Pilgrimages in Italy - walking the Via Francigena. 

What is a pilgrimage?

For centuries, Christians have walked to special places, to take time to be with God and allow God the time and space to work in their lives. A pilgrimage is a setting aside of one’s normal routine, and taking time to reflect on what the Lord is saying, and allowing the rhythm of the walk to give mental and spiritual refreshment. It is a physical expression of our spiritual journey with God; it is a time to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in the company of others; and it is a desire to spend quality time with God in a new way.

It is a vacation with a difference.

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jer. 6:16

The 2013  Pilgrims

The 2013  Pilgrims

Penelope and Kim  lead pilgrimages for  up t0 12 people and the next Italy Pilgrimage is being planned for September 2018.  

 If you would like to get a group together for your own personal group pilgrimage, we can discuss dates and prices.  Please contact us for details.

The VIA FRANCIGENA

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The Via Francigena is the ancient pilgrim path from Canterbury to Rome. The tour operators we  have previously used developed three 8 day routes that cover the final 225 miles of this ancient path. Each of our pilgrimages is a stand-alone event; but for those who would like the satisfaction of completing all 3 sections, we plan to make that possible over a period of a few years.

Prices include all accommodations, breakfast and dinner (with local wine) each day, your bags being taken to the next hotel, guiding on the walk and spiritual leadership and input from Penelope and Kim.

 

The Abbey at San Antimo

 

THE VIA FRANCIGENA - PART 2

Montalcino to Viterbo

 

 

This is a slightly tougher walk than Part 1, (see below) but still within the range of anyone who is reasonably fit. (doing Penelope's recommended preparations for the walk is essential!) It goes through some wilder country than Part 1, but also goes past the stunningly beautiful abbey at San Antimo, parts of which date from the 4th century. If you like to get right away from it all, this could well be the walk for you. 

 

If you like a challenge and an adventure, this is for you!

  The week  includes :

                                                                  - 8 day holiday, with 6 days fully guided walking

                                                                  - 7 nights bed and breakfast;  all Dinners (with wine included)

                                                                  - Daily led times of spiritual Devotions

                                                                  - Guided Spiritual ‘exercises’ each day as we walk

                                                                  - luggage moved each day. 

                                                                 - emergency backup

                                                                 - help to get fit before you come!

                                                 full details, including dates and cost, will be available soon.

 

 

 

Leaving San Gimignano on day one

The VIA FRANCIGENA  PART 1 - San Gimignano to Montalcino

 

This  is a spectacular walk and includes visits to some beautiful Tuscan towns and cities, including San Gimignano and Siena.

Walking through the vineyards and olive groves of central Tuscany, from San Gimignano to Montalcino, through walled hill top mediaeval villages, following the ancient pilgrim route of the Via Francigena.

Day One: Arrive in San Gimignano. Spend the evening exploring the ‘Manhattan skyline’ of ancient towers.

Day Two: Walk to Colle di Val d’Elsa (8.7 miles)

A pretty walk acrosslow hills of olive groves and vineyards to this historic town renowned for its tunnel streets.

Monteriggioni

Day Three: Walk to Monteriggioni (11.6 miles)

Pathways lead across farmlands and woods, to ascend to the hilltop town surrounded by 14 mediaeval watchtowers.

Day Four: Walk to Siena (11.8 miles)

Through woods and meadows, the paths lead to the best preserved great mediaeval city in Europe – where they serve fabulous gelato!

Il Campo in Siena, where we shared in late evening compline

 

Day Five: Walk to Lucignano (14.5 miles)

Tracks wind across low open hills through the Crete region.

Day Six: Walk to Buonconvento (9.5 miles)

Gravel lanes (strade bianchi) lead along the Arbia valley to Buonconvento – the Museum of the Mediaeval Masters

Sharing Communion on the road on the final day

Day Seven: Walk to Montalcino (10.9 miles)

Paths lead up through the vineyards of the renowned Brunello wine (Italy’s most expensive red wine!) to the wonderful hilltop town of Montalcino.

Day Eight: Depart for flights home.

 

 

 Our price includes:

                                                               

                                                                   - 8 day holiday, with 6 days fully guided walking

                                                                  - 7 nights bed and breakfast;  all Dinners (with wine included)

                                                                  - Daily led times of spiritual Devotions

                                                                  - Guided Spiritual ‘exercises’ each day as we walk

                                                                  - luggage moved each day. 

                                                                 - emergency backup

                                                                 - help to get fit before you come!

 

Full details, including price and dates, will be available soon.  We would be privileged to have you come with, and look forward to what the Lord has planned for these special times ahead as we walk these ancient pathways with Him.