In the year 987, Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury travelled to Rome to receive his pallium, the symbol of his appointment, from Pope John XV. On his way back, he wrote a travel diary listing the 79 steps he had to take to complete his journey.
Thanks to this precious manuscript, the oldest itinerary recorded by a pilgrim, we have an accurate account of the Via Francigena.
Since 2004, the Via Francigena has been recognised as a Great Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe and is registered as the GR® 145. The entire route is marked out in white and red.