The Via Francigena (the French Way) is a long-distance walk 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 the 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.
Section 15/16 begins in Acquapendente and ends in Viterbo. This walk is quite short and not too stressful. The only challenging part is the hillwalking and some gravel roads, but you will also be walking by beautiful fields, woods and past the gorgeous Lago di Bolsena, all the while planted in the stunning Italian countryside. A reasonable level of fitness is needed, but the walk is certainly doable, as there are many flat roads and tracks. All along the journey, there are plenty of magnificent sights to see such as churches, cathedrals, and castles, as well as the fantastic landscape of Italy on the way to Viterbo. This walk is very rewarding, as the magnificent countryside and towns provide a refreshing euphoria and atmosphere throughout the route and at the end of the journey.