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.
SeasonsSuitable for walking year round, but the best seasons for moderate weather are spring and autumn, with hottest temperatures in July and August.
CentresLucca, San Miniato, Monteriggioni, Siena, San Quirico d'Orcia, Radicofani, Acquapendente, Bolsena, Viterbo, Sutri, Rome.
DifficultyThis 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 SeeThe 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.
An indispensable guidebook to the final 400km of the Via Francigena from Lucca to Rome. This is the most popular stretch of the pilgrim route connecting Canterbury to the Vatican City. Crossing Italy's heartland, this last section of the Via Francigena goes through two of Tuscany's loveliest cities, Lucca and Siena, and visits medieval San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Radicofani. Divided into 18 day stages, the route is suitable for any averagely fit walker.
Full stage directions are accompanied by maps showing the route line and the facilities available at different locations. Accommodation listings give invaluable information on low-cost pilgrim hostels and where to stay. There are useful city maps for Lucca, Siena, Rome and Viterbo, and a stage planning table lists intermediate distances between accommodation, so you can customise your own walking schedule. Containing a wealth of advice on planning, preparation and tips for making the most of the walk, this is a must-have guide for any pilgrim. One of three volumes covering the complete Via Francigena.
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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 14,000km on pilgrim trails in Europe and the U.S. He records his pilgrim adventures in his popular blog at https://caminoist.org. In 2020, Sandy joined Cicerone Press as Associate Publisher for Caminos and Pilgrimages.View author profile
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