Our 2017 adventures allow pilgrims to walk trouble-free on the beautiful Via di Francesco. Because we offer accompanied pilgrimage walks you can rest assured all the details are well taken care of every single day.
Our pilgrimage walks bring participants to Florence, Assisi and Rome through majestic scenery, charming Italian cities and villages, and offer healthy exercise and camaraderie. Our van carries your luggage from one accommodation to the next and picks you and other group members up if you need a rest from the rain, sun or exertion.
We use hotels of historic and scenic interest that put us right into the cultural and architectural milieu of the great towns along the trails.Our walks are supported by an expert Italian tour operator, Salvatore Accardi of Rieti. Using his experience along with his own, our owner, Sandy Brown, has carefully selected 4-star or best available hotels as our overnight accommodations. A characteristic overnight is at Abbazia San Pietro in Valle near Macenano — a 10th century abbey fully restored as a simple and charming hotel. The result is an economical but enjoyable pilgrimage walk that could only be arranged by a knowledgeable team that has carefully made the wisest choices from among the best accommodations available.
To make our walks as carefree as possible we include van service and baggage service each day. This allows participants to carry light day packs instead of fully loaded backpacks — saving backs and sore muscles. If walkers want to cut short their walk they can arrange for the van to pick them up. Also, if someone wants an extra rest day, that can easily be arranged with our van without any hassle. We provide all translation services as necessary and can also advise pilgrims about the best flights to arrange in order to save money and time on a pleasant journey to and from Italy. These features open the door to people who might not otherwise try adventurous walks like these.
That’s not all. Each walk is led by experienced pilgrim and author, Sandy Brown, who has walked over 4,500 kilometers on pilgrim trails in Italy and Spain. Sandy has degrees in Medieval History and Theology and has extensive background in Italian, Spanish, French, among other languages. His popular guidebook, The Way of St Francis: From Florence to Assisi and Rome, will go into its second edition next year. Wide experience on the Via di Francesco and a deep understanding of the pilgrim experience make him the perfect leader.
The packages include most all of what pilgrims will need. Accommodations are provided each evening, breakfast is included each morning and dinner each night. Lunch is not included so that pilgrim spontaneity is enhanced. Our costs include baggage transfer service (40 pound maximum weight) and van availability. They do not include airfare to Italy or ground transportation to and from the starting and ending points.
The minimum size of each group is 8 while the maximum (due to size of passenger vans) is limited to 10. Since the stages include daily walks of 12-15 miles on average, all pilgrims should be able and ready to walk long distances each day. We will counsel you on your conditioning to ensure you’re able to succeed and we’ll be there to help you endure, overcome and flourish.