The Way of St Francis

The Way of St Francis : Via di Francesco: From Florence to Assisi and Rome

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This guidebook describes the Way of St Francis a 550km month-long pilgrimage trail from Florence through Assisi to Rome. Split into 28 day stages, the walk begins in Florence and finishes in the Vatican City. Stages range from 8km to 30km with plenty to see, including ancient ruins, picturesque towns, national treasures, and stunning churches. This comprehensive guidebook fits in a jacket pocket or rucksack, and contains information on everything from accommodation and transport in Italy, to securing your credential (pilgrim identity card), budgeting, what to take, and where to do laundry. Stories of Francis of Assisi's life are also included. Although the route includes climbs and descents of up to 1200m, no special equipment is required - although your hiking boots and socks definitely need to get along. Following the steps of heroes, conquerors and saints on this pilgrim trail is manageable all year round, but is best done from April to June and mid-August to October. Route maps are given for every stage, and basic Italian phrases are included in the guidebook.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 116 x 172 x 16mm | 320g
  • Kendal, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 96 colour photos 103 maps
  • 1852846267
  • 9781852846268
  • 80,216

Table of contents

Map key

Overview map


St Francis and the Way of St Francis

Geography and climate

Getting there

Getting around

When to go


Eating in Italy

Budgeting and cash

Post, phones and internet

Business hours and the riposo


Planning and training

What to take

Maps, GPS and waymarking

Using this guide

Discovering Florence

1 Florence to Santuario della Verna

Stage 1 Florence to Pontassieve

Stage 2 Pontassieve to Passo della Consuma

Stage 3 Consuma to Stia

Stage 4 Stia to Camaldoli (village)

Stage 5 Camaldoli to Badia Prataglia

Stage 6 Badia Prataglia to Santuario della Verna

2 Santuario della Verna to Assisi

Stage 7 Santuario della Verna to Pieve Santo Stefano

Stage 8 Pieve Santo Stefano to Sansepolcro

Stage 9 Sansepolcro to Citerna

Stage 10 Citerna to Citt. di Castello

Stage 11 Citt. di Castello to Pietralunga

Stage 12 Pietralunga to Gubbio

Stage 13 Gubbio to Biscina

Stage 14 Biscina to Valfabbrica

Stage 15 Valfabbrica to Assisi

3 Assisi to Rieti

Stage 16 Assisi to Spello (easier route)

Stage 16A Assisi to Spello (harder route)

Stage 17 Spello to Trevi

Stage 18 Trevi to Spoleto

Stage 19 Spoleto to Ceselli

Stage 20 Ceselli to Arrone

Stage 21 Arrone to Piediluco

Stage 22 Piediluco to Poggio Bustone

Stage 23 Poggio Bustone to Rieti

4 Rieti to Rome

Stage 24 Rieti to Poggio San Lorenzo

Stage 25 Poggio San Lorenzo to Ponticelli

Stage 26 Ponticelli to Monterotondo

Stage 27 Monterotondo to Monte Sacro

Stage 28 Monte Sacro to Vatican City

Tour of the Seven Pilgrimage Churches of Rome

Appendix A Route summary table

Appendix B Useful contacts

Appendix C Language tips

Appendix D Further reading
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About The Reverend Sandy Brown

Sanford 'Sandy' Brown is an activist, long-distance walker and ordained minister from Seattle, Washington. After reading 'The Pilgrimage', by Paolo Coelho, he planned his first trek on the Camino de Santiago and since then has walked over 3500 kilometres on pilgrim trails in Spain and Italy. He records his pilgrim adventures in his popular blog,
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