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The Via Francigena in the Valnerina

The Via Francigena (known in ancient times as Via Francesca or Via Romea) was, together with the pilgrimage routes to the Holy Land and St. James’ Way to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most significant pilgrimage routes in the Christian world and was one of the most important roads of communication in Europe in the medieval era.

From the 13th century onwards, after the death of St. Francis and his beatification, many pilgrims who followed the Saint’s tracks deviated from the old path to visit Assisi and other St. Franciscan sites.

This is how the Umbrian leg was established as an alternative route (byway) to the real Via Francigena, which was also previously called Via Romea or Via Francesca.

In 1994, the Via Francigena was declared a part of the “European Cultural Itinerary” by the Council of Europe, thereby assuming supranational status on a par with St. James’ Way to Santiago de Compostela.