A European Cultural Route

The ViaFrancigena is a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. It runs between Canterbury and Rome via France and Switzerland. The Romans laid down the road back in the first century AD to connect the imperial lands north of the Alps with Rome. With the proclamation of holy years from 1300 onwards, the road to Rome developed into an important pilgrimage route. It gradually became less important in the 17th century, but recently been rediscovered.