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.
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. 
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.
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.  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.
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).
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.