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Via Francigena

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Via Francigena

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Via Francigena is in Europe.

The Via Francigena is a traditional pilgrimage dating back to at least to the eighth century from Canterbury to Rome.

Understand[edit]

The Via Francigena is the common name of the ancient road and pilgrim route running from the English cathedral city of Canterbury to Rome. As such, the route passes through England, France, Switzerland and Italy. The route was, in mediaeval times, an important road and pilgrimage route for those wishing to visit the Holy See and the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul.

Prepare[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Canterbury is easily accessible from London by following the M2 South and East until it merges with the A2, linking Canterbury with Chatham, Gillingham and Sittingbourne to the north, and the port of Dover to the south. Another regional arterial road, the A28 travels eastwards to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate and westwards to Ashford, site of the Eurostar station for rail links to France, Belgium and the continent.

Excellent park and ride facilities allow you to park inexpensively outside the city and take a bus into town. The parking fee is £2.00 per vehicle per day and entitles the driver and up to 6 car passengers to a round trip on the bus to and from the city centre. For information including timetables, maps etc., see the National Park and Ride Directory. [1]

There are three park and ride sites: Wincheap (to the west), New Dover Road (to the south) and Sturry Road (to the east), and the buses stop at a number (10+) of intermediate (about every 200 m) stops between the park and ride sites and the city centre. These buses currently run into the city centre regularly between 7 am and 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday. On Sundays only, buses run only from New Dover Road Park and Ride between 10 am and 6 pm (on a trial basis). During the day, the buses run from each site approximately every 8 min.

By train[edit]

Canterbury is served by two train stations: Canterbury East and Canterbury West. They are, respectively, 8 min and 4 min walks from the city centre by foot. Fare and timetable information is available from Southeastern. [2] The journey time from Canterbury East to London is between 90 min and 2 h, and Canterbury West also offers a high speed service to St Pancras Station in London which takes under 1 h.

By coach[edit]

Coaches to Canterbury are available from London Victoria Coach Station and also from Dover.[3]

By air[edit]

Canterbury does not have its own airport, but Manston Airport (14 mi/23km away) offers daily flights to Amsterdam, as well as seasonal holidays flights to Europe.

The nearest major international airports to Canterbury are London Gatwick (66 mi/106 km) and London Heathrow (91 mi/146 km).

Walk[edit]

While on the Via your job will be to walk, however there are two accepted itineraries for the Via. The first route is the return trip of Archbishop Sigeric from around 990 and the second route is modern, worked on by scholars and Via societies around the world.

Sigeric's journey compared to today's route
No. Stages as described by Sigeric Today's stages of the Via Francigena
Latin place names Current place names Start - End Distances in km
- not specified Canterbury - Dover 32.2
Across the English Channel
1 LXXX Sumeran Sombre (part of Wissant) Calais - Wissant 19.7
2 LXIX stage missing
3 LXXVIII Gisne Guînes Wissant - Guînes 20.2
4 LXXVII Teranburh Thérouanne Guînes - Licques 15.7
Licques - Wisques 23.9
Wisques - Thérouanne 13.2
5 LXXVI Bruwaei Bruay-la-Buissière Thérouanne - Auchy-au-Bois 15.1
Auchy-au-Bois - Bruay-la-Buissière 19.0
6 LXXV Atherats Arras Bruay-la-Buissière - Arras 33.6
7 LXXIV Duin Doingt Arras - Bapaume 26.2
Bapaume - Péronne 25.3
Peronne - Doingt 3.0
8 LXXIII Martinwaeth Seraucourt-le-Grand Doingt - Seraucourt-le-Grand 29.2
9 LXXII Mundlothuin Laon Seraucourt-le-Grand - Tergnier 17.0
Tergnier - Laon 33.0
10 LXXI Corbunei Corbeny Laon - Bouconville-Vauclair 18.6
Bouconville-Vauclair - Corbeny 4.5
11 LXX Rems Reims Corbeny - Hermonville 20.1
Hermonville - Reims 16.3
12 LXIX Chateluns Châlons-en-Champagne Reims - Trépail 28.1
Trépail - Châlons-en-Champagne 25.8
13 LXVIII Funtaine Fontaine sur Coole Châlons-en-Champagne - Coole 27.0
14 LXVII Domaniant Donnement Coole - Donnement 25.7
15 LXVI Breone Brienne-le-Château Donnement - Brienne le Château 17.8
16 LXV Bar Bar-sur-Aube Brienne-le-Château - Bar-sur-Aube 26.9
17 LXIV Blaecuile Blessonville Bar-sur-Aube - Châteauvillain
(near Blessonville)
32.9
18 LXIII Oisma Humes-Jorquenay Châteauvillain - Langres
(near Humes-Jorquenay)
40.9
19 LXII Grenant Grenant Langres - Coublanc
(near Grenant)
27.0
20 LXI Sefui Seveux Coublanc - Dampierre-sur-Salon 27.7
Dampierre-sur-Salon - Savoyeux
(near Seveux)
5.5
21 LX Cuscei Cussey-sur-l'Ognon Savoyeux - Gy 20.6
Gy - Cussey-sur-l'Ognon 16.4
22 LIX Bysiceon Besançon Cussey-sur-l'Ognon - Besançon 17.0
23 LVIII Nos Nods Besançon - Étalans 27.0
Étalans - Chasnans
(near Nods)
9.8
24 LVII Punterlin Pontarlier Chasnans - Ouhans 18.0
Ouhans - Pontarlier 17.0
25 LVI Antifern Yverdon-les-Bains Pontarlier - Orbe 40.2
26 LV Urba Orbe
27 LIV Losanna Lausanne Orbe - Lausanne 32.0
28 LIII Vivaec Vevey Lausanne - Cully 12.9
Cully - Vevey 11.3
29 LII Burbulei Aigle Vevey - Montreux 8.4
Montreux - Villeneuve 5.9
Villeneuve - Aigle 12.7
30 LI Sce Maurici Saint-Maurice Aigle - Saint-Maurice 18.0
31 L Ursiores Orsières Saint-Maurice - Martigny 17.0
Martigny - Orsières 18.5
32 XLIX Petrecastel Bourg-Saint-Pierre Orsières - Bourg-Saint-Pierre 15.4
33 XLVIII Sce Remei Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses Bourg-Saint-Pierre - Great St Bernard Hospice 13.8
Great St Bernard Hospice - Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses 6.3
34 XLVII Agusta Aosta Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses - Aosta 25.6
35 XLVI Publei (Pontey ?) Pont-Saint-Martin Aosta - Nus 15.9
Nus - Saint-Vincent 22.3
Saint-Vincent - Arnad 22.4
Arnad - Pont-Saint-Martin 15.9
36 XLV Everi Ivrea Pont-Saint-Martin - Ivrea 25.2
37 XLIV Sca Agatha Santhià Ivrea - Viverone 21.4
Viverone - Santhià 16.2
38 XLIII Vercel Vercelli Santhià - Vercelli 28.6
39 XLII Tremel Tromello Vercelli - Robbio 19.7
Robbio - Mortara 14.2
Mortara - Tromello 18.1
40 XLI Pamphica Pavia Tromello - Gropello Cairoli 13.5
Gropello Cairoli - Pavia 18.1
41 XL Sce Cristine Santa Cristina e Bissone Pavia - Santa Cristina e Bissone 27.4
42 XXXIX Sce Andrea Corte San Andrea Santa Cristina e Bissone - Piacenza
(crossing the Po)
38.2
43 XXXVIII Placentia Piacenza
44 XXXVII Floricum Fiorenzuola d'Arda Piacenza - Fiorenzuola d'Arda 26.4
45 XXXVI Sce Domnine Fidenza (up till 1927 called Borgo San Donino) Fiorenzuola d'Arda - Fidenza 22.3
46 XXXV Metane Costamezzana (Medesano) Fidenza - Costamezzana 10.8
47 XXXIV Philemangenur Fornovo di Taro (or Felegara) Costamezzana - Medesano 9.7
Medesano - Fornovo di Taro 9.2
48 XXXIII Sce Moderanne Berceto Fornovo di Taro - Cassio di Terenzo 19.8
Cassio di Terenzo - Berceto 10.4
49 XXXII Sce Benedicte Montelungo Berceto - Pontremoli 29.4
50 XXXI Puntremel Pontremoli
51 XXX Aguilla Aulla Pontremoli - Villafranca in Lunigiana 19.1
Villafranca in Lunigiana - Aulla 15.3
52 XXIX Sce Stephane San Stefano di Magra Aulla - Sarzana 16.3
53 XXVIII Luna Luni Sarzana - Luni 12.7
54 XXVII Campmaior Pieve di Camaiore Luni - Massa 14.8
Massa - Pietrasanta 15.8
Pietrasanta - Camaiore 8.2
55 XXVI Luca Lucca Camaiore - Lucca 24.2
56 XXV Forcri Porcari Lucca - Porcari 10.6
57 XXIII Aqua Nigra Ponte a Cappiano. Part of Fucecchio Porcari - Ponte a Cappiano 19.7
58 XXIII Arne Blanca Fucecchio Ponte a Cappiano - Fucecchio 4.9
59 XXII Sce Dionisii San Genesio near San Miniato Fucecchio - San Miniato Alto 7.6
60 XXI Sce Peter Currant Coiano. Today part of Castelfiorentino San Miniato Alto - Coiano 12.1
61 XX Sce Maria Glan Santa Maria a Chianni near Gambassi Terme Coiano - Gambassi Terme 12.2
62 XIX Sce Gemiane San Gimignano Gambassi Terme - San Gimignano 14.5
63 XVIII Sce Martin in Fosse San Martino Fosci (Molino d'Aiano. Part of Colle di Val d'Elsa) San Gimignano - Badia a Isola 20.5/25.5
64 XVII Aelse Gracciano (Pieve d'Elsa. Part of Colle di Val d'Elsa)
65 XVI Burgenove Badia a Isola. Part of Monteriggioni
66 XV Seocine Siena Badia a Isola - Monteriggioni 3.5
Monteriggioni - Siena 20.5
67 XIV Arbia Ponte d'Arbia. Part of Monteroni d'Arbia Siena - Monteroni d'Arbia 17.9
Monteroni d'Arbia - Ponte d'Arbia 9.8
68 XIII Turreiner Torrenieri (Part of Montalcino) Ponte d'Arbia - Buonconvento 5.7
Buonconvento - Torrenieri 13.5
69 XII Sce Quiric San Quirico d'Orcia Torrenieri - San Quirico d'Orcia 7.4
70 XI Abricula Briccole di Sotto San Quirico d'Orcia - Bagno Vignoni 5.3
Bagno Vignoni - Radicofani 27.4
71 X Sce Petir in Pail San Pietro in Paglia (Voltole) Radicofani - Ponte a Rigo 10.7
72 IX Aquapendente Acquapendente Ponte a Rigo - Acquapendente 13.8
73 VIII Sca Cristina Bolsena Acquapendente - Bolsena 20.2
74 VII Sce Flaviane Montefiascone Bolsena - Montefiascone 18
75 VI Sce Valentine Viterbo (Bullicame) Montefiascone - Viterbo 18.7
76 V Furcari Vetralla (Forcassi) Viterbo - Vetralla 17.9
77 IlIl Suteria Sutri Vetralla - Sutri 22.1
78 III Bacane Baccano (Campagnano di Roma) Sutri - Campagnano di Roma 22.3
79 II Johannis VIIII San Giovanni in Nono (La Storta) Campagnano di Roma - La Storta 25.6
80 I Urbs Roma Roma La Storta - Rome 14.8

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