ITALY

Via Francigena
The Way of St. Francis
Rome

About The Via Francigena

Toward the end of the first millennium and the beginning of the second, pilgrimage gained increasing importance. The holy places of Christianity were Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostela. The Via Francigena—the road from France—became the central hub of pilgrimages, also known as one of the great ways of faith. The Via Francigena pilgrimage began at the Canterbury Cathedral in England, crossing France, Switzerland and Italy, ending at Saint Peter’s Bisilica in Rome.

Pilgrims, traders, merchants, scholars and other travelers used the Via Francigena. On a normal day up to 3,000 people walked the route. Pilgrims usually travelled in large groups and walked about 8 hours a day. Inns, canonries, and monasteries served pilgrims along the way. Over time, pilgrimages lost popularity and alternative routes replaced the Via Francigena.

In 990, Archbishop Sigeric the Serious walked the Via Francigena to St. Peter’s to collect his cloak of office from the Pope. He recorded his journey in detail. These diaries were found in the 1980s and pieced together by academics. As a result, the ancient route was reconstructed and in 1985, pilgrims walked it again for the first time in hundreds of years. The Italian government has since invested in its reconstruction for use by pilgrims. It is a beautiful walk with transformative powers.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Experience Montefiascone, Viterbo, Vetralla, Sutri,
    Campagnano di Roma, La Storta, and Rome
  • Pass through Etruscan and Roman remains, papal
    palaces, hilltop villages and thermal pools
  • Walk by waterfalls, rivers and streams
  • Enter Rome through Insugherata and Mount Mario
    parks, which showcases panoramic views
  • Receive official credentials
  • Enjoy magnificent churches
  • Taste the famous Est! Est!! Est!!! wine in Montefiascone
  • Catholic Charities hosted dinners in Montefiascone
    and Rome
  • Travel arrangements and 7 nights of quality accommodations made by Catholic Charities (except flight)
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Small group sizes
  • Group leader available for assistance
  • Pilgrim booklet with maps and hotel itineraries
  • Contribution to the work of Catholic Charities

A portion of your trip supports the work of Catholic Charities of California, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to serve the most vulnerable in our communities.

About The Via Francigena Rome Add-On

Our Rome Add-on provides pilgrims with the opportunity to extend their pilgrimage to include four days in Rome. Experience the heart and home of the Catholic Church with a tour of the Vatican, a visit to the Tomb of St. Peter (if available), Castel Gandolfo, and a general audience with the Pope!

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  •  3 nights of lodging at a 4 star hotel in the Vatican
  • Papal Audience – “see the Pope” and receive the Papal Blessing
  • Guided Vatican Tour
  • SCAVI Tour – Visits to the Tomb of Saint Peter and the Necropolis under the Vatican Basilica (subject to availability)
  • Pilgrim booklet with maps and hotel information
  • 2 Catholic Charities of California hosted dinners
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Enjoy single or double occupancy rooms with private baths
  • Group leader available for assistance
  • Small group sizes
  • Portion of trip is a charitable contribution to Catholic Charities of California

A portion of your trip supports the work of Catholic Charities of California, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to serve the most vulnerable in our communities.

All pilgrimages require a $500 deposit to secure your spot.

7-DAY VIA FRANCIGENA

Price:
Single Occupancy: $3,300
Double Occupancy: $2,800

2021 Scheduled Dates:
September 6 – 12, 2021
September 7 – 13, 2021

ROME ADD-ON

Price:
Single Occupancy: $1,650
Double Occupancy: $1,400

Scheduled Date:
September 14 – 18, 2021

About The Way of St. Francis

Saint Francis lived in 12th century Italy, and is known for renouncing his family’s wealth and choosing a life of poverty, devotion, and service to God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church. He is the first recorded person to receive the stigmata. He traveled widely, preaching “the good news to all creatures.” The Way of St. Francis pilgrimage follows the paths he walked during his lifetime.

We have built a comprehensive itinerary for you on this religious journey. Beginning in La Verna, we walk to Assisi, the town where St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan Order, was born in 1181. This pilgrimage includes some of the most significant sites where Francis lived, worked, and preached. All of the towns along the way have important sites that were established or visited by the Saint.

In La Verna, you can explore the Franciscan Sanctuary where Francis received the stigmata in 1224, as well as the carefully preserved first class relics of St. Francis, which is housed in the Cappella della Reliquie. Other prominent sites include Hermitage of Cerbaiolo, the Cathedral of San Giovanni Evangelista, Church of St. Michael the Archangel, and the Church of St. Francis.

As with all Catholic Charities of California Pilgrimages, you are welcome to join the group or take the time you need for solitary reflection.While considered more challenging than most pilgrimage walks, our pilgrimages to the Way of St. Francis offer optional days off to recuperate, and our Group Leaders are available to pick you up from the trail at any time you feel you have walked enough for the day.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Travel arrangements and 11 nights of lodging made by Catholic Charities of California (except flights)
  • Portion of trip is a tax-deductible charitible contribution to Catholic Charities of California
  • Visit La Verna, Pieve Santo Stefano, Sansepolcro, Citerna, Cittia di Castello, Collvecchio, Pietralunga, Gubbio, Biscina, Valfabbrica, and Assisi
  • Enjoy rooms with private baths
  • Small group sizes
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Group leaders available for assistance
  • Pilgrim booklet with itineraries and hotel information
  • Group leader available for assistance
  • Two Catholic Charities of California hosted dinners

A portion of your trip supports the work of Catholic Charities of California, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to serve the most vulnerable in our communities.

About The St. Francis Rome Add-On

Our St. Francis Rome Add-on provides pilgrims with the opportunity to extend their pilgrimage to include one additional night in Assisi and 3 days in Rome. Experience the heart and home of the Catholic Church with a tour of the Vatican, a visit to the Tomb of St. Peter (if available), Castel Gandolfo, and a general audience with the Pope!

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 1 night in Assisi & 3 nights of lodging at a 4 star hotel in the Vatican
  • Papal Audience – “see the Pope” and receive the Papal Blessing
  • Guided Vatican Tour
  • SCAVI Tour – Visits to the Tomb of Saint Peter and the Necropolis under the Vatican Basilica (subject to availability)
  • Pilgrim booklet with maps and hotel information
  • 2 Catholic Charities of California hosted dinners
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Enjoy single or double occupancy rooms with private baths
  • Group leader available for assistance
  • Small group sizes
  • Portion of trip is a charitable contribution to Catholic Charities of California

A portion of your trip supports the work of Catholic Charities of California, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to serve the most vulnerable in our communities.

All pilgrimages require a $500 deposit to secure your spot.

11-DAY THE WAY OF ST. FRANCIS

Price:
Single Occupancy: $TBD
Double Occupancy: $TBD

Scheduled Date:
May 31 – June 10, 2021

ROME ADD-ON

Price:
Single Occupancy: $TBD
Double Occupancy: $TBD

Scheduled Date:
June 11 – 15, 2021

“At the end of the day, I really felt a sense of accomplishment so when the next day came I wasn’t thinking ‘Oh gosh I can’t do this.” It was more, ‘I’ve done this yesterday, I can do it today, and I’ll do it until the end of the pilgrimage!'”

— Mary, The Via Francigena

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