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The Via Francigena Tour

25 Sep - 4 Oct 2009

10-day/9-night land tour with optional organised daily walks

This is a scenic and cultural programme retracing the Italian section of an ancient pilgrimage route that stretches from Canterbury, England, to Rome.

It was in AD990 when Sigeric the Serious made the journey to Rome to receive the Pallium from the Pope as Archbishop of Canterbury. The description of the route he took on his return journey became the earliest existing documentation of what is now known today as the Via Francigena.

Unlike ancient Roman roads which were (and still are) major thoroughfares connecting centres of great importance, the Via Francigena was really more of a series of smaller paths and trails meant for traversing on foot. What in fact distinguishes this route are the location of the places providing refuge for the night, spaced at a distance equivalent to a day's walk - closer together on more difficult routes and further apart where the going was easier. It is for this reason that the Via Francigena goes through smaller towns of Italy while bypassing major cities like Milan and Florence.

Although parts of the route fell into disuse after the Reformation in the early 1500's. the Via Francigena is today celebrated as an important historical pathway and was designated a European Cultural Itinerary by the European Union in 1994, uniting countries across the continent.

For the first time in Asia, Ergo: Travel is proud to propose a tour introducing the scenic and cultural highlights of the Via Francigena, starting from the Great St. Bernard Pass in the Alps on the Swiss-Italian border, through the Lombard and Tuscan countrysides, and finally to the Vatican City in Rome.

While not meant to be a pilgrimage, the tour nevertheless closely follows the paths taken by centuries of worshippers and includes optional short walks of 1-2 hours along these trails so that you can relive this ancient journey. Coming with us is an expert local guide who will provide you with an insight into the rich history of this ancient route.

Map of the Via Francigena Tour itinerary

The tour will take you through some beautiful countryside and small towns.

For the detailed programme and more information on inclusions, you can download the brochure here or e-mail us.

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One of the route markers along the Via Francigena The Via Francigena in the Alps near Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosse

In the Alps near Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosse

A signpost along the route of the Via Francigena

Signpost along the Cisa Pass

Ponzano Superiore

Ponzano Superiore

Along the way, you would see some beautiful countryside. Picture courtesy of www.walkforitaly.com

The Val d'Orcia in Tuscany

The Piazza del Campo in Siena

The Piazza del Campo in Siena

Important Note

As the focus of this tour is the cultural heritage of the Via Francigena, it does not include any guided visits to the city of Rome itself. Nevertheless you are free, and indeed encouraged, to extend your trip by a few days and explore the Eternal City if desired, either on your own or as part of an escorted group.


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