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Via Francigena - The Last Stage to Rome

Via Francigena - The Last Stage to Rome

On 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 the Monte Mario Belvedere, you finally set eyes on the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica!

Overview

The Via Francigena walk is a fantastic journey along the final 100 km 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, on the final section of the Via Francigena to Rome.

NB The Testimonium is only given to pilgrims who present a credential showing stamps for at least the last 100 km for walkers or the last 200 km for cyclists. Your credential will be waiting for you at your first hotel. We recommend you have stamped each day and present it at the following places when you arrive at St Peter's in Rome. We can also request tickets for a Papal Audience if your dates coincide with the Papal calendar. Please ask us if this is of interest.

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

Itinerary

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 - Explore Rome

A whole day ahead of you to immerse yourself in the many delights of the eternal city. And collect your Testimonium if you haven't done so already. You might take a tour of the Vatican City or perhaps book tickets for a theatrical or musical event.

Highlights

  • Lose yourself at night in the neighbourhood of Pellegrino, in Viterbo
  • Walk along Via del Signorino at dawn, an ancient Etruscan track
  • Declaimed your favourite poem in the centre of the amphitheatre 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
  • Present your stamped credenziale and receive your Testimonium certificate when you arrive at St Peter's Basilica.

Food & Drink

  • The Est! East!! East!!! white wine of Montefiascone
  • DOP extra virgin olive oil from Tuscia Viterbese
  • The queen bean of Sutri, used to prepare soups and delicious pasta dishes
  • Homemade bread, cooked in a wood oven

Accommodation

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.

Recommend to fly to Rome.

We can arrange local airport transfers tp Montefiascone

You can extend your trip with a rail transfer from Rome to all of Italy.

Customer Reviews

Listed below are some reviews from other customers who have already undertaken this tour with Walk the Camino.

  • Review by Jim, Australia
    HAD A WONDERFUL WALK EVERYTHING WENT WELL. NO COMPLAINTS HAVE A FEW SUGGESTIONS. AS USUAL EXTREMELY WELL ORGANISED. I HAVE COME TO EXPECT THAT OF YOU GUYS VERY PROFESSIONAL.

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