From Rome to Assisi: St. Francis’ Way
The Way to Rome—the Via Francigena of St. Francis—is part of the medieval eastern Via Francigena route. It runs from Vienna to Italy, from the luxurious lands of Venice to the grand capital city of Rome, through sites in Umbria and Lazio sacred to the Saint of Assisi. By virtue of its grounded, physical nature, a walking pilgrimage is a tremendous opportunity to help open travelers to that compassion and divine love which Dante declared “moves the sun and the other stars.” On this journey, the pilgrim walks to Assisi, experiencing holy sites and precious relics along the way, all to help him or her become closer to the Divine within. The pilgrimage to Assisi is a cornerstone of many other short traditional pilgrimages, and these roads will give a new power and passion to anyone’s inner search, renewing the essence of Francis’ doctrine though powerful experiences during the journey and in the community of Assisi.
Panoramic tour of Rome, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, the four Basilicas, overnight visits in Rieti and Spoleto (on the way to Assisi), journey on foot (13.5 miles) to Assisi for two-day visit, free time in Rome.
*This itinerary is just a sample that each school or group can change according to its need. The journey can include more days in Rome, day trips to Pompei, Montecassino, etc., additional walking days on the way to Assisi, or an extended experience to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most popular walking paths of the Christian tradition.