Guided group: via Francigena – week 8

€760 (from) / Per person

DEPARTURE: SEPTEMBER 4-11, 2021

 

Guided group: via Francigena – Week 8

The surrounding countryside of Rome is covered in remarkable ruins from the Etruscans & the ancient Roman Empire, as it was the area most populous in those times. It is also dense with lush verdant forests & cascading waterfalls, papal palaces & thermal baths. You will pass through Viterbo, a town with an incredible history dating back to the Etruscans. Enjoy the thermal baths of Bagnaccio, explore the historic center (the largest medieval city center in Europe) and eat a plate of lombrichelli, the delicious pastas of the region. From there you will continue to the town of Vetralla, nestled in the volcanic Cimini mountains, with breathtaking views from the ancient city center. Then you’ll pass through dense woods, past ancient ruins & abandoned monasteries, before reaching the enchanting town of Sutri, with a remarkable amphitheater. Onwards past waterfalls & pristine forests until you reach the eternal city, Rome.

The best way to reach Montefiascone is by train from Viterbo (11 min). The Montefiascone train station lies outside the town center, however, which means you’ll either need to walk (36 min) or take a taxi (5 min) from the station to your hotel.

Waiting for you at your hotel will be all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, a detailed description of the trail, the GPS maps, & the pilgrim’s “passport” (credenziale). You will also be told where to go to receive a benediction by a priest, should you desire one.

  • 7 Days
  • Age 15+
  • Via Francigena

Highlights

  • San Flaviano frescoes
  • The Pope palace in Viterbo
  • The Farnese palace in Caprarola
  • Madonna del parto in Sutri
  • The Monte Gelato waterfalls
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Accommodation level

Day 1 – Montefiascone –   

Day 2 – Viterbo –   

Day 3 – Caprarola –   

Day 4 – Sutri –   

Day 5 – Campagnano di Roma – 

Day 6 – Isola Farnese –   

Day 7 – Roma – 

How does it work

We book your accommodations

We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels, b&b or country Inns. and you will find the corresponding vouchers in your package

We transfer your luggage

Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.

We supply detailed route notes and maps

The route notes can be in English, Italian, or French. All maps have GPS tracing.

Departure:Montefiascone
Destination:Roma
Included:
  • 7 nights (in 3 stars accomodation)
  • All breakfast (dinners on demand)
  • Emergency number 24/7
  • Gps files availabe
  • Luggage transfer
  • Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”
  • Road book & maps
Excluded:
  • Dinners
  • Tips

Map

Via Francigena week 8 from Montefiascone to Roma

Tour Plan

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Day 1: Arrival in Montefiascone

You can reach Montefiascone by an hour train ride from Rome or from Viterbo. The town is famous for the local white wine “Est Est Est” .However in town there are many other important things worth seeing. Do not miss the frescoes in the church of San Flaviano.

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Distance 18 km (walking time 4 h)

Day 2: Montefiascone - Viterbo

The route unfolds along the Bolsena lake, with beautiful views of the lake which, being of volcanic origins is very deep. Near Viterbo you will pass the Bagnaccio thermal pools where it is fun to soak in milky-green steaming waters. Viterbo is a nice small town and offers insights into real Italian life style as it is away from any tourist circuits.

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Distance 18 km (walking time 6.30 h)

Day 3: Viterbo - Caprarola

There is an official alternative route to the one in the plain. In the Middle Ages it was meant to avoid unsafe, marshy areas where Malaria was a real risk. The alternative route we have chosen is slightly longer, but passes across a vast unspoiled area.

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Distance 16 km (walking time 4.30 h)

Day 4: Caprarola - Sutri

Again we disregard the official, crowded route in favor of an alternative mountain road. We walk on a ridge, discovering wide views on both sides in a rugged landscape of deep valleys and narrow gorges. Sutri is a charming town with an ancient well-preserved amphitheater.

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Distance 26.5 km (walking time 7.00 h)

Day 5: Sutri - Campagnano di Roma

At the exit of the town, do not miss the Madonna del Parto chapel, an ancient pagan temple which was turned into a Christian church and host some very interesting frescoes representing pilgrims walking. Past midway, a small detour will lead to the Monte Gelato waterfalls.

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Distance 21 km (walking time 5 h)

Day 6: Campagnano di Roma - Isola Farnese

The most important sights of this day are the Madonna del Sorbo Sanctuary and Veio, an Etruscan archaeological site which is, however very poorly kept and run down. La Storta is a suburb of Rome and as such is not particularly interesting actually quite unpleasant. We therefore prefer to spend the night in a small hamlet perched on a cliff 5 km before.

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Distance 25 km (walking time 5.30 h)

Day 7: Isola Farnese - Roma

Walking into a large capital city is a difficult undertaking, however we have managed to avoid most of the traffic ridden Via Trionfale walking through two major parks: the Insugherata and Mt Mario park.

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Day 8: End our service

See you next year to walk together the next stage

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