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We are looking for people interested in Middle-Age in travelling, by car, next summer (August 2019) along the old path of Via Francigena from Rome to Caterbury. According to our project the travel should last 15-17 days including a short stay in London (3-4days) and in Paris (3-4 days) during the way back. Participants should meet in Lucca after they will have travelled alone from Rome to Lucca. More details are coming soon but if you are interested please send us your ideas and your suggestions by e-mail:

The Via Francigena in Europe

Canterbury, Calais, Bruay, Arras, Reims, Chalons sur Marne, Bar sur Aube Besancon, Pontarlier, Losanna, Gran San Bernardo, Aosta, Ivrea, Santhia, Vercelli, Pavia, Piacenza, Fiorenzuola, Fidenza, Parma, Fornovo, Pontremoli, Aulla, Luni, Lucca, S.Genesio, S.Gimignano, Siena, S.Quirico, Bolsena, Viterbo, Sutri, Roma.

The Via Francigena
At the beginning of the second millennium in Europe a lot of pilgrims got moving looking for the lost “heavenly homeland”. Today we are able to rebuild this itinerary thanks to a document left from Sigerico, Canterbury’s Archbishop, who in 994 wrote, coming back from Rome to diocese, his diary of the stages concerned histravelling. Is for that document that, to-day, we can exactly rebuild the ancient travellers adventures. Like the middle ages monks described the via Francigena: an itinerary, crossing the history, from Canterbury to Rome, passing by the Tuscia. The via Francigena that winds from the Alps to Valle d’Aosta, goes down from the Piedmont and the Lombardy into Pianura Padana, crosses the Apennines, and then crosses Tuscany and Lazio.All the territories, in the Tuscia, touched by the pilgrims itinerary indicate a culture and a religious sense, deeply rooted, and every country is conscious to be an important crossing point, and continually covered. The localities that were head of bridge for the pilgrims directed to Rome: Acquapendente, represented an important stop for the pilgrims, thanks to a precious relic carried from the saint-earth, preserved, today, into the Cathedral’s under ground;
Bolsena, where happened the Corpus Domini’s miracle, that we celebrate often, in many situations, of the year;
Montefiascone, medieval centre, well known for his wine Est! Est!! Est!!! that is worth the effort to taste during the travelling;
Viterbo, cardinal point of the journey where built accomodations, break points and churches, historic and cultural heritage;
From the Lago di Vico, continuing the ancient journey, are visibile the chestnut’s woods near the Cistercense’s Abbey of San Martino al Cimino, then continue for:
Vetralla, Capranica, Sutri, Monterosi until, leaving the via Cassia keeping up the via Trionfale: and finally welcome to Rome. Three were the attraction’s pole: Rome, the Terra Santa and Santiago di Compostela.
Rome, where the Saints Peter and Paul, founders of Christian community, were had their martyrdom; The Terra Santa, the Golgota’s seat, where there was the Christ passion;
Santiago di Compostela, tip of western of Europe, where the Apostle San Giacomo wanted to rest in peace.

The Via Francigena in the Senese
Is impossible to define a real trail for the Via Francigena because it as never been existed really. In middle ages the same concept of road was so very different from that contemporary; was doing in the time of the Roman Empire, was be a matter of fixed points of reference, between which but the distance could endure various variations motivated from the necessity to journey for a locality rather than an other, from climatic reasons, ages them, of emergency and therefore via. It turns out some therefore a reticulum of distances that are circulated on the territory in order then to gather converging on determine focali points to you. And it is just through these places, many of which conserved until the days ours, that we can find again the tangible sign of the Way Francigena. Draft in the first instance of centers that they accommodated and took cure of the pilgrims (hospitia and hospitales); of religious buildings; but also of manufatti street like bridges, votive sources, cippi and newspaper stands, until at times of ancient pavement, which but, given the continuous job of maintenance to which they had to be subordinates, cannot be considers real medieval testimonies you and goes therefore taken with right of inventory.

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