These days you can walk all the way from Rome to Santiago with the help of guidebooks and road markings. And vice versa.
The main route from Rome through Italy is the Via Francigena (see alongside > map). It then passes through Switzerland and France to Canterbury in England. After Sarzana and Vercelli two variants lead towards Santiago. The main choices are then determined by three mountain ranges:
1. the Alps. Choice:
- pass them, along the mediterranean coastline (from Sarzana, via Menton: connection to the Via Aurelia / GR 653A, to Arles). (map by: Amis St-Jacques PACAC).
The route from Arles is determined by the next obstacle:
2. the Pyrenees. Choice: where to pass the mountains:
In 2009 and 2010 we ourselves walked from Saint-Jean, via Arles and the Col du Montgenèvre, to Rome (on our way to Jerusalem). More information > our travel stories