Maps Covering the Via Francigena
The route passes through four countries so maps have been categorised by country.
The route from Canterbury to Dover, along the North Downs Way, is covered by two Ordnance Survey maps in their Explorer (1:25 000, 4 cm to 1km) series:
150 Canterbury and the Isle of Thanet
138 Dover, Folkestone and Hythe
Michelin 724 is a single map covering the whole of northern France, but the very good maps in the IGN (Institut Géographique National, the equivalent of the Ordnance survey maps in Britain) new Top 100 Tourisme et Découverte series are recommended for walkers. The scale is 1:100,000, they are GPS compatible and seven are required, listed here in route order:
IGN Top 100 Tourisme et Découverte 1m = 1km, 1:100,000
101 Lille – Boulogne-sur-Mer
102 Lille – Maubeuge
104 Reims – Saint-Quentin
110 Reims – Saint-Dizier
120 St. Dizier – Chaumont
130 Vesoul – Langres
137 Besançon – Montbéliard
The Swiss publishing firm Kummerley Frey has a Cartes de Randonnée series, 3km = 5cm, GPS compatible, and the following four cover the course of the Via Francigena from the French border to the Great Saint-Bernard Pass:
8 Neuchâtel (Sainte-Croix – Rances, Yverdon-les-Bains)
15 Lausanne/Vallée de Joug (Lausanne – Cully – Epesses – Rances –Orbe)
16 Gruyère (Chexbres – Vevey – Montreux – Aigle)
22 Grand-Saint-Bernard/Dents du Midi (Villeneuve – Grand-Saint-Bernard)
All these maps are available from Stanfords map shop in London, from The Map Shop, Upton-upon-Severn, or from many large general bookshops.
As a country, Italy is not mapped as well and consistently as the others but there are several Via Francigena-specific maps available. GPS points and downloadable maps following the official route of the European Association of the Vie Francigene are available on the Association’s website:
As well as the Vademecums, the AIVF produce the Topofrancigenas, sketch maps showing the route from Canterbury to France, Switzerland to the Alps and the Alps to Rome.
The Pisoni Guide has separate maps for each stage. The maps are plasticized, have height profiles and give details of low cost (monastery/parish) accommodation details. Route instructions are on the back.
D’Atti & Cinti Maps
D’Atti, Monica and Cinti, Franco: La Via Francigena: cartografia e GPS dal Monginevro a Roma lungo l’itinerario storico
These are published separately from, but designed to accompany the guidebook written by the same authors. Unfortunately their route crosses the Alps at Montgenèvre rather than the Grand St Bernard Pass so if you wish to follow the Sigeric route, these maps will only be useful from Vercelli. The maps are detailed, have height profiles, GPS data and show the types of roads/paths used.
Some sections of the route are covered by Kompass 50K Hiking series of 1:50,000 maps so the following may be of use.
85 Mont Blanc
86 Gran Paradiso – Valle d’Aosta
646 Garfagnana – Alpi Apuane- Cararra – Viareggio
660 Florence – Chianti
661 Siena – Chianti – Colline Senesi
653 Pienza – Montalcino – Monte Amiata
Touring Club Italiano
This organisation has produced a series of maps covering all of Italy but unfortunately the scale is 1:200,000. The maps are very easy to read and places of interest are highlighted. Reference numbers covering the Via Francigena are
1 Piedmont – Aosta Valley
Via Francigena in Toscana
Produced by Cartogafica and available at Stanfords in London, this is a useful 1:50,000 map showing the route through all the stages in Tuscany.