Via Francigena

Road to Rome 2021

The stages of the diary

The first KMs of Road to Rome 2021 in England

Day 2 from Calais to Wissant: sun & wind along the North Sea

Day 3 Wissant to Guînes: walking with nature’s elements

Day 4 Guînes to Licques: A muddy challenge 👣 16,5 km on foot

Day 5 – Licques to Tournehem-sur-la-Hem: The grass is always greener 👣 19 KM on foot

Day 6 – Tournehem-sur-la-Hem to Wisques: After the rain… Doesn’t come sunshine!


Day 8 – Thérouanne to Amettes: UNESCO support for the Via Francigena

Day 9 – Amettes to Bruay-la-Buissière: Northern France’s impressive mining history

Day 10 – A place of memory and meditation: Ablain Saint Nazaire

Day 11 – from Ablain Saint Nazaire to Arras

Day 12 – Arras to Bapaume: walking through history 

Day 13 – Bapaume to Péronne: sunshine, mud puddles, and sore feet

Day 14 – Péronne to Trefcon: mysterious neolithic stones and a ride by horse carriage

Day 15 – Trefcon to Saint-Quentin: time to say goodbye



Day 18 – Laon to Reims: from one thunderstorm to another

Day 19 – Reims to Chalons-en-Champagne: vineyards as far as the eye can see

Day 20 – Chalons-en-Champagne to Vitry-le-François

Day 21 – Vitry-le-François to Brienne-le-Chateau: fixing flat tires in the Grand Est

Day 22 – Brienne-le-Chateau to Bar-sur-Aube: fairytale architecture all around

Day 23 – Bar-sur-Aube to Chateauvillain: of prisons and old friends

Day 24 – Chateauvillain to Langres: time to say goodbye – part 2

Day 25 – Langres to Culmont: we’re back on our feet again!

Day 26 – Culmont to Leffond: through fields and forests

Day 27 – CHAMPLITTE TO DAMPIERRE-SUR-SALON: after rain comes music and massages


Day 29 – BUCEY-LES-GY TO BESANÇON: local communities enthusiastically welcome Road to Rome

Day 30 – BESANÇON TO FOUCHERANS: donkeys and lamas as travel companions

Day 31 – FOUCHERANS TO MOUTHIER-HAUTE-PIERRE: Jura mountains, we have arrived!

Day 32 – Mouthier-Haute-Pierre to Pontarlier: waterfalls, green forests, and some serious climbing

Day 33 – Pontarlier to Jougne: our final stage in France!

Day 34 – Jougne to Orbe: into Switzerland!

Day 35 – Orbe to Lausanne: we’re back on our bicycles

Day 36 – Lausanne to Aigle: cycling in the land of lakes, castles, and vineyards

Day 37 – Aigle to St. Maurice: halfway to Rome!

Day 38 – St. Maurice to Martigny: following the Rhône Valley

Day 39 – Martigny to Orsières: ascending!!

Day 40 – Orsières to Bourg-St-Pierre: it’s a long way to the top – if you wanna go to Rome

Day 41- from Bourg-St-Pierre to Great St. Bernard Pass: the highest point of the Via Francigena

Day 42 – Great St. Bernard Pass to Étroubles: walking inside a postcard picture

Day 43 – Étroubles to Aosta: rolling down the mountain

Day 44 – Aosta to Châtillon: a constellation of castles

Day 45 – Châtillon to Verrès: sometimes a beautiful landscape means the climb will be steep

Day 46 – Verrès to Pont-Saint-Martin: a trail of iconic, picturesque and invincible towns

Day 47 – Pont-Saint-Martin to Ivrea: at the feet of the mountains

Day 48 – Ivrea to Viverone: into the plains

Day 49 – Viverone to Vercelli: from walking boots to padded pants

Day 50 – Vercelli to Mortara: rice fields as far as the eye can see 

Day 51 – Mortara to Pavia: early-morning grappa and a rice-based safari

Day 52 – Pavia to Orio Litta: hot, hotter, hottest!

Day 53 – Orio Litta to Fiorenzuola: burning happily under the summer sun in the Po Valley 

Day 54 – Fiorenzuola D’Arda to Fidenza: a heatwave is always better when shared with friends 🙈

Day 55 – Fidenza to Fornovo di Taro: above and beyond for Road to Rome

Day 56 – Fornovo di Taro to Cassio: flavours of the Via Francigena

Day 57 – Cassio to Cisa Pass: a peaceful walk along the Emilia-Tuscany border

Day 58 – Passo della Cisa to Pontremoli: kicking off in Tuscany with a roller coaster in the Appennini

Day 59 – Pontremoli to Aulla: wandering in Lunigiana valley

Day 60 – Aulla to Castelnuovo Magra: Mediterranean Sea ahoy!

Day 61 – Castelnuovo Magra to Massa: everything is turning into marble 

Day 62 – Massa to Altopascio: cycling across modern museums, bike bars and blue bananas

Day 63 – Altopascio to San Miniato: warm, tasty, picturesque welcomes in every place we cross

Day 64 – San Miniato to Gambassi Terme: another walker bites the dust

Day 65 – Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano: swimming through the Tuscan hills

Day 66 – San Gimignano to Abbadia a Isola (Monteriggioni): a fresh variant into the natural park of river Elsa

Day 67 – Abbadia a Isola (Monteriggioni) to Siena: a big group of happy hikers under the summer rain

Day 68 – Siena to Buonconvento: aboard a historical train carriage from the 20s!

Day 69 – Buonconvento to San Quirico d’Orcia: rolling through the Val d’Orcia

Day 70 – San Quirico d’Orcia to Radicofani: changing landscape and changing weather

Day 71 – Radicofani to Proceno: …changing region: welcome to Lazio!

Day 72 – Proceno to Bolsena: discovering ancient traditions under a hot sun

Day 73 – Bolsena to Montefiascone: wandering around in Tuscia and drinking wine in Montefiascone 🍷

Day 74 – Montefiascone to Viterbo: bye bye Lake Bolsena…hello Via Cassia Antica!

Day 75 – Viterbo to Vetralla: a brand-new trail through San Martino al Cimino

Day 76 – Vetralla to Capranica: a brief walk in the woods

Day 77 – Capranica to Campagnano di Roma: the forests of Sutri!

Day 78 – Campagnano di Roma to Isola Farnese (La Storta): across the Park of Veio solving riddles and playing games

Day 79 – Isola Farnese (La Storta) to Rome: the actual Road into Rome!

Day 80 – Rome to Albano Laziale: strolling between art and nature


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