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5 September 2017, 07:00. We are locked and loaded. Our breakfast is perfect, apart from the fact that we have it way too quick for my liking. “I don’t believe in breakfast” – Niels’ own words. So, I am grateful that I have a little...

4 September 2017, 14:20. We’ve just entered the old part of Gubbio through a very large archway in the city wall. It’s a typical Italian small-town summer afternoon as we conclude Stage 12 of the Way of St Francis. There is an air of sleepiness...

When I first contemplated walking the Way of St Francis from Florence to Rome, I never considered the difference between the words “Camino” and “Cammino”. I was already aware of the Spanish Camino that started somewhere in France and ended in Santiago, also referred to...

It’s just after 13:30 on 3 September 2017. Stage 11 of the Way of St Francis ends here, at the main Piazza of Pietralunga after a steep climb. The old part of the town has certainly maintained its medieval character. What strikes me is how...

I sense things, especially atmospheres. The isolated location on Stage 11 of the Way of St Francis adds to the aura of Pieve di Saddi. Even as I approach the building, the quietude has a quality of reverence to it. Inside the church, it is very...

3 September 2017. Day 2 of Stage 11, Candeggio to Pietralunga on the Way of St Francis awaits. After breakfast, it’s arrivederci Città di Castello. We pack our packs into the car. The driver will take us to where our walk ended yesterday, and then...

2 September 2017. We wake up to the sound of thunder. It has rained during the night. We’re up and have breakfast at quite a leisurely pace, considering it’s a walking day on the St Francis Way in Italy.   Navigation and Hiking Stage 11 In Sandy Brown’s...

Thursday 31 August 2017. The shortcut from Citerna to Città di Castello must have shaved at least 90 minutes off the day’s trek. Hence our early arrival. We clean up and hit the town. It’s the biggest town we’ve been in since leaving Florence. It...

31 August 2017. A good night’s rest at Poggio Villa Fano was just what the doctor ordered. The necessary recovery from walking double the distance to Citerna, on Stage 9 of the Via Francigena di San Francesco, feels complete. My boots feel good on my...

The sign welcoming us to Citerna is not mentioned in Sandy Brown’s book. Technically we are still lost. Only when we reach the Convento Soccolante do we know our detour is over. However, there is a steep hill before we get to the wall which...