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Update of accommodation

On 21 April 2023, we published on this website a list of accommodation along the Via Francigena considering both the start from the Great St. Bernard Pass and the start from the Montgenèvre Pass. It is a long and detailed work that now needs everyone’s collaboration in order to remain up-to-date and respond to changing realities. We invite all our members and pilgrims to report any variations in the proposed list as well as new and different accommodations. Information should be addressed to accoglienzapellegrina.strutture@gmail.com.

To date, we have published 8 updates. Download the latest one by clicking on this button:

New accomodation in Montignoso

We are particularly happy to announce the opening of a new donation-based hostel in Montignoso (MS) in the property of the Parish of Santa Maria della Rosa and run by the Montignoso Pastoral Unit.
The PILGRIM’S HOUSE “THE BREAD AND THE ROSE” is located at Capanne di Montignoso, in the centre of the small village, precisely in Via Fabbrica. The hostel will open on 25th June 2023.  The facility consists of four two-bed rooms, shared washrooms and showers for a total of eight beds. The kitchen can be used directly by pilgrims although the hospitalero would encourage pilgrims to prepare together a shared dinner and breakfast.  A convenient wash basin for washing clothes as well as threads and pegs for drying are available. The facility is not equipped with WI-FI and is unfortunately not suitable for welcoming pilgrims with disabilities.
This year, our volunteers will take shift from 1st July to 28th October.  They will be accommodated in a reserved room equipped with two beds and a wardrobe.
The facility is located right on the Via Francigena that makes easier for pilgrims to stop for a glass of water or a coffee or for using toilets; for our hospitalero an excellent opportunity to assist them.

List of accommodation on the Via Francigena

Drawing on various sources, based on personal knowledge and reports received, we have prepared a list of accommodation along the Via Francigena considering both the start at the Great St. Bernard Pass and the start at the Montgenèvre Pass.  The two routes meet in Vercelli.

You can now download it from our website ACCOGLIENZAPELLEGRINA.ORG by visiting the page ACCOMMODATIONS > GENERAL LIST

A long and detailed work that now needs everyone’s cooperation in order to keep it up to date and responding to changing realities. We invite all our members and pilgrims to report any changes in the list proposed and new and different accommodations. Information should be addressed to accoglienzapellegrina.strutture@gmail.com.

The list of accommodation is also intended to be a working tool for our volunteers on duty who need to give directions to pilgrims passing through, on what to do next. A hard copy can be made available in the hostels where we serve.

Special thanks to those who have been involved in this useful project.

As an example, you can see below the first page of the list:

2023 training

In 2023, the courses for would-be hospitaleros will follow the following schedule:

  • 24-26 February Velletri (Rome)
  • 10-12 March Cavagnolo (Turin)
  • 24-26 March Ponte d’Arbia (Siena)
  • 14-16 April Valpromaro (Lucca)

For info write to Laura Monastier accoglienzapellegrina.corsi@gmail.com
The above schedule can also be found in the ‘Hospitaleros Voluntarios’
section of the Spanish Federation: https://www.caminosantiago.org/cpperegrino/hospitaleros/cursos.asp

Fire emergency in Valpromaro

In this hot and incredible summer, it has also happened that a pilgrims hostel had to be closed due to fire danger. The huge fire that spread through the woods of Massarosa forced villages and communities in the area to evacuate their homes; even in Valpromaro, the inhabitants and our hospitaleros onduty had to leave the hostel A few difficult days, which we experienced with apprehension, for the community that welcomes and promotes the Casa del Pellegrino “Giuseppe Mancino” with affection and care.

A hostel remains a hostel, even in times of emergency, so instead of accommodating pilgrims passing through on the Via Francigena it has hosted the fire brigade engaged in extinguishing the fire.

Now everything is back to normal, the village has repopulated, the hostel has reopened and pilgrims have returned to the route.

New accomodation in Garlasco

Once again, our board welcomed the request for cooperation, on an experimental basis, with the ‘Casa del Pellegrino – Cascina Toledina’ in Garlasco (Pavia), which is part of Fondazione Exodus di  Don Mazzi.
The donation-based accommodation, right on the Via Francigena, is equipped with twelve beds, a kitchen, a reception area, two bathrooms
We would like to emphasise the social relevance and solidarity aspect of this collaboration, given the particular context in which the hostel is included;  as a matter of fact, it is  part of  a facility that welcomes young people in recovery or reported by the judicial authorities.  For them, hosting pilgrims constitutes an extra element of connection with the reality of the Via Francigena and the world of pilgrimages which can prove beneficial on them .

During our service we will be strictly required
– not to introduce alcohol or drugs, not even for personal use;
– not to give young people either money or our mobile phones.

We will also have the opportunity to interact with them, collaborating in some practical activities, e.g. looking after the animals, the vegetable garden, etc.
The duration of the collaboration, which includes the presence of a hospitalero, will start this year from Saturday 28 June and will end on Saturday 15 October.


New accomodation in Ponte d’Arbia

Our Board has welcomed the request for collaboration, on an experimental basis, from the Parish Pastoral Council of Ponte d’Arbia (SI).
The pilgrims hostel is property of the Società Esecutori di Pie Disposizioni di Siena, on the Via Francigena. It is obviously a donation-based accommodation equipped with 19 beds divided in six rooms, three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and an area that can be used as a refectory and reception area.
Our  hospitaleros will take turns starting Saturday 2 July until Saturday 3 September 2022.