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The Via Francigena in Southern Italy: everything you need to know

The Via Francigena in Southern Italy is a bundle of roads, generated by a central axis consisting of the Roman road system, which changes according to the temporal and geographical context. A direction more than an actual proper way, it was used by the people of northern Europe to firstly reach Rome, then to the ports of embarkation to the Holy Land. As a bridge between Europe and the Mediterranean, its function in cultural merging is still extremely topical.

The figures of the Via Francigena in Southern Italy

Length: 929.3km
Stops: 45
Maximum Altitude: 900m

How long is the Via Francigena in Southern Italy?

The Via Francigena in Southern Italy, from Rome to Santa Maria di Leuca is 929 kilometres in length.

What are the stops of the Via Francigena in Southern Italy?

The regions crossed (Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Puglia) were coordinated and provided to geolocate the 930 km route from the splendour of the Appia Antica Park to the crystalline horizon of the sea of Leuca, by crossing through the evocative scenery of the Campanian Apennines.

1 Roma ➔ Castel Gandolfo 26,1
2 Castel Gandolfo ➔ Velletri 21,2
3 Velletri ➔ Cori 18,6
4 Cori ➔ Sermoneta 18,9
5 Sermoneta ➔ Sezze 10,9
6 Sezze ➔ Abbazia di Fossanova 20,9
7 Abbazia di Fossanova ➔ Terracina 20,6
7b Abbazia di Fossanova ➔ Monte San Biagio 22,8
8 Terracina ➔ Fondi 22,0
9 Fondi ➔ Itri 15,0
10 Itri ➔ Formia 21,0
11 Formia ➔ Minturno 19,8
12 Minturno ➔ Sessa Aurunca 24,2
13 Sessa Aurunca ➔ Teano 15,3
14 Teano ➔ Statigliano 24,6
15 Statigliano ➔ Alife 17,2
16 Alife ➔ Faicchio 19,3
17 Faicchio ➔ Telese Terme 12,5
18 Telese Terme ➔ Vitulano 16,1
19 Vitulano ➔ Benevento 17,2
20 Benevento ➔ Buonalbergo 23,3
21 Buonalbergo ➔ Celle di San Vito 28,9
22 Celle di San Vito ➔ Troia 17,1
M23 Troia ➔ Lucera 21,8
M24 Lucera ➔ San Severo 25,8
M25 San Severo ➔ Stignano 20,0

M26 Stignano ➔ San Giovanni Rotondo 20,5
M27 San Giovanni Rotondo ➔ Monte Sant’Angelo 24,1
23 Troia ➔ Castelluccio dei Sauri 23,7
24 Castelluccio dei Sauri ➔ Ordona 19,8
25 Ordona ➔ Stornara 20,3
26 Stornara ➔ Cerignola 17,9
27 Cerignola ➔ Canosa di Puglia 19,2
28 Canosa di Puglia ➔ Andria 24,0
29 Andria ➔ Corato 13,8
30 Corato ➔ Ruvo di Puglia 12,2
31 Ruvo di Puglia ➔ Bitonto 18,4
32 Bitonto ➔ Bari 21,6
33 Bari ➔ Mola di Bari 23,3
34 Mola di Bari ➔ Monopoli 29,0
35 Monopoli ➔ Savelletri 21,0
36 Savelletri ➔ Torre Canne 9,0
37 Torre Canne ➔ Torre Santa Sabina 29,7
38 Torre Santa Sabina ➔ Brindisi 31,0
39 Brindisi ➔ Torchiarolo 25,0
40 Torchiarolo ➔ Lecce 22,5
41 Lecce ➔ Martano 30,6
42 Martano ➔ Otranto 30,5
43 Otranto ➔ Vignacastrisi 24,0
44 Vignacastrisi ➔ Tricase 14,1
45 Tricase➔ Santa Maria di Leuca 18,0
BRA Ordona ➔ Matera 217,8
LIT Monte Sant’Angelo ➔ Bari 143,8

When to go

The south of Italy has a temperate climate: winters are mild and only have consistent rainfall in the first months of the year, while in the summer, temperatures can be very high. Only on the Apennines and the Gargano are the temperatures in winter more rigid, with possible snow falls at higher altitudes.

The signs

In general, the Via is marked with bands of white and red, in paint or adhesive, according to the European abacus of the Via Francigena; where there are only arrows in paint, red always indicates Jerusalem, and white Rome. In certain areas of the Apennines and in Salento, you could come across yellow marks, which is the result of initiatives of local associations: if they are not accompanied by the white and red “flags”, they must not be considered reliable to follow our route. In a few areas it will also be possible to come across signposts with the tile of the ‘francigeno’ pilgrim or the acronym ‘VF’, while in urban areas, the classic road signs are brown.

The credential of the Via Francigena in Southern Italy

The credential is historically the document the travellers carried with themselves to prove that they were making a pilgrimage ‘devotionis causa’: a kind of “passport” that granted them some special privileges, including the right of passage in politically different territories and the possibility of being welcomed in hospices. Today, after all, there is not much of a difference and even if the Via Francigena is not just a religious journey, the credential certifies the status of a ‘slow traveller’ and guarantees lower prices in hospitality areas, restaurants and railway stations. This is why it is important to always have it along the way. You can request it directly on www.viefrancidene.org and on www.terre.it/percorsi or buy it physically in one of the affiliated centres. 

The guide

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