Discovering Sicily on Foot: The Magna Via Francigena

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 01:00
Walkers on the Magna Via Francigena route in Sicily

180 km from coast to coast, on foot, to discover a different Sicily, rural, wild, ignored by most. For enthusiastic walkers, and anyone willing to try something new and challenging, the Magna Via Francigena promises to be a rewarding experience.    

Sicily’s Magna Via Francigena is an ancient path that connects Palermo to Agrigento, a road traveled since Roman times, when it was an important north to south route. The name ‘Magna’ refers to the length of the route and ‘Francigena’ to the Normans, founders of the Kingdom of Sicily. 

This long-distance walk can be completed in nine stages for an average of 20-25 km per day, with departure in front of the symbol of Palermo, the Cathedral; the route then crosses small towns, archaeological and historic sites, valleys and mountains, for a chance to discover areas of Sicily  where few tourists venture. It ends in Agrigento, with a view of the Mediterranean Sea, long beaches, and the Valley of Temples. Along the way, you will have opportunities to meet the local people and taste the local delicacies. 

Thirteen towns along the route have created specific services and added new accommodation options to cater to the modern day pilgrims who decide to undertake this route, from parishes to hostels, from private homes to hotels and farmhouses, for those who do not want to give up on comfort. 

On the dedicated website, you can request the Pilgrim’s Credential, a document where you can post the stamps and dates of the places visited and the facilities that hosted you. If you manage to travel at least 100 km, the Testimonium will also be issued, a document certifying that you are making a ‘pilgrimage.’

For more information, visit the Magna Via Francigena website