Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Via Francigena - Cycling a pilgrim trail from Siena To Rome

Stretched out between England and Italy, in specific canterbury and rome, lies an old pilgrim trail called the Via Francigena. The route was poinerred by Sedric the Serious, a 9th C. clergyman on his way to be ordained Archbishop by the Pope in Rome. This would lead Sedric on an amazing journey that would be become in later years known as the Via Francigena or 'Road from France' as it principally connected North Europe with Italy. At various points there were Inns and places to lodge for the night, whilst today the route is even marked with sign posts indicating the direction to Rome. This makes tings much easier when you are travelling the route as at points it can become quite unfamiliar in whcih direction you are supposed to be headed. Well it was with little more than a whim, 2 mountain bikes and a change of clothes that I headed out to greet the old road and find my way back to Rome through overgrown woodland and alongside streams, past medievil towns and fortresses and even along an ancient roman road (Via Cassia). This is that story...