WALK THE CAMINO

Via Francigena - The Last Section to Rome

This is the Road to Rome. Discover 2000 years of history and culture on the Via Francigena. Prepare for an amazing journey - from the first to the last step. On arrival at Rome's Monte Mario Belvedere - aka Mount Joy - you finally set eyes on the dome of St. Peter's Basillica - and then follow the River Tiber to Piazza San Pietro.

The Via Francigena walk is an amazing journey along the final 100 kms from the hilltop town of Montefiascone. You can walk the ancient pavements of the Via Cassia, parts of which are still intact after 2,000 years. Experience Lazio's green and hilly landscape, as you make your way from one ancient village to the next, along this last section of the Via Francigena to Rome. You will be eligible to claim the TESTIMONIUM certificate on presentation of your pilgrimage document at St Peter's Basicila.

Delicious Tuscan Gastronomy and wines

  • Extra virgin olive oil DOP of Tuscia
  • Typical wine bar for a glass of perfectly chilled white wine Est! Est !! Est !!!
  • Sutri's bean based soups and delicious pasta dishes
  • Homemade bread, baked in a wood oven 
  • Vineyards of Brunello di Montalcino 
  • Cheeses of Pienza

Rome - The Eternal City and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visit the Vatican City - Opportunity for a Papal Audience in Rome

 

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Montefiascone

The start point of the final 100km of the Via Francigena is the fortress hill town of Montefiascone, famous for the local white wine “Est Est Est”.  You’ll enjoy beautiful views of Lake Bolsena and the town retains some of the ancient pavements of the 2000 year old Via Cassia. If you wish a free day before setting out, a trip to Bolsena on the lake is highly recommended.

Day 2 - Walk from Montefiascone to Viterbo - 18 kms

Walk along the ancient Via Cassia, over hilly ground, with lovely views back to Montefiascone and ahead to Viterbo. This fertile area produces wonderful olive oil, excellent Brunello di Montalcino wines and the cheeses of Pienza . On route to medieval Viterbo, stop off to enjoy the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni. Viterbo is home to a Papal Palace. The medieval centre is a wonderfully atmospheric place to explore with many restaurants around the pilgrim district where you can try the acquacotta, the traditional dish of the Tuscia.

Day 3 - Walk from Viterbo to Vetralla  - 18 kms

The next leg of the journey will take you to Vetralla, a village in the heart of ancient Etruscan territory. Upon your arrival take a stroll through the alleys of the old town.

Day 4 - Walk from Vetralla to Sutri - 24 kms

 Continuing through the green countryside of Lazio, you reach Sutri, with its Roman amphitheatre, completely dug out from the tufo. Sit on the terraces, get up onto the stage, and sign the visitors’ register. Visit the church of Santa Maria del Parto to see the well preserved frescoes, including a group of pilgrims depicted in prayer with their sticks in their hand.

Day 5 - Walk from Sutri to Campagnano di Roma - 27 kms

During the journey from Sutri you flank the Mount Gelato Waterfalls, where you can stop for a reinvigorating bathe in hot weather. A panoramic road takes youthrough the Veio Nature Park  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”!

Day 6 - Walk from Campagnano to Isola Farnese   - 22kms

From Campagnano you continue through the Veio nature park with its woody hills, entering the enchanting Valle del Sorbo. Along the way you pass the sanctuary of the Madonna del Sorbo and the old town centre of Formello, with its fine medieval buildings. Isola Farnese clings to a cliff surrounded by woods dominated by the Castello Farnese - with a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys.

Day 7 – From Isola Farnese to Rome - 19 kms

The last leg of your journey to the Eternal City is across a beautiful natural reserve, the Parco dell ’Insugherata, a green oasis on the outskirts  of Rome.  The Belvedere di Monte Mario, gives the first glimpse of the dome of Saint Peter’s. It is a world apart from the heavy traffic that you may experience walking into the centre of the Rome. Descend towards Piazza San Pietro, the arrival point of the whole Northern Via Francigena. Do not forget to take a triumphant photograph in front of the Basilica, before celebrating the end of the journey feasting on spring lamb, pecorino romano cheese and perhaps a delicious maritozzo with cream…you’ve deserved it! 

Day 8 – Arrivederci Rome!

The trip ends after breakfast. We can pre-book an extra in nights in Rome or other destinations in Italy.

 

  • Lose yourself at night in the neighborhood of Pellegrino, in Viterbo

 

  • Walk along Via del Signorino at dawn, an ancient Etruscan track

 

  • Declaimed your favorite poem in the center of the amphitheater of Sutri

 

  • Admire the frescoes in the church of Santa Maria del Parto in Sutri, completely dug out of tufa

 

  • Uplifting experience of first seeing the St. Peter's dome from the Monte Mario viewpoint

ROME

Hotel Domus Sessoriana is a historic hotel set in a restored monastery dating from the C10th. The simple rooms have tiled floors and en suite bathrooms, and come with TVs, minifridges and desks, and upgraded rooms feature vaulted ceilings. Complimentary WiFi is available in some rooms. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served in a rooftop garden. Other amenities include a restaurant, cafeteria and a bar. Wi-Fi is free in common areas, and there's parking (fee) as well as an airport shuttle (at extra cost) and meeting space.

Hotel Sessoriana - our hotel in Rome

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View fom Monte Mario as you enter Rome

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Lake Bolsena from Montefiascone

  • Date

    From April - October

  • Cost

    7 nights B&B with baggage transfers from £536 pp sharing double / twin rooms

  • Accommodation

    A mix of traditional Tuscan 1-3* hotels, guest houses and agriturismos. All private rooms have en suite facilities. Breakfasts are included along with baggage transfers during the walk. Local Taxes: Many places in Italy now impose a small tax on tourists payable directly to the hotels and not included in your package. The rate of tax varies depending on the star rating of the hotel but is usually around €1 - €2 pp.

  • Grade

    Moderate

  • How To Get There

    Fly to Rome. We can arrange local transfers to Montefiascone. Local Taxes. Many places in Italy now impose a small tax on tourists payable directly to the hotels and not included in your package. The rate of tax varies depending on the star rating of the hotel but is usually around €1 - €2 pp.

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