Live video: The Via Francigena with Sandy Brown, Luca Bruschi, Julia Lewis and Beatrice Moricci

Sandy Brown (Rev)
By Sandy Brown (Rev)

A journey from Great St Bernard Pass to Rome: join our panel of expert guests to explore the Italian section of this 1900km pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome.

Sandy Brown is an ordained minister, community activist and long distance walker from Seattle, Washington. He is the author of Cicerone's upcoming new guides to Via Francigena and author of Cicerone's guide the Way of St Francis, another pilgrimage route through Italy.

Joining us from Fidenza in Italy, Luca Bruschi is the executive director of the European Association of Vie Francigene. Luca explained the history of the route, the work by his association and how an 8th century pilgrim trail is important for offering European unity today.

Another key organisation for the Via Francigena is the Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome. Their secretary Julia Lewis joined us from near the beginning of the trail in Canterbury, England and shared her experience of walking the Via Francigena in 2015. Listen to Julia to discover the highs and lows of the route, and the importance of rewarding yourself with gelato after a long day walking.

Our final guest joined us from the Via Francigena itself, from a cafe in San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany. Beatrice Moricci is currently walking the Via Francigena from Great St Bernard Pass to Rome and then to Santa Maria di Leuca. A fantastic photographer, Beatrice shared some of her photography from the route and the stories of the people in the photos, as well as what it feels like to walk the Via Francigena now in summer 2020.

Related events

Want to find out more about European pilgrimage routes? Sandy has hosted two other pilgrim related events as part of Cicerone's Tune-in Tuesday live series, which can be watched on our website via the links below or on YouTube or Facebook.

Discover the Camino del Norte with Dave Whitson or The Way of St Francis/Via di Francesco with Gigi Bettin, Liz Boulter and Sara Zanni.

You can watch all of our previous events on YouTube, Facebook or here on our website.

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