The Way of the Via Romea Germanica
The Way of the Via Romea Germanica is a route that crosses three European countries, namely Italy, Germany and Austria. An ancient way that ideally cut what we know today as the European Union. The first documents that speak of this ancient way of communication date back to the thirteenth century. In the transcription of a dialogue between the friars of the time, the Way is described as one of the best routes to reach the Vatican from the countries of central Europe.
Disseminated along the Via Romea Germanica, we find some of the most important places of European Christianity, such as Padua and its Basilica of Sant'Antonio, or Ravenna and its testimonies from the Byzantine era. Over 2,200 kilometers across three states and some of the most beautiful cities on the continent cross the Alps and the Po Valley, the Apennines and the lakes of central Italy.
Perhaps less known than the Via Francigena, the Via Romea Germanica is the destination of thousands of visitors every year, who walk through a fragment of it or face the adventure of completing it in its entirety. Also known as "the Via Romea dellalpe di Serra", over the years it has become an indispensable route for pilgrims, hikers and runners.
Here are some details on the Way of the Via Romea Germanica:
• has a total length of 2200km
• crosses 3 states (Germany, Austria and Italy)
• consists of 94 stages (44 in Germany, 4 in Austria and 46 in Italy)
• its highest point is the Brenner Alpine pass, at 1,370 m asl
The Way is marked with orange arrows on a white background and with aluminum plates with the symbol of the association and the word VIA ROMEA. Traveling on the Via Romea Germanica and following in the footsteps of the ancient Roman pilgrims is an unparalleled emotion. Traveling this remote path means immersing yourself in the history, nature and Christian culture of 3 of the most important countries of our continent.
Regardless of the means by which you will cross it (on foot, by bike, on horseback...), the Way will offer you breathtaking landscapes and moments of intense spirituality.