Find Your Francigena: A quick guide to Via Francigena Walks

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

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 Francigena walk for you in Italy or Switzerland. 

Francigena Way mapsFind your Francigena Way walk in Switzerland or Italy

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. 
 
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 Mediteranean 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. 
 
Walking in TuscanyHiking through classic Tuscan countryside on the Via Francigena 
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’. 
 
Walker admiring MonteriggioniWalker admiring Monteriggioni between Lucca and Siena 
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. 
 
Food Lover’s Francigena Way: Enjoy a cooking class, wine tastings and local gastronomic delights on this 10 day guided trip for ultimate foodies. Experience the highlights of the Francigena Way, including Parma, Florence and 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.

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 PassEnjoy a night at the historic St Bernard on the border of Switzerland and Italy 
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 WayA fairytale castle in Aigle on the Via Francigena in Switzerland 
 
Prefer cycling? Click here to find out more about cycling the Francigena Way.
 
 
Italy, Via Francigena, walking, walking holidays

Comments (2)

Nola Banfield

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

2 years ago
UTracks

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

2 years ago
Your comment will be visible after the administrator's approval.







b i u quote


Save Comment
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/SHX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Sherpa Expeditions</div>
Sherpa Expeditions is a specialist in self guided and guided walking and cycling holidays in the United Kingdom and Europe. Detailed route notes provide a definite guide to places in Europe for active walkers and cyclists.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
World Youth Adventures is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.