Date: Monday 20 August
Distance covered to Rome: 320.1/1027km
Terrain: Flat with a couple of tiny climbs
Overnight: Ostello Grangia Benedettina, €10 (donativo)
Ah, if only everyday was a 17km day! It is such a civilized distance. One that you can knock over before breakfast even. Well, third breakfast anyway. Is it a Hobbit thing where they had multiple breakfasts every day?
So, how it works is that I get up early and head out the door, and as I walk I tuck into a muesli bar or similar. After two hours, if I am lucky enough to find a bar open, it will be coffee and a pastry if something looks appetising. If not, I will find somewhere comfortable to sit and eat from my well-stocked tucker bag. Another two hours and break and breakfast number two, and repeat until I reach my destination.
NB: cafe Americano and donut this morning was €2! Yes, I am in for a rude shock when I return to Australia.
I have been really surprised and pleased at how welcoming everyone has been so far. Most people (old and young) cannot believe I am walking to Rome, on my own and that I am from Australia. Through a mishmash of Italian and English I learn about their aunts, brothers, nieces in Sydney and Melbourne and unfailingly they wish me a good trip.
It is lovely to make these little connections as I walk and to share a joke and a smile. This morning when I bought some biscuits the man behind the counter didn’t speak any English, but in Italian he said (pointing to all the coins in my hand) that money is the international language! He is right.
The pilgrim group seems to ebb and flow daily. Today there are nine of us, two Italians, one Swiss, one Belgian, two Irish, two Aussies and one grumpy Russian. I will be a bit sad to lose them tomorrow as I have a rest day in Piacenza. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the next four weeks and hopefully I will meet up with others when I start walking again on Thursday.
Tip of the day: if you are coming to Italy, do try to learn even the most basic Italian. You will be welcomed with open arms.
8 thoughts on “Day 12 Via Francigena, Santa Christina e Bissone to Orio Litta, 17.1km”
Following on from my comment on your last post… nice people. 🙂 🙂 I’ve always found Italians very friendly. Looking forward to Piacenza. Such a nice name. And incidentally, Polish people indulge in drugie sniadanie- second breakfast. 🙂
Maybe I am part Polish?? Or just permanently hungry when I walk! I doubt there will be much weight lost this time!
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See we aren’t the only ones gobsmacked you are walking to Rome on your own!!!!
I obviously need to find some friends!!
I feel like I am with you when I read your posts! Thank you !
You should be with me! One of these days….
This post had me grinning a few times, especially with the hobbit bit. My one hiker buddy Wokman used to call them hobbit meals all the time. Hope the heat is becoming more tolerable for ya!
I am not sure that the heat is reducing, but I am getting used to getting up at 430am!!
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