Find Your Francigena: A Quick Guide to Via Francigena Walks

Hiking through Tuscany on the Via Francigena
Hiking through Tuscany on the Via Francigena

Find Your Via Francigena: A Quick Guide to Via Francigena Walks

So, you want to walk the Francigena Way but aren’t sure where to start (quite literally)? Stretching more than a thousand kilometres from Canterbury in England to the Eternal City of Rome, few people have time to tackle the whole thing in one go. Use this quick guide to help you find the right Via Francigena walk for you in Italy or Switzerland. 

Francigena Way maps

Italy's Via Francigena walks

Saint Bernard Pass to Ivrea: Combine peaks, passes and castles in the stunning alpine region of the Aosta valley. Great for those who want a walk in the mountains. 
Traverse Switzerland on the Francigena Way to the Great St Bernard Pass on the Italian border |  <i>Stephane Engler</i>
Ivrea to Pavia:  Foodies will eat up this Francigena walk which traverses the Piedmont region and the Viverone lakes before arriving at the ancient cultural and artistic centre of Pavia. 
Pavia to FidenzaThis exciting section combines history and culture in Pavia with stunning scenery as you traverse the agricultural plains dominated by the Po River, fantastic food and wine in the Emilia Romagna region and architecture in Fidenza. 
Pontremoli to Lucca: Enjoy views of the Mediterranean and the Apuane Alps, learn about Carrara marble, visit the site of the Santa Anna massacre and discover Lucca. The last of the ‘major’ hills end here. 
Best of Tuscany: This popular section traverses the spectacular quintessential landscapes of the Tuscan countryside and famous villages like Siena and San Gimignano, making it a great way of discovering the best of Tuscany in a week. 
Lucca to Siena: History and architecture buffs will enjoy visiting this section’s fortified medieval villages, including San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Siena and sampling wine from the Chianti wine region. 
Southern Tuscany from Siena: This rewarding section starting in the beautiful city of Siena takes you through the classic Tuscan countryside dotted with wonderfully preserved hilltop villages like Montalcino, San Quirico and Vignoni Alto and the fascinating lunar-like landscape of the ‘Crete Senesi’. 
Orvieto to Rome: Walk on actual stones laid by the Romans on the Via Cassia, visit remnants of the mysterious Etruscan period and be delighted by the wonders of Rome. 
The Full Francigena Way: For those with more time it's possible to follow in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims throughout history and walk the whole Italian route from the Alps to Rome. Discover the route’s history and culture and experience sides of Italy that are missed by most travellers.
Walker admiring Monteriggioni

Switzerland's Via Francigena walks

Lausanne to the Great St Bernard Pass: Starting in Lake Geneva, this breathtakingly beautiful section traverses UNESCO-listed vineyards, the Rhone Valley and the Swiss Alps to the historic St Bernard Pass. Only possible during European summer. 
St Bernard Pass
Lausanne to Aosta: Walk the last section of the Francigena Way in Switzerland before crossing the Italian border and descending through fertile valleys to Aosta. Only possible during European summer. 
The Full Francigena Way Switzerland: If you have the time, this new 13 day Self Guided walk starting from the French border has it all: Roman ruins, medieval towns, beautiful lakes, postcard perfect vineyards and the magnificent Swiss Alps. 
Aigle in Switzerland on the Francigena Way
Which Via Francigena trail will you be walking? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Comments (6)

Suzanne Eastwood

I am interested in the Via Francigena self guided walk for 2021. Will you be scheduling this again next year? Having done the camino in Spain and also in Portugal, I think I would like to do a longer journey than just the 10 days. Is this something you can help with?

Suzanne Eastwood (in New Zealand)


4 years ago
William from UTracks

Hi Suzanne,
Great to hear you've well and truly caught the Camino bug! We have a range of Via Francigena trips - you can even do the entire 50 days if you wish! Our staff in NZ will be in touch with you to help you plan your Via Francigena journey.
William from UTracks

4 years ago

IAM interested in the section of the Via Francigena from Ivrea to Siena, probably in two legs one each year. What would you recommend. We like to do between 10 and 20 miles per day depending on the terrain and stuff to see. Pleasant pace. There will be four women. We'd like baggage transfers. What do you recommend? Carol

4 years ago
William from UTracks

Hi Carol, it's GREAT to hear you're interested in the Via Francigena. It's a beautiful walk. I've forwarded your specific questions to our Camino trip experts and they'll answer you directly. Note that all our trips have baggage transfers included. Hope you're looking forward to your holiday in Italy! Will.

4 years ago
Nola Banfield

can't find pricing to any of your wonderful walking holidays

7 years ago

Hi Nola - they will all be on our website. Since we offer trips in different countries we place the prices on here. When you visit our site the relevant trip price will be shown. thank you - UTracks

7 years ago
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