The Via Francigena in France

VFF19 - From Berry au Bac to Reims

Leaving the ‘Chemin des Dames’, the Via Francigena enters the Champagne Region.  The Range of Saint-Thierry is one of four production areas for champagne.

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VFF20 - From Reims to Verzy

After an unforgettable visit to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Via Francigena leads walkers to the Champagne vineyards and the Montage de Reims

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VFF21 - From Verzy to Condé sur Marne

Upon leaving the village of Verzy, the Via Francigena runs through a forest of crooked beech trees: les Faux,

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VFF22 - From Condé sur Marne to Châlons en Champagne

Principally following the side of the Canal of the Marne, the Via Francigena enters the valley to which the Marne gives its name.

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VFF23 - From Châlons en Champagne to St-Germain-la-Ville

A short section in the heart of the Marne Valley marks the transition to the limestone soils of the Champagne region.

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VFF24 - From Saint-Germain la Ville to Saint-Amand sur Fion

This stage crosses the “country of chalk”. Once used as a building material, it is now also used by the pharmaceutical industry.

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VFF25 - From Saint-Amand sur Fion to Vitry le François

Connecting the Marne Valley and the Fion Valley, the Via Francigena crosses once again through the great expanse of the Champagne plain.

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VFF26 - From Vitry-le-François to Saint-Rémy-en-Bouzemont

The capital of Perthois, Vetry-le-Francois is a relatively new city. Created in 1545 by the will of François I, following the destruction of Vitry-en-Perthois,

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VFF27 - From Saint-Rémy-en-Bouzemont to Outines

The plains of grains and vineyards gradually give way to the wooded countryside of the Champagne region in the Pays du Der.

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VFF28 - From Outine to Chavanges

Half-timbered or ‘pan de bois’ houses are quite common, but this architectural style in a church remains original.

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VFF29 - From Chavanges to Précy Saint Martin

During this stage, the “Roman pilgrim” is invited to make a stop in Rosnay-l'Hôpital, whose church has an exceptional crypt.

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VFF30 - From Précy-Saint-Martin to Dienville

At the town of Brienne le Château, the Via Francigena crosses paths with a famous historical figure – that of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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VFF31 - From Dienville to Dolancourt

Deinville marks the eastern end of the Lakes of the Forêt d' Orient. At the heart of the natural park of the same name, are three lakes – reservoirs,

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VFF32 - From Dolancourt to Baroville

During this section, a stop at Bar-sur-Aube is inevitable. Situated at the crossroads between the North and South, the town has long been of strategic importance and was a major centre of trade

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VFF33 - From Baroville to Orges

It was in 1115, at the border between the Champagne and Burgundy regions, that the future Bernard of Clairvaux, accompanied by 12 monks, came to Citeaux to occupy a clearing in the Val d’Absinthe.

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VFF34 - From Orges to Richebourg

In this stage, the Via Francigena runs through the town of Châteauvillain.  The town’s most prominent feature is the Deer Park, which over 272 hectares cannot fail to delight walkers.

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VFF35 - From Richebourg to Faverolles

Past the deep forests of the Haute-Marne, the Via Francignea passes through the village of Mormant, not far from the ancient Roman road

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VFF36 - From Faverolles to Langres

Surrounded by 3.5 kilometres of walls and 12 towers, Langres looks down upon the walker from its high position on a plateau, a site occupied since the end of the Gallic period.

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VFF37 - From Langres to Culmont-Chalindrey

This stage gives walkers the opportunity to discover the other side of the Langres plateau.  Marking the boundary between the Champagne and Burgundy regions,

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VFF38 - From Culmont-Chalindrey to Coublanc

The last stage before nearing Burgundy, or the first steps in the Champagne region, depending on your direction of travel.

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