The European walking specialists are the first Australian company to offer self-guided walks along every stage of the Italian section of the Francigena Way. They have also tailored their routes, which range from five to nine days in length, to deviate from the official trail at times to ensure travellers avoid the busier roads and don’t miss classic Italian cities such as Florence and Orvieto.
The 11th Century trail, which officially stretches more than 1,900 kilometres from Canterbury in England to the site of Martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul in Rome, is currently experiencing an organic revival with walkers and history buffs. With the release of these new sections in Italy and a new 2014 Cicerone guidebook detailing the routes, UTracks is anticipating a surge in popularity as people seek out more iconic history-packed pathways.
The eight Francigena Way self-guided walking stages are Saint Bernard Pass to Ivrea ($1,580, eight days); Ivrea to Pavia ($1,540, eight days); Pavia to Parma ($1,050, five days); Parma to Sarzana ($1,350, six days); Sarzana to Florence ($1,390, seven days); Florence to Siena ($1,350, seven days); Siena to Orvieto ($1,390, seven days);The Road to Rome ($1,520, nine days). Tours depart daily.
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