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Via Francigena Final Stage: Orvieto to Rome

Via Francigena Final Stage: Orvieto to Rome

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Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
10 days & 9 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Orvieto
Day 2: Bolsena
Day 3: Montefiascone
Day 4: Viterbo
Day 5: Vetralla
Day 6: Sutri
Day 7: Campagnano
Day 8: Isola Farnese
Day 9: Rome
Day 10: Departure

Overview for Via Francigena Final Stage: Orvieto to Rome

Walk the final stage of the Via Francigena to Rome in 10 days and get your Testimonium of pilgrimage. Starting from the medieval town of Orvieto, you will follow Roman roads, paths, forest trails and dirt tracks across the undulating and green Lazio countryside.

Itinerary for Via Francigena Final Stage: Orvieto to Rome

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Day 1: Arrive Orvieto

Arrive in Orvieto, beautifully perched on a cliff. Do not miss visiting Orvieto’s Duomo (Cathedral), with its mosaic facade, one of Italy’s best medieval architectural monuments.

Day 2: Orvieto to Bolsena

The route starts from the Cathedral and crosses the old town. After a walk along the new town, you pass through a fascinating countryside with a recently discovered Etruscan necropolis. Part of the walk then is on secondary asphalted roads and brings you to the side of the ancient crater with an exceptional panoramic view on the whole Bolsena Lake.

Day 3: Bolsena to Montefiascone

Today you walk from Bolsena along the crest of the hills surrounding the east part of the caldera lake. Arrive in Montefiascone, a medieval Papal town sitting atop a volcanic ridge overlooking the caldera lake. It is also popular for its great white wines.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Urbano V or similar
  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 5 hrs ↑600m ↓330m

Day 4: Montefiascone to Viterbo

The route from Montefiascone is along a plain that divides the Bolsena Lake from the Cimini Mountains. Take some time to explore Viterbo’s charming old town with its Papal Palace (Palazzo dei Papi), cathedral, quaint Medieval quarter and many churches and squares; stroll the narrow lanes and enjoy a cup of fresh Italian espresso.

Day 5: Viterbo to Vetralla

Today, the Via Francigena trail again takes you through some beautiful and unspoilt Etruscan landscapes. Shortly after leaving Viterbo, you will come to the lovely abbey in La Quercia and Bagnaia with the fantastic gardens of Villa Lante. Avoiding the main roads, you will walk across gently rolling hills before you reach your stop for the night: Vetralla.

  • Accommodation: Antica Locanda or similar
  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 6 hrs ↑290m ↓310m

Day 6: Vetralla to Sutri

Today you will walk on peaceful woodland tracks and through farmland, passing the tiny village of Capranica and climbing a small hill before descending to Sutri, a lovely little town with the Etruscan tombs and Roman amphitheatre being the most notable sights.

Day 7: Sutri to Campagnano di Roma

From Sutri, you will continue your pilgrimage to Rome, walking across the beautiful and rugged Lazio countryside. The Francigena trail will pass an abundance of streams, waterfalls and ponds. The rivers have carved wonderful deep valleys, with lush vegetation, ideal for a rest. Your walk for today takes you to Campagnano di Roma, a lovely little town with medieval architecture. To shorten the day’s walk it is possible to pre-arrange a morning transfer (not included, payable on-site) to the picturesque village of Monterosi, from where you walk to Campagnano di Roma.

  • Accommodation: Albergo Benigni or similar
  • Walking for the day: 25 km, 7 hrs ↑380m ↓400m (shorter option: 15 km, 5 hrs)

Day 8: Campagnano to Isola Farnese

Today you will walk in the Roma countryside, across lovely wooded valleys and crossing a few streams. Along the way, you will reach the sanctuary of Sorbo and the archaeological site of Veii with the remains of an ancient Etruscan city.

Day 9: Isola Farnese to Rome

The Via Francigena will take you from La Storta through the suburbs of Rome and into Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Part of the walk to the city is through the Insugherata park, a beautiful natural reserve a few steps away from the bustling city. Before reaching Rome, you will get to Monte Mario, where you will enjoy great panoramic views of the whole city below. Once in Rome, make sure you claim your Testimonium certificate of pilgrimage. If you want to maximise your time in Rome it is possible to skip most of today’s walk by taking a local bus or train.

Day 10: Departure

Departure on your own or extra nights in Rome upon request.

Hotels for Via Francigena Final Stage: Orvieto to Rome

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Accommodation is in selected 3-star hotels in towns and agriturismi* in the villages. All rooms have en-suite facilities. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*What is an agriturismo? A combination of the words for “agriculture” and “tourism” in Italian — It is a farm-stay, but it’s also much, much more. Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially for accommodation purposes, in a way similar to English or American bed and breakfasts. One of the best parts of staying in a traditional agriturismo? The food. An Italian agriturismo will usually serve guests food that was prepared from raw materials – vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, and often wine and olive oil – produced on the farm or from other local merchants.

Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included every day, as well as two picnic lunches and two dinners (Days 5 and 6). Where not included, packed lunches can be pre-ordered at the accommodations or you can buy products from local shops. For dinner, you will usually have plenty of options at the villages you are staying in.

Travel for Via Francigena Final Stage: Orvieto to Rome

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The best way of getting to Orvieto is by flying into Rome Fiumicino Airport.  Alternative airports are Perrugia and Florence

From the airport, you can take a train directly to Orvieto (1-1.5h). For train schedules, please check the Trenitalia website.

Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper compared to car transfers.

Baggage Transfers

Hotel to hotel luggage transfer is included on all walking days.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems. Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs. We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit. Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Trip Info for Via Francigena Final Stage: Orvieto to Rome

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

The route is relatively easy and accessible due to low elevation gains. Some walks are quite long but can be optionally shortened using local buses or trains. A good level of fitness is required for enjoying the walks to the maximum (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The route is well marked with the official signs of the Via Francigena (white-red markings and yellow sign with the Pilgrim symbol on it). We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.

When to Go

You can start your holiday every day between early March and the end of October.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Via Francigena Final Stage: Orvieto to Rome

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  • 9 nights in selected B&Bs, 3-star hotels and agriturismi
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 packed lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfers on all walking days
  • Holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route notes and maps (digital copy sent by email and a hard copy delivered at first hotel)
  • 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Options and Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Train and bus fares if you want to optionally shorten a walk
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners not listed as ‘included’
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • City tourist taxes
  • Any items not explicitly mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

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