Medieval pilgrimages began from people in search of a spiritual satisfaction. The major poles of attraction were: Rome, site of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul; the Holy Land, the place of Christ’s passion; and Santiago de Compostela, where the apostle St. James chose to finish his journey.
These three places became a culmination of many roads and trails, and the most important was the Via “Francigena” or “Romea” that came from northern Europe to Rome. One of them started from Canterbury and was featured in a document by Sigerico, Archbishop of Canterbury, who in 994 wrote a diary of his journey back telling the different places reached during the trip.
Today this road is being used again by pilgrims and travellers in search of a different type of contact with nature, history and themselves.