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meye1099

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2013, 2016, Aug. 2020), Del Norte (2018), Primitivo (2018), Nakahechi (Apr. 2020)
Hi, everyone! I've been aware of the Via Francigena for a couple years now but have only recently starting thinking about it seriously. I was wondering if anyone could point me to some good resources to begin planning a walk on the Via Francigena in the Italy portion? The guidebooks listed on Amazon look a few years old and I'm guessing are a little outdated.

Also, what are some popular starting points to walk the VF in Italy?

Thanks!
 

timr

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
Hello @meye1099 and welcome. The planning stage is half of the fun!
My advice would be to start with two websites,
and then ask more specific questions for clarification on this forum, where you will find a wealth of useful and friendly advice.
Where you start largely depends on how much time you have, and if you want to finish in Rome. People walk from Canterbury to Rome in 70-100 days (I took 87 including 5 rest days) and about half of that would be in Italy if you started at the Great St Bernard Pass. It obviously depends on how fast you walk:). People start from GSB from Aosta, and from all points south really. Siena and Lucca are popular places. There is no particularly recognised special place to start from.
The book by Roberta Ferraris, from Terre de Mezzo is useful, and is in English, and quite up to date. You can also download it as an app from the publishers website from the app store of your phone. Search for <i percorsi di Terre di Mezzo>
Do come back here with more questions!! Tim
 
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meye1099

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2013, 2016, Aug. 2020), Del Norte (2018), Primitivo (2018), Nakahechi (Apr. 2020)
Hello @meye1099 and welcome. The planning stage is half of the fun!
My advice would be to start with two websites,
and then ask more specific questions for clarification on this forum, where you will find a wealth of useful and friendly advice.
Where you start largely depends on how much time you have, and if you want to finish in Rome. People walk from Canterbury to Rome in 70-100 days (I took 87 including 5 rest days) and about half of that would be in Italy if you started at the Great St Bernard Pass. It obviously depends on how fast you walk:). People start from GSB from Aosta, and from all points south really. Siena and Lucca are popular places. There is no particularly recognised special place to start from.
The book by Roberta Ferraris, from Terre de Mezzo is useful, and is in English, and quite up to date. You can also download it as an app from the publishers website from the app store of your phone. Search for <i percorsi di Terre di Mezzo>
Do come back here with more questions!! Tim
Thank you!
 

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