The way of St Francis is a 520km pilgrimage walk from Florence to Rome.
About a week before we started this trip, I decided to change my walking plans. Originally I had planned to walk the GEA (Grande Escursione Appenninica), a three week walk in the Appenines. But I wasn’t sure how to spend my time in Italy after that. I was also concerned that snow might linger in May at the higher elevations. So, I came up with a new plan.
I’m walking from Florence to Rome, through the hills of Tuscany and Umbria, on one of the several pilgrimage routes named after St Francis of Assisi. We don’t actually know where St Francis walked, all we know is that this is the area he walked and some of the towns he visited. I chose the particular route I’m walking because it goes through the Central Appenines and because there is an excellent up-to-date guide for the route published by Cicerone.
It also seems appropiate to walk a pilgrimage route at the same time as Inge. It will take about about four weeks. It isn’t as far as Inge’s walk, but it is much more hilly. After the walk I’ll probably spend the remainder of my time here in the Northern Appenines which by June should be snow-free.
Below is a map of the route. We both began our walks today, May 1. I’ll do a separate post about the first day of my walk.
(Cicerone guide: Trekking the Way of St Francis by Sandy Brown, 2015)