Welcome to the Via Francigena
Walk in the footsteps of Sigéric, Archbishop of Canterbury, who in 990 traveled to Rome from Canterburry to meet Pope John XV and receive the investiture of the pallium.
Similar to the road of Santiago de Compostela, this long-distance hiking route recognized by the Council of Europe of cultural interest will take you from Canterbury to Rome over more than 1900 km through England (30 km), France ( 825 km), Switzerland (215 km) and Italy (897 km).
Take advantage of your stay in Besançon to discover the local stages of the Via Francigena between Haute-Saône and Doubs. From the Château de Champlitte, to downtown Besançon via the Loue valley, you will discover a route marked out by numerous historical and heritage sites and remarkable landscapes.
All along the route, let yourself be guided by the pilgrim’s markings for the Via Francigena, completed in France by the white and red markings of the long-distance hiking trails (GR 145).
All the information to prepare your route, on the official website of the Via Francigena and to find out more about the cultural routes of Europe.