St. Francis Way

Map0a.WayofSt.FrancisOverviewFor the last many years, trekkers, activists and tourism departments in Italy have been pulling together walking itineraries among the many St. Francis sites in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The primary itineraries are the Cammino di Assisi (Dovadola to Assisi), the Via di Francesco (La Verna to Assisi and Rieti to Assisi), the Franziskusweg (Florence to Rome) and the Di Qui Passo San Francesco (La Verna to Poggio Bustone).

After walking the Way of St. Francis in 2013 (Assisi to Rome) I sketched out a proposal for a Florence to Rome “Way of St. Francis” guidebook, which was accepted by Cicerone Press. In the summer of 2014 I walked the route and completed the guidebook manuscript, which will be published — complete with maps, photos, profiles, accommodation listings, and detailed walking instructions — in September 2015.

From the book’s back cover:

The Way of St. Francis links cultural treasures and cherished sites from the life of Francis of Assisi into a 550km pilgrimage from Florence through Assisi to Rome. Ideal for the experienced Santiago pilgrim who seeks a less crowded adventure, the route begins among the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence, continues through the forests of Tuscany, pauses to enjoy picturesque hill towns in Umbria, then concludes with a climactic arrival at St. Peter’s in Rome. Inspired by Francis of Assisi, beloved among saints, the walk allows pilgrims to experience for themselves the places he lived, prayed and worked.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for this once-in-a-lifetime trek, including:

  • Color maps and detailed directions for each stage;

  • Accommodation listings and descriptions of shrines, churches and towns;

  • A concise biography of Francis and stories from his life that relate to each location; and

  • A bonus walking guide to the historic Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome.

This blog contains several helpful resources, including

Watch this page for additional information about the book as it becomes available. In the meantime, please visit the English language Facebook page for the Via di Francesco.

97 thoughts on “St. Francis Way

  1. Hello Sandy,
    I am a friend of Bill Bennett’s. I live in Tucson, AZ and will be leading a tour on the Camino Portugués in May of this year. I have begun leading tours as Choose Happiness Adventures (www.choosehappinessadventures.wordpress.com).

    I am the friend of Bill’s who told him about MotionX-GPS, he actually gives me credit in his most recent blog for telling him of this app.

    I have GPX tracks for the Camino Portugués, Inglés and Costa da Morte and would like to have the tracks for the St. Francis Way as well. One of my colleagues will be walking the St. Francis Way this summer as a recce, but is unable to record the GPX coordinates as she walks. As I would like to offer the St. Francis Way as a possible tour in the future, I am asking if you would be so kind as to forward me the tracks.

    Thank you,
    Arlène Mourier

  2. Hello Sandy,

    I too should love access to your GPX route for Florence to Rome via Assisi.

    Am planning a pilgrimage to the climate change talks in Paris – to carry St Francis’ song of blessing (canticle of Brother Sun) – and hoping to gain Pope Francis blessing too. So the first stage of this walk will not be along Via Francigena, but hopefully along your Francis Path.

    We aim to walk from mid September. Any advice on the late-Autumn/early winter aspects of your route? Anything that could prove tricky going?

    The very best yours,

    William Parsons
    http://www.awalkaroundbritain.com

      • Sandy,
        I have not yet heard from you in reply to my request above William’s.
        May I please also have the GPX tracks?
        Thank you,
        Arlène Mourier

      • Apologies. Just saw your note and have sent you the password to the tracks page. I’ve edited out your email address to keep the spammers at bay. Wishing you the best on your potential tour. Please stay in touch with how it goes. –Sandy

  3. Dear Sandy
    I hoped so much that I could have taken your book with me on my pilgrim walk from Florenze to Assisi! But I just saw that it won’t be out until the 15th! Oh my! I am leaving this saturday. Is there anything you could help me with in regards to maps? I would be so thankful!!! Its my first time walking so many days and walking alone.
    I will of course buy the book! But I won’t have before I get back.

    All the best from Copenhagen,
    Tina

  4. Good Day
    I’ll be on the via di Francesco this Friday and would like to know if you could share your GPX tracks.
    Thanks in advance
    Patrick

  5. Hello Sandy, I recently received a copy of your book through Cicerone. I am collaborating with Salvatore in Rieti to help people walk the Camino. I’d like to get in touch with you. Can you please contact me at the email below? sincerely. Bret Thoman, OFS

  6. Hi Sandy, Thanks to you and Sheri for the great presentation at Rick Steves’. I asked about breaking up the longer stages, especially at first, and lengthening the actual walking to as many as 35-40 days, since we have two months total (mid April to mid June), and you kindly offered to help. We would also appreciate the GPX tracks! This is all very exciting! And good luck in the election!
    Thanks Sandy,
    Russ and Carmen

  7. My husband and I are going to do our first Camino in May next year. We are thinking about either St Francis Way or Francigena. We live in Western Australia, I have done three walks over the last three years in WA and my husband is really fit but not done much walking. What do you think? Also we have been in touch with the company Camino Ways based in Ireland. Do you think its good to book with a company who does all the arranging accommodation etc? Would love to hear from you.

    Deborah

    • Congrats! It sounds like a great plan. Camino Ways has a slightly different route in places than my book, unless they’ve changed. Otherwise I’ve heard good things about their service and you should do fine. Buon cammino!

      • Thanks for this, I would love to have a chat with you before going any further, could we have a Skype?

      • I am not sure of a number of things regarding the walk and need to chat through with someone knowledgable. We just bought your book and two of the others you suggested. I just completed my training as a spiritual director and am very keen to do this walk for myself and maybe for others. Thanks Sandy

  8. Dear Sandy we would love to have a conversation with you about our plans to walk in Italy next year in May. Would it be possible to have a Skype call?

  9. Hello Sandy,
    I am from Canada and want to buy your book but it’s not working. I have friends in usa, do you suggest to ask them for this purchase ?
    Is it safe for a woman to do this Camino ? I already walked Camino Frances in 2014 and want to do this one. Do I have to register to do this Camino to finish in Rome ?
    Thank you and have a wonderful 2nd of the year !!

    • Hi Carmelita — have you already tried Amazon? That would be easiest. Or we can do a PayPal transaction and I send it to you directly.

      Some parts of this walk are remote and at it depends on your confidence level at solitary hiking in remote places. FYI there are several groups planning this walk, including two I’m leading — in March/April and Sept. Perhaps go with a group?

      • Thank you Sandy, your book is not available on amazone.ca but yes in usa, so I will ask friends from usa and it will be OK for me.

        Concerning the walk, I preferr to be alone, I did the Camino Frances all alone and I trust Life so, thank’s again for all your informations and Buen Camino

  10. Amazon for Canada doesn’t have your book 😦 and for paypal I try to log it and no result.
    The best thing I can do is asking my friends from usa. Thank you !
    I preferr to do alone and meet people on the Camino if it’s secur. I walked the Camino Frances all alone and I am so proud to discover myself, I trust life . Buen Camino from Québec 🙂

      • Hi Sandy, yes I tried to purchase on your site, there was a message “Delivery only in USA” so for Canadian it’s not possible to continue transaction and when I clicked on Paypal nothing the computer didn’t logg.
        For myself, my friend buy it and will bring me in Canada sooon, so will be able to read and prepare myself for this new adventure. I am very happry and if I need more informations I will write you.

        Thank you very much, Carmelita from Québec !!

      • OK, thank you Carmelita. I realize now that I set it up for USA delivery only. If you have a PayPal account I could have arranged for a transaction there, then I could have sent you the book directly. It’s a little bit of a hassle, so if this way is working for you, that’s great. I’ll ask the publisher why this Amazon Canada doesn’t have the book. Thank you!

  11. Hi Sandy;
    We’re expecting your book any day (from amazon.ca) and are planning on walking in April and May. Could you tell us how clear the waymarking is and whether we would need a GPS and good map/compass skills…since we don’t really have either. We’ve managed a good bit of long distance walking without them, including the Camino Frances and Chemin St. Jacques. We’d also like to know whether it would be advisable to book places to stay in advance..since we think that our days of staying in dorms, except when necessary, seem to be past. Thanks.

    • Congrats on your upcoming walk! No need for compass/map skills, but I’d suggest you download a GPS app for your smartphone (if you have one) or get a GPS for that purpose. It’s handy to have a good backup in case you find yourself wondering where you’re at, and since the GPX tracks are free, it’s just a smart thing to have one along. The way marks are there about 80% of the time, and my guidebook is very explicit on walking directions since my intent was to make it possible to do it without GPS. Still, insurance is always a good thing.

      Yes, as you’ll read in the book you want to book in advance for your hotels. Emails, websites and phone numbers are all included in the book. I suggest booking about 3-4 days in advance so you have some flexibility in case you want to go more quickly or slowly than originally planned. Buon cammino!

  12. Hi Sandy:

    I contacted Il Mestiere regarding luggage transfers as you recommended in a recent post and
    received a reply (see below) from Salvatore. Unfortunately this service is very expensive compared to the luggage service on the Camino de Santiago! Are there any other alternatives that you know of for the Way of St. Francis?

    Dear Mark,

    thanks for your inquiry. We normally provide baggage transfers only to our clients who buy a travel package from us. I would be happy to assist you anyway; just to give you an idea, the average cost for each leg is about € 60; it may vary depending on the exact date and locations/hotels involved. Since we would have to organize the transfers on purpose for you, the price is the same whether it is one piece of baggage or more, up to 4; therefore, if anybody else is going to walk with you, you could share the cost.

    If you are interested and wish to receive a quotation, please advise dates and hotels where you will be staying and how many pieces of luggage.

      • Hi Sandy,
        I have organised with a group of four friends from Australia to walk The Way of St Francis from Assisi to Rieti, leaving Assisi on 24 May. We have planned to get to Rieti on 1 June. Your guide book and gpxtracks maps (successfully downloaded to my iPad!) have been VERY helpful as we have planned our walk.
        We are warming up with a walk from Le Puy to Figeac from May 2 – 13.
        Like Mark earlier, we were wondering about luggage transfer, as we have two other bags besides our backpacks. We each will have backpacks of about 6/7 kgs on the walks. We are away from Australia for ten weeks, another five weeks after our walks. Does Salvatore have an email on which I could contact him to negotiate getting our bags from Assisi to Rieti?
        Thank you for all you are doing to promote The Way and the life of St Francis.

      • Hi Sandy,
        Thanks for your assistance with getting in touch with Salvatore. He transferred our bag, and everything worked out well.
        The walk from Assisi to Rieti was stunning. We were a group of five and we all really enjoyed the scenery, the towns and villages along the way. And the food of course!
        Your guidebook and maps proved invaluable, and even with them we got ourselves “lost” a couple of times. Outside Spello proved a bit confusing, and around the beech tree of St Francis was also challenging. We found the walk fairly tough in places, even though we were fit, after completing a 250kms walk in Fance not long before.
        We are now resting in Crete, regathering our energies.
        Thanks again for all the work you do promoting the Way of St Francis.
        Regards,
        Paul.

  13. Hello Sandy, My husband and I are planning to walk the way of St Francis this June. We have your book and have the GPX tracks on his phone but have been unable to download them on my IPhone…..5S. Are there further directions to help us get them on my IPhone? Thanks for any help you can give us.
    Ann

    • I keep promising myself (and others) that I will write a post describing how to do this on an iPhone. I use a Garmin GPS and the process is a little different. In general, though, you need a Hiking app on your iPhone, like MotionX GPS. Download the app (it costs $1.99) and follow the instructions in the manual to import the GPX tracks. I the next week or two I’ll post here with very specific steps. Hope this helps in the meantime!

  14. Hello Sandy, you mentioned that you are leading a group in April, can you please send me details as my husband and myself would like to do this walk either with your group if dates suitable and you have places available or just the two of us. We are looking at traveling approx. 6th April for one week. Thanks for any help. Cathy Parker. email: cathyparkerspi@gmail.com

    • Hi Cathy! Sorry, the March/April group is not mine. I’m only the guide for a lovely group of women from Long Island NY that travels on pilgrimage together. I wish you the best!

  15. Hi Sandy, i will be arriving in Assisi on June 19th. I am a little concerned about accommodation. I have your book, but am really worried about the language barrier. Also, I am flying into Perugia. Is it possible to get a sim card at the airport there or in Assisi?

    • Congrats! This is a good time to learn some travel phrases. That’ll really help. Even without that, you will do fine. It’s part of the adventure.

      I do not believe there will be a cellular dealer at the airport. I predict there will be one in Assisi or below in Santa Maria degli Angeli. Are you on Facebook? I’m sure someone in our Via di Francesco English Language group will know for sure. Otherwise search the web for TIM, Wind or Vodaphone stores in Assisi. Buon cammino!

  16. Hi Sandy: We have your book and are planning to walk the Way of St. Francis from Florence to Rome beginning June 4th. Maybe you can help us on a couple of things. We emailed the request for credential forms to the address in your book o March 29th. Hadn’t heard back from them so emailed this week to follow up and still haven’t heard back. Do you know if there is another way to get in touch with them? Or is there a place in Florence where we can get a credential when we get there? Also we have been assigned a group number to enter the doors for the year of Mercy at St. Peter’s and have a date and time. Do you know if we need tickets or do they just keep a list for the date and time at the doors? Thanks for you help.

  17. Hello! I am actually interested in walking from Rome to Assisi. Do you have any advice on that or do you know I may be able to find resources?

    • Hi Scarlett ~ The Via di Francesco actually is a two-way trail, with signage running both ways in the southern route (Assisi to Rieti and Rieti to Assisi). There is no official route from Rome to Rieti, however, so at this time that could only be done by walking the directions backward. Hope this helps!

  18. Hi Sandy

    Thank you for all your advices read here through your blogs and answers. I walked last year, in August, from Dovadola to Assisi and this August I would like to carry on from Assisi to Rieti. I didn’t buy your book yet but I will because it looks wonderful and practical. I guess I am impatient to download the GPX tracks sooner rather than later. I have a Garmin Oregon 650. Do I need any other software to convert/read the tracks? Please, send me the link for downloading the tracks. Many thanks, Anna

    • Hi Anna ~
      Here’s a link on how to download the GPX tracks. They should work just fine for you — no need to convert them for your Garmin. Cheers ~ Sandy

      • Dear Sandy, thank you very much for the tracks which I downloaded as per your website’s instructions. However, my Garmin would not allow me to download Italy’s outdoor map from the German website that you recommended and had to buy it from Garmin themselves. By now, I have your book too and feel safe to go in just 4 days when my this summer’s new Italian adventure will start! Many thanks again, take care, Anna

      • I don’t know why it wouldn’t work for you — it worked fine for me. Anyway, I’m glad you secured your maps and wish you the very very best on your upcoming cammino!

  19. Dear Sandy,

    I have read your great Cicerone guide for “The Way of St Francis”. Thank you for so many valuable tips. My departure date is Sept 7 from Florence.

    A friend recently sent me photos of his Francigena trek through Italy to Rome and mentioned the snake bite stations along the way and that it was wise not to walk along the grassy area due to the presence of snakes.

    In your guide, you mentioned wolves and wild boar, but nothing about poisonous snakes. Can you please offer me any advice on the subject?

    Many thanks for any assistance you might have to offer.

    All the best along your Path,

    • Vipers! I’ve seen evidence of them and know poisonous ones exist in Italy, but I would say the danger is quite small. There are very few times that the path crosses grassy fields — mostly it is paths, country roads and paved roads. I’ve heard and read no stories of pilgrims being bit, so have not included info in the guide. However I’ll stay on the lookout and will let you know if I hear anything. Buon cammino to you!

  20. I would like to use an android phone/tablet for the GPS waymarkings. What GPS app would you recommend? I am beginning my pilgrimage from Florence to Rome in 2 weeks.

  21. I am a total novice on blog sites and left a message for you on what seemed to me like a different site. Anyway, we are beginning our travels on the Via Di Francesco (Florence to Rome) on October 1. I am undecided about whether to get a handheld GPS. I have an iPhone and book, and have loaded your tracks successfully on the iPhone, but not sure of cell availability through the more difficult parts of the trek. Any advice on GPS vs iPhone?

    Thank you!

    • Congratulations on your upcoming walk! I received your other note and will respond to it separately. An iPhone GPS works just fine. I’ve used mine pretty extensively now and am quite happy with it. Much more user-friendly than my Garmin, which anyway is on the fritz right now. The key thing with the iPhone is that you want to have “downloaded” maps rather than rely on a cell signal to provide the maps for you. Which app are you using? I use Galileo Pro ($3.99) and downloaded the maps for Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. That gives me the ability to turn off the cell feature and rely exclusively on the GPS signal.

  22. We did the walk in May and were told that Vodafone had good coverage, so we got a Vodafone Sim card with a prepaid international data plan, and had good reception throughout the entire walk. There is a Vadafone store in Florence.
    The book and tracks together worked well for us. One compliments the other! Russell

  23. Just completed the Via Francesca from Florence to Rome on November 1. It was my first Camino and I did it alone. Thank you for your guidebook. It was a life-saver. I am looking forward to bringing others on the Way of St. Francis next year. Thanks for your work in putting together this guidebook. I couldn’t have done it without you.

    • Hi Timothy. Congratulations ! Since I will have the pilgrimage on the route next year at the same time as you did, therefore I just want to know what about the weather, cold or hot? A lot of rain? Sleeping bag needed? And what about accommodation ? Should book in advance ? Few pilgrim people on the route?
      Greatly appreciated for your reply
      Bue Camino
      Zibo

      • Congratulations on choosing to walk the Camino of St. Francis. You will enjoy it. There are few people who walk the route. I suggest booking your accommodation in advance but plan for rest days. I booked through CaminoWays and they arranged the hotels and baggage transfer for me which really reduced the amount of stress in that regard, but it is pricier than doing it yourself. The weather can be cool, but it did not get really cold. I just carried a fleece, but usually had to take it off about an hour into the walk. Rain was an issue about 5 days, but mostly the weather was gorgeous. Wishing you a wonderful walk.

  24. Hi,Sandy :It is really excited for me to find you, who has done the trekking from Florence via Assisi to Roma . We, a retired Chinese couple, are going to trek the same way on September of next year as you did, as you know in China very few sources about the Camino so I do please ask you to send me the GPS track with password .
    Many thanks
    Best regards
    Zibo

    • Hi Zibo ~ Congratulations on your upcoming trip. My agreement with my publisher requires that the GPS tracks be made available only to those who have purchased my book. If you’ve purchased the book, you can go to its website, open an account and download the GPS tracks. Buon cammino! – Sandy

      • Hi Sandy, I have purchased the book and got gpx but have not downloaded on my iPhone , “maps. me” is good for the gpx?
        My plan is to set off at early September 2017,first take” via francigena” starting from Vercelli ,ending at Fucecchio then turning to Florence to go on with the St Francis way till to Roma via Assisi. Could you give me some advice? About weather, accommodations somethings alike.
        Compared with Camino de Santiago, this route is more hard and difficult ? I finished Camino de Santiago this October covering 900 km in 33 days.
        Regards
        Zibo

      • A lot of your questions (weather, accommodations, etc.) are covered in the book. My apologies that I don’t have time to cover them here, too. Yep, the walk is quite a bit harder than Camino de Santiago. Expect several days of steep hills, but it’s also extremely beautiful. If you can access Facebook, head to our Way of St Francis group where you can meet others who’ve walked and share questions and answers to help you prepare. Buon cammino!

  25. Hello Sandy,
    We are going to be walking The Way of St Francis in April. We have prrchased a copy of your book and have tried to download The GPX tracks but the files won’t open. Can you help with this.
    Also we are having trouble finding accommodation in the Biscina area. I have emailed some Agrotourismo but nobody has replied. Many other Agrotourismo are fully booked for the 25th April. I have also emailed the Tourist information office in Gubbio but again no reply. Are you able to help with this. Maybe we will just have to walk on to Valfabbrica. Thank you
    Maureen

    • Hi Maureen ~

      Congrats on your upcoming Cammino! Have you looked at my guide for how to use the GPX tracks? If you already have and it’s still not working please let me know and I’ll consult with you by phone or email. On accommodation near Biscina, I’m not sure what you’ve already tried. Tenuto di Biscina is one choice, but expensive. I love Agriturismo Valdichiascio. Have you tried there? Also there is the new hostel which at San Pietro Vignate. Often these accommodations are closed in the winter and I’m not surprised it would take them some time to get back to you. Keep trying, though. To walk all the way from Gubbio to Valfabbrica in one day would be a killer. Buon cammino!

  26. Hi Sandy,
    I have downloaded the GPX tracks to my phone.On trying to open them it says ‘ Unable to find application to perform this action’. So what else do I need? It is probably just me being not very technically minded.
    With regards accommodation at Biscina. Tenuto Biscina is fully booked. And I think many other agritourismo are closed for the winter. So I will need to be patient. Are there any Agritourismo between Biscina and Valfabbrica? After Biscina our next stop is Assisi. So by stopping before Biscina it makes it a long walk to Assisi.
    Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Maureen ~ It sounds like you need to install a GPS app on your phone. Here’s a blog post I wrote some time ago about how to use the GPX tracks. I hope this helps. https://caminoist.org/2016/03/09/an-incredibly-detailed-guide-on-how-to-set-up-and-use-your-gps-on-the-via-di-francesco/

      My favorite place to stay between Gubbio and Biscina is Agriturismo Valdichiascio. I just want to make certain you’ve checked with Maria Theresa there. In addition to that and Tenuta di Biscina I list two other places in my book and book update, including the new hostel at San Pietro in Vignate. Up on the highway above the walking route there are several agriturismi, including Sosta San Francesco (www.lasostadisanfrancesco.com).

      Buon cammino!

      • Hi Sandy, Thanks for all your help with installing GPX tracks. And as afar as the accommodation is concerned I’m going to be patient and wait for a few weeks. I emailed Sosta San Francesco last week but have had no reply as yet. But perhaps they are closed for the winter. Tenuta di Biscina is fully booked. I’m not going to worry about it. I’m sure everything will sort itself out. Thank you again for all your help. Maureen

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  27. Hi Sandy,
    Me and a couple of other friends want to try the Way of St Francis in June! Do you have any advice for us as we’re three city people without extensive experience with hiking?
    Oh also, do you mind emailing me the GPX track passwords? Thank you so much!

    Kat

    • Hi Kat ~ Congrats on your upcoming walk! The most important things to know are: 1) take very good care of your feet because blisters are the biggest hiking problem, and 2) stay hydrated by drinking at least 2 liters of water a day, 3 liters in heat. Here are instructions on downloading the GPX tracks and installing them on your phone. Buon cammino!

    • Hi Scott ~ Not sure where you live, but if it’s in the US you can order via Amazon here. The book is also available directly from Cicerone if you’re in the UK or from your country’s local Amazon. Thanks! -Sandy

  28. Hello Sandy! With your guidebook in pack, I am walking The Way of St. Francis with my son beginning May 7. My husband and daughter will join us in Assisi. I followed all your clear directions to apply for our credentials in February 25, but we have not received any response or credential! How can we get these before walking in Florence? From where are they distributed? Can I just take a train there to get them before we start? Or is there a phone number we can call?
    AND, can we get the hookup for the GPS trax?
    Gratefully,
    Stacey

  29. Hi Sandy,
    We have been walking The Way of Saint Francis since the March 26, 2017. Your book has been a great resource. We are using your recommendations for places to stay. They have been one of the unexpected highlights of our trip so far. Tonight I am posting this from the balcony of La Loggia Sul Nera. The owners really go out of their way to be sure you have a great stay. Rita made a special trip to be sure that we were greeted by someone who could speak English. The apartment is delightful and she gave us information about the waterfall we will see tomorrow. There are other places that have been delightful stays as well. Thank you for such great recommendations for places to stay.

  30. Hi Sandy,
    my father has requested we walk The Way of Saint Francis for his eightieth birthday, next April/May. He is fit for his age yet I do not expect he would manage more than 10km/day. My thinking is for him (and my mother – slightly younger ) to walk what they can walk and then have transport take them to the nightly destination to meet up with luggage etc.

    I wonder if you could point me to any groups operating who follow your path/book and can arrange the accommodation, baggage transport AND a support vehicle?

    Many thanks

    Gavin

    • Hi Gavin — What a fun adventure for you and your dad. Other than my own groups I’m not aware of others that offer van service. However, it’s certainly possible to arrange this on a custom basis. My driver is in country in late April and we could put together a proposal for you. Let me know. — Sandy

      • Hi Sandy
        that would be great, I am back in Australia in two weeks time and can discuss with him directly.
        Thanks – Gavin

  31. hello , would i be able to have access to the gpx tracks? Myself and my girlfriend are planning a 4/5 day hike, along the last section to rome from Rieti in a few weeks. many thanks!

  32. Hello Sandy, I walked the Camino Frances two years ago and have had my eye on the Way of St Francis for some time. Just got your book and I must say, it gave me reason to pause. My greatest concern is the lack of markings. I feel I’d spend much of my walk with my nose in your book reading directions. I’m just old enough to be mildly tech savvy and was wondering if the GPs track you mention is a good alternative. Would be willing to purchase whatever equipment is needed to use it. Is it worth teaching trying to teach this old dog a new trick?

    • Markings are improving continually. From La Verna to Piediluco they are excellent, but a little spotty otherwise. I suggest getting the GPS tracks and installing them on your smartphone with Galileo Pro. Def worth it.

  33. My wife and I are looking into going May 2018. Most likely, we would begin in Assisi after spending a few days there continuing on to Rome.
    We have walked the Camino de Santiago twice from St. Jean Pied de Port and once from Villafranca.
    So I would definitely be interested in getting the GPS tracks.

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