Pay your respects to the Godfather of Italian pilgrimages.
For over a thousand years, pilgrims have travelled the Via Francigena from Gran San Bernardo to Rome. This historic route passes through the Italian regions including Piedmont, Lombardy, Tuscany and Lazio and, thanks to the stunning natural scenery and incredible food, may just be one of Europe’s best pilgrimages.
Also referred to as Grand Randonnee, or GR145, the Via Francigena was never a single road and actually comprised several routes that changed over the years, depending on the popularity of certain pilgrimages or due to war and trade. It became the major northern pilgrimage route to Rome during the Middle Ages and it’s now become a bucket-list walk for many pilgrims who are looking for something a little different from the Camino de Santiago routes. It can be approached as a continuous 1000-kilometre journey or broken up into smaller sections that are as beautiful as they are unique.