A detailed description of the 45 main stages and variants is the largest part of the guide, accompanied by detailed maps with all of the necessary technical information: distance, height differences, accommodation, dining and supplies, public transport to reach or leave the point of departure and arrival. In addition, an extensive historical introduction and insights provide ideas for unmissable points of natural and artistic beauty along the way. A section is dedicated to those who are setting off for the first time, with information about the signs, credentials and testimonium, clothing and backpacks.
The Via Francigena + the credential – By purchasing this bundle you’ll receive the guide and the credential of the Via Francigena
Cicerone Press publishes a series of 3 guides about the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome. Today, the second and third volumes are available.
Vol.2 describes the route from Lausanne to Lucca. From Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), in Switzerland, it crosses the spectacular Great St Bernard Pass and guides us in Tuscany. This 725km-long stretch is divided in 32 stages.
Vol.3 describes the route from Lucca to Rome. This part of the Via Francigena, 400km in 18 stages, passes through historical jewels of Tuscany such as Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, leading us into Lazio, across the centers of Acquapendente, Bolsena e Viterbo.
The guide, focused on the region of Toscana, describes in-depth the 9 most popular stages of the entire Via Francigena. These 220 km of the route cross historical cities such as Lucca, Altopascio, San Miniato, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, as well as the splendid Sienese hills, the “colli senesi”, and the area of Val d’Orcia towards Radicofani.
The guide provides detailed and practical instructions for walkers, also informing them about local curiosities that can be found along the journey.
The guide is currently available in French language, while English and Italian versions will follow shortly. The route is based on the North Downs Way in England, the GR145 of the French Hikers’ Federation merged with the historic route of Sigeric in France and Route 70 in Switzerland. The edition is complementary to the already existing guide of the Italian section, thus completing the entire Canterbury to Rome route.
A thousand and two hundred kilometers through European history and landscape “bridge cultures between Anglo-Saxon and Latin Europe” as said by the great French medievalist Jacques Le Goff.
Buy the official guide: Via Francigena – De Canterbury au col du Grand-Saint-Bernard – Julien Moulin – Ed. Favre
The App for iPhone and Android allows the GPS navigation along the whole Via Francigena route, from Canterbury (Kent, England) to Rome (Latium, Italy), more than 2200 km divided in 104 stages.
The maps and detailed descriptions can be pre-downloaded to the smartphone, which can also work without any internet connection.