Via Francigena to Rome

Walk in the footsteps of history over the final 100km of the Via Francigena into the Eternal City of Rome.

Accommodation and restaurants were all picked and booked by our guide and all were very good in their own way. The evening meal in Gambassi Terma and the wine tasting at Marronaia were both excellent.

– David

Moderate Terrain
Waymarked
Beginner Navigation Skills
75 miles / 120.5 km

Route Stops

Arrival at Rome airport.  Private transfer to Montefiascone with afternoon wine tasting experience and free time to explore the medieval town.

The route from Montefiascone is along a plain that divides the Bolsena Lake from the Cimini Mountains. There is no places of sustenance along this section of route other than some old drinking fountains. Arrive in Viterbo and take some time to explore the charming old town cathedral, medieval quarter with many churches and squares.

Distance – 18km

Elevation – ↑174m ↓430m

The route today is through the beautiful Etruscan landscapes. Your will encounter the lovely Abbey in La Quercia and Bagnaia with the fantastic gardens of Villa Lante before reaching the town of Vetralla your overnight stop.

Distance – 17km

Elevation – ↑290m ↓310m

The first of three longer days walking begins with a walk alongside the dormant volcano crater now occupied by the Lake Vico. Continue across the Etruscan countryside passing through the small village of Capranica before descending a gorge to follow a stream that should be treated with caution a flow can be heavy at times. Sutri is an atmospheric town with the Etruscan tombs and Roman amphitheatre being the most notable sights.

Distance – 26km

Elevation –↑470m ↓475m

Today the route continues across the beautiful and rugged Lazio countryside where the Francigena trail passes a series of streams, waterfalls and pools. Begin by walking across fields to Monterosi to reach the Monte Gelato waterfalls, a park where it is possible to rest and bathe in the clear waters.  The walk distance can be reduced by arrangement of a morning transfer to Monterosi, from where you walk to Campagnano di Roma.

Distance – 25km

Elevation –↑380m ↓400m (shorter option: 15km, 5h)

Today the route enters Roma countryside on level dirt tracks and country trails across lovely tree covered valleys and small streams. The sanctuary of Sorbo and the archaeological site of Veii, with the remains of an ancient Etruscan city are visible on this section. Alternatively public transport from La Storta can be utilised to exclude this walk and extend the time in Rome.

Distance – 27km

Elevation –↑430m ↓600m

The final stage of the Via Francigena into Rome is through the city suburbs into Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Part of the walk to the city is through the Insugherata Park, a beautiful natural reserve located within the city followed by the iconic Monte Mario Belvedere (an excellent photo spot) before descending towards the city to reach Piazza San Pietro (St Peter’s Square), the official end point of the route.   Again it is possible to exclude this section of the walk in favour of spending more time in Rome.

Distance – 16.5km

Elevation –↑360m ↓450m

 A day to visit the city sights and sounds of Rome.

Walk in the footsteps of history over the final 100km of the Via Francigena into the Eternal City of Rome.

Begin your tour on arrival in Italy with a private transfer to the medieval town of Montefiascone to walk back on old Roman roads, paths and forest trails over the ancient Lazio landscape south to Rome.

Accommodation

Selected 3-star town hotels with en-suite facilities and breakfast included.   Each reflects the typical style of the town / region to enhance your tour experience along the route.

Terrain

The terrain is rated generally as easy with gradual elevations and descents, most arising between Campagnano and La Giustiniana.

Various options are available to walkers including a 1st night in Montefiascone before walking to Viterbo as Day 2 (18km)  This will extend your tour to 8 overnights.

Also Day 6 can be taken as a morning transfer from La Storta into Rome to allow more time to visit the many sights in the city.

Time of Travel

Route walking is available anytime from March until October. Spring and Autumn months act as the shoulder season to avoid the summer temperatures in July and August.  September is harvest time when temperatures will begin to decline.

Arrival in Italy

There are many options of air travel from UK into both Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports.  A private transfer to the route start point is highly recommended as public transport to Montefiascone is very time consuming.  The cost of this transfer is included in your tour.

Quality Accommodation

Door to Door Baggage Transfer (min 20kg)

Rucksack Readers Guide Book

Location Details For Each Accommodation

Travel Information from start to finish

Sugguested Equipment List

Route Packages

What’s included?

  • 7 nights en-suite accommodation in selected 3-star hotels
  • Breakfast each day
  • Private Transfer on arrival – Rome Airport to Montefiascone
  • A Wine and Food Tasting Experience
  • Luggage transfers on all walking days (one 18kg bag per person)
  • 24/7 phone support by our local in-country representative
  • Detailed digital holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions – sent to you by email before tour departure date
  • Road notes and maps. Please note that the info pack is emailed to you prior to departure, and the printed documents will be sent to your first overnight hotel marked for your attention.

What’s not included?

  • Airfare and connecting land transfer Rome to Airport at end of tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Local Tourist Tax at accommodations (usually around 2 – 5 Euros per person / per night, payable direct to the hotel)

Options, extras and supplements

  • Single Supplement – On Application
  • Additional Overnights – On Application
  • Printed documents at the first accommodation (Maps etc)

 

First established in 1996, EasyWays has built a strong reputation with the UK and International walking community in the delivery of walking tours throughout Scotland.

The template of every successful business is grounded in long term relationships, and EasyWays, along with our accommodation providers and baggage transfer companies work as one to ensure your walk experience is both enjoyable and memorable.

As a Scottish based company we are close at hand to the walking routes and pride ourselves in delivering a bespoke service – tell us what you would like and we will build an itinerary to match.