(GBR. Milnthorpe, Cicerone. 2011)
One of the great pilgrimage routes of Europe, the Via Francigena covers 1900km of contrasting terrain on its way from Canterbury to Rome. Relatively flat sections in northern France give way to the mountainous Jura and a strenuous passage over the Alps, via the Great St Bernard pass, all passing through historic villages and towns with interesting churches, cathedrals and religious monuments. The route was first recorded (in Latin) by Sigeric, a 10th-century Archbishop of Canterbury, but this is the first full guide (in any language) to a route destined to become as popular as the Way of St James and the Via de la Plata. Since becoming a European Cultural Itinerary in 2000, it is now increasingly waymarked and plentiful accommodation has sprung up along the way. In this book, route is described continuously, for walkers to plan their itinerary as they wish. It provides full information on facilities and historical sites along the way. It features colour sketch maps and photographs throughout.
About the Author
Alison Raju is a former language teacher and the author of three other Cicerone guides to pilgrim routes : ’Way of St James (Camino de Santiago) : Pyrenees - Santiago - Finisterre’, ’Via de la Plata (Seville to Santiago)’ and ’The Pilgrim Road to Nidaros (Way of St Olav) : Oslo - Trondheim’.