Via Francigena


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.

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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.   



En vélo le long de la Via Francigena

Vendredi 7 juillet 2017, 18 personnes monteront sur leurs propres vélos pour commencer leur voyage qui, de la pierre du km 0 de la Cathédrale de Canterbury, les mènera jusqu’à la Basilique Saint Pierre à Rome, le long de la Via Francigena. Pour dix des cyclistes, ce sera le deuxième voyage, étant donné qu’ils parcoururent la Via en vélo pour la première fois en 2007. A l’époque, nous étions en train de recueillir des fonds pour soutenir d’importants travaux de restructuration de la Cathédrale de Canterbury, qui est reconnue dans le monde entier comme l’Eglise Mère de la Confession Anglicane et profite d’une réputation internationale comme lieu de culte et destination de pèlerinage. Elle a été aussi déclarée Patrimoine de l’Humanité par l’UNESCO et elle est reconnue comme un des édifices les plus significatifs au monde. 

Beaucoup d’évènements se sont passés depuis le premier voyage des membres de notre groupe: un Chanoine Anglican est devenu Evêque, un des étudiants a été diplômé, des petits enfants sont nés et des mariages ont été célébrés. Mais l’amour pour le cyclisme, le voyage et la camaraderie sont restés constants. Ce voyage spécial a aussi amené la fondation du Canterbury Velo Club a devenir un lieu de rencontre pour partager la passion pour les voyages en vélo sur les longues distances. Tous les ans, à partir de 2007, le Canterbury Velo Club a parcouru les routes d’Europe durant une ou deux semaines et de cette façon, dix ans après, cela nous a paru naturel de reparcourir les 1.800 km de la Via Francigena. 15 jours suffiront, avec une journée de pause à Aoste, pour rejoindre Rome le 21 juillet. Nous parcourrons environ 130 km par jour. L’étape la plus courte sera de 100km quand nous affronterons le Grand Saint Bernard (2.469 km), alors que l’étape la plus longue sera de 168 km, entre Arras et Reims. Nous voulons profiter des panoramas, des bruits, de la nourriture et du vin des pays que nous traverserons, ainsi qu’apprécier l’hospitalité des personnes que nous rencontrerons.

Velia Coffey


Via Francigena del Sud, al via il gruppo di lavoro con le 5 regioni

Un nuovo step per il progetto di estensione della certificazione della Via Francigena nel Sud ad “Itinerario culturale del Consiglio d’Europa”. A Roma si incontrano le 5 regioni attraversate (Lazio Campania Molise Basilicata Puglia) per dare attuazione al protocollo di collaborazione.
Via Francigena, e Via Appia, rappresentano le spine dorsali e gli assi prioritari dei cammini su scala nazionale intorno ai quali sviluppare reti di percorsi ciclopedonali in collaborazioni con le regioni.

Con queste finalità, si è riunito a Roma  presso la sede di Regione Puglia il gruppo tecnico di lavoro per dare attuazione al protocollo di intesa fra le 5 regioni e l’Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigene per la valorizzazione della Via Francigena nel Sud e la sua certificazione. All’incontro hanno partecipato Aldo Patruno e Paolo Mauro Bruno (regione Puglia), Simone Quilici e Maria Vincenza Zongoli (regione Lazio), Domenico Di Nunzio e Cristian di Paola (regione Molise), Nadia Murolo, Roberto Fiorentino, Barbara Mancusi Barone, Alfonso Buonaiuto (regione Campania), Emanuele Nicoletti (regione Basilicata), Massimo Tedeschi, Luca Bruschi, Silvia Lecci (Associazione Europea Vie Francigene)

Obiettivo comune è la puntuale definizione del tracciato e delle informazioni sul percorso, in primis Vademecum ed Abaco dei cartelli recentemente messi a punto dal coordinamento interregionale con AEVF, e la programmazione del piano di azioni per il triennio 2017-2019 su percorso, segnaletica, infrastrutture, animazione, manutenzione.

Primo punto è la definizione di  un tracciato unitario Roma/Santa Maria di Leuca attraverso una apposita analisi come è stato richiesto dall’Istituto Europeo per gli Itinerari Culturali. La certificazione del tratto Roma/Puglia infatti potrà avvenire solo a condizione che siano programmate adeguate azioni infrastrutturali e di animazione da parte delle autorità regionali e locali nell’ambito del Coordinamento per la Via Francigena nel Sud in accordo con AEVF e regioni.

“La definizione condivisa di tale quadro tra Regioni attraversate e AEVF, nel ruolo diréseau porteur della Via Francigena, è presupposto indispensabile per la ratifica dell’estensione della certificazione di “Itinerario culturale del Consiglio d’Europa” alla Via Francigena nel sud da parte dell’organismo assembleare di AEVF. Ratifica che, se il lavoro sarà alacre, potrebbe avvenire entro fine anno” – ha concluso il presidente AEVF Tedeschi.



A new step for the extension project of the certification of the Via Francigena in the South as “Cultural route of the Council of Europe”. The 5 crossed regions (Lazio Campania Molise Basilicata Puglia) meet in Rome to put into effect the collaboration protocol.The Via Francigena and the Via Appia symbolise the spines and the primary axis of the walks on a national scale, around which to develop networks of cycle-pedestrian routes, in collaboration with the regions.

The technical workgroup gathered in Rome, at the Puglia region headquarters, with the purpose of carrying out the agreement protocol between the 5 regions and the European Association of the Vie Francigene for the enhancement of the Via Francigena in the South and its validation. Aldo Patruno and Paolo Mauro Bruno (Puglia region), Simone Quilici and Maria Vincenza Zongoli (Lazio region), Domenico Di Nunzio and Cristian di Paola (Molise region), Nadia Murolo, Roberto Fiorentino, Barbara Mancusi Barone, Alfonso Bonaiuto (Campania region), Emanuele Nicoletti (Basilicata region), Massimo Tedeschi, Luca Bruschi, Silvia Lecci (European Association of the Vie Francigene) took part to the meeting.

The communal goal is the accurate definition of the track and of the information about it,firstly and foremost the Vademecum and the Abacus of the signage, both of which have been recently developed by the interregional coordination with EAVF, and the planning of the operation program for the triennium 2017-2019 on route, signage, infrastructure, entertainment, maintenance.

The first point is the definition of a shared track Rome/Santa Maria di Leuca through a specific analysis, as it has been requested by the European Institute for Cultural Routes. As a matter of fact, the validation of the track Rome/Puglia can only happen on the condition that appropriate infrastructural and entertainment actions are programmed by regional and local authorities, in the field of the Coordination for the Via Francigena in the South, in agreement with EAVF and the regions.

The shared definition of said picture between crossed Regions and EAVF, as réseau porteur of the Via Francigena, is a necessary premise for the ratification of the validation extension of “Cultural route of the Council of Europe” to the Via Francigena in the South, by the assembly system of EAVF. Ratification which, if the work is rapid, may happen within the end of the year” – concluded EAVF’s President Massimo Tedeschi.


In cammino con…Luciano Callegari. I consigli per vivere al meglio un viaggio a piedi

Il primo passo di questa rubrica ci porta in ‘In cammino con…’ Luciano Callegari, fondatore del sito e autore di numerose guide per la casa editrice Terre di Mezzo. Un pellegrino con migliaia di chilometri sotto le scarpe, percorsi tra Italia e Spagna. 

Con l’arrivo della bella stagione in molti decidono di partire e intraprendere un cammino, magari il primo. Qual è il segreto per vivere al meglio questo viaggio? “Occorre partire con un minimo di preparazione fisica e con le informazioni di base: conoscere il percorso, gli alloggi, cosa portare con sé e per questo, in aiuto, ci sono le guide e i siti web – spiega Callegari –  ma è anche importante essere a conoscenza di cosa ci aspetta sul piano umano. Il Cammino non è un semplice trekking ma un’esperienza di vita che ci può dare molto se affrontata con l’approccio giusto”.

Un aspetto umano che Callegari condivide negli incontri di formazione, come quelli organizzati nella sua città, Sarzana. “In quelle occasioni, cerco di spiegare alcune caratteristiche specifiche e uniche del cammino – aggiunge l’intervistato – è importante che il pellegrino viva questa esperienza in modo consapevole. In quel momento, non conta quello che sei, quanti soldi hai o come sei vestito. Si va in una condizione favorevole che fa sentire liberi, uguali, iniziando un processo personale che porta verso l’essenzialità”.

Il viaggio inizia spesso sul web. Il pellegrino moderno è anche questo? “In 16 anni il mondo dei cammini è cambiato. – conferma Callegari – Quando sono partito per la prima volta, nel 2001, il materiale online dedicato mancava: c’erano solo una guida in italiano e alcuni siti spagnoli. E lì che mi sono inserito, creando un sito che desse informazioni il più possibile equilibrate ed aprendolo alle esperienze di cammino raccontate. Leggere le testimonianze degli altri è un ottimo veicolo per avere informazioni credibili e vere. Oggi la diffusione della rete ha cambiato molte cose. Prima era frequente pubblicare libri che raccontavano l’esperienza del cammino, ora, la maggior parte dei pellegrini, condivide ciò che ha vissuto attraverso blog, Facebook o YouTube.”

“Qual è il mio itinerario preferito? Non ho una risposta precisa, ogni volta è un’esperienza a sé. Siamo noi che, camminando, creiamo e diamo valore ad un cammino. Le percezioni e soprattutto l‘esperienza umana si rinnovano ogni volta. – conclude il pellegrino – Ma le emozioni del primo cammino rimangono uniche e irripetibili”.

Silvia Iuliano