Francigena Way: The Road to Rome

Francigena Way: The Road to Rome information and booking

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$1420
  • Duration
    10 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 9 nights in 3-star hotels, B&Bs or agriturismos
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, walking boots, sunscreen and sun hat. (A detailed packing list is included in the pre departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Witnessing the impressive scenery along this historic walking trail to Rome
  • Exploring the many medieval towns enroute including Montefiascone and Sutri
  • Discovering a region as beautiful as Tuscany but with fewer tourists
  • Soaking up the atmosphere in Orvieto, with its rich religious heritage
  • Enjoying exceptional cuisine of the region
  • Arriving on foot through Rome into St Peter's Square

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

From Canterbury in England to Rome in Italy, the 1900km "Francigena Way" dates back to the 11th century when pilgrims travelled across Europe on foot to visit the site of Martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul in Rome. With the modernisation of Europe and the shifting of borders the route became obsolete, until a recent revival of the pilgrimage, making it one of the most exciting pilgrimage trails in Europe today. This trip takes in the section of the trail from Orvieto in Umbria through the region of Lazio to Rome, passing by ancient relics and hill top towns. En route, stay in atmospheric farm houses and small family run hotels, soaking up the fine hospitality that has characterised the route for centuries.

What's included

  • 9 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 4 dinners (days 2, 3, 5 & 7) - dinners are generally 3 courses including some regional specialties
  • 9 nights in 3-star hotels or b&bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes may apply - payable locally)
  • Luggage transfers from day 2 to day 10
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Orvieto
Individual arrival. Orvieto rises on a tufaceous hill in the middle of the Umbrian countryside. There are many interesting sites to visit including the impressive Cathedral or Duomo, a work of architecture and religious harmony considered to be among the most important in Italy. There is a well-preserved medieval town centre and an underground city set deep in the tufa (volcanic rock) which can be visited with a guide. The multitude of secret passageways and tunnels will remind you of the vast history of this town. Overnight in B&B in Orvieto.
Day 2 Through woods of oak and wild boars to Bolsena (5.5hrs)
Leaving the valley surrounding Orvieto, you head towards Bolsena and its lake. Through woods of oak and wild boars, hills and fields, the trail reaches the old town of Bolsena and its castle. Known for the miracle of Corpus Domini, the town developed on the banks of a beautiful lake of volcanic origin. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Bolsena. Ascent +450m, descent -200m
Day 3 Montefiascone, city of popes and excellent wine (5.5hrs)
Today you will walk towards Montefiascone, city of Popes and excellent wine. With a route along the ridge overlooking the lake, you follow the stretch of the ancient Roman Via Cassia, crossing roads paved in the original path. The town is a real gem with arches, alleys and artisans, retaining the flavour of yesteryear. You are now in the beautiful Tuscia of Lazio region. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight in hotel in Montefiascone. Ascent +600m, descent -300m
Day 4 Orchards and vineyards, thermal bath, Viterbo (5hrs)
From the Rocca dei Papi Montefiascone, the walk takes you between orchards and vineyards. Continue past farmhouses, cypresses and olive trees to arrive at the thermal baths of Bagnaccio, pools of warm water where pilgrims once rested. Above you rises Viterbo, the fortified town at the foot of the chain of the green Monti Cimini. Overnight in B&B in Viterbo. Ascent +100m, descent -400m
Day 5 Explore Viterbo, an underground tomb, Vetralla (4.5hrs)
The medieval walls, the seven entrances to the old town, the neighborhoods, the churches and the aristocratic palaces of Viterbo are a must to be visited before returning to the path. Through the countryside and forests, you pass an Etruscan underground tomb before reaching the gates of Vetralla where you can visit the ruins of the Pieve of S. Marie di Forcassi, a typical example of the architecture of the area. Dinner and overnight in a charming hotel in the countryside of Vetralla. Ascent +200m, descent –200m
Day 6 Vetralla to Sutri, with a Roman amphitheatre (5.5hrs)
Vetralla overlooks the countryside and the hills of Latium. Once out of the medieval town centre, the trail continues across fields and hazelnut trees before reaching the Towers of Orlando, the ruins of an ancient monastery. The route meanders past Capranica and its elegant boulevards to Sutri, a settlement of rare beauty, which has a Roman amphitheatre and an Etruscan necropolis excavated in the tufa. Overnight in B&B in Sutri. Ascent +300m, descent –350m
Day 7 Sutri to Campagnano (6hrs)
Walk today almost entirely through fields, woods, lakes and past waterfalls. The area around Campagnano is predominantly agricultural and encompasses the town of Monterosi and the nearby lake with lotus flowers. This is the largest lake of Bracciano and Veio Natural Park, a protected nature reserve. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Campagnano. Ascent +250m, descent –220m
Day 8 Walk through Veio Natural Park to the outskirts of Rome (6hrs)
Today's walk takes you through the lovely village of Formello and the Veio Natural Park to the north of Rome. Homeland of the Etruscan civilization, the park is made of tufa hills and a well-preserved riverside environment. Overnight near Rome. (-200 mt + 50 mt, 25 km)
Day 9 Walk to St Peter's Square (2.5hrs)
The last day is a rich experience, walking through history towards the Vatican and the end of the Francigena Way. The route takes you across the city of Rome, avoiding traffic. On arrival at St Peter’s Cathedral you are free to visit some of the most important monuments of the city before making your way to your hotel. Overnight in hotel/B&B in Rome. (+30m, -30m, 10km)
Day 10 Trip Concludes
The trip concludes after breakfast.