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The Testimonium

The Testimonium is a document that certifies the completion of a pilgrimage to Rome undertaken in a religious spirit. This is the counterpart of the “Compostela”, which is obtained on completion of the Camino de Santiago. Historically this document was important because when the pilgrim returned home he could prove that the pilgrimage was fulfilled, and his vows discharged

How to obtain the Testimonium?

The Testimonium is only given to pilgrims who present a credential showing stamps for at least the last 100 km for walkers or the last 200 km for cyclists.

The Testimonium is available from:

  1. the office of the “Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi” in St. Peter’s Square (Piazza Pio XII, 9), on the right of Bernini’s colonnade standing with your back to the Basilica and at St. Giovanni dei Fiorentini (piazza dell’Oro, 1). Opening hours: mon-sat 9:30am-4:30pm, sun and holydays closed. Info: St Peter’s Square Office, ph +39 06 69896379, mail romacristiana@orpnet.org
  2. the offices of the rectory of St. Peters. Use the Petriano entrance in piazza S. Uffizio. Opening hours: every day except Wednesday and Sunday from 8:30 to 12:30. Info: sig. Patrizio Menna Valerio, Tel +39 06 69883731

For pilgrims arriving by foot or by bike, the PCE De Finibus Terrae foundation, in collaboration with the Pontificia Basilica Santuario of Santa Maria di Leuca, prepared a Testimonium: a certificate granted at the end of a pilgrimage.

How to obtain a Testimonium in Santa Maria di Leuca?

The Testimonium is released upon showing your stamped credential demonstrating that you have walked at least 100 km (at least from Lecce) or cycled at least 200 km (at least from Bari).

You can collect your Testimonium at the Basilica-Santuario di S. Maria De Finibus Terrae. You can also reserve it before arrival by sending an e-mail at testimonium@camminidileuca.it and attaching a photocopy of your ID or passport and a scan of your pilgrim credential which will also be presented in the sacristy. You will then receive your Bonus Testimonii, to be presented upon arrival. More information: www.camminidileuca.it

You can buy your official credential by clicking here