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on 22 March 2013
If you are thinking of walking the pilgrimage to Rome from Canterbury this book is an absolute must. It is a long journey and easy to get lost but this guide is superb, covering the first part from Canterbury to St Bernard's Pass. There is information for accomodation and for buying food on the way.Tremendous work by the author.
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on 17 May 2015
I have just walked from Scotland to Rome for Charity.

I used both Part 1 and Part 2 the whole way from Canterbury to Rome.
To qualify my following statements I should make clear that I am no novice and have made many long distance journeys on foot and by bicycle.

Were this guide a walking companion, they would within the first week have been resting in a shallow grave in the North East of France.

The maps are woefully poor, without detail or effective useable reference.
The text lacks focus and infuriatingly obfuscates the route finding task by mixing in unnecessary asides, digressions and the authors preoccupation with benches, this is neither cute nor whimsical, its just annoying.

The distances are inexact often just wrong and the cumulative distance calculation manages to loose about 100km about 500km through.

The directions would be hilarious were you not stuck wondering which way the author really intends as the author has a very real problem distinguishing between left, right and straight ahead, this is distressingly no exaggeration.
The names of many places are misspelt.

Astonishingly for the author of a walking guide, this author has a penchant for road walking and will with little regard for the Via Francigena, your continued existence or sanity direct you towards the noise, smell and foot numbing tarmac.

If you really intend to complete this journey you can not rely on this guide for anything practical or logistical, buy the LightFoot guide instead.
There are also other guides in French & Italian that will serve you better, even if you don’t speak French or Italian.

This guide does have some value with the background or historical information it contains, but in no way does this guide fulfil its intended purpose.
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on 28 July 2013
I recently went on a pilgrimage walk from Lausanne in Switzerland to Aosta in Italy (Via Francigena) I had booked with a tour operator who had provided me with walking notes for each day's hike. I had also purchased Alison Raju's book as well as a back up but I found her detailed notes and descriptions for each route of the walk day by day far better than the notes I had received from my tour operator.. This book gives an almost step by step directions along the way. She gives a detailed route description of every city, town, village and hamlet that you have to pass through. Her directions were clear and concise with a breakdown of each day's kilometres that was walked. I would thoroughly recommend this guide book to anyone who is interested in walking the Via Francigea, in fact do not go without it!
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on 3 October 2016
Lots of great practical information for prospective pilgrims!
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on 11 January 2014
not put it to the test yet, but a good read prior to journey and good point of reference, at a reasonable price
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on 1 July 2015
Good book, very informative, looking forward to trying it out on the journey
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on 13 April 2015
excellent book
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