The Via Francigena – In the footsteps of pilgrims in the Middle Ages

The Via Francigena, running from Canterbury to Rome (once known as “Romea”), represents a historic itinerary, a major route for pilgrims heading for the Holy Land since the Middle Ages. The Via Francigena has been traced thanks to a 994 travel diary written by Sigerico, Archbishop of Canterbury, on his way home after being enthroned by the Pope.

An itinerary in Tuscia from Proceno, a postal inn, runs through gorgeously undulating hills to Acquapendente, a most important stop for pilgrims due to the precious reliquiary from the Holy Land now preserved in the Cathedral’s crypt; Bolsena, where the Corpus Christi miracle happened for the first time in 1263; Montefiascone, a Medieval town; Viterbo, one of the cornerstones of the entire historical itinerary, rich in lodging facilities.

A forked route on both sides of Lake Vico makes it easier to travel through the Cimini Hills depending on the season: on one side it reaches Ronciglione and its small church of S. Eusebio, on the other it runs through the chestnut woods near the Cistercian Abbey of San Martino al Cimino to Vetralla, where a little country street leads to the Church of Santa Maria in Forcassi. It then passes through our estate, La Trinità, towards Capranica, Sutri, Monterosi, finally heading towards Rome.


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The Via Francigena - In the footsteps of pilgrims in the Middle Ages