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Cycling on Via Francigena from Siena to Rome
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Cycling on Via Francigena from Siena to Rome

Cycling on Via Francigena from Siena to Rome

Cycling on Via Francigena from Siena to Rome

  • Admire the big thermal pool in the center of Bagno Vignoni square
  • Admire a sunset over Lake Bolsena 
  • Walk barefoot on the paving of the Via Cassia in Montefiascone
  • Get lost at night in the district of il Pellegrino, in Viterbo
  • Recite your favourite poem in the centre of the amphitheatre of Sutri

 

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Route

The rides follow mostly well asphalted country roads and secondary roads. Near larger towns, the roads are more trafficked.

Day 1: Arrive in Siena
Day 2: Ride from Siena to San Quirico d'Orcia (54 km)
Day 3: Ride from San Quirico d'Orica to Radicofani (38 km)
Day 4: Ride from Radicofani to Bolsena (55 km)
Day 5: Ride from Bolsena to Viterbo (32 km)
Day 6: Ride from Viterbo to Sutri (38 km)
Day 7: Ride from Sutri to Formello (34.5 km)
Day 8: Ride from Formello to Rome (34 km )
Day 9: Arrivederci Rome!

Day 1:    Arrive in Siena

 Your journey will start in Siena, one of the most beautiful towns along the Francigena, famous for its palio: you will be able to spend the day walking through its paved streets, looking for coats-of-arms on the walls of the contradas, or climbing the Torre del Mangia to enjoy a unique view over the roofs of the town; not to be missed is a visit of the duomo, which will impress you with its amazing black and white columns. If you are lucky you will be able to witness a festival in one of the contradas, and see the work of the skilled flag-throwers, before sitting down at a table in Piazza del Campo to enjoy a plate of pici all’aglione for dinner, admiring the illuminated Palazzo Pubblico.

 

Day 2:    Ride from Siena to San Quirico d'Orcia (54 km)

 Let’s hope that the sun will be shinning during the first day of your journey, because the Crests of the Val d’Arbia offer unforgettable views: after saying goodbye to Siena, resting on the hills on the horizon, you will travel along the typical dirt roads of Siena as far as the fortified village of Lucignano, with its fine Church. At the gates of Monteroni d’Arbia you will be able to admire the impressive Grancia di Cuna, a fortified farm which held the reserves of wheat destined to the republic of Siena.

From Lucignano you will continue your journey through the Valle dell’Ombrone to Buonconvento. You will cross the gate of the walls and enter the fine old town centre of the village, discovering why its name means “happy fortunate place”, before jumping again on your bicycle and continue towards San Quirico over dirt roads and some asphalted ones: these however will be compensated by the beautiful views of the  Val D’Orcia, among hills tinted with charming shades and scattered with vineyards and cypress trees. At San Quirico you will stand enchanted before the gate of the  Collegiata, trying to recognise the various architectural styles that blend into its decorations, before enjoying a rest among the green hedges of the  Horti Leonini, a fifteenth century garden.

Challenge: 4 hours, 54 km, 650m ascent, 490m descent

 

Day 3:    Ride from San Quirico d'Orica to Radicofani (38 km)

 You will continue your journey across the fabulous views of the Val D’Orcia: just beyond San Quirico you will enter a timeless world visiting Vignoni Alto, and you will be able to enjoy a reinvigorating rest in the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni.

Today you will test your strength with a short but demanding leg of your  journey which will take you as far as  Radicofani: stick it out, because admiring the view from the Radicofani fortress, tired but satisfied, will repay all your efforts.  You will also be able to visit the Pieve di San Pietro, a little jewel dating back to the thirteenth century, and take an evening walk in its old town centre, admiring the magic of the illuminated Fortress.

Challenge: 3 hours, 38 km, 650m ascent, 454m descent

 

Day 4:    Ride from Radicofani to Bolsena (55 km)

 From Radicofani you will walk towards one of the most exciting sections of the Via Francigena, leaving the fortress behind you and travelling along the old Via Cassia, surrounded by scenery of infinite hills dominated by Monte Amiata. You will be able to walk in silence in the Romanesque crypt beneath the Basilica del Santo Sepolcro, among decorated capitals and arches: where, according to tradition, some stones bathed in the blood of Christ are supposed to have been kept.

Your journey will continue gently as far as the first views of Lake Bolsena: from here you will descend into a volcanic crater and you will continue along dirt tracks, alternating thick woods with meadows scattered with olive trees, as far as Bolsena. If you are curious to see proof of the miracle of the Corpus Domini, for which Bolsena is famous, in the Cappella del Miracolo some marble slabs stained by the blood pouring from a Host in the thirteen century are kept. If, instead, you are more interested in the typical cuisine. you can taste the products offered by the lake, such as the  Sbroscia, a typical soup made from lake fish and tomatoes.

Challenge: 3.5 hours, 55 km, 620m ascent, 610m descent

 

Day 5:    Ride from Bolsena to Viterbo (32 km)

 You will continue through woods and olive groves, on a route that will offer constant views of the lake: you will cross an area famous for the production of Extra virgin olive oil, which we recommend you taste on the a piece of fragrant local bread before arriving in Montefiascone: not to be missed, a climp up to the Rocca, where you will be enchanted before a boundless views. After descending from the Rocca, you can go into a typical wine bar and taste a glass of  Est!Est!!Est!!!, which is even better here because it is km zero.

If you want to spoil yourself a little more, you will be able to enjoy a pleasant halt at the spas of Bagnaccio, recharging your batteries in its thermal waters before proceeding towards Viterbo, the end of your journey. In honour of our trip, do not miss visiting the picturesque pilgrim’s quarter, before admiring the splendid Palazzo dei Papi and enjoying the silence of the Longobard cloisters of Santa Maria Nuova. And to end on a sweet note, celebrate the end of the journey with the delicious local frittellacce !

Challenge: 2.5 hours, 32 km, 545m ascent, 420m descent

 

Day 6:    Ride from Viterbo to Sutri (38 km)

 From Viterbo the journey continues towards Vetralla, town in the heart of the ancient Etrurian territory, to later continue through the green countryside of Lazio you come to Sutri, a small town rich in attractions. The Roman amphitheatre, completely dug out from the tufo, is something not to be missed.  Decide whether to sit on the terraces or to get up onto the stage, but as you leave remember to sign the visitors’ register: it is very important for the custodian, and if he is there he will invite you to do so. After this, proceed to the church of   Santa Maria del Parto, the tufo walls of which are decorated in well preserved frescoes. Look for the group of pilgrims among the images, depicted in prayer with their sticks in their hand.

Challenge: 3 hours, 38 km, 420m ascent, 510m descent

 

Day 7:    Ride from Sutri to Formello (34.5 km)

 From Sutri we go on towards Campagnano and the Formello: during the journey you will flank the Mount Gelato Waterfalls, where you can stop for a reinvigorating dip. A panoramic road of the Veio Nature Park will bring you to the gates of Campagnano. Here you can rest in the Venturi Park, the home of a three-hundred year old Yew tree the locals call the “Tree of Death”: but don’t worry, you can sit in its shade without any danger! You will continue through the Veio nature park with its woody hills, before entering the enchanting Valle del Sorbo. Along the way you will be able to admire the sanctuary of the Madonna del Sorbo and later arrive to Formello, with its medieval buildings. 

Challenge: 3 hours, 34.5 km, 536m ascent, 590m descent

 

Day 8:    Ride from Formello to Rome (34 km )

 Get back on the saddle and face the last leg of your journey which separates you from the Eternal City. The leg continues across the countryside of Lazio, you could never guess to be so close to a metropolis. You will have to cross a brief trait of trafficked roads to reach the cycle path of River Tevere, an enchanting slow path which will lead you to the gates of Vatican City, where you will be able to end your journey in St.Peter Square.

Do not forget to take a triumphant photograph in front of the Basilica, before celebrating the end of the journey fortifying yourselves with spring lamb, pecorino romano cheese, and perhaps a delicious  maritozzo with cream…you’ve deserved it!

Challenge: 3 hours, 34 km, 155m ascent, 280m descent

 

Day 9:    Arrivederci Rome!

 The trip ends after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us. 

 

accommodation

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable 3* hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:

You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Chiusarelli - Siena

The three-star Hotel Chiusarelli is located in the city centre of Siena, finds its natural setting in a neoclassical villa built around 1870. The structure  has been completely renovated in 2013. Rooms are spacious and clean and these offer bathroom with shower or bathtub, hairdryer, air conditioning/heater, telephone, Wi-Fi, TV with Sky Vision. The Hotel has no lift. High quality breakfast.

www.chiusarelli.com

Hotel Palazzuolo - San Quirico d'Orcia

Hotel Palazzuolo is situated within a private park of 11 hectares on the edge of the village of San Quirico d’Orcia. The structure is a little bit dated, but rooms are well-furnished and some of these have a balcony with views of swimming-pool or Val d'Orcia. The restaurant is open every day and it offers traditional dishes. 

www.hotelpalazzuolo.it

Agriturismo La Selvella - Radicofani

Set between 2 rolling hills in the heart of the Val D’Orcia Valley, Agriturismo Selvella is a renovated Tuscan country house Radicofani 3 km away offering typical rustic rooms and a summer pool. The location is quiet and totally surrounded by nature. Rooms are comfortable and cozy with free Wifi, air conditioned and some of these have a view overlooking tuscany countryside or Radicofani. Owners are hospitable and helpful. Quality breakfast and cuisine. 

www.selvella.com

Agriturismo Le Vigne - Bolsena

This agritourism is just 250 metres from the centre of Bolsena and it has a nice view of the Bolsena Lake. Rooms are spacious and well appointed. These offer flat tv, free WiFi, air conditioning, heating, independent bath and shower and some with private entrances. Breakfast is rich and various of sweet and savoury food. 

www.levigne.it

Hotel Royal - Bolsena

Surrounded by greenery, Hotel Royal is set 20 m from the shores of Lake Bolsena and it offers elegant rooms and an outdoor swimming pool. Rooms are spacious, well-finished and clean with air conditioning, TV, free Wifi, telephone. Breakfast is rich with savoury and sweet dishes. 

www.hotelroyalbolsena.it

Hotel Riario - Viterbo

Hotel Riario is located in the center of Medieval Viterbo, in a builiding of the 16th century. Rooms are furnish in elegant way, comfortable and well-finished. These offer TV, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning. Breakfast is good and rich. 

www.palazzoriario.it

Agriturismo Montefosco - Sutri

Agriturismo Montefosco is nestled in the countryside of Lazio a few steps from Rome and surrounded by its hazelnut trees. Room are well-finished, clean and well-furnished with free Wifi, TV, air conditioning/heating. There is quality cuisine and the restaurant offers traditional dishes with local ingredients. Staff are helpful and courteous.

www.agriturismomontefosco.it

B&B Nonna Loreta - Formello

B&B Nonna Loreta is located in a quiet and comfortable house and it offers a garden and a terrace. Rooms are well-finished and clean with air conditioning/heating, TV, private bathroom and some of these have common bathroom. Breakfast is richand varied. Owners are helpful and cozy. 

www.nonnaloreta.com

Hotel Selene - Roma

Selene Style Hotel, located in the center of Rome, is very close to the main attractions and it is also close to the metro. Rooms are all recently renovated and are modern and beautifully decorated. These are equipped with free Wifi, soundproofing, air conditioning, TV, minibar, coffee/tea maker, telephone with direct line. Breakfast is rich and good.

www.hotelseleneroma.it

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

Florence (FLR)Pisa (PSA) and Bologna (BLQ) airports are flown to by both major and low cost international carriers. All three airports can be easily reached by local transport, which is affordable and offers a frequent service.

On departure, the closest airports are Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Ciampino (CIA).

Arrival in Siena

From Bologna Airport (BLQ), reach the central railway station, from where you can take a train to Siena with change in Florence.

From Pisa Airport (PSA), you can take a train to Siena with change in Pisa Centrale station and in Empoli.

From Florence Airport (FLR), take a public bus to Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station, and then either a bus or a train to Siena (both direct).

Departure from Rome

On departure, you can reach Pisa, Bologna and Florence by train. If you are flying from Rome (FCO or CIA), you can reach the airport by bus.

Train timetables are available on the website www.trenitalia.com

Bus timetables are avavilable on www.busfox.com/timetable (Siena-Firenze).

RENTAL BIKES

Customized ELIOS, Aluminium bike

  • Shimano Deore gears
  • Shimano V-brake
  • suspension: RST, lock out

 

Bianchi Sempre Pro

  • race bike
  • 22 gears, Campagnolo Athena
  • suspension: carbon fork

ELECTRIC BIKES

E-BIKE Customized Peugeot

  • Shimano Deore gears
  • Shimano V-brake
  • suspension: RST lock out

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 8 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Bike delivery to Siena, theft insurance and collection from Rome (*)
  • Luggage transfer DAY 2 to DAY 8 (*)
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

(*) supplements will be applied for transfers of 3 and 4 pax, and from 5 to 8 pax

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Touristic city taxes
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Rear bags
  • Travel to Siena and from Rome
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Bike reantl: hybrid bike with front bag with map holder, odometer
  • Helmet
  • Rear bags 
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Siena
  • Transfer from Rome to airport
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