Via Francigena

The Via Francigena is ancient road and pilgrims route between Canterbury and Rome, which passes through England, France, Switzerland and Italy

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Canterbury Starting point
Reims The route includes the Cathedral
Rome Final destination
San Gimignano ".. was a relay point on the Via Francigena" (ICOMOS)
Siena "The development of the medieval town coincided with the route of the Via Francigena, taken by pilgrims on their way to Rome, becoming fixed around the year 1000." (AB Ev)
Val d'Orcia Via Francigena and its associated abbeys, inns, shrines, bridges etc are explicitly included in this WHS
Vatican City St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City in Rome holds one of the final destinations of the pilgrimage, the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle. (wiki)


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