The Itinerary from Santiago to Italy
Anciently the Camino de Santiago and the Francigena Way belonged to an only long road system. Over 3000 km between Rome and Santiago that in the Middle Ages have been crossed in both the directions from thousand of pilgrims through Spain, France and Italy.
Today this itinerary is again practicable and is the result one of the union of different itineraries: Camino Francès, the Aragonese Way, Via Tolosana, Via Domitia, Francigena Way and Sigeric's Francigena Way.
THE CAMINO FRANCÈS
Long about 780 km, practicable usually in about thirty days, the Camino Francès is the most beaten of the itineraries that bring to Santiago. A marvelous path that crosses the North of Spain through amazing landscapes, city of great historical and cultural merit and small villages.
The path is well signed, but only in one direction, from the classical yellow arrow and mojones of stone or cement bringing aloft the image of the shell and in the last one a pointing out nameplate the lacking kilometers to Santiago.
The walk is practicable afoot and almost for the whole length in mountain bike.
In all the stages it is possible to find fountains, cafe and places where to refresh.
The reception to the pilgrim, both secular and religious, is well organized along the whole run. Both public and private hostels and albergues can be found with low prices starting from a simple donation until to a maximum of 15 € per night.
The Menu of the Pilgrim is very diffused and its price always wanders between the 8 and the 12 €.
The credential is requested.
THE ARAGONESE WAY
Along few more than 160 km, practicable in 6 stages, the Aragonese Way is one of the variations "tributaries" of the Camino Francès. It was crossed above all historically from Italian or from French people, especially from the South of the Nation, that wanted to walk towards Santiago.
A beautiful itinerary accompanied long almost its whole length from the course of the river Aragón, through a landscape that changes to every footstep: luxuriant woods, arid zones, small suburbs and ruins of a fascinating past.
It is very well signed, even if in an only one direction, with the classical painted yellow arrow and shell signs that points out the street for Santiago.
The itinerary is accessible the whole year. The more demanding stage, because of the difference in height and of snow's presence in the winter months, is the one from Jaca (800 ms) to Somport (1600 ms).
The receptive offer and of ristorazione despite is perfectly in line with the services and the costs of the other streets for Santiago, it is a little also frequented in the summer months.
The credential is almost always requested.
THE TOLOSANA WAY - GR653
Long around 800km, practicable in around 32 stages, the Tolosana Way or Camino de Arles, is an itinerary of great historical and artistic merit so much that was declared World Patrimony UNESCO in 1998. A run to slowly be enjoyed through small villages from the taste of other times, city of art and unbelievable landscapes that change to every footstep.
Is possible to follow this path by following the white / red trail sign GR653 in both the directions, but in some stretches the system of signs results to be quite a time-waste.
In some parts the itinerary can result enough demanding because of the rather difference in height.
Even if they are present along the whole run, there is not a receptive offer and of food service expressly for the pilgrim, and therefore the costs are great in comparison to the Spanish walks.
THE VIA DOMITIA - GR653D
Long about 500 km, practicable in around 20 stages, the Via Domitia was built by the Romans between 122 and 118 B.C. and for thousand of years it has connected the valley of the Rhône and Spain.
The Roman roots are still recognizable not only from the names of many crossed inhabited centers as Arles (Arelate) and Susa (Segusium) where it begins the ancient Way, but also from the presence in some parts of the original flooring where the furrows left by the metallic wheels of the wagons in centuries of passages can still be admired.
Despite both well signalled with the classical white / red trail signs GR653D and poster, the itinerary is poorly frequented.
For what it may concern the practicability by bike in some parts it is impracticable because of the disconnected ground and very steep slopes.
Even if abundant along the whole itinerary, there is not a receptive offer expressly revolt to the pilgrim, and therefore the costs are superior in comparison to the Spanish walks.
The credential is not demanded since today the Via Domizia is not so frequented to have a developed a culture in such sense.
Sentier vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle : Montgenèvre – Arles