These days you can walk all the way from Rome to Santiago with the help of guidebooks and road markings. And vice versa.
The main route from Rome through Italy is the Via Francigena (see alongside > map). It then passes through Switzerland and France to Canterbury in England. After Pontremoli and Pavia two variants lead towards Santiago. The main choices are then determined by three mountain ranges:
- cross them (from Pavia, via de Col du Montgenèvre: connection to the Via Domitia / GR 653D, to Arles), or
- pass them, along the mediterranean coastline (from Pontremoli, via Menton: connection to the Via Aurelia / GR 653A, to Arles). (map by: Amis St-Jacques PACAC).
The route from Arles is determined by the next obstacle:
2. the Pyrenees. Choice: where to pass the mountains:
3. the Cantabrian Mountains. Choice:
In 2009 and 2010 we ourselves walked from Saint-Jean, via Arles and the Col du Montgenèvre, to Rome (on our way to Jerusalem). More information > travel stories Huberta & Arno