The route is quite easy due to low differences in height even if on unasphalted roads. Some walks are quite long but can be shortened if requested in advance.
The whole itinerary is well marked by the Official signs of the Via Francigena (white red markings and yellow sign with the Pilgrim symbol on it).
Start: Orvieto or Acquapendente Finish: Rome
If you are coming from the previous stage of the Via Francigena that starts in Siena and ends in Acquapendente, then you will start this last section in Acquapendente. Enjoy a local dinner in one of the restaurants in town.
If your trip starts today and you only do this last section of the Via Francigena, you will be starting in Orvieto, the beautiful town sitting atop a tufaceous cliff, as it is easier to reach. If you arrive early, enjoy a stroll through this former centre of the Etruscan civilization and visit its impressive Cathedral (Duomo). Enjoy a local dinner and a glass of local great wine in one of the restaurants town.
If you start in Acquapendente, you walk across a plain to reach the village of San Lorenzo Nuovo, located on a panoramic position on the edge of the crater that nowadays hosts the lake town ofBolsena. Continue the gradual descent towards the charming lakevillage ofBolsena. The whole itinerary is well marked by the Official signs of the Via Francigena.
If you are in Orvieto: the route starts from the Cathedral (Duomo) and crosses the whole old town. After a walk along the modern town, you pass through a fascinating countryside with a recently discovered Etruscan necropolis. Some trails are on secondary asphalted roads and bring you to the side of the ancient crater with an exceptional panoramic view on the whole Bolsena Lake.
Challenge: 6/7 hours, 18/ 23 km, 505/ 341m ascent, 504/ 394m descent
Today you walk from Bolsena along the crest of the hills surrounding the east part of the lake. Arrive in Montefiascone, a nice village situated on a prominent position from where you have a great panoramic view of the lake, of the surrounding plain and of the Cimini Mountains. The Fortress of the Popes in Montefiascone is worthwhile a visit. Dinner on your own in one of the restaurants in town.
Challenge: 5 hours, 18 km, 603m ascent, 329m descent
The route from Montefiascone is along a plain that divides the Bolsena Lake from the Cimini Mountains. The outline of the hills is sometimes mild and allow wide sights on the whole territory. There are no residential areas along the route, but there are some old drinking fountains. Arrive in Viterbo and take some time to visit the lovely old town. Dinner on your own in one of the restaurants in town.
Challenge: 6 hours, 18 km, 174m ascent, 430m descent
On the first part of today's itinerary you will be exploring the Etruscan hollow roads then you will immerse in the typical Etruscan countryside. There are no villages along the way to Vetralla. Dinner is included at the accommodation tonight.
Challenge: 6 hours, 17 km, 288m ascent, 309m descent
Today the route is quite long. From Vetralla you walk along the volcano side, which crater was occupied by the Lake Vico in the past. Continue the itinerary across the Etruscan countryside until you reach the tiny village of Capranica. From here you walk down to a tuff gorge by following the stream. The track is very striking but sometimes it could be difficult because of the water flow. Finally arrive at you accommodation in Sutri where you can enjoy a nice dinner.
Challenge: 7 hours, 25.5 km, 469m ascent, 475m descent
The first section of the route moves across fields till you reach the Monte Gelato waterfalls, a park where you can rest and have a bath. Then you walk along a panoramic excavated street leading to Campagnano doors.
To shorten the day’s walk it is possible to pre-arrange a morning transfer to the picturesque village of Monterosi, from where you walk to Campagnano di Roma.
Challenge: 7 hours, 24.5 km, 376m ascent, 399m descent
The day’s excursion is along the Roman countryside. The itinerary is quite flat with dirt roads or country trails, with just some hill in the final part. You will need to cross a stream and this could be more difficult just in particular conditions of water flow. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Challenge: 8 hours, 27.5 km, 520m ascent, 630m descent
After breakfast, you set off for the last leg of your modern day 'pilgrimage' along the Via Francigena to Rome - the 'Eternal City'. You can choose to reach Rome by public transportation or walk your way to Rome. Part of the walk to the city is through the Insugherata park, a beautiful natural reserve a few steps away from the bustling city.
As you approach the eternal city you can stop for a triumphant photograph at the Monte Mario Belvedere. From here you are able to see a glimpse of the dome of Saint Peter's, before descending towards the city to finally reach Piazza San Pietro, your ending point and that of many pilgrims throughout the centuries.
You will be immediately fascinated by the magnificent history, monuments and archaeological areas of Rome. Discover the city's amazing restaurants and traditional cuisine. If you want to maximise your time in Rome it is possible to skip most of today's walk by taking a local bus and train.
Challenge: 6 hours, 16.5 km, 260 m ascent, 410 m descent
The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have pre-book an extra in night in Rome or other destinations in Italy.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
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.
In the heart of Orvieto, a few steps away from the important monuments and the most typical streets of the city, Hotel Corso opens its doors. The hotel is personally run by owners who like to think they give their guests a special moment in memory of an ancient city full of history and tradition that is Orvieto.
Sorrounded by vegetation, the hotel is situated just 20 mknutes from lake Bolsena. Guests can access the facilities of the sister property Lido Camping Village, located 3 km away, which has a restaurant with panoramic views of the lake serving traditional Italian cuisine.There is a free shuttle service connecting the 2 properties.
Hotel Urbano V is situated in a very tranquil position, in perfect balance with the architecture of the historical center. Rooms are well-finished, clean and comfortable. These offer TV satellite, Safe, Air conditioning, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is rich and good.
Hotel Riario is in the center of Medieval Viterbo, in a building of the 16th century. Rooms are furnished in elegant way, comfortable and well-finished. These offer TV, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning. Breakfast is good and rich.
The Antica Locanda is immersed in the Tuscia Viterbese countryside, surrounded by expanses of olive groves. It offers well-kept, clean and rustic-style rooms. Comfort: free Wi-Fi with uneven coverage in all rooms, air conditioning, TV, telephone. It also has mini-apartments equipped with a kitchenette and whirlpool. Very good breakfast with genuine products and quality.
The Montefosco Farmhouse is immersed in the green of the Lazio countryside, surrounded by an expanse of hazels. The rooms are well kept, clean and well furnished, equipped with every comfort: free Wi-Fi, TV, air conditioning / heating. The cuisine is of quality and the restaurant offers traditional products prepared with local ingredients. Friendly and helpful staff.
Hotel Ristorante Benigni is in central Campagnano Di Roma surrounded by Veio's Park and by volcanic complex of Monti Sabatini. Rooms are simple and basic with private bathroom, air conditioning, TV, telephone and free Wi-Fi. Restaurant is very esteemed. Average breakfast.
La Rocchetta Resort is immersed in the greenery of a residential neighborhood, in the Veio Regional Natural Park. Originally an old farmhouse surrounded by a lush garden, La Rocchetta Resortis a peaceful haven with large outdoor areas, a convenient parking area and an abundant buffet breakfast.
The rooms of Domus Sessoriana are obtained from the cells of the monastery attached to the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. These are spacious, basic and clean. They have these comforts: air conditioning, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi in common areas. Staff is courteous and helpful. Italian breakfast is served on the terrace.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.
Arrival in Orvieto
From any of the airports indicated (PEG, FLR, CIA, FCO), you can reach the central train station by public transport, and then take a train to Orvieto. Trains are direct from Rome and Florence, whereas you need to change in Terentola-Cortona if you are travelling from Perugia.
Departure from Rome
From Rome, you can reach the main airports by either bus or train.
Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com
GPS tracks are available on request.
(*) Only 1 piece of luggage (max 20 kg) per person is allowed or a supplement will apply
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