As one nears the finish of a pilgrimage reflections begin.
I was thinking today what defines the Via Francigena for me is Diversity. 4 Countries, mountains, plains, hills, lakes, 2 seas, 3 languages, etc.. Different cultures, foods. Even Italy is strongly provincial.
I was walking along thinking VF has a bit of all the different pilgrimages I have done.
It even was similar to the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Japan. There you have to walk up to many of the temples which are on mountain tops. Here many of the towns such as Montefiascone, Siena, San Gimignano, etal. are on hilltops.
I was surprised when we arrived at Bagnaccio finding natural hot spring baths.
After 1900K how wonderful it was to soak for a half hour in the steaming waters just as we were able to do so often on the Japan on the 88 Temple pilgrimage.
One can feel the presence of Rome as it seems we are often walking on Roman Roads.