Via Francigena Presentation

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Berkeley West Branch Library

In December 2018, Andy Cohn and Kate Stewart walked the last 100 kilometers of the Via Francigena (VF), one of the three great medieval Camino routes that runs from Canterbury, England to Rome, Italy. They will talk about their particular experience, and about the Italian section (almost 1000 kilometers) in general, focusing particularly on the “How to?” logistics — lodging, transportation, the difficulties of the terrain, etc.

Andy and Kate have made five trips to Spain since 2012, walking the Camino Francés (SJPDP to Finisterre and Muxia), the Portugués from Porto, the Primitivo, the whole of the Norte, and most of the Inglés (as dessert after finishing the Norte).

Andy fell in love with Italy in 2008, when he and Kate did a week-long walking trip through Tuscany, passing through much of the countryside traversed by the Francigena. Since 2008, Andy has made nine trips to Italy, spending almost a year there, has learned Italian (more or less), and on his own or with Italian hiking clubs has tramped through the Dolomites, the Apennines, and chunks of Tuscany, Sicily, Campania, and Sardinia.

This is a Camino to die for — mixing the Alps, the intense green Apennines, the golden light of the Tuscan hills, one stunning medieval town after another, and Rome at the end. What’s not to love?

We encourage veterans of the Via Francigena to share their experiences.

RSVP: Click here to sign up by 12 pm on Tues. January 29th.


6:00 pm - Community room doors open for setup, sign-in, and socializing
6:30 pm - Presentation begins, Q & A follows
7:30 pm - Out of the community room (library closes at 8 pm)


Berkeley Public Library West Branch
1125 University Ave. (at San Pablo)
Berkeley, CA 94702

Getting There

By BART: The North Berkeley BART station is .7 miles away. From the station, walk down (west on) Delaware, turn left on Curtis, and then right on University.

AC Transit Buses: 51B, 52, 72, 72M, 72R, FS, G, & Z

Driving: For directions, use Google Maps

Carpool: If you want a ride or can give one, post a message to this event listed on our Facebook Group page (Peregrinos – Northern California).

Parking: The West Berkeley branch of the library is on the north side of University about 100 yards east of (above) the intersection with San Pablo. Free and plentiful street parking after 6 PM. Also, there's a large and free parking lot which can be accessed either on San Pablo Avenue (by Dollar Tree), or on University just below the library.

Electric vehicles parked in front of the West Branch Berkeley Library can use a publicly-available curbside charging station, powered in part by solar panels on the rooftop of the library.

Optional Happy Hour

For those who enjoy Spanish food, stop by La Marcha Tapas Bar, for a pre-event Happy Hour, located around the corner at 2026 San Pablo Ave.

This is also a good option for dinner after the presentation. And because La Marcha is a Spanish restaurant, there's another Happy Hour from 10 pm to midnight!


For questions about the Via Francigena, email Andy.

PS - Annual Chapter Survey Reminder

If you haven't taken the NorCal chapter survey yet, please take a moment to share your feedback.


Happy 2019!

Guy Joaquin and Laurie Ferris, Coordinators
Northern California Chapter
American Pilgrims on the Camino

American Pilgrims on the Camino

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