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Walking the Via Francigena Pilgrim Route - Part 3

Lucca to Rome

Guidebook to the final 400km of the Via Francigena pilgrim route from Lucca to Rome. Crossing Tuscany in the heartland of Italy, the route goes through two of the region's most important cities, Lucca and Siena, and visits San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Radicofani. Described in 18 stages, with information on facilities and pilgrim hostels.


Suitable for walking year round, but the best seasons for moderate weather are spring and autumn, with hottest temperatures in July and August.


Lucca, San Miniato, Monteriggioni, Siena, San Quirico d'Orcia, Radicofani, Acquapendente, Bolsena, Viterbo, Sutri, Rome.


This portion of the Via Francigena is suitable for walkers of all levels, with no special gear required. Day stages are graded on level of difficulty from 1-4.

Must See

The walled city of Lucca, scenic walks among the vineyards and fields of beautiful Tuscany, the medieval village of Monteriggioni, the stunning city of Siena with its dramatic cathedral, volcanic Lake Bolsena, Viterbo, second home of the Popes, the Etruscan city of Sutri and the Eternal City of Rome.
23 Mar 2021
17 Oct 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to walking the 2000km Via Francigena pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. Part of a three-volume set, this volume covers the final 411km through Italy, from Lucca to Rome. Suitable for most abilities – although the hilly terrain calls for moderate fitness – this section can be walked in under three weeks.

The route is presented in 18 stages, of between 14 and 33km (9–20 miles).

  • GPX files available to download
  • 1:100,000 mapping plus larger-scale town maps for key locations
  • Handy route summary tables and pilgrim lodging details help you plan your itinerary
  • Comprehensive information about refreshments and facilities along the route
  • Advice on planning and preparation

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The Reverend Sandy Brown Cicerone author SBROWN

By The Reverend Sandy Brown

Sanford 'Sandy' Brown is a long-distance walker and ordained minister who lives in Lucca, Italy. He was born in California and his great-grandparents migrated to San Juan Capistrano from Mexico in the 19th century. Inspired by The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho, he trekked the Camino de Santiago in 2008 and since then has walked over 15,000km on pilgrim trails in Europe and the U.S. He records his pilgrim adventures in his popular blog at In 2020, Sandy joined Cicerone Press as Associate Publisher for Caminos and Pilgrimages.

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