Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Safer route into Rome and the link between Santiago, Roma and Jerusalem

From the VF Yahoo Forum:

One of the most important issues of via Francigena was the access that the pedestrian route to Rome: in fact the pilgrims were forced to walk for about 800 m on a busy stretch of via Trionfale without sidewalks.
Thanks to teamwork Association Gruppo dei Dodici, Roma Natura, the twentieth Municipality of Rome and the Lazio Region Department of Culture, it seems that finally it is coming to a very interesting solution, which will cross the Ring Highway on via Cassia, and will cross the beautiful green area of Insugherata before joining current path in the area of Monte Mario.
The route has already been changed even in the area of Monte Mario, and the latest version through the green area offering wonderful views of Rome, before coming to the classic viewpoint of Mount Joy, from where to admire the dome St. Peter's.
For route details of Insugherata you should read this article:
Now you can already walk on the new route, but during the weekend they close a gate, so please avoid saturday and sunday.
We are working on the maps, that will be published soon on
Santiago, Rome and Jerusalem.
I started to publish on our website a series of articles, both in Italian and in (my:-) English, with useful information about walks between Santiago, Rome and Jerusalem.
The first three articles will talk about the connection between Via Francigena and Camino de Santiago, on Via Aurelia and Via Domitia to Arles, and then on Via Tolosana to Somport.
Who can give me additional information and links about the a/m routes is welcome.
You can read the first article, about the great Peter Robbins website:

A new article will be published every week.
Alberto Conte

And, from Peter Robins:
I have just this week added detailed mapping for the Monginevro-Arles GR653D to my site. Parts of the route are now printed on the IGN maps, and the whole route has been checked by someone who walked it in 2009, so should be reasonably accurate.