Via Francigena

Road to Rome 2021: Travel Blog

Day 113 – Tricase to Santa Maria di Leuca: the epic arrival

Day 112 – Otranto to Vignacastrisi: a bigger group of walkers, dancing their way to Santa Maria di Leuca!

Day 111 – Martano to Otranto: a big group, enjoying art and ancient history

Day 110 – Lecce to Martano: it’s getting chilly, but the destination is close!

Day 109 – Torchiarolo to Lecce: nearly blown away by the wind!

Day 108 – Brindisi to Torchiarolo: crossing the forest, we bump into archeology and tradition

Day 107 – Torre Santa Sabina to Brindisi: looking at the Holy Land from the shore

Day 106 – Torre Canne (Fasano) to Ostuni: visiting a bright white jewel

Day 105 – Monopoli to Torre Canne (Fasano): dancing the ‘pizzica’ down the rainy heel of Italy

Day 104 – Mola di Bari to Monopoli: dramatic waterscapes inside the storm

Day 103 – Bari to Mola di Bari: joining forces on the seashore

Giorno 102 – from Bitonto to Bari

Day 102 (variant Micaelica) – San Giovanni Rotondo to Monte Sant’Angelo: the tough climb to the Sanctuary

Day 101 – Ruvo di Puglia to Bitonto: diving deep into olive trees, history, and self-analysis

Day 101 (variante Micaelica) – from Stignano to San Giovanni Rotondo: 101 days

Day 100 - Canosa to Ruvo di Puglia: the sweetness of the hills under a warm Southern sun

Day 100 (variant Micaelica) – From San Severo to Stignano: a fig feast on the way to Gargano

Day 99 – from Ordona to Canosa

Day 99 (variant Micaelica) – from Lucera to San Severo: a day full of tales, discovering the Daunia

Day 98 – From Troia to Ordona: Dusting off the saddles and getting back on the bike to discover Puglia!

Day 98 (variant Micaelica) – from Troia to Lucera the infinite summer in the South of Italy, as told by anecdotes, stories and breath-taking scenery!

Day 97 – From Celle San Vito to Troia: when the walk becomes really…grape

Day 96 – Buonalbergo to Celle San Vito: an authentic taste of the south after one stage…on the moon!

Day 95 -From Benevento to Buonalbergo: the importance of signage…and its reward: discover why!

Day 94 – Telese Terme to Benevento: a tiring day rewarded by a beautiful destination!

Day 93 – Alife to Telese Terme: the hidden treasures of Campania and its peoples!

Day 92 – Roccaromana to Alife: into the Southern mountains!

Day 91 – Teano to Roccaromana: a triplet of songs, meetings and heritage sites!

Day 90 – Sessa Aurunca to Teano: taking a step back in history to discover the secrets of Campania!

Day 89 – Minturno to Sessa Aurunca: on the border from Lazio to Campania

Day 88 – Formia to Minturno: walking along the coast and heading out from Lazio

Day 87 – Fondi to Formia: sandy ground and salty water

Day 86 – Terracina to Fondi: between mountains and sea with very special meetings

Day 85 – Abbazia di Fossanova to Terracina: splashing around and soaking wet!

Day 84 – Sezze to Abbazia di Fossanova: an extraordinary arrival in an ancient Benedectine Abbey

Day 83 – Cori to Sezze: when beauty repays your fatigue

Day 82 – Velletri to Cori: a jump in tradition

Day 81 – Albano Laziale to Velletri: one surprise after the other!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giorno 70 (variant) – From San Quirico d’Orcia to Abbadia San Salvatore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 59 – Pontremoli to Aulla: wandering in Lunigiana valley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 48 – Ivrea to Viverone: into the plains!

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

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

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

Day 44 – Aosta to Châtillon: a constellation of castles!

Day 43 – Étroubles to Aosta: rolling down the mountain!

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

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

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

Day 39 – Martigny to Orsières: ascending!!

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

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

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

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

Day 34 – Jougne to Orbe: into Switzerland!

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

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

Day 31 – Foucherans to Mouthier-Haute-Pierre : Jura mountains, we have arrived!

Day 30 – Besançon to Foucherans : donkeys and lamas as travel companions!

Day 29 –Bucey-Les-Gy to Besançon : local communities enthusiastically welcome Road to Rome!

Day 28 –Dampierre-sur-Salon to Bucey-Les-Gy: from wet feet to gorgeous sunshine!

Day 27 – Champlitte to Dampierre-sur-Salon: after rain comes music and massages!

Day 26 – Culmont to Leffond: through fields and forests!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 17 – Jussy to Laon: our first day by bicycle!

Day 16 –Saint-Quentin to Jussy!

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

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

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

Day 12 – Arras to Bapaume: walking through history!

Day 11 – from Ablain Saint Nazaire to Arras!

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

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

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

Day 7 – Wisques to Thérouanne: after the rain… comes less rain!

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

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

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

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

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

The first KMs of Road to Rome 2021 in England!