The credential and the testimonium
In order to certify the completion of the pilgrimage, pilgrims have to obtain the testimonium. Rules for receiving the "Testimonium" (Testimonium Peregrinationis ad Limina Petri).
- for pilgrims arriving in Rome, after having walked at least from Acquapendente, crossing Bolsena, Montefiascone, Viterbo, Vetralla, Sutri and La Storta (140 Km )
- for pilgrims cycling at least from Lucca to Rome (400 Km)
You may receive the Testimonium, by entering the Vatican City through the gate called "Ingresso del Petriano” in the “Piazza del Sant’Uffizio”, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9,30 to 12,30 a.m.
The text of the Testimonium is written in Latin and says:
Testimonium peregrinationis peractae ad limina petri
Notum facimus hanc patriarchalem basilicam apud sancti petri apostoli corpus aedificatam atque ad dei gloriam et ipsius sancti
[English translation will follow soon]
The pilgrim's credential
The credential is the pilgrims' 'passport' on the Via Francigena, obtainable in advance or during the pilgrimage (see the list below). Besides some of the pilgrims' personal details, it provides space for collecting stamps. Collecting the stamps of albergues and refugios, hotels, campsites, private persons in one's credencial is necessary to prove one has accomplished the pilgrimage and so can obtain the testimonium.
Where to obtain a credential
Ask in major cities, churches
You can also download a credential from here.