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The via Francigena, Italy

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History and teachings

It is an ancient road and pilgrimage route running from the cathedral city of Canterbury in England, through France and Switzerland, to Rome and then to Apulia, Italy, where there were ports of embarkation for the Holy Land. It was known in Italy as the “Via Francigena” (“the road that comes from France”) or the “Via Romea Francigena” (“the road to Rome that comes from France”). In medieval times it was an important road and pilgrimage route for those wishing to visit the Holy See and the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul.

Cross-cultural dimensions

The itinerary crosses more European countries: England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. More than 2000 kilometers through the oldest streets of these beautiful countries. Streets paved with river stones worn by the passage of time, until the “cobblestones” of Rome

Useful information:

recommended for all; general; doesn’t require prior knowledge; accessible;

The itinerary crosses the Italian regions of Valle d’Aosta, Piemonte, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Toscana, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Puglia, Roma and Vatican State.
The official route of the Via Francigena is the safest and was carefully designed to be traveled by all ages.
Accessible by bike, by foot, by horse.
Accessible for disabled.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Visitors are able to acquire a historical knowledge about the history of the places crossed, to develop critical thinking, openness, respect for diversity, intercultural understanding and awareness of the the ways which cultures evolve.
  • Besides visitors will gain organisational skills, problem solving skills, self confidence and decision making skills.

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