Via di Francesco

The way of St Francis is a 520km pilgrimage walk 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 … more

VdF – Florence to Pontassieve

The first day and the weather was good. A surprise after the heay rain of the previous night. The route officially starts at the Basilica St Croce in the city centre, but since my hotel, about 2km from the centre, is on the route and I had walked from the Basilica to the hotel on … more

VdF – Pontassieve to Passo della Consuma

No wifi for several days, so this post from Monday is posted late. Monday (May 2) was wet and cool day, several brief periods of sun, but mostly light and sometimes heavy rain. The route went up into the Central Apennines, climbing about 1000m. The vineyards and olive groves are below—here it is forest, logged, … more

VdF Passo della Consuma to Stia to Camaldoli

Tuesday May 3, to Stia A sunny day, mostly in forest. 17km, only 500m up, and a 1000m down. Like Florence, Stia is on the Arno river, but here, much higher, the river is narrow and flowing quickly. Stia is a lovely town. Didn’t take many photos walking through forest. A lot of logging activity. … more