The Via Francigena
Long about 950 km from the Monginevro Pass to Rome, it is practicable in about 40 days, the Via Francigena is a marvelous itinerary that crosses big part of the Italian territory, from north to south. It is a very various itinerary scenically speaking that touches cities of great cultural, historical and artistic merit as Turin, Pavia, Lucca, St. Gimignano, Siena, Viterbo and Rome and innumerable villages rich of historical and cultural attractions.
Compared to the Camino of Santiago, it is a various itinerary from the landscape point of view, since it crosses very different zones: the Alps, the agricultural lowland, the Appennines and the Tuscan and Lazio hills. In the last part, from Lucca to Rome, it is possible to cross places that seem gone out of a postcard, it is posssible to walk along ancient Roman roads, and it is possible to discover out-of-time villages.
In the Italian territory the itinerary is completely marked in the two directions with white arrows toward Rome and yellow arrows toward Santiago from the Monginevro Pass to Vercelli, while from Vercelli up to Rome it is marked above all with white / red adhesive trail sign, red arrows and brown aluminum signboards.
In all the stages pilgrim accommodations are present managed by the municipalities, associations, parishes whose costs go from the gift to the 20 Euro included breakfast. The middle price for the night is around the 15 Euro.
The Pilgrim menu is becoming popular, with costs in between 10 and 15 Euro.
The credential is often require for the pilgrim accommodations.
Guidebooks:Guida alla Via Francigena (Terre di Mezzo Editore)