Hiking, Biking, and Walking Across Italy: How to Explore the Cammini d’Italia

Via Francigena “Italy has embraced the Via Francigena as none of the other three nations have,” writes Timothy Egan in his New York Times bestseller A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith. As he walks the storied route that traverses England, France, and Italy, Egan explains what makes walking the Italian section of the Via Francigena so appealing: This country never threw off its Catholicism; monarchs with their own religious agendas were scarce, and Protestants still are. The faith seems stitched to the land; no small space is without a roadside grotto or devotional statue in the courtyard behind gates. People go out of their way to wave, and wish a sincere-sounding ‘buon giorno’ or ‘buon cammino.’ A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith While […]

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