Fellow reporter and friend Eric Sylvers is on a one-man trek to rehabilitate Italy’s forgotten
Unlike Spain’s Camino de Santiago, this major pilgrimage route to Rome during Medieval times has been all but abandoned by walking enthusiasts.
Hard to blame them: unlike the Spanish trail, this one is often unmarked and not set up for bare-bones pilgrim travels.
Eric hopes to change some of that.
Follow his progress in the blog account of the 560-mile walk from Switzerland to the Eternal city — blisters, swollen tendons and memorable meals included — it’s an addictive read.
The CPR (Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome) are working hard to rehabilitate the route. http://www.pilgrimstorome.org.uk/
It was awarded the 2nd Cultural Route by the EU in 1994.
The Int VF Association has been promoting this route for the past 10 years.
Over 400 pilgrims earned the Testimonium in Rome last year. The Italian Association at http://www.associazioneviafrancigena.com has been reanimating this route for the past 8 years and works closely with over 50 regions including Canterbury and Rome.
A Yahoo! Groups/viafrancigena was formed 3 years ago.
30 pilgrims on bikes left Canterbury for Rome the other day.
Many others are walking the VF right now.