Starting from Le Puy

Betseylou

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I walked from Le Puy to Santiago in 2015, so I decided to start my walk to Rome from Le Puy as well.

Does anyone have experience with this?

It looks like my best bet is to go from Le Puy to Geneva, then Geneva to Lausanne to get on the VF. Is there another/better way that I'm missing?

Will I need 3 separate guide books for going this way?

Will be starting end of this summer or next, depending on how things are at home.
 

JabbaPapa

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There are basically three routes out of Le Puy -- the one you mention (with its variants) ; another where you head to Valence then South down the Rhône to Avignon, and from there through Sisteron, Gap, Briançon over to Turin and &c ; a third where you carry on down the Rhône to Arles, then follow the Provençal and Coastal route through Aix, Fréjus, Ventimiglia, Genova to Lucca etc.
 

Betseylou

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There are basically three routes out of Le Puy -- the one you mention (with its variants) ; another where you head to Valence then South down the Rhône to Avignon, and from there through Sisteron, Gap, Briançon over to Turin and &c ; a third where you carry on down the Rhône to Arles, then follow the Provençal and Coastal route through Aix, Fréjus, Ventimiglia, Genova to Lucca etc.
Thank you! Do you know the name of the route that goes through Avignon? I will try to look at that one.
 

Betseylou

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I think I found it. It looks like I could do Le Puy to St. Giles and then get on the Alta Via to Italy. Fascinating! I will have to do some more research, ty!

https://www.via-alta.com/it

Ok, so it looks like the via alta part in France is the GR653D. Do you know if there's a guide for the part in Italy to connect to the VF?
 
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JabbaPapa

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Don't know anything about guide books for Italian sections, but yes that's the route in question -- it's just designated as a part of the Francigena on my own old 1990s map, but there's been a fashion in more recent decades to give each pilgrimage route its own name.
 

Betseylou

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I found a lightfoot guide from Arles all the way to Vercelli as the Via Domitia, but it hasn't been updated since 2011. At least distances should be correct.
 

caminka

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Do you know if there's a guide for the part in Italy to connect to the VF?
this is the best site for up to date info on chemins in SE france: http://www.compostelle-paca-corse.info/chemins-region-paca. here are the guides for the italian sections: http://www.compostelle-paca-corse.info/chemins-rome-assise-san-michele-di-gargano#bretelles. the GR653D has its guide from FFRP (french hiker's organization) and PACA-Corse's last update version from 2017: http://www.compostelle-paca-corse.info/guides-chemins-paca-gr-653a-gr-653d-leurs-variantes.

there is another option. hike down GR 70, the stevenson's way, to Alés (https://www.gr70-stevenson.com/en/trail.htm), from there follow GR700 to St-Anastasie, GR 6 to Castillon-du-Gard, and GR 63 to Avignon. look up your options on https://www.geoportail.gouv.fr/carte (very good topo maps of france with all GR routes marked).
 

Betseylou

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this is the best site for up to date info on chemins in SE france: http://www.compostelle-paca-corse.info/chemins-region-paca. here are the guides for the italian sections: http://www.compostelle-paca-corse.info/chemins-rome-assise-san-michele-di-gargano#bretelles. the GR653D has its guide from FFRP (french hiker's organization) and PACA-Corse's last update version from 2017: http://www.compostelle-paca-corse.info/guides-chemins-paca-gr-653a-gr-653d-leurs-variantes.

there is another option. hike down GR 70, the stevenson's way, to Alés (https://www.gr70-stevenson.com/en/trail.htm), from there follow GR700 to St-Anastasie, GR 6 to Castillon-du-Gard, and GR 63 to Avignon. look up your options on https://www.geoportail.gouv.fr/carte (very good topo maps of france with all GR routes marked).
Thank you so much!
 

caminka

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how to get to the topo maps on geoportail: in the upper left corner there is a blue square with vertical lines. click on it and a pop-down opens with various map options. click on the blue bar 'voir tous les fonds de carte' to open more options, including the 'Cartes IGN classiques' or 'Carte topographique IGN', both with GR trails marked.
 
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