Via Francigena by bike from Lucca to Roma
Enjoy the highlights of Via Francigena by bike, allowing you to cover more land in less time. Your journey will begin in Lucca, “the city of 100 churches” & a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there you’ll continue through the province of Pisa, stopping in the romantic medieval city of San Miniato, encircled in vineyards & olive groves. Continue through the rolling hills of Tuscan wine country, passing San Gimignano, Siena & San Quirico d’Orcia. You’ll see unforgettable panoramas, great Renaissance masterpieces & medieval castles.
Then you’ll enter the Province of Lazio, where you’ll visit a charming town on the edge of a volcanic lake & the historic medieval city of Montefiascone, now a notable winemaking capital of Italy. The last section of the journey has the most spectacular Etruscan & Ancient Roman ruins, as well as breathtaking natural beauty. You will hike through dense forests & follow crystal clear streams from town to town. You journey will end in the eternal city itself, Rome, where you can enjoy a few days exploring everything Rome has to offer.
The Via Francigena is a very ancient Pilgrimage route that goes as far back as the fourth century. Thousands of people have followed these path on their way to Rome. It is now possible to do it with a bicycle. The whole route is 950 km and 15 days are needed to reach Rome starting from the Grand San Bernardo Pass which is where the route enters Italy crossing the Alps. Here we feature what it is possible to do in one week on a self-guided bases. The whole itinerary is feasible with a road bike.
You can reach Lucca easily by train from Florence (1h10min) or Pisa (25 min). At your hotel in Lucca you will find everything you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, a detailed description of the route & stops along the way, & the GPS maps. You will also find information on churches where you can receive a benediction, should you desire one.
- 10 Days
- Age 15+
- Via Francigena