From Cambridge, after a day’s walk, Pietro Querini arrived in London.

From Pietro Querini’s diary (P.Nelli, 2007): We left Cambridge and arrived in London the following day, where a few hours earlier my helmsman had already arrived with two others, and had already informed the merchants of our nationality and my arrival. Vittore Cappello and others came to meet us and waited for us well outside London, and everyone can understand how great was our common joy when I joined them. 

We dismounted from our horses and embraced each other tenderly. We cried and for them it was as if they had recovered a lost person who had come back to life from death.

London Today

London, the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of the United Kingdom, is a city that enchants with its rich history, dynamic culture and iconic monuments.

As well as being one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, London also plays a significant role in the history of the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route that connected Canterbury to Rome. Although London was not an official starting point of the Via Francigena, its strategic location often made it an important stop for pilgrims on their way to the European continent. Today, the city is rich in historical vestiges related to this pilgrimage route, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, which welcomed pilgrims seeking refuge and spirituality. With its fusion of ancient history and vibrant modernity,

London continues to attract visitors from all over the world, offering a unique and unforgettable experience that reflects its diversity and timeless charm.


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