Via Francigena Walking Holiday

Via Francigena Walking Holiday

Via Francigena Walking Holiday – Walk Through History along ancient medieval and roman roads. The Via Francigene is an ancient route that in medieval times connected Canterbury to Rome and onto the harbours of Apulia.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday.  Adventure Holidays organise walking itineraries accross all sections of the Via Francigena. We take care of everything. From booking accommodation, transferring luggage, providing detailed route notes and maps and as always providing 24/7 local support.

The Via Francigena

 At the beginning of the second millennium, vast numbers of pilgrims began crossing  Europe in search of the lost “Celestial Land”, the “Patria Celeste”. The pilgrims travelled to three major destinations: Rome, the city of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul (the founders of the Christian Church). The Holy Land, site of Calvary, where the pilgrims sought out the places of Christ’s Passion and  Santiago de Compostela, the furthest point of western Europe which the Holy Apostle James chose as his final resting place.

The way to Rome, “Via Francigena” which led to the Eternal City from the Western Alps and the Rhineland, was used for 7 centuries by sovereigns, emperors, plebeians and clergymen and was considered the most important road of the times. The Via Francigena led all the way from Canterbury to Rome and was a main thoroughfare along which hundreds of thousands of pilgrims passed on their way to Rome.

In those days, the journey was not just an adventure or a risk but an act of devotion in itself, and the pilgrims would stop off along the way at places deemed holy by the Church.

 

Today we can reconstruct the itinerary thanks to a document left behind by Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury, who, upon his return from Rome to his dioceses in 994, wrote down the names of the places that had formed the stages of his journey home.

It is only natural that one thousand years later, on the eve of a new millennium, there should be a reawakening of interest in the old route and a desire to rediscover a road that once represented unity and communication between the different cultures and ideas of European nations which are once again opening their borders.

The Via Francigena bears witness to how even then there was a desire for unity in Europe. The route cut through the Alps in the Valley of Aosta and proceeded southwards through Piedmont, Lombardy, the flatlands of the River Po (Padania), before going through the Apennines near Berceto to pass into Tuscany and Latium, and ends in Rome.

This “way to Rome” is an essential and formative phenomenon in the history of Europe. Fragments and reminders of its existence are still to be found scattered throughout our area.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday Itineraries

The essence of Tuscany: Via Francigena & Val d’Orcia
The essence of Tuscany: Via Francigena & Val d’Orcia

8 Days. From €919

The essence of Tuscany

This itinerary is a perfect introduction to the region and for people who love museums and galleries, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. There is plenty to see and do and you have plenty of time for attraction visits on most days.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday
Stage 1: Ivrea to Pavia
Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 1: Ivrea to Pavia

8 Days. From €620

Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 1

Admire Mount Rosa reflected in the “chequered sea” of the flooded rice fields. Get excited every time you see a white eagle take off as you arrive. Visit the basilica of Sant’Andrea in Vercelli, an 11th-century Gothic cathedral, inspired by Cistercian monks. Discover the charming Piedmont town of Ivrea and Pavia’s beautiful medieval bridge

Via Francigena Walking Holiday
Stage 2: Pavia to Fidenza
Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 2: Pavia to Fidenza

6 Days. From €505

Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 2

Breathe the energy of the university quarter of Pavia. Chat with Danilo, the boatman who will take you across the River Po, the longest river in Italy. Enjoy the silence in the cloisters of the abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba, founded in 1136.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday
Stage 3: Fidenza to Pontremoli
Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 3: Fidenza to Pontremoli

6 Days. From €479

Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 3

Admire the bas-reliefs of the Cathedral of Fidenza, with the story founder, St Domninus, martyred by order of Maximian in 304 AD. Climb up to the top of Mount Valoria, the border between Emilia and Tuscany, to admire the historical landscape of Lunigiana. Take a slow walk along the medieval one-arched bridge of Groppodalosio.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday
Stage 4: Pontremoli to Lucca

8 Days. From €649

Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 4

Surround yourselves in the mystery of the Stele Statues, visiting Pontremoli museum. Get excited by a glimpse of the sea from the hills above Sarzana. Walk along the water’s edge on the beaches of Versilia. Admire the town of Lucca walking along its walls. Observe the labyrinth on the facade of the Duomo of Lucca.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday
Stage 5: Lucca to Siena

8 days. From €679

Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 5

Spectacular landscapes, fascinating Tuscany countryside full of vineyards and the picturesque rolling hills of the Crete Senesi. Amazing round walls of the historical fortified military village of Monteriggioni. The charming UNESCO towns of San Gimignano and Siena. Small comfortable, family run accommodations with delicious Tuscan culinary specialities.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday
Stage 7: Orvieto to Rome
Walking from Campagnano to La Storta

10 Day. From €799

Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 7

Beautiful towns of Orvieto, Viterbo and Rome, Spectacular landscapes, fascinating countryside: the Lake of Bolsena and truff gorges, Charming ancient and Etruscan villages and historical sites: necropolis, the Fortress of the Popes, Nature Reserves: Regional Park of the age-old city of Sutri and its Roman amphitheatre, Small, comfortable, family run accommodations with delicious culinary specialities.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday
Stage 7: Montefiascone to Rome

8 days. From €639

Via Francigena Walking Holiday Stage 7

Fascinating countryside: the Lake of Bolsena and tuff stone gorges. Ancient Etruscan villages and historical sites: necropolis, the Fortress of the Popes. Nature Reserves: Regional Park of the age-old city of Sutri and its Roman amphitheatre. Small, comfortable, family run accommodations with delicious culinary specialities.

Via Francigena Walking Holiday
Bourg St. Pierre to Pont St. Martin

8 days. From €779

Via Francigena Walking Holiday 

Enviable natural heritage, wild open spaces, luxury forests, snowy peaks. Many little mountain villages to discover. Plenty of pleasant surprises for lovers of history and art .Popular traditions, friendly locals and great local food. Warm, comfortable family-run accommodation.