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Via Francigena
The Via Francigena, which means "the road that comes from France," was in existence as early as the 10th century, when Catholic converts from the northern outskirts of the Holy Roman Empire began embarking on long pilgrimages to reach the tombs of St. Paul and St. Peter in Rome. The word “Francigena” literally means “the road that comes from France.” Today it extends from Canterbury in England through France and to Apulia in the south of Italy, by way of Rome.

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