Via Francigena

An Italian Odyssey

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What started off as a simple maybe crazy thought – of walking from Switzerland to Rome along an old pilgrim trail called the Via Francigena, from the initial preparation and planning, to actually doing the walk itself over 54 days – has progressed into us sitting down to write and publish a book. 

Our story is a wonderful mixture of history, culture and food blended together with personal drama and conflict as Julie and I struggled, stumbled and finally made our way to Rome. Here is the back over description of the book.

A MIDLIFE COUPLE EMBARKS ON A GREAT ADVENTURE – walking 1,000 km on the Via Francigena, an ancient, elusive pilgrim trail through the heart of Italy. They face unexpected challenges resulting in tears and frustration. But along with dollops of Roman and medieval history, a dash of contemporary culture, plenty of sensual food and wine, and gracious Italian hospitality, they also share romantic and magical moments. The concoction comes to a boil until the flavors and juices ooze out – A UNIQUE CULINARY AND WALKING PILGRIMAGE.

For more information about our book, An Italian Odyssey, please visit our publication website Verdera Media at


Neville and Julie