Via Francigena

Borgo dé Brandi

13 July 2017

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Via Francigena (or via Romea) is a historic road that during the Middle Ages connected the north of France with Pisa, Rome (Papal seat) and Brindisi, from where the maritime connections allowed to reach Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Over the centuries it has been traveled by pilgrims, merchants and churchmen, but also kings and emperors, over time becoming the most important European road.

Today it is a tangible symbol of a continent that in some ways no longer exists, which knows how to unite and not divide, which with its gaze simultaneously observes the Mediterranean and the North Sea. The Tuscan stretch of the Via Francigena is one of the most enchanting ever and includes, among others, San Gimignano and Gambassi to the north, Siena to the south, and of course Monteriggioni, skirting Borgo dé Brandi.

 

Its historical path was started by the Archbishop Sigerico who in 994 left on pilgrimage from Canterbury, England. Over the centuries it was traveled by pilgrims, merchants, religious, but also by kings and emperors, becoming over time the most important European road that connected the North Sea to the Mediterranean by uniting different peoples and cultures.

 

The Via Francigena can be traveled on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.

 

Discover More: www.viefrancigene.org