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Via Francigena was a major pilgrimage and communication corridor in medieval Western Europe used to reach Rome, and from there Jerusalem through the port of Brindisi, from the Kingdom of the Franks. It was a “bridge of cultures between Anglo-Saxon and Latin Europe” that contributed to shape the European identity (Le Goff). Declared Cultural Route of the Council of Europe in 1994, The Via Francigena began to be rediscovered and promoted for contemporary hikers. It is based on the travel diary of the Archbishop of Canterbury Sigeric – who noted the places where he stopped on his way back from Rome to Canterbury in 990 – and it inspired the cultural cycle route EuroVelo 5.
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In Italy, the route runs through the entire peninsula from lake Como to Brindisi, along the Sigeric corridor from Pavia to Rome. It goes through the Po river plain, crosses the Cisa Pass to reach the Versilia Sea coast in Tuscany, moves through the hilly Apennines in central Italy and, behind Rome, goes through the Southern Apennines up to the Adriatic Sea coast. It follows minor roads, cycle paths along canals and rivers, and reused former railways, passing by Unesco heritage sites like the Church of S. Maria delle Grazie in Milan with Leonardo’s Last Supper, Palazzo Medici of Seravezza, the Val d’Orcia, the historic centres of San Gimignano, Siena, Rome, Longobards’ heritage in Benevento, the Sassi of the ancient city of Matera. The traveler will also discover charming medieval towns and villages, archeological areas, remains of the Roman Via Cassia, and witnesses of pilgrimages. South of Rome, the itinerary follows stretches of the Roman Via Appia and ends in Brindisi, where the Mediterranean embraces Europe.

The hospitality of these places follows years of experience in welcoming pilgrims and travelers who were on their way to Rome with various motivations. Ancient monasteries, convents, and granaries have been converted to offer proper services to cyclists and hikers along the Via Francigena. The suggested seasons for traveling are spring, the end of summer, and autumn. Last but not least, Italy’s distinctive variety of local foods, wines, and traditions make the journey a great experience!

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    If you're interested in the network of Italian national long-distance routes, then this is the right site for you. The aim of the site is to provide online maps of the network of cycleways, together with information about places to stay in and points of interest. The Bicitalia network includes 17 national routes. The site and network are still a work in progress - but new information is being added all the time. (Note: the pages can be slow to load).

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