The Via Francigena (the French Way) is a long-distance walking or cycling pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. It is said the route was created during the fighting between the Lombards and the Byzantines as both wanted more territory in Italy. The Lombards made Via di Monte Bardone route to avoid the Byzantine areas, which would connect the Kingdom of Pavia with southern cities. When the Franks conquered the Lombards, the route was renamed Via Francigena (French Way). During the first millennium Santiago de Compostela, Rome, and Jerusalem became the Holy places of Christianity and Via Francigena turned into a central hub for the Christian faith. Many pilgrims taking this route would reach Rome and then continue on to Jerusalem – The Holy Land. There are several different routes to take to Rome, for example, there are routes coming from Germany and Austria, as well as Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
This cycling tour starts in Lucca and ends in Acquadente, and covers two section of the walking tour. On this tour, you will be cycling over bridges, hills, numerous earth tracks and roadsides. Along the way, you will be surrounded by the stunning Italian countryside, including beautiful fields, woods, vineyards, and various natural streams. You will also be exposed to numerous churches, cathedrals, towers and castles.
To complete this cycling tour, you will need a reasonable level of fitness, since there are slight inclines and hills mixed into the flat roads. The tour is very rewarding, since you will constantly be exposed to the rural Italian countryside and all of its refreshing sites.