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 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: 7 hours, 22 km, 433m ascent, 604m descent
After breakfast take a public bus to La Storta train station and get on the train to Rome. You will be immediately fascinated by its magnificent history, monuments and archaeological areas. Visiting the city you will have a chance to discover the courtesy and the pleasant company of local people that could show you the best restaurants to taste their traditional cuisine. Dinner is on your own tonight.
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.
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.
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