Via Francigena Tours Italy is here to help you arrive in Rome under the watchful eye of St Peter! This is the high point of the Via Francigena, and the place where you receive your Testimonium for your effort. But, it is important to have stamps in your Pilgrim Passport for walking the last 100 km from Montefiascone. Via Francigena Tours can help you absorb yourself in this ancient pathway to Rome and its landscape. In addition, you can get your Testimonium!
2018 Acquapendente to Rome
Day 1: Acquapendente
We arrive in Acquapendente to begin our pilgrimage to Rome. This ancient city has many interesting features, but it is most famous for its Cathedral of the Holy Sepulchre. In its ancient Romanesque crypt is a stone relic stained with the blood of christ during the Passion. We can also explore the ancient Bosco del Sasseto Forest near Torre Alfina Castle.
Day 2: Bolsena (Leg 38)
There are lovely views of Lake Bolsena on the 22.1 km walk from Acquapendente to Bolsena. Arriving in Bolsena we visit Monaldeschi Castle where there is a museum dedicated to the history of the formation of Lake Bolsena, the Etruscan settlement, Romans and Middle Ages. Then, walking through the ancient streets we arrive at the Basilica of Santa Cristina famous for the Eucharistic Miracle. Then we relax for the evening in a lakeside resort.
Day 3: Montefiascone (Leg 39)
The 17.7 km walk from Bolsena to Montefiascone begins just past the Basilica of Santa Cristina and continues through forested areas dominated by views of Lake Bolsena. The highlight of this walk is the arrival in Montefiascone exactly 100 km from St Peter’s tomb. Then, the walk continues several kilometres to ascend to the Rocca dei Papi with its astounding views of the surrounding areas. This is a great place to sit and watch the sunset sipping the famous Est! Est!! Est!!! wine. Of course, the tomb of the Bishop who gave the name to the wine and frescoes in the church of San Flaviano are an important visit.
Day 4: Viterbo (Leg 40)
There is spectacular scenery along the 17.8 km walk from Montefiascone to Viterbo. And a chance to walk along ancient paving of the Via Cassia and cool off in the thermal Baths of Bagnaccio. Then in Viterbo we are greeted by its enormous medieval city walls enclosing an ancient Old Town. There are many historical places to visit and lots of churches like San Francesco and San Lorenzo.
Day 5: Vetralla (Leg 41)
Leaving Sant’Angelo in Spatha, Viterbo we begin the 16.9 km walk to Vetralla. We pass ancient Etruscan catacombs and the ruins of Ponte Camillario. The walk takes us through many fields and woods with a visit to the ruins of Santa Maria di Foro Cassia just before entering Vetralla.
Day 6: Sutri (Leg 42)
We begin this 23.6 km walk at Sant’ Andrea Apostolo in Vetralla. We walk through extensive hazelnut and oak forests eventually arriving at Orlando Towers ruins. And then on to Capranica, a charming village with ancient Etruscan and Medieval features. Finally, we arrive at the ancient Roman Amphitheatre in Sutri. Here we visit the Etruscan catacombs, hewn into the tuff rock face, the Mithraeum and the ancient Old Town.
Day 7: Compagnano di Roma (Leg 43)
Leaving Sutri we begin the 23.8 km walk to Compagnano di Roma. This takes us through the beautiful Sorbo Valley to Monterosi. And then we walk to the Monte Gelato waterfalls where we stop for a rest. The walk continues to Veio Park and along a panoramic excavated street to the Church of St John the Baptist. And our final destination is Piazza Cesare Leonelli.
Day 8: La Storta (Leg 44)
The 22.4 km walk to La Storta continues along the Sorbo Valley. We visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sorbo and find out about its fascinating history and legendary miracles. Our next stop is the Church of San Lorenzo Martire in Formello. Then at Isola Farnese there is a famous archaeological site and the church of San Pancrazio. And finally, we arrive at the Chapel of the Vision where St Ignatius had a vision leading him to form the Society of Jesus.
Day 9: Rome (Leg 45)
The 17.2 km walk from La Storta to Rome begins along the busy Via Cassia. Then, it continues through Insugherata Park, and then Monte Mario Park. The highlight of the walk is ‘Mont Gaudii’, the happiness Mount, with distant views of St Peter’s Basilica. With renewed enthusiasm, we then descend to St Peter’s Square to receive our Testimonium under the watchful eye of St Peter!