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The Via Francigena

La Via Francigena crosses four countries and is but the main trunk of a network of roads connecting Ireland with the Holy Land, Rome with Campostella and Scandinavia and all of these with Byzantium.

The traveler of "La Via Francigena" is aware of both his mission and his responsibility...

The route we refer to was recorded by Sigeric, a Saxon archbishop of Canterbury, on his return journey from Rome in 990; our efforts and our aims are a homage to the memory of the man who recorded it.

When in 1985 Sigeric's itinerary was surveyed and charted for the first time, long stretches of La Via Francigena were either country lanes or quiet roads with little or no traffic.

An awareness of the relevance of this route will undoubtedly contribute to its re-establishment and preservation.

La Via Francigena should remain essentially a road for pilgrims and slow travelers. It is a road suitable for the enjoyment of a historical landscape, culture and art, and it should be traveled essentially, if not exclusively, with means of transport other than the motor vehicle.

The regions that La Via Francigena had kept united for centuries past, may once again benefit from this newly re-established link that ties them together, and rediscover commonly shared cultural aspects and economic interests.

If some of the regions crossed by La Via Francigena are among the most beautiful and popular in Europe, others are less remarkable little known and off the beaten track. All these regions will benefit in their own different ways from the rebirth of the ancient link.

The maps, designed in the simplest but clearest possible way, for the sake of both functionality and speed of consultation on the web, should be more than adequate for finding one's way even in the most intricate and difficult parts where La Via Francigena is today a mere country lane.

Consigned to history by an obscure archbishop of the Dark Ages, and revived by twentieth century archaeological explorers, La Via Francigena will continue to bring its contribution to the unity of Western Christendom.

SOME DISTANCES (in km)
Canterbury to Dover 32.5
Wissant to Therouanne 66
Therouanne to Arras 68
Arras to Peronne 45
Peronne to Laon 88
Laon to Reims 70
Reims to Chalons-sur-Marne 54
Chalons-sur-Marne to Bar-sur-Aube 94.5
Bar-sur-Aube to Langres 67
Langres to Besançon 99
St. Maurice to Gr. St. Bernard 61.5
Gr. St. Bernard to Ivrea 104
Ivrea to Vercelli 51
Vercelli to Pavia 66
Pavia to Piacenza 57.5
Piacenza to Fornovo 74.5
Fornovo to Pontremoli 60
Pontremoli to Lucca 110
Lucca to S. Gimignano 76
S. Gimignano to Siena 41
Siena to Acquapendente 96
Acquapendente to Rome 129.5

Via Francigena

La Via Francigena in Italy (in Italian)

Pilgrimage Publication guides to the via Francigena.

Courtesy of Giovanni Caselli

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