Walking the Via Francigena Pilgrim Route - Part 2: Lausanne and the Great St Bernard Pass to Lucca

Walking the Via Francigena Pilgrim Route - Part 2: Lausanne and the Great St Bernard Pass to Lucca

by Sandy Brown
Walking the Via Francigena Pilgrim Route - Part 2: Lausanne and the Great St Bernard Pass to Lucca

Walking the Via Francigena Pilgrim Route - Part 2: Lausanne and the Great St Bernard Pass to Lucca

by Sandy Brown


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Guidebook to the Via Francigena pilgrim route from Lausanne to Lucca. Starting at Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), the 725km route crosses the Alps at historic Great Saint Bernard Pass, descends the Po Valley, then climbs to cross the Cisa Pass into Tuscany. Described in 32 stages, with information on facilities and pilgrim hostels. Certified by the Council of Europe as an official Cultural Route, the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome brings to the modern pilgrim the cultural heritage of four nations – England, France, Switzerland and Italy – and highlights their natural beauty and their history. Each stage has route directions and 1:100,000 mapping which shows the route line and the facilities available at different locations. The book details accommodation along the route, including invaluable information on low-cost pilgrim hostels. The introduction contains a wealth of advice on planning and preparation and tips for making the most of the hike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786310866
Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited
Publication date: 09/30/2021
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sanford ‘Sandy’ Brown is an author, community activist, long-distance walker, and ordained minister from Seattle, Washington. After reading ‘The Pilgrimage’, by Paolo Coelho in 1992, he planned his 2008 trek on the Camino de Santiago and since then has walked over 9000 kilometres on pilgrim trails in Europe. Sandy earned his undergraduate degree in medieval history at the University of Washington in Seattle, his MDiv at Garrett Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary in gender, sexuality.

Table of Contents

Route summary table 1

Map key 5

Overview profile Lausanne to Lucca 10

Foreword 13

Introduction: The Via Francigena from Lausanne to Lucca 15

A brief history of the Via Francigena 17

The modern Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome 19

Planning Your Walk 20

Where to begin and how to get there 20

When to walk 21

Cycling all or part of the route 22

Where to stay 22

What and where to eat 24

Should I make reservations ahead? 24

How much money should I budget? 25

How do I secure my credential? 26

Tips for Making the Most of Your Walk 27

Topography of the Via Francigena from Lausanne to Lucca 27

Understanding local cultures 27

Training for your walk 28

What to pack 29

Baggage transport and storage 30

Telephones 30

Health and well-being 31

How to Use This Guide 32

Route descriptions 32

GPX tracks and accommodation downloads 36

Section 1 The Vaud and Valais 37

Stage 1 Lausanne to Vevey 39

Stage 2 Vevey to Aigle 47

Stage 3 Aigle to Saint-Maurice 53

Stage 4 Saint-Maurice to Martigny 58

Stage 5 Martigny to Orsières 63

Stage 6 Orsières to Bourg-Saint-Pierre 67

Stage 7 Bourg-Saint-Pierre to Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard 71

Section 2 Aosta Valley 75

Stage 8 Col du Crand-Saint-Bernard to Aosta 77

Stage 9 Aosta to Châtillon 86

Stage 10 Châtillon to Verrès 92

Stage 11 Verrès to Pont-Saint-Martin 97

Section 3 Piemonte 103

Stage 12 Pont-Saint-Martin to Ivrea 105

Stage 13 Ivrea to Viverone 112

Stage 14 Viverone to Santhià 116

Stage 15 Santhià to Vercelli 120

Variant Val di Susa to Vercelli 126

Section 4 Lombardia 129

Stage 16 Vercelli to Robbio 132

Stage 17 Robbio to Mortara 136

Stage 18 Mortara to Garlasco 140

Stage 19 Garlasco to Pavia 144

Stage 20 Pavia to Santa Cristina e Bissone 150

Stage 21 Santa Cristina e Bissone to Orio Litta 155

Stage 22 Orio Litta to Piacenza 159

Section 5 Emilia-Romagna 167

Stage 23 Piacenza to Fiorenzuola d'Arda 169

Stage 24 Fiorenzuola d'Arda to Fidenza 175

Stage 25 Fidenza to Fornovo di Taro 180

Stage 26 Fornovo di Taro to Berceto 187

Stage 27 Berceto to Pontremoli 194

Section 6 Liguria and Tuscany 201

Stage 28 Pontremoli to Aulla 203

Stage 29 Aulla to Sarzana 210

Stage 30 Sarzana to Massa 215

Stage 31 Massa to Camaiore 222

Stage 32 Camaiore to Lucca 228

Appendix A Stage planning table 235

Appendix B Useful contacts 238

Appendix C Bibliography 242

Appendix D Sigeric's journey: then and now 243

A Via Francigena guide in thiee parts 246

Map of the Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome 247

Profile of the Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome 248

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