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Via Francigena by Bike: from Lucca to Rome

The Pilgrims of yesteryear weren’t cycling. But today, we are blessed to have this technology, and extend that to visitors young and old. The reason why cycling is so important is because it allows you to ride and see the full 950km that goes through Gran San Bernardo Pass and Rome, without speeding through it.

The route you will take will give you ample time to soak everything in, as you’ll traverse 60 km a day, and without a great deal of difficulty. As you look at the itinerary, you will see that there are a lot of elements that are easy to traverse as they are not full of traffic. Dirt roads may be used, but the majority of this will be found through simplified paths.

Why cycling?
Simply put, it allows for a much richer and fuller experience. You cannot compare this travel style to others, because it’s second to none in terms of soaking the natural splendor that awaits.
There are 2 major ways to travel that we offer for those seeking to traverse the Francigena.

Touring by Bike For Smaller Groups
It should be noted that we can only offer small groups travel by bike at a time. It’s due in large part to the delivery and pick up of cycles. However, this makes perfect sense for smaller groups of travelers that don’t want to get bogged down with the traffic of tourism, and would love to enjoy touring without compromise.
We also keep the prices down this way, so that anyone can afford to take a trek through Lucca and to Rome in 10 days. This is not a difficult path, it has some tough points, but the majority is simplified so that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy the natural beauty that awaits.

Activity Level: Moderate | Mileage: – Km | Daily Cycling: 5 – 6 hr | Road surface: asphalt
Duration: 10 Days – 11 Nights

 

 

DAY BY DAY CYCLING PROGRAM

 

LUCCA

Day 1 – Arrival and settling in

The first major point is that of Lucca. This is a town that has some incredible ancient walls in which you can cycle through. This convenient location allows you to get to the heart of Tuscany, and is relatively close to Pisa Airport, making it very simple to get to and start with. Here you will find traditional vineyards, small towns, religious centers, and so much more to explore.

 

SAN MINIATO

Day 2 – San Miniato – San Gimignano – Km

After you take a train trip to San Miniato Basso, you will start your journey on a bike. We will meet you here with the bikes you will use, and all the maps and information that you’re going to need to take on the journey ahead of you. This will be a hill filled ride, but the views and natural wonders that you will traverse will completely astonish as you head to San Gimignano.

 

SAN GIMIGNANO

Day 3 – San Gimignano – Siena – Km

While you’re enjoying San Gimignano, you will no doubt be fascinated by the marketplaces, shopping, natural squares, architecture, and so much more. There’s a rich history here that you will see from the walls, to the old buildings, and centers. From there you will head to Siena, where the outdoor cafés await, including a recommended spot at Piazaa del Campo. You’ll be delighted by what you see and what awaits, for sure.

 

SIENA AND THE “CRETE”

Day 4 – Siena – Buonconvento – Km

Siena is quite the locale. Exploring the area is a must, and you’ll definitely find the natural beauty, and mix of old and new to be compelling. This next trek will definitely require some rest beforehand. It will be a tough one, but it will be worthwhile as you head to Buonconvento. Siena will definitely be on your mind, but what awaits is definitely something amazing. The vineyards, and natural forestry that line Crete will absolutely stun. Cypress trees along the hillsides will definitely make this trek a bit easier to manage, albeit tough for some.

 

VAL D’ORCIA

Day 5 – Buonconvento – Radicofani – Km

If you have ever seen the masterworks of famous artists, then you will denote their views of Val d’Orcia and the many elements that await you on this trek. Tuscany opens up in a whole new way here, and you’ll find yourself riding through what many calendars publish on a regular basis. Don’t miss San Quirico and Radicofani as you take your cycle through this incredible, illustrious area.

 

PROCENO

Day 6 – Radicofani – Proceno – Km

While you will be going through some amazing natural sights through the valleys and the Cassia Road, what awaits you here is nothing short of incredible. Upon getting to Proceno, you will be able to stay in a castle. That’s right, stay in a real castle, that will take you into the rich history of the region, and delight after seeing the natural wonders through Val d’Orcia and beyond.

 

LATIUM AND VITERBO

Day 7 – Proceno – Viterbo – Km

As you leave Proceno, you’ll be headed through Latium. This is going to be an easier trek overall, and you’ll see some very unique areas. This is away from the beaten path, and you’ll no doubt want to take your time through here. There are some amazing religious elements, including the Pope’s Palace in Viterbo. This is where Popes of the past would go when fleeing persecution in Rome. You’ll also want to explore the Sutri Amphitheater, and visit the thermal pools of I Bagnacci. Simply put, this may very well be the most relaxing of your trip, so make sure to soak it all in.

 

SUTRI

Day 8 – Viterbo – Sutri – Km

Another great trek, this is going to show you a mix of natural splendor, and modern luxury. As you traverse the hills, you’ll be able to soak in the past, before reaching Vico lake. From there, you’ll visit Farnese palace, and eventually the medieval times community of Ronciglione. Also, make sure that you take a look at Santa Maria del Parto church. This journey will shine light on the past in a whole new vantage point for you. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open when in this region, there’s a lot to see and hear.

 

FORMELLO AND THE WATERFALLS

Day 9 – Sutri – Formello – Km

Two major points of interest that you will not want to miss in this part of the journey is Monterosi lake and St Maria del Sorbo. You’ll be headed to Formello, and then off to Rome, but these locales should be treasured. Make sure to also stop at Monte Gelato Waterfalls, and see if you can place the location from the many movies that have been shot here. Slow down a bit, and really take in the natural splendor that you will see in this part of your cycling quest.

 

ARRIVING IN ROME

Day 10 – Formello – Rome – Km

Rome awaits, and instead of having to go through the hustle and bustle that most will, you will not. The cycling tour will take you through an isolated path for bikes along the famed Tiber River. From here you will be within a few hundred meters of the world famous St. Peters Square.
This cycling trek is definitely one of the best ways to experience Italy. It takes you through many different communities, in the fresh air, and beauty that has become synonymous with the country. If you want to see all that Italy has to offer, and you want to do so in a unique, inexpensive manner, then cycling becomes the most compelling way to do so.

 

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