London and Rome, two of Europe’s great cities. Linked by a network of ancient roads that span a distance of over 2,000 kilometers. And in the summer of 2019 I’ll be walking them.
My journey from London to Rome will follow the route that was travelled by pilgrims in the Middle Ages. I’ll cross the English Channel, go up and over the Alps, walking through four countries en route to the Eternal City.
It will be a journey of discovery and a journey into my Italian heritage. But most importantly it will be a journey that raises awareness about mental health and money for the mental health charity Mind. And I hope it’s a journey you will join me on.
You can read more about why I’m walking to Rome here.
The latest from the road
Acquapendente to La Storta
Walking in the footsteps of my ancestors, and edging in on Rome
180 kms – 8 days
I’d been walking in Lazio for less than two days, and the rolling, golden hills of Tuscany already felt like a lifetime ago. Lazio was lush and green, the slopes of its once-upon-a-time volcanoes covered in dense forest. The tourists of Tuscany where nowhere to be seen, and were replaced with farmers on aged tractors. Farmers not unlike my ancestors, who hailed from this corner of Italy. Over the coming days I would stray from the Via Francigena and venture to their hometowns, walking the paths they once used to walk. My entire journey through Italy has felt like a sort of homecoming. But my real homecoming was here, in Lazio. Read more…
I’m walking from London to Rome to raise money for the mental health charity Mind. You can find out more about Mind and their work here. But if you’d like to cut to the chase and make a donation, please click below.