The via Francigena is part of a bundle of three main roads leading to the medieval Christian religious sites in Santiago de Compostela, Rome and Jerusalem. The route of a pilgrimage Bishop Sigerico in the tenth century, made from Canterbury to arrive in Rome is one of the most important elements of this network of roads in the European Middle Ages. Are still found in the territory the memories of this passage which has deeply structured settlement forms and traditions of the places visited. A continuous passage that has allowed various European cultures to communicate and be in touch, shaping the cultural, artistic, economic and political life of modern Europe; is well known sentence of the poet Goethe that states "the conscience of Europe was born on pilgrimage routes".

In the picture here below (click on it to enlarge it) are illustrated all the 22 places located along the 164 miles of the via Francigena from Florence to Rome where pilgrims used to stop to have some rest from the travel. On the Via Francigena, and precisely in Bolsena, is where the Puri family have always had its home and its cellars, along several generations till to the present day.

Via Francigena