ViaFrancigena -Over the Alps to Rome
No sooner had Sigeric the Serious been made Archbishop of Canterbury than he had to undertake the arduous journey to Rome in order to receive the papal blessing. His return journey in 990 produced the oldest description we have of the ViaFrancigena. But the route had been used long before by the Romans as a road to the north. In mediaeval times it became an important trade and pilgrimage route. The ViaFrancigena has been designated a «Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe».