Follow the Francigena way « the Francs road » and walk through the middle age pilgrims traces. This big adventure will lead you to Rome after a 2 000 km journey (1242 miles).
In the Champagne-Ardenne area the circuit is 300km (186 miles) long.
In 990, the Canterbury Sigéric archbishop goes to Rome to receive it’s pallium, symbol of his nomination from the Pope Jean 15th himself. On his way back, he writes a travel diary listing the 80 steps that were necessary to complete the trip. Thanks to this precious manuscript, the oldest itinerary discribed by a pilgrim, we have today a precised idea of the Via Francigena.
The Via Francigena, taken by Sigéric goes from Canterbury to arrive in Calais, France. Its goes through :
- Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region (Northern area)
- Champagne-Ardenne area (Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne, Bar-sur-Aube et Langres)
It joins Switzerland through the Vaud and the Valais districts then Italy by crossing the Great Saint-Bernard pass to finally connect Rome through the Aosta Valley, the Po Valley, Tuscany and the Latium.
VIA FRANCIGENA in Châlons-En-Champagne
Châlons-en-Champagne is a stopover town of the Via Francigena. Many accomodations and restaurants are suggested.
The Champagne Ardenne tourism comity published a leaflet of the section that covers its territory.