Most of my path lies along the old route that pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela would have taken although I travel in the opposite direction! Leaving Santiago I follow the Camino Frances as far as Puente la Reina.
Here the Camino splits with one branch continuing as the Camino Frances to Roncevalles and the other becoming the Camino Aragones. This latter is what I take as far as the Pyrenees at Somport. There I temporarily leave the St James’ Way, crossing the Pyrenees and into France to detour to Lourdes. Rejoining the Camino (which by now is the Via Tolosana) at Maubourguet, I follow it to Arles.
Two ancient roman roads meet at Arles - the Via Domitia leading north-east to Montgenevre and the Via Aurelia heading south-east to Menton. South-East is my choice, to meet the Alps and enter Italy at the coast, just after Menton. At Genoa I leave the Via Aurelia, travel inland and make my way to Pontremoli using part of the Via dei Monti Liguri long distance path.
When I reach Pontremoli I join the Via Francigena, a very old pilgrim route which starts at Canterbury. This takes me to my final destination - Rome