Plan now to reserve your 2017 Pilgrim Path adventure
At Pilgrim Paths we've carefully chosen five unique itineraries along historic pilgrim trails in beautiful Italy, and we've loaded the adventures with everything necessary to make your walk enjoyable and memorable. Each day includes full baggage service, van service and accompaniment by experienced pilgrim and author, Sandy Brown. Groups are limited to a maximum of ten walkers. Overnights are in 4-star historic hotels where available, with a focus on center-city living and appreciation of Italian cuisine and culture. All this allows you to focus on a relaxing exercise of walking, friendship and discovery. Here are our 2017 itineraries. We invite you to explore and enjoy!
Lucca to Siena, July 1-8, 2017
Pilgrims walk six days and stay seven nights beginning inside the UNESCO-World Heritage walls of historic Lucca and ending in glorious Renaissance Siena. This unforgettable walk takes pilgrims on the Via Francigena through some of the most quaint and best-preserved medieval Italian towns — all surrounded by the spectacular rolling hills of Tuscany. This is the region of focaccia bread and rich red wines and many other gastronomic delicacies. Bring your appetite and camera.
Siena to Rome, July 9-22, 2017
During the twelve days of walking and thirteen overnights on the Via Francigena between spectacular Siena and amazing Rome, pilgrims can climb the heights of the walled cities of Bolsena, Radicofani and Acquapendente or find gastronomic treasures in the narrow streets of Viterbo. The highlight of the walk is the triumphant entry to Rome where you will receive an official Testimonium from the Vatican which honors you for your pilgrimage walk to the See of St. Peter.
Assisi to Rome, July 22 - August 6, 2017
After fourteen days’ walking and fifteen beautiful overnights on the Via di Francesco in Umbria and Lazio pilgrims arrive in the Eternal City of Rome, but along the way you experience some of the most historic and beloved sites of St. Francis of Assisi. Historic St. Francis locales abound among the towns of Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Spoleto, Piediluco, Poggio Bustone and Rieti. Add in beautiful Marmore Falls, the largest man-made waterfall in Europe, and of course the City of Rome and the walk is simply unforgettable.
Florence to Assisi, September 3-19, 2017
After enjoying the capital of the Renaissance we figuratively step back in time to ancient forests and monasteries of the Middle Ages. The beautiful Casentino National Forest is the setting and St Francis’s beloved Santuario della Verna atop serene Mount Penna with its active Franciscan convent is the first goal. Then it's off to other St. Francis sites before culminating at his hometown, beautiful Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio.
Assisi to Rome, September 19 - October 5, 2017
The two capitals of pilgrimage in Italy are Assisi, home to St. Francis and St. Clare, and Rome, home to Sts. Peter and Paul and a panoply of others. This itinerary on the Via di Francesco links Assisi and Rome in a green and beautiful walk of sixteen days through Umbria and Lazio and enters busy Rome along a scenic and quiet bicycle trail. Only 3 places remain in this popular itinerary. If you'd like to join the group, please make certain to make your reservation right away.