12 tips for eating and drinking on the Way of St. Francis (Via di Francesco)

When you are walking, you need to keep eating. As long-distance walkers quip, "this is one vacation where you can eat all you want and still come back weighing less. In Italy walkers along the Via di Francesco (Florence to Rome) have a variety of places to eat. When hilltop towns and cities are on … Continue reading 12 tips for eating and drinking on the Way of St. Francis (Via di Francesco)

How the Way of St. Francis compares to the Camino Frances in Spain

Many people who are interested in walking the Way of St. Francis (Via di Francesco) in Italy have already walked a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, very likely the Camino Frances (French Way) in Spain. (And the names of these two routes are similar enough to create confusion for anyone not familiar enough with either.) … Continue reading How the Way of St. Francis compares to the Camino Frances in Spain

Solitude and mind clarification: Walking the Meseta on the Camino de Santiago

Several pilgrims I met before Burgos told me they planned to skip the Meseta, the broad central Spanish plain. They had heard it was long, dull and monotonous. They were going to take the bus to Leon, cutting out, at very least, seven days of walking.  I would not have skipped it for anything. The … Continue reading Solitude and mind clarification: Walking the Meseta on the Camino de Santiago

How I packed for 500 miles–and what I learned along the Way

On the Camino de Santiago—or any other long-distance trek—bragging rights belong to the person who has the least. I understood this in principle before I left for my six-week, 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino Frances in the spring of 2018; but after my very first day—24 kilometers (about 15 miles) climbing over the Pyrenees—I understood it … Continue reading How I packed for 500 miles–and what I learned along the Way