Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

Hiking

VFF19 - From Berry au Bac to Reims

Leaving the "Chemin des Dames", the Via Francigena enters Champagne. The Massif de Saint-Thierry is one of the four champagne production areas.

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VFF20 - From Reims to Verzy

After an inevitable passage to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Via Francigena drives the walker across the vineyards of Champagne and Montagne de Reims park towards the strange Faux de Verzy.

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VFF21 - From Verzy to Condé sur Marne

As soon as you leave the village of Verzy, the Via Francigena crosses a forest that gathers a single stand of twisted beech trees: the Faux, a must-see passage.

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VFF22 - From Condé sur Marne to Châlons en Champagne

Mostly following the canal next to the river Marne, Via Francigena gets straight into the Marne Valley.

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

This short stage in the heart of the Marne Valley marks the passage to the chalky soils of Champagne.

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

This stage crosses the "Land of Chalk". Formerly used as a building material, its current use is now also intended for the pharmaceutical industry.

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

Connection between the Marne valley and the Fion valley, the Via Francigena crosses again the large expanses of the Champagne plain.

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

Capital of Perthois, Vitry le François is a relatively recent city. Created in 1545 by the will of Francis I after the destruction of Vitry-en-Perthois, this fortified city is built according to an orthogonal plan.

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

The champagne bocage of Pays du Der gradually succeeds the cereal plains and vineyards.

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VFF28 - From Outine to Montmorency-Beaufort

Although half-timbered architecture is common, its use in religious architecture remains original.

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VFF29 - From Montmorency-Beaufort to Précy Saint Martin

During this stage, the pilgrim heading for Rome is invited to make a stop at Rosnay l'Hôpital whose church exceptionally presents a crypt.

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VFF30 - From Précy-Saint-Martin to Dienville

The Via Francigena meets in Brienne Castle the story of a famous character: Napoleon Bonaparte.

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VFF31 - From Dienville to Dolancourt

Dienville marks the eastern end of the Forêt d'Orient lakes.

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VFF32 - From Dolancourt to Baroville

During this stage, a stop in Bar-sur-Aube is a must. At the crossroads of North and South, the city took a strategic importance and location for trade during the period of the Counts of Champagne.

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VFF33 - From Baroville to Orges

It was in 1115, on the borders between Champagne and Burgundy, that the future Bernard of Clairvaux, accompanied by 12 monks from Citeaux, came to open up a forest clearing in the Val d'Absinthe.

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VFF34 - From Orges to Richebourg

During this stage, the Via Francigena crosses the city of Chateauvillain. Its image is often associated with the 272 hectare park where many fallow deers live, which makes the walkers happy.

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VFF35 - From Richebourg to Faverolles

Crossing the deep forests of Haute-Marne, the Via Francigena passes through the village of Mormant and near an old main crossroads of Roman roads whose remains can still be seen near a mausoleum.

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VFF36 - From Faverolles to Langres

Surrounded by 3.5km of ramparts flanked by 12 towers, Langres awaits for the walker from the top of its landscaped plateau, occupied since ancient Gaul.

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VFF37 - From Langres to Culmont-Chalindrey

This stage is an opportunity to discover another facet of the Langres plateau. Marking the limit between Champagne and Burgundy, this limestone plateau has an important karstic network from which many rivers have their source.

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VFF38 - From Culmont-Chalindrey to Coublanc

Last stage before nearby Burgundy... or first steps in Champagne, according to the direction.

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