The Via Francigena runs from Canterbury Cathedral in the south-east of Great Britain via France and Switzerland to St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The route of the historic long-distance hiking trail, also known as the Franconian Way, is based on the information provided by Archbishop Sigerich of Canterbury. He recorded the route he had taken in 990, after visiting the Pope in Rome to receive the episcopal dignity from him. Today, the Italian section is one of the most popular long-distance hiking trails in Italy, along with the Way of St. Francis and the Benedict Way. After numerous pilgrims made the journey back to Rome from Great Britain or the Frankish Empire in the Middle Ages, the pilgrimage movement died down around 1700 and only became popular again in recent decades. In contrast to the Way of St James in Spain, the still relatively unknown Via Francigena is characterised by the fact that on large parts of the route you can really go on pilgrimage alone with yourself and your thoughts.
The Via Francigena starts at Canterbury Cathedral and leads through Kent, the Garden of England, to the chalk cliffs of Dover. The
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