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  • It is difficult to walk the Via Francigena?

    It is difficult to walk the Via Francigena? image

    The route is not particularly difficult. Challenges are mainly related to stage length, altitude differences, and possible water shortages, forcing travellers to increase the weight of their backpack.

    Water and rest stops on the route

    Water fountains and eating places are common on some stages but in others are rare or even absent. Each day you should carefully consider the availability of water and take it into proper account in planning how much water to carry. During an average stage in high summer it is advisable to drink at least two litres of water, possibly supplemented with mineral salts, in order to reduce the risk of heat stroke.

    In Italy, most of the towns on the via Francigena have cafés or shops that sell groceries. They are indicated in the description of each stage.

    Equipment

    The best footwear for this type of journey is lightweight ankle high hiking boots with anti-blister hiking socks. The backpack should have a volume of between 35-45 litres and be loaded with the bare minimum.  The weight should not exceed 7-8 kg. Choose an excellent quality backpack and shoes – in this area it is best to spare no expense. The rest of the equipment will be less expensive, but includes very light and breathable technical clothing. For the rain a good quality windproof jacket and an umbrella are the best solution. 

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