2015 Updates complete for The Way of St Francis guidebook

Here's my itinerary - by car and train - to update the Way of St Francis guidebook this month.

Here’s my itinerary – by car and train – to update the Way of St Francis guidebook this month.

I’m just back after spending three weeks (Nov 18-Dec 8) researching updates to The Way of St Francis: From Florence to Assisi and Rome. It was great fun to retrace my 2013 and 2014 footsteps, but this time with a car. During the three weeks I revisited almost every town on the itinerary as well as several important Franciscan sites I hadn’t had the opportunity yet to visit, such as Montecasale, Greccio, Fonte Colombo and Montefalco.

The result is a link on the Cicerone website update page that includes helpful new information on several parts of the walk:

  • Introduction to Florence – more info on visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Stage 2: Consuma – lodging update
  • Stage 6: Santuario della Verna – more information on pilgrim accommodation
  • Stage 8: Pieve Santo Stefano – Montecasale update
  • Stage 10: Entry update to Citta di Castello
  • Stage 12: Gubbio – additional visit info
  • Stage 13: Biscina – new hostel for pilgrims!
  • Stage 15: Assisi – scheduling information, pilgrim office info
  • Stage 17: Foligno – new accommodation
  • Stage 18: New entry info to Spoleto, including revised GPX track
  • Stage 21: New entry to Piediluco, including revised GPX track
  • Stage 22: Clarification after Labro, clarified approach to Poggio Bustone and new GPX track
  • Stage 23: Rieti – new accommodation
  • Stage 24: Poggio San Lorenzo – new accommodation, including info on a convent and hostel
  • Stage 25: Ponticelli – new agriturismo
  • Stage 26: Montelibretti – new accommodation; Monterotondo – new accommodation information at the Duomo
  • Stage 27: Monte Sacro – new accommodation

Ideally, people will access the update page and carefully replace old information with new before taking the walk. Here’s a direct link to the new info also: WayofStFrancis2015updates (pdf).

As always, many people contributed to supply information, including Gigi Bettin, Salvatore Accardi, Rita Giovanelli and  others. Also, it was great to meet up with friends like Feliciano, Alec, my language teachers at Comitato Linguistico and Graziella. I enjoyed making new friends, too, like Jorge Fernandez and Simone Minelli. And as always Jacqueline Zeindlinger had important suggestions. Thanks, all, for your help!