The Via Francigena is an ancient road between Rome and Canterbury, passing through England, France, Switzerland and Italy. In medieval times it was one of the great communication and pilgrimage routes. The Via Francigena was the major medieval pilgrimage route to Rome from the north. At the end of the 10th century Sigeric the Serious, Archbishop of Canterbury, used the Via Francigena to travel to Rome to be consecrated by the Pope; he recorded his route and his stops on the return journey. Even today pilgrims still follow in Sigeric’s ancient footsteps to Rome, travelling the route on foot or by bicycle.
The Journey along the Via Francigena is a work created in 2008 during an intensive workshop that took 12 selected photographers, led by Olivo Barbieri and David Farrell, on a journey along the 170 kilometres of the Via Francigena in the region of Lazio.