Boom sui social per la via Francigena senese

La Francigena, la strada che collega Canterbury con Roma in un percorso di circa 1800 chilometri , nella sua parte senese e’ molto apprezzata sui social. Secondo uno studio dell’universita’ francese di Lille in collaborazione con l’associazione europea delle vie Francigene che ha lanciato il progetto “Le tipologie del patrimonio culturale numerico. Il caso di studio della Via Francigena” e’ boom di post di viaggiatori lungo questo antico percorso.

La ricerca ha analizzato i post e le interazioni di pellegrini, camminatori, turisti, istituzioni pubblicati tra l’agosto del 2015 e la fine di giugno del 2016 su Instagram e su Twitter da cui emerge che su Instagram i post sono 4619 e i tweet 7188 dedicati al solo tratto senese della via. Lo studio e’ stato presentato questa mattina al museo Santa Maria della Scala, uno dei punti di approdo dei viaggiatori della strada dal presidente dell’associazione europea Massimo Tedeschi e dal direttore Luca Bruschi.

Nello studio risalta un altro dato. Quello che la Francigena Toscana, in totale 380 chilometri sui social e’ in forte crescita come notorieta’ e che appunto il senese ha un ruolo di particolare importanza. Nell’occasione sono state presentate dall’assessore al turismo del comune di Siena Sonia Pallai le iniziative di valorizzazione della via. Ogni domenica, dal 7 maggio al 25 giugno e dal 3 settembre al 15 ottobre torna # Siena Francigena , il trekking urbano dentro le mura in dieci tappe in altrettanti luoghi toccati dalla via. Inoltre sono previste due uscite dalla mura del capoluogo: la prima a Monteriggioni a nord della citta’ il 6 maggio e la seconda a Ponte d’Arbia a sud il 27 maggio.


In allegato il comunicato stampa sul progetto con l’Università di Lille ed il tratto senese



The Francigena, the road that connects Canterbury with Rome in an about 1800 km path, is very appreciated on social networks in its Siena section. According to a study of the French University of Lille, in collaboration with the European Association of the Vie Francigene, which launched the project “The typologies of numerical cultural heritage. The case study of the Via Francigena” there is a boom of posts of travellers along this ancient route.

The research analysed the posts and interactions of pilgrims, walkers, tourists, institutions published between August 2015 and the end of June 2016 on Instagram and Twitter, from which it appears that the posts dedicated to just the Siena section of the via on Instagram are 4619 and the tweets are 7188. The study has been presented this morning at the museum of Santa Maria della Scala, one of the landing points of travellers of the road, by the president of the European Association Massimo Tedeschi and the executive director Luca Bruschi.

The study highlights another fact. The one that says that the Tuscany Francigena, a total of 380 km, is strongly growing in fame on social networks and that Siena has indeed a particular important role. During the occasion, the assessor for tourism of the Municipality of Siena Sonia Pallai displayed the enhancement initiatives of the via. Each Sunday, from the 7th May to 25th June and from 3rd September to 15th October, #Siena Francigena comes back, the urban trekking within the walls in 10 stages in just as many places crossed by the via. Moreover, two trips outside the walls of the County Seat are planned: the first in Monteriggioni, North from the city on the 6th May and the second one in Ponte d’Arbia, South from the city on the 27th May.


Attached it is possible to find the press release on the project with the University of Lille and the Siena section


Explosion sur les réseaux sociaux pour la Via Francigena à Sienne

Le tronçon de Sienne de la Via Francigena, chemin qui relie Canterbury à Rome le long d’un parcours d’environ 1.800km, est très apprécié sur les réseaux sociaux. Selon une étude de l’Université française de Lille, en collaboration avec l’Association Européenne des Chemins de la Via Francigena, qui a lancé le projet « Les typologies du patrimoine culturel numérique. Le cas d’étude de la Via Francigena », il y a une explosion de messages de voyageurs le long de cet antique parcours.

La recherche a analysé les messages et les interactions des pèlerins, des marcheurs, des touristes et des institutions publiés entre août 2015 et juin 2016 sur Instagram et sur Twitter. On compte sur Instagram 4.619 messages et sur Twitter 7.188 consacrés seulement au tronçon de Sienne du Chemin. L’étude a été présentée ce matin au musée Santa Maria della Scala, un des points de passage des voyageurs sur la route, par le Président de l’Association Européenne Massimo Tedeschi et par le Directeur Luca Bruschi.

Une autre donnée ressort de l’étude. Que la Via Francigena Toscane, 380km au total, a une forte croissance de notoriété sur les réseaux sociaux, et que justement la province de Sienne a un rôle particulièrement important à jouer. Pour l’occasion, l’Assesseur au Tourisme de la Commune de Sienne, Sonia Pallai, a présenté les initiatives de valorisation de la Via. Chaque dimanche, du 7 mai au 25 juin et du 3 septembre au 15 octobre, revient # Siena Francigena, le trekking urbain en dix étapes dans de nombreuses villes traversées par la Via. Deux sorties des murs du chef-lieu sont prévues : la première à Monteriggioni, au nord de la ville le 6 mai et la seconde à Ponte d’Arbia, au sud le 27 mai.

Source :

Ci-joint, le communiqué de presse sur le projet avec l’Université de Lille et le tronçon de la province de Sienne.        


The Via Francigena: On the Road with Sigeric in Switzerland

“So many pearls that keep together this beautiful necklace made of a dense network of people and villages. And there’s so much passion! And then the communication afterwards!’

These sentiments expressed by Luca Bruschi, Director of the European Association of the Via Francigena, capture the essence of the pilgrimage.

The Via Francigena route is based on a travel diary written in 990 AD by Archbishop Sigeric. He travelled from Canterbury to Rome to receive his Pallium from the Pope and on his return noted 79 places where he rested.

Last year I made the entire pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome and received the Pilgrim’s Testimonium. But, my pilgrimage was not just about receiving this treasured document. As Luca says the real joy is in being part of the network of people and the communication afterwards. For me, it is like a new beginning!

When I returned to Australia after my pilgrimage my passion for the Via Francigena intensified. So, I ended up back in Italy and Switzerland a mere four months later. My aim was to spend more time in the 7 places where Sigeric rested in Switzerland.

The itinerary map rather beautifully displays, like pearls on a string, the towns and villages that run through the Swiss Via Francigena.


Orbe was the last place in Switzerland (LV or 55) where Sigeric rested on his way back to Canterbury. It is an ancient Roman and Medieval town that still has Roman mosaics, ancient Swiss bridges and my favourite Swiss wine, Gamay.

On my recent visit, I walked for several hours along the Via Francigena pathways near Orbe and enjoyed the solitude of the Swiss countryside. My only companions were green and golden pastures dotted with tiny villages and the purple glow of the distant snow clad Jura Alps!

In Sigeric’s day, major crossroads passed through Orbe and would have been packed with travellers, and a few centuries later, with pilgrims. But, I had it all to myself!

Romainmôtier Abbey

Eventually, I ended up at Romainmôtier Abbey! It has the oldest Romanesque church in Switzerland, and was established in the10th century by Cluny monks. But, there is evidence that the church was built in 10 stages going right back to the 1st century. I did enjoy seeing the amazing Romanesque columns, capitals and frescoes!

After my walk I was badly in need of a cup of tea! So, I headed straight for the orange Tea House building – once the Abbey Priory. My pot of tea was truly refreshing, alongside a big bowl of local Swiss vegetable soup with bread and a huge plate of cheese.

I had true insight into how grateful medieval pilgrims must have felt to sit and eat this same fare!


Lausanne, Sigeric’s resting place (LIV or 54), is located on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). So, I decided to walk up the steep slopes from the Lake to the Cathedral. The walk is well worth it for the vistas of the city and views to the Lake and Alps – but did result in blistered feet!

Lausanne’s 12th Century Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral is as popular today as it was for medieval pilgrims. It has many amazing features. I love the polychrome figures in the Painted Portal, the belfry and 13th century rose windows.

I managed to locate the Church of St Francis and feeling very weary after the walk, I was reluctant to go in. I tried to take a photo of the labyrinth on the door, but it kept opening. I figured St Francis was inviting me in to pray!

Later in the afternoon, I decided to walk to Vevey (Sigeric’s 53rd resting place). This was a little ambitious given the blisters and the fact that it is a four-hour walk. Fortunately, I had my sketchbook and pencils. So, I found a great spot to sit and sketch the Alps and watch the sun set.

Vevey glowed brightly in the distance, as did the vineyards of Lavaux. Then, as the light faded, I headed off to sample the local Lavaux wine and some Swiss-Italian cuisine!


Leaving Lac Léman the Via Francigena goes through the Alp encased Rhône valley. Sigeric rested in a small village near Aigle (LII or 52). This village is beautiful with its winding streets, the Napolean Bridge, Castle and surrounding vineyards and towering Alps.

The Abbey of Saint-Maurice

Another place in the Rhône Valley where Sigeric rested is the Abbey of Saint-Maurice (LI or 51). It is mid-way between Canterbury and Rome and has been a place of continual prayer, ‘laus perennis’, for over 15 centuries. In 2015 there were big celebrations for its 1500th anniversary.

This place is definitely a ‘pearl’ with so much to see! I loved visiting the Basilica, the archaeological site, the catacombs, the treasury and the cloisters.

Visiting this Abbey made me think of the fellow pilgrim I met last year. During that visit, I expressed that I was hoping to go back to France to see places I had missed. But, he very sternly reminded me that the way forward to Rome was so much better. I carried this piece of advice all the way to Rome, and into my daily life, making decisions that move me forward, not backwards. This has been a very big change for me!


The Via Francigena ascends steeply into the Alps at Martigny, arriving at Orsières (Sigeric’s rest place L or 50). I do enjoy wandering through the ancient streets, eating in the Café des Alpes and admiring the medieval belfry of the Saint-Nicolas’ church.

Bourg Saint-Pierre

Bourg Saint-Pierre, at an altitude of 1632 m is the next place (LIX or 49) where Sigeric rested. In 810 it had a monastery dedicated to Saint Peter catering for pilgrims. The Romanesque belfry and the hotel where Napoleon dined are great to see.

At Bourg Saint-Pierre there is a tunnel through to Italy. At an altitude of 2473 m, Grand St Bernard Pass is only accessible 2 to 4 months of the year. So, walking the Via Francigena is quite limited here.

Grand Saint-Bernard Pass

I have been fortunate to visit Grand Saint-Bernard Pass several times. Last year, in October, we had our Pilgrim Credentials stamped at the Hospice. We received a true pilgrim’s welcome, with a warm bowl of soup, and a visit to the Chapel and Museum.

Outdoors, there is an ancient Roman road and a lake beyond which marks the Italian border and of course, St Bernard standing guard over the path to Rome and St Peter’s!

Carol Neville


Travelling the Via Francigena

For more information on the Via Francigena visit the official website

There are more photographs and information on Carol’s website Please contact Carol through her website if you wish to join an event in Italy or attend an information evening.


Con TRENITALIA alla scoperta della Via Francigena

Alla scoperta della Francigena integrando il cammino a piedi e in bici al treno, grazie a speciali agevolazioni tariffarie sui convogli regionali Trenitalia.  

Trenitalia e l’Associazione Europea Vie Francigene hanno siglato un accordo per valorizzare questa integrazione, incentivando così la conoscenza di un itinerario turistico e spirituale che attraversa territori di grande ricchezza storica e paesaggistica. Una soluzione resa possibile dal fatto che in Valle d’Aosta, Piemonte, Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Toscana e Lazio la parte italiana dell’antico percorso interseca o corre a fianco di linee ferroviarie servite dai convogli regionali di Trenitalia.

L’intesa fra la società di trasporto del Gruppo FS Italiane e AEVF prevede l’utilizzo dei treni Regionali con una speciale riduzione del 10% sulla tariffa ordinaria di corsa semplice – valida tutti i giorni, sia in 1a che 2a classe – ai pellegrini muniti di credenziali ufficiali AEVF. Lo speciale sconto è cumulabile con la riduzione del 50% riservata ai ragazzi dai 4 ai 12 anni (non compiuti), salvo diverse disposizioni regionali. Il numero dei biglietti acquistabili da ciascun pellegrino con la propria credenziale è illimitato. Particolare attenzione sarà prestata a implementare l’integrazione modale fra treno e bici.

Sono ben 21 le stazioni ferroviarie italiane che intercettano il percorso della Via Francigena, luogo che periodicamente attira un numero sempre crescente di camminatori, visitatori e appassionati  da ogni parte del mondo. Un’occasione intelligente ed originale di scoperta degli affascinanti borghi disseminati da Canterbury a Roma, attraverso l’Inghilterra, la Francia, la Svizzera e l’Italia.

Tutte le informazioni sono reperibili sul Regolamento pubblicato sui siti AEVF e TRENITALIA.






Discovering the Via Francigena integrating the travel by foot and bike with the train, thanks to specific favoured rates on the Trenitalia regional transports.

Trenitalia and the European Association of the Vie Francigene signed an agreement to enhance this integration, therefore subsidizing the knowledge of a tourist and spiritual route, which crosses territories with a great historical and landscape wealth. An answer that has been made possible by the fact that in Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Lazio, the Italian section of the ancient path intersects or runs side by side with railway lines served by Trenitalia regional transports.

The agreement between the transport society of the Italian FS Group and EAVF provides for the use of regional trains with a special 10% reduction on the ordinary fare – effective every day, both for 1st and 2nd class – for pilgrims who own EAVF’s official credential. The special discount can be combined with the 50% reduction reserved for children from 4 to 11, except for different regional regulations. The number of tickets that can be purchased by each pilgrim with their credential is limitless. Special attention will be regarded to implement the integration of means between train and bike.

21 is the number of Italian railway stations that crosses the Via Francigena, a place that periodically attracts an increasing number of walkers, visitors and enthusiasts from all over the world. A smart and original occasion to discover the fascinating villages scattered from Canterbury to Rome, through England, France, Switzerland and Italy.

Further information can be found on the Regulations published on EAVF and TRENITALIA websites.


Avec Trenitalia à la découverte de la Via Francigena

A la découverte de la Francigena, en ajoutant le train au chemin à pied et à vélo, grâce à des réductions spéciales des tarifs sur les trains régionaux de Trenitalia.

Trenitalia et l’Association Européenne des Chemins de la Via Francigena ont signé un accord pour valoriser cette intégration, en encourageant la découverte d’un itinéraire touristique et spirituel qui traverse des paysages et des territoires d’une grande richesse historique. Une solution rendue possible du fait que la partie italienne de l’antique parcours (le Val d’Aoste, le Piémont, la Ligurie, l’Emilie-Romagne, la Toscane et le Latium) croise ou suit en parallèle les lignes ferroviaires utilisées par les convois régionaux de Trenitalia.

L’entente entre la société de transport du Groupe FS italien et AEVF prévoit l’utilisation des trains régionaux avec une réduction spéciale de 10% sur le tarif normal, valable tous les jours, autant en 1ère qu’en 2ème classe, aux pèlerins munis de crédenciales officielles AEVF. La réduction spéciale est cumulable avec la réduction de 50% réservée aux jeunes de 4 à 12 ans (non révolus), sauf dispositions régionales diverses. Le nombre de billets qui peut être vendu à chaque pèlerin avec sa crédenciale est illimité. Une attention toute particulière sera consacrée à l’augmentation de la proposition train + vélo.

21 gares italiennes croisent le parcours de la Via Francigena, lieu qui périodiquement attire un nombre croissant de marcheurs, de visiteurs et de passionnés du monde entier. Une occasion intelligente et originale pour découvrir des lieux splendides disséminés entre Canterbury et Rome, à travers l’Angleterre, la France, la Suisse et l’Italie.

Toutes les informations sont disponibles sur le Règlement publié sur les sites AEVF et Trenitalia.   



In bici da Canterbury a Roma

Venerdì 7 luglio 2017 18 persone saliranno sulle proprie biciclette per iniziare il loro viaggio che, dalla pietra del km 0 presso la Cattedrale di Canterbury, li porterà fino alla Basilica di San Pietro a Roma, lungo la Via Francigena. Per dieci dei ciclisti questo sarà il secondo viaggio, poiché percorsero la Via in bicicletta per la prima volta nel 2007. All’epoca stavamo raccogliendo fondi per sostenere importanti lavori di ristrutturazione alla Cattedrale di Canterbury, la quale è riconosciuta in tutto il mondo come la Chiesa Madre della Confessione Anglicana e gode di una reputazione internazionale come luogo di culto e meta di pellegrinaggio. Essa è stata inoltre dichiarata Patrimonio dell’Umanità dall’Unesco ed è riconosciuta come uno degli edifici più significativi al mondo.

Molti eventi sono accaduti ai componenti del nostro gruppo dal primo viaggio: un Canonico Anglicano è diventato Vescovo, uno studente si è laureato, sono nati nipoti e si sono celebrati matrimoni. Ma l’amore per il ciclismo, il viaggio e il cameratismo, è rimasto costante. Questo viaggio speciale ha inoltre portato alla fondazione del Canterbury Velo Club come luogo d’ incontro per condividere la passione per i viaggi in bicicletta sulla lunga distanza. Tutti gli anni, a partire dal 2007, il Canterbury Velo Club ha percorso le strade d’Europa per una o due settimane e così, dieci anni dopo, ci è sembrato naturale ripercorrere i 1800 km della Via Francigena. Saranno necessari solo 15 giorni, con un giorno di pausa ad Aosta, per raggiungere Roma il 21 luglio. Percorreremo circa 130 km al giorno. La tappa più breve sarà di 100 km quando affronteremo il passo del Gran San Bernardo (2469 m.), mentre la più lunga sarà di 168 km, da Arras a Reims. Siamo desiderosi di godere delle viste, dei suoni, del cibo e del vino dei paesi che attraverseremo, così come di apprezzare l’ospitalità delle persone che incontreremo.

Velia Coffey


Cycling along the Via Francigena -Take Two

On Friday 7 July 2017 a group of 18 people will be getting on their bicycles to start their journey from the zero kilometre stone at Canterbury Cathedral to St Peter’s Basilica, Rome following the Via Francigena. For ten of the cyclists, this will be our second trip as we first travelled the Via by bike in 2007. Back then, we were raising money to help a major renovation of Canterbury Cathedral which is recognised throughout the world as the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and enjoys an international reputation as a place of worship and pilgrimage. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s greatest buildings.

A lot has happened since our first trip: an Anglican Canon has become a Bishop, a student is now a Doctor, grand children have been born and marriages made. But the constants have been a love of cycling, travelling and camaraderie.  The special journey lead to the formation of the Canterbury Velo Club as an outlet for our new found passion for long distance cycling. Every year since 2007, CVC has spent one week or two travelling the roads of Europe and ten years later, it seems fitting to tackle again the 1800 km Via Francigena. We will be taking only 15 days, with one rest day at Aosta, to reach Rome on Friday 21 July. We cycle an average of 130 km a day. Our shortest day is 100km when we climb the 2469m Grand St Bernard pass and our longest is 168km from Arras to Reims. We really look forward to enjoying the sights, sounds, food and wines of the countries we cross as well as the hospitality of the people we encounter!

 Velia Coffey