Earning the Testimonium on the Via Francigena
Are you walking the Via Francigena and interested in earning the pilgrim’s certificate for completing the way? Pilgrims who walk the last 100km along the Via Francigena (or those who cycle the last 200km of the route) can earn the Testimonium upon arrival at St. Peter’s.
The Testimonium is a document that certifies the completion of a pilgrimage to Rome undertaken in a religious spirit. Historically this document was important because when the pilgrim returned home he could prove that the pilgrimage was fulfilled, and his vows discharged.
Similar to the Compestela along the Camino de Santiago, pilgrims wishing to receive the Testimonium in Rome must present a stamped credential upon arrival showing stamps for each day walked for at least the final 100km.
WALKING THE FINAL 100KM
The start point of the final 100km of the Via Francigena is the fortress hill town of Montefiascone. From Montefiascone, the stages for the walk to Rome are generally as follows:
- Montefiascone to Viterbo (18km)
- Viterbo to Vetralla (18 km)
- Vetralla to Sutri (24 km)
- Sutri to Campagnano di Roma (27 km)
- Campagnano to La Storta(24 kms)
- La Storta to Rome (19 km)
These stages may vary based upon a pilgrim’s preferences for accommodations as well as conditions along the route. It is suggested that you review the most updated list of albergues prior to finalizing your Via Francigena pilgrimage.
WHERE TO OBTAIN THE TESTIMONIUM
The Testimonium is available from:
- the office of the “Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi” in St. Peter’s Square (Piazza Pio XII, 9), on the right of Bernini’s colonnade standing with your back to the Basilica and at St. Giovanni dei Fiorentini (piazza dell’Oro, 1). Opening hours: mon-sat 9:30am-4:30pm. Please note the office is closed on Sundays and holy days. Info: St Peter’s Square Office, ph +39 06 69896379, mail email@example.com
- the offices of the rectory of St. Peters. Use the Petriano entrance in piazza S. Uffizio. Opening hours: every day except Wednesday and Sunday from 8:30 to 12:30. Info: sig. Patrizio Menna Valerio, Tel +39 06 69883731
For more information on the Testimonium, please see the official Via Francigena organization website.
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