Via Francigena

05-On foot from Rome to Santa Maria di Leuca

05-On foot from Rome to Santa Maria di Leuca



The Southern Via Francigena is a historical itinerary connecting Rome to the main ports of today’s Apulia, where pilgrims have always embarked to reach the Holy Land. However, the same trail has also been walked by devote pilgrims coming from the South of Italy to visit the Eternal City, Rome, and the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul.

Rome is therefore both point of departure and arrival, as it is religiously and culturally equally important to Jerusalem, another grand pilgrim destination. The Southern section of the Via Francigena, a natural continuation of the Northern route, beholds the most resourceful valorization and relaunching strategy for the heritage present in the Southern territories of the regions of Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Apulia.

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