Crossing the Alps from Switzerland to Italy on the Via Francigena

Course - The Via Francigena (Road to Rome)

TheVia Francigena was an ancient route once used by medieval pilgrims and other travellers on their way from Canterbury to Rome. Throughout the ages, merchants, armies and members of the clergy traveled back and forth between Northern Europe and Rome carrying goods, money and information. The route was now once again being recognized as an essential part of Europe’s history and reminders of its past were still to be found along its course.

The Via Francigena - one day 9.30am - 4.30pm

These days, pilgrimage is an exciting and challenging opportunity to depart from our usual lifestyles and experience the world beyond the horizon. In this course we look at the background of the pilgrimage to Rome, and the preparations required for a journey across Europe along the ancient Via Francigena.
The Route of the Via Francigena through Europe

Course Information

The Via Francigena Full Day Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Gear Demonstrations.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: Saturday March 1, 2014
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • Canterbury to Dover.
  • Introducing the pilgrimage along the Via Francigena.
  • The origins of the Rome pilgrimage tradition.
  • SESSION 2.
  • St. Croix to Grand St. Bernard Pass.
  • Preparation for the walking journey.
  • Complete a list of things to take on a pilgrimage.
  • Crossing the Alps.
  • SESSION 3.
  • ITALY.
  • Siena to Rome.
  • Pilgrimage sites of Acquapendente and Viterbo.
  • Planning the pilgrimage – distances, times.
  • SESSION 4.
  • Christian sites in Rome.
  • Seven Pilgrim Churches.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • The Catacombs.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Understand the reasons for the Pilgrimage to Rome.
  • 2. Know what to take and places to stay on the Via Francigena.
  • 3. Plan an itinerary for your own journey along the historic Via Francigena.