The Via Francigena goes all the way from Canterbury to Rome. But you only have to walk the last 100 km to receive your Testimonium in Rome. So walk the Via Francigena Montefiascone to Rome and take only take 7 nights or 8 days to arrive in Rome. Most importantly, you will be delighted with all the surprises that Lazio has to offer!
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Via Francigena Montefiascone to Rome begins in Montefiascone, a hilltop town in the province of Viterbo with a very colourful history. Aside from its Pagan and Estruscan origins it was home to Popes at one stage. And in Roman times it is known for the martyr San Flavino. However, most relevant to todays’ pilgrimage, it was the 7th place where Sigeric rested on his way back to Rome in whose footsteps we walk today. But the most interesting character entombed in the Basilica of San Flavino is Bishop Johannes Deful who gave the name Est!Est!!Est!!! to the white wine of the region. Apparently, the wine of the region is so good he drank himself to death! So take care when sampling the local wine!
It is an easy walk on the first day of our Via Francigena Montefiascone to Rome tour. Follow the ancient cobblestone streets, guided by the Pilgrims Monument, to Porta di Borgheriglia. Then, enjoy a leisurely stroll through well-preserved sections of the ancient Roman Via Cassia Antica, surrounded by olive groves and open fields with distant panoramas. After that, take a break at the thermal springs of Bagnaccio. Then, continue through open fields with distant panoramas of the Cimini Mountains. Finally, approach the charming city of Viterbo through Porta Fiorentina.
Stage 41 of the Via Francigena Montefiascone to Rome tour is an easy 18 km walk from Viterbo to Vetralla. Depart from Palazzo dei Papi Piazza San Lorenzo walking beneath the magnificent Loggia. Then exit via Porta di Valle and begin walking along and Strad Signorino surrounded by high Tufa limestone walls. After that, walk through the picturesque scenery of fields and olive groves surrounded by panoramic views. However, be prepared by carrying food and water as there are no rest stops along the way.
Vetralla to Sutri is a difficult 24 km walk with some elevations. It begins with a visit to Piazza Umberto I, and then a walk through the old town to the outskirts of Vetralla. Then there is a lengthy section through oak forests and hazelnut and fig orchards to Capranica. This town is a highlight with its palaces, historic churches and little alleyways. After that, it is a steep walk to a forested area walking beside a fast flowing stream. After this somewhat challenging walk it is a delight to emerge in the Parco Naturale Regionale in Sutri. Here you will find an Etruscan necropolis, ancient Roman amphitheatre and a frescoed mithraeum dug into the limestone. Then in the hilltop town ancient buildings line the narrow streets, along with palaces and churches. But best of all, is the cool drink and tasty food beside a cooling fountain in the Piazza!
Experience the rich history and culture of Italy on a walking tour from Sutri to Campagnano di Roma on the Via Francigena. Discover ancient ruins, admire Romanesque architecture, explore medieval walls and castles and indulge in local food, wine and hospitality. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the beauty of Italy our Via Francigena Montefiascone to Rome tour.
It is a 25 km difficult walk from Campagnano di Roma to La Storta. There are several steep sections with picturesque mountain panoramas. Highlights are a visit to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sorbo and a rest stop in the historic town of Formello. Veii Park is challenging with steep sections beside a fast-flowing river, with fields, grazing sheep, waterfalls and Etruscan archaeological areas. The Highlight of La Storta is the tiny Chapel in Piazze della Visione where St Ignatius had his vision.
It is an easy 22 km walk from La Storta to Rome. Start at the Piazza della Visione where St Ignatius had his vision. Then continue along Via Cassia for 5.5 km. After that, there is a walk in the wildness in Insugherata Park. Then a 4.0 km walk through the streets of Rome to Monte Mario Park. Throughout the park there are spectacular views of Rome culminating in the summit, Mons Gaudi ‘mountain of joy’. This is where ancient pilgrims cried out with joy at the sight of the Dome of St Peter’s Basilica. For the finale, there is a winding cobble stone path leading down to Viale Angelico and on to St Peter’s Square and your Testimonium
Our Via Francigena Montefiascone to Rome tour has something for everyone. For those who love history, walk with saints and martyrs whose lives are written in the landscape and the mighty cathedrals. Artists and photographers will be enchanted by the stunning panoramas of the Lazio countryside. Also, there are plenty of frescoes, sculptures, ceramics and paintings to see along the way. And, archaeologists will be delighted with all of the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval ruins.
Best of all is the delicious Italian food, wine and hospitality! But above all relive the ‘joy’ of pilgrims past as they gaze in awe at the Dome of St Peter’s Basilica from Mons Gaudi, ‘the mountain of joy’. And finally, the privilege of entering St Peter’s Basilica, going to the Sacristy, and receiving your Via Francigena Pilgrim’s Testimonium!
Information about how to arrive at your starting place, Montefiascone, is available on request.