University of Kent postgraduate student Julia Peters left Canterbury on 28 March 2015 for a journey that will take her through four countries (England, France, Switzerland, and Italy) and over 1200 miles (1900 km) to Rome, her final destination–and she’s doing it all on foot.
Julia says that the purpose of her journey is one of personal enrichment, “an initiative to promote The Via Francigena and the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, to conduct research on mobility in the Roman Empire and to further links between the European Centres of the University of Kent”. A number of University of Kent students, fellow pilgrims, have joined her along the way – Julia is making stops in 78 towns along the famous pilgrimage route.
Julia’s project received support from KIASH (Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Kent), in conjunction with the research of Professor Ray Laurence, in addition to the University of Kent’s European Centres. If you would like to read more about Julia’s project, and be updated on her daily progress, please visit her blog here.