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It would be too difficult to select only one place to visit in the Italian region of Tuscany. On EuroVelo 5, cyclists first pass through the remarkable city of Lucca with its circular Piazza Anfiteatro and its Basilica di San Frediano, then they ride on the streets of the small walled medieval hill town of San Gemignano and they finish with the wonderful city of Siena known for its Piazza del Campo with the Mangia Tower. Photo credit: Frederic Poirot
Canterbury Cathedral is the spiritual heart of Christianity in England and also the traditional starting point of Via Francigena pilgrimage. After enjoying a visit of the remarkable Gothic Cathedral, tourists can discover St Martin's Church and the ruins of the Abbey of St Augustine (and its well-preserved embossed Abbot Fyndon’s Great Gate) which are a reminder of the first steps of Christianisation in Great-Britain. Photo credit: Hans Musil
Between Strasbourg – the ‘Crossroads of Europe’ - and the northern Swiss city of Basel, cyclists can enjoy cycling through the beautiful Alsatian vineyards. Between the rolling hills of the Vosges and the mighty Rhine River, cyclists will find numerous picturesque villages to stop in. After a ride through narrow streets between half-timbered houses and traditional church towers, they should sample the local white wine and regional produce. Photo credit: lapinos
The Chapel Bridge was built in the first half of the 14th century as part of the city's inner fortification ring. The triangular paintings have adorned the bridge since the 17th century and depict scenes from the town and Swiss history. The Chapel Bridge almost completely burned down on the night of August 18, 1993. Only the two bridgeheads and the Water Tower could be saved. In an unprecedented campaign, the bridge was reconstructed within eight months.
The traditional point of arrival of Via Romea Francigena is Rome, the Italian Capital and also the city of the Holy See. After recovering from their exertions with meals of pasta, cyclists will have to plenty to visit in this lively city. The city of Romulus and Remus is full of monuments including the Coliseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Pantheon from Ancient Rome, the Papal Palace and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican, the famous Trevi fountain and so much more. You’ll soon see why it’s known as the Eternal City. Photo credit: Bert Kaufmann
Crossing the English Channel is an inevitable part of following the Via Romea Francigena or "the road to Rome that comes from France". If you choose to do this by boat, then you have the opportunity to take in the impressive white cliffs of Dover. Designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, these 110 meter-high cliffs mark the point where Great Britain is closest to the continental landmass of Europe. On a clear day it is possible to see the French coast from the cliff tops and the next part of EuroVelo 5. Photo credit: maki
The Belgian Capital is an incredible city where magnificent centuries-old buildings, such as those fronting on to the UNESCO–listed Grand Place, contrast with dramatic new constructions in the EU Quarter. The contrasts continue with the surprisingly short Manneken Pis sharing top prize as the emblem of the city with the Atomium – a building modelled on an atom magnified 165 billion times. For all this and more, the European capital is well worth a stop. Photo credit: Jean-Paul Remy
The 3 Bellinzona castles are among the most wonderful vestiges of fortified mediaeval architecture within the Alpine region. The three castles and the city walls of Bellinzona were built in medieval times; the reason for these fortifications was to block access to the Ticino valley by northern populations and to control tolls and roads to S. Gottardo. In 2000, the Bellinzona castles were declared a UNESCO World Heritage.
Although nowadays full of charming monuments and wonderful buildings, the quiet city of Luxembourg was for many centuries the location of a strategic fortified castle, highly valued by western European armies. It is still possible to visit some of the old fortifications all around the city, which allow cyclists a bird’s eye view on the great houses and churches of the low town. Photo credit: Wolfgang Staudt