Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

  • The History
    The History

During Early Middle Ages, around the 7th century, the Lombards competed with Byzantines for the Italian territory. The strategic necessity to connect the Reign of Pavia and the southern dukedoms with a sufficiently safe road, led to the selection of an itinerary before that considered minor, that crossed the Apennines near the present Cisa Pass and that, after Valle del Magra, moved away from the coast towards Lucca.




In the year 990, archbishop Sigeric travelled between Rome and Canterbury, describing the 79 stages of his itinerary in his journal.

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In this section it is possible to find the main texts that retrace the history of the Via Francigena.

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