The list on this site is a supplement to the one shown in the guidebook (edition in English published in 2013 by Terre di Mezzo), which nevertheless remains fundamental for the walk.
Those who have walked the "Way of St. James", and are therefore accustomed to lodging in the first albergue they come across, start out with the idea that things will also work in the same way on this walk. Unfortunately that is not the case; the structures are not yet in place to reproduce that situation and it is therefore necessary to adapt and behave differently, because being a walking pilgrim is no guarantee of a definite place to stay the night.
That is why it is always necessary TO PHONE IN ADVANCE AND BOOK your arrival one or more days beforehand, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.
You will be welcomed in the Hostels of Umbria (even if you are not a member of the international youth hostel federation IYHF), by showing your guide to the Way or the credential!
IF THE ACCOMMODATION IS IN EXCHANGE FOR A DONATION, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE DVANTAGE OF THIS!
I know this may seem obvious, or should be obvious, but from personal experience at the guesthouse of “Perfetta Letizia” and after hearing all too often about accommodation facilities, especially religious ones, who struggle because they are unable to cover the costs of keeping their facilities open, even if these are minimal, I am forced to REMIND YOU OF IT. For this reason, a number of these facilities have had to set a minimum charge, even though doing so rather goes against their spirit, but we all known well that electricity, gas and hot water have costs that must be borne somehow.
Then the rooms must be left clean and tidy, in order to avoid further costs for the structures and the friars and nuns.
PROPER BEHAVIOUR and observing these simple instructions is very important for the Way and for the image that the pilgrims leave for those who follow to inherit!
ROUTE - ARROWS - GUIDE
Good ideas are copied... that always seems to be what happens... which is why other routes now overlap with the route of The Way of St. Francis.
If you walk the Way, read the guide well if you do not want to find yourself on top of a mountain or in swampland, and pay attention to the following suggestions:
- FOLLOW THE INDICATIONS IN THE GUIDE AND ITS MAPS.
- ONLY FOLLOW THE YELLOW ARROWS AND/OR THE "TAUS".
- IF THERE ARE NO TAUS OR YELLOW ARROWS TO COMPLETE THE INDICATIONS, FOLLOW, READ AND CAREFULLY REREAD THE DESCRIPTIONS SHOWN IN THE GUIDE AND YOU WILL NOT GET LOST.
- ANYONE WHO WALKS WITHOUT FOLLOWING THESE "RULES" OR WHO INTENDS TO EXPERIMENT WITH ALTERNATIVE ROUTES OR OTHER WALKS IS FREE TO DO SO, BUT AT YOUR OWN RISK; I (Angela) DO NOT TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE WHO “GET LOST” WHEN FOLLOWING ARROWS IN OTHER COLOURS, SUCH AS THE YELLOW AND BLUE ONES OF THE "Via Francigena di San Francesco", THE GREEN ARROWS OR INDICATIONS OF OTHER KINDS THAT ARE NOT SHOWN IN THE GUIDE.
The yellow Taus and the relative arrows are just a supplement to the guide and have been put there by me or by friends of good will... Those who have put other indications there have done so with the benefit of major financing and power behind them.... but perhaps with less of a pilgrim spirit in their souls.... above all they have done so without thinking about the confusion that these arrows and signs might bring about for those who actually walk these paths.
Thank you pilgrims for listening to these small yet fundamental notes on the Way.
Read them and put them into practice and together we will make the Way a good one. Angela
..... and if then something does not quite go the way you planned.... well perhaps that is “perfect joy”
Good walking good people
Pax et bonum