FAQ

FAQ

People

Can people with disabilities travel the Via Francigena

Via Francigena is a complex route, even if not difficult; unfortunately, few segments are suited for people with disabilities, due to difficult position of the structures and to their lack of the right equipment.

 

The Via Francigena can be travelled with children and young people?

It depends on the traits that one wants to walk. The Italian segment is quite uniform, both in its difficulty and dangerousness: many parts are on busy roads. Therefore, is really important to meticulously plan the rout and painstakingly decide if take the children along. It is advised to consult the route’s maps!

Animals

Can I take my dog with me?

No need to say that the route is really fitted for animals; anyway, in some structures dogs are not allowed. Therefore, in order to avoid bad surprises, we suggest to contact the structures in advance and verify their policy.

 

Can I ride an horse on the Via Francigena?

Since there no equipped structure, to travel by horse on the Via Francigena can be really difficult. In order to grant your animal the right wellness, the route must be planned carefully and it must be verified if the touristic operators along the way can offer structures and services for the horses’ care.

On foot

Which is the Via Franginesa’s official route?

The Italian section covers more than 1000 kilometres, from the Gran San Bernardo to Rome. There are several alternatives to the official route, but it is the safest, planned for people of every age.

On bike

Can I travel the Via Francigena by bike?

From the Gran San Bernardo to Rome, the Via Francigena can be travelled by bike and is fully marked. Thanks to maps and GPX tracks, bikers can cover the whole route. This option is indicated for who is used to ride frequently and requests a certain preparation, since many parts are the same travelled by the walkers.

 

Which is the most proper bicycle?

The best bike for a long journey is a mountain bike without bags: light and easy to push uphill and to pick up in case of stairs or obstacles. Furthermore, the absence of bags will ease the crossing of rivers and torrents. The most suited bike is a light mountain bike or trekking bike with fat tires. Better give up the suspensions!

 

Can I bring my bike on a train?

The service is not always present on the Trenitalia’s train, so it is better to check the service’s times and availability on the company’s website.

Seasons

Which is the best time to travel?

The best period is from May to September, even if the southern Via Francigena can be easily travelled in October. In March and April, some segments can be hit by rain, snow or ice, specially in Val D’Aosta or on the Cisa’s pass. August is the month in which more people leave for the holidays, so it could be difficult to find a place in the reception facilities.

 

Is it possible to travel the Via Francigena in winter?

We strongly recommend no to travel during the winter season: the climate can be hostile, some segments could not be walkable and there are fewer chances to find a facility. If you decide anyway to travel in this period, you should absolutely make a detailed planning of the route, checking the facilities’ opening time and the presence of a heating system. Remember, the Gran San Bernardo is closed from October to May: at this link you can find all the information to cross the pass during its closure time.

Signposting

Which is the route’s official signposting?

The Via Francigena’s pedestrian signposting resembles the CAI’s hiking signposting: the white and red signs are a standard recognised by many Europeans countries. The signs can be made of different materials: metal plates, stickers, painted signs. The only common things are the colors (red and white) and the little pilgrim in black.

The brown metal signs are very widespread and can be found along many roads, with the icon of the typology of users that they refer to (pedestrians, cyclotourists, drivers).

The signposting can be found from Point Saint Martin (Val D’Aosta) to Rome; in Val D’Aosta the signs are slightly different and the Via Francigena is marked by a special yellow signposting. Besides the official indications, other signs can be found along the Via Francigena: a common example is the white arrow with the yellow pilgrim, that marks a different route from the official one.

For the bikers, the official signposting is the one of the CicloVia Francigena: stickers and white and blue arrows or the mark of a pilgrim inside a tire are the symbol to watch out for.

For more information about the official signposting, you can check this file.

Public transportation

Are there any public transportations along the way?

Many pilgrims decide to travel some segments by public transportation, maybe to make the travel a little lighter, or because they want to come home faster. Public transportation is available along the most of the itinerary: almost every stop is provided with rail stations and local bus stops.

If you want to use the public transportation to cover the distance between two stops, you can get more information at this link. Remember: to load your bike on a train, you have to check Trenitalia’s policy, since every typology of train has its own modality.

Pilgrim’s credential

What is the credential?

The credential is nothing more than a passport that makes you recognisable as a pilgrim of the Via Francigena: to always bring it with you is crucial, since it attest your status as pilgrim! Tourism offices, reception facilities and parishes can put a mark for every stop.

For those who cover the last 100 km on foot (or the last 200 km by bike), the credential allows to receive the Testimonium, a certification of the occurred pilgrimage to Rome.

 

How do I get my credential?

The credential can be bought online on the Via Francigena’s official website, or in the store along the way.

 

Does the credential ease the journey?

The credential grants several benefits: for example, many structures are only for the pilgrims with a credential and request just a little offer; some bars and restaurants apply a discount.

The partnership with Trenitalia and Trenord allows to benefit of a 10% reduction. You can find the regulation at this page.

Reception facilities

Where can I sleep?

An updated list of the structures can be found at this link. In the list you will found both structures for pilgrim and touristic facilities that apply a discount. The average price is of 15 Euros, but some structures, especially the religious ones, host the pilgrims for a free offer (a minimum of 10 Euros per person is recommended). In the touristic facilities the prices are around 20-25 Euros.

It is recommended to inform on advance the structures and to communicate the possible arrival time: hostels and shelters are not guarded 24 hours a day, so it necessary to give a notice. Furthermore, some facilities are open only for the pilgrims with a credential: it is important to know which and where they are,

 

Is it possible to camp along the Via Francigena

 

In italy, the free camping is forbidden: is only possible to camp within the equipped areas.

 

Where can I eat?

Some hostels and facilities are provided with a kitchen that pilgrims can use to prepare meals; you can verify which are on this list. Otherwise, restaurants and bars with a special price for the pilgrims (10-15 Euros for the lunch, 15-20 for the dinner) can be found along the way.

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