Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

The celebrity pilgrims set off on the final challenging stretch of the Via toward Rome. The pilgrims are on the tenth day of their journey, with 65km to go before they reach Rome. Today's route takes them through an isolated and overgrown wood, which is a total revelation to Mehreen, who has never experienced anything quite like it before. The group arrives in Sutri, a medieval town with an even older history. They visit a magnificent Roman amphitheatre. But Sutri has even older archaeological remains. Stephen, Mehreen and Les visit a church which was originally Etruscan and pagan before becoming Roman, then Christian, and finally Catholic. They marvel at the famous pilgrim frescoes dating back to the Middle Ages, and Stephen questions how the notion of religious belief began. At journey's end, they take advantage of an extraordinary invitation from the Vatican; emotions run high at their meeting with Pope Francis. How will the conversation go between the Pope and Stephen?

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome


In this first episode, the intrepid eight arrive in Martigny, Switzerland, and find out for the first time who will be sharing their pilgrim adventure. They make their way by mountain train to the start of their pilgrimage in Orsieres, high in the Swiss Alps. The Via is based on a journey taken to Rome in 990AD by Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury. Their route crosses the Alps at 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) and goes over the Great St. Bernard Pass. Like Napoleon and his 40,000 strong army and the pilgrims before them, the group also must make their way up the challenging mountain path.


Monday, April 13, 9pm
Wednesday, April 15, 1pm
Thursday, April 16, 9pm (LEARN)



Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome


In this second episode, it is day four, and Stephen, Greg, Brendan and Les wake up in a yurt. They are all staying in a hostel on a Roman road in a tiny village in the Tuscan Appenines, and they are beginning to realize how important the simple life is to the pilgrim experience - especially when a donkey appears in the kitchen trying to eat their breakfast. Just beyond Monteriggioni they come to a welcome and interesting rest stop. Later that afternoon the pilgrims move onto Bagno Vignoni, the famous Roman baths, where Greg and Brendan take a plunge in the public pool.


Monday, April 20, 9pm
Wednesday, April 22, 1pm
Thursday, April 23, 9pm (LEARN)


Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

The celebrity pilgrims set off on the final challenging stretch of the Via toward Rome. The pilgrims are on the tenth day of their journey, with 65km to go before they reach Rome. Today's route takes them through an isolated and overgrown wood, which is a total revelation to Mehreen, who has never experienced anything quite like it before. The group arrives in Sutri, a medieval town with an even older history. They visit a magnificent Roman amphitheatre. But Sutri has even older archaeological remains.


Monday, April 27, 9pm
Wednesday, April 29, 1pm
Thursday, April 30, 9pm (LEARN)