the Grand St. Bernard Pass, but realize that we would probably be a couple of weeks too early. So my question is, could we start in Pontremoli and walk towards Switzetlsnd instead of going toward Rome? How hard is it to go the opposite direction?
People who cannot cross the Pass because it is still closed can take the bus through to Etroubles or Aosta. When they get to Rome they often take a train back to Aosta, and then take the bus to the Swiss side of the Pass to cross it, thus ensuring they have walked all the way. Forum member Timr has written a guide to crossing the GSB
 

timr

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Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
People who cannot cross the Pass because it is still closed can take the bus through to Etroubles or Aosta. When they get to Rome they often take a train back to Aosta, and then take the bus to the Swiss side of the Pass to cross it, thus ensuring they have walked all the way. Forum member Timr has written a guide to crossing the GSB
Indeed! That is what I did....See here
 

Carel5

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Camino(s) past & future
2016 Mozarabe: Almeria - Merida
2018 Francigena: GSB - Massa
(2019) Francigena: Massa - Roma
Of course you can flipflop and walk the other way, although the VF signposting is mostly towards Rome. In 2018 I met two Italians who walked to Santiago from Rome and sometimes found it difficult to find the route Northwards. Best thing probably is to load the GPX data from the official Via Francigena site and reverse the direction of every stage.
 

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