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The Via di Roma
The Via Francigena of St. Francis from Assisi to Rome

La Via di Roma  La Via Francigena di San Francesco

On foot from Wien to Rome

The Via di Roma - The Via Francigena of St. Francis is an itinerary that crosses Europe, from Vienna to Italy, passing through the Veneto area and travelling south to Rome across the regions of Umbria and Lazio, visiting many of the sites associated with the saint of Assisi. The trail also joins up with the St. Francis Walk in the Sacred Valley of Rieti, which links together many of the most important places in the life and work of St. Francis. The walk attracts visitors seeking penitence or those simply looking for a period of serenity and meditation in beautiful natural surroundings, where they can experience a different dimension and tempo, as they proceed slowly along the trail at an average of 20-25 kilometres a day.

Hermitage of the Assisi's prison
Hermitage of the Assisi's prison

In the footsteps of St. Francis

The Franciscan message is rich in elements of great spiritual and social originality, which, not without difficulty, were the determining factors in its immediate success and still ensure its relevancy today. St. Francis, patron saint of Italy, proposed a new form of spirituality, a new way for monasticism, which until the XII century had been almost exclusively Benedictine. While the Benedictine orders believed in the isolation of the monasteries, linked together by a strong feeling of stability, the Franciscan spirit expected a life of poverty, spent preaching among the people.

The convents, which at the beginning were located near the centre of towns, were buildings that opened their doors to the faithful, who despite being illiterate, were able to read the religious messages represented in the frescoes that often adorned the walls.

The Franciscan "brothers" preached the relinquishment of any property, they moved from town to town bringing their work of evangelisation and lived by begging and relying on the charity of the faithful. St. Francis, without ever disagreeing with the ecclesiastical authorities to which he had sworn obedience and without entering into arguments with heretics, rediscovered a poor and more humble God. He preached the renunciation of worldly goods, harmony with nature and with Creation, peace and brotherhood between men, in a language that was rich in humanity rather than erudition and spoke directly to the heart of all men.

The website www.viafrancigenadisanfrancesco.com has all the information you need to organise your journey from Assisi to Rome.

The Pilgrim's Passport
The Pilgrim's Passport

Those deciding to explore the St. Francis Walk through the Sacred Reatine Valley on foot, will take home a special "travel document" with them. Very similar to a real passport, this document is issued and validated at the Rieti Tourist Office or in one of the four sanctuaries of Fontecolombo, Greccio, La Foresta, and Poggio Bustone.

The Stages of The Via di Roma - The Via Francigena of St. Francis

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Progetto co-finanziato, ai sensi della legge 135/2001 art. 5 – comma 5, dalla Presidenza del consiglio dei Ministri Dipartimento per lo Sviluppo e la Competitività del Turismo.