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EuroVelo 5 - Via Romea (Francigena)

Over a thousand years ago, pilgrims used to travel all the way from England to Rome, among them Sigeric the Serious Archbishop of Canterbury did it to receive his symbols from the Pope. The pilgrims' route continued to Jerusalem through the port of Brindisi along the ancient Via Appia. Now you can follow their footsteps by taking our 3,300km long version of the route: EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea (Francigena).

Beginning at Sigeric’s original starting point - the glorious Canterbury Cathedral in southern England - the route passes to the port of Dover where you will need to catch a ferry to continue the journey. On the other side of the Channel you pass through the political nerve centres of the European Institutions, the wonderful wine growing regions of Alsace, the breath-taking St. Gotthard Pass (alt. 2106 m) and the scenic landscapes of Tuscany on the road to the Eternal City. From Rome you continue along stretches of the Roman Via Appia to its very endpoint in Brindisi, where pilgrims once embarked for Jerusalem.

The route passes through 7 different countries and connects many cathedrals, churches, monuments and museums which remind us of the long-standing importance of this pilgrimage route. It also links the seats of some of the major European Institutions: Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg as well as Rome – arguably the birthplace of the European Union following the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957.

Whether you want a short break or a long adventure, EuroVelo 5 - Via Romea (Francigena) offers something for everyone.


  • 3 300 LENGTH
  • 7countries
  • 21 unesco
  • 20 Cathedrals


  • Medieval sites
  • History of European Union
  • Cathedrals & Pilgrimage Sites
  • Natural Heritage
  • World Heritage by UNESCO
  • Cultural Heritage

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