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Via Francigena History

Ponte d'Arbia
Ponte d’Arbia is Sigeric’s Stopover XIV along the Via Francigena pilgrim route. This means it was his 14th overnight stop on his way home to Canterbury in 990 AD. ‘Arbia’ was its name in Sigeric’s day. Ponte d’Arbia is located on the slopes of the Crete Senesi, the ancient desert of Accona. Water partly submerged...
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Rome Sigeric's Stopover I Urbs Roma
Rome Urbs Roma Sigeric’s Stopover I Rome is Sigeric’s Stopover I, Urbs Roma. It is the place where Archbishop Sigeric began his return journey to Canterbury in 990 AD. He had just walked all the way from Canterbury to Rome. His top priority was to visit the Pope and receive his Archbishop vestment called a...
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Viterbo Sigeric's Stopover VI
Sigeric’s Stopover VI Viterbo was Sigeric’s Stopover VI on his return to Canterbury. In 990 AD Archbishop Sigeric walked all the way to Rome to receive his Pallium from the Pope. Fortunately for us, he recorded his return itinerary in a journal. As a result, his diary provides the itinerary for today’s Via Francigena pilgrimage....
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L'Allegoria del Buon governo
Via Francigena and Siena The Via Francigena in Siena is not to be missed for many reasons. Firstly, Siena or Seocine (XV) is Sigeric’s 15th place of rest. Today, we can join Sigeric and pilgrims of old and enjoy Siena! My favourite reason is to see the Allegory of Good and Bad Government fresco by...
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Le Briccole
Sigeric’s Stopover XI, Abricula Le Briccole is a group of abandoned buildings along the Via Francigena. It is where Archbishop Sigeric stayed when he walked the Via Francigena in 990 AD. But, in those days it was called Abricula. Today Le Briccole is only accessible on foot. So you have to walk to see it!...
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Piazzale Michelangelo
Carol the Pilgrim heads to Florence Carol the Pilgrim was heading back to Switzerland after her Via Francigena adventures in Tuscany. A weird mix of events led her to become ‘Lost in Florence at Midnight’. It all began with the train trip from Orvieto to Florence. It was one of those usual delays where the...
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Via Francigena in Bolsena
‘Signora! Signora! Basta! No! No!’ Carol the Pilgrim was very pleased to be a part of the Via Francigena and the Bolsena Eucharistic Miracle. But, the truth is she had sinned! Despite her very best efforts, her clumsy foot managed to dislodge several flowers from under the arm pit of the sleeping Santa Cristina. As...
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Arriving at Canterbury Cathedral The Via Francigena begins at Canterbury Cathedral! Enter the Cathedral precincts under the watchful eye of Christ surrounded by his angels. Then head for the zero milestone for a photo. After that visit the mighty Cathedral. And don’t forget your first pilgrim stamp. Christianity comes to England Canterbury Cathedral has a...
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