After walking over five hundred miles across Spain, what was a slacker pilgrim to do next?
For me, the answer was Italy.
In autumn 2014, I walked for a month on the Via Francigena, an old pilgrim trail ending at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Trekking from Fidenza, through Tuscany, and into Rome, I encountered rain, prickly bushes, and delicious pizza while experiencing Italy at a walking pace.
Stumbling to Rome on the Via Francigena is a memoir of their walk on the Via Francigena and also contains travel tips and a resource guide.
When I walked in Spain, I was trying to find my life. When I walked in Italy, I had a life, but I needed to slow it down.