Via Francigena – Stage 8: Montefiascone to Rome

Italy

Holiday overview

Destination

Italy


Type

Pilgrim Routes, Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Mar - Oct


Price

£ 650.00 pp


Duration

7 nights


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The final stage of the Via Francigena to Rome, the Eternal City.

This is the seventh and final stage of the Via Francigena, the Pilgrim Route to Rome.The last stretch of the Francigena offers some very nice views along the volcanic lakes of Vico and Bracciano, allows you to soak in the steaming pools of thermal waters near Viterbo, passes by the lovely little town of Sutri and has a pleasant mountain route to the outskirts of Rome.

 

Price:  £650.00 per person based on 2 people sharing.

Single supplement: £135.00. Solo traveller additional £100.00.

Optional Extras:  

Dinner on 5 nights £120.00 per person

Luggage transfers £160.00 (2 bags, not weighing more than 20 kilo per bag).

 

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (see additional information for sample hotel list)
  • 7  breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (if booked as an optional extra
  • luggage transfer (if booked as an optional extra)
  • transfers if described in the programme
  • detailed description of the route and GPS maps along with informative material.

 

Not Included: 

  • Luggage transfers unless booked as an optional extra
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • getting to Montefiascone
  • insurance
  • anything not mentioned on Included above

 

Highlights:  Lakes of Vico and Bracciano,  The Cimini Mountains,  Sutri Cathedral and archeological park, Veio and Rome, The Eternal City

Getting to Montefiascone:  Train to Viterbo and bus or taxi to Montefiascone

Day 1: Montefiascone (Overnight)

Reachable by train from Rome (1 hour approx.) or Viterbo. You can also pass through Orvieto and on the way visit Civita di Bagnoregio. At your hotel, a package will be waiting for you containing all the material you need for the week: hotel and meal vouchers – detailed route notes and plasticized GPS maps with a container and a map holder for the route. The hotel owner will tell you who to contact if you require a benediction by a priest before you set out.

 

Day 2: Montefiascone – Viterbo 18 km

Beautiful views across Bolsena lake, which, being of volcanic origins, is very deep. Near Viterbo you will pass Bagnaccio thermal pools where may like a soak in their milky-green steaming waters. Viterbo is a handsome small town, well off the normal tourist route. Walking is partly on secondary asphalt and partly on unpaved roads.If you have time,  the Villa Lante gardens in Viterbo are exceptional and worth a visit.

 

Day 3: Viterbo – Caprarola – 18 km

In the Middle Ages this route was taken to avoid unsafe, marshy areas on the plain where Malaria was a real risk. The present Cimini mountains route passes by volcanic Lake Vico and is a vast unspoiled area.  Walk on mixed dirt and secondary asphalt.

 

Day 4: Caprarola – Sutri – 16 km

Again we disregard the official, crowded route in favour of an alternative mountain road. We walk on a ridge, discovering wide views on both sides.  Itinerary: entirely dirt tracks on a ridge with beautiful views.  Sutri is an unknown treasure – of Etruscan origins, as indicated by the large necropolis just outside town, its well preserved Roman Theatre is a reminder of conquest by the Romans.

 

Day 5: Sutri – Campagnano di Roma 26.5 km

The route from Martignano to La Storta can be completed in one day, but as it is long we have divided it into 2 parts. The route is agreeable and passes by the third volcanic lake of the area: Bracciano, popular with Romans who come for week-ends to escape Rome heat in summer.  Mainly unpaved.

 

Day 6: Campagnano di Roma – Isola Farnese – 21 km

The notable sights of the day are the Madonna del Sorbo Sanctuary and the Etruscan archaeological site of Veio.  Walk the final stage into the Eternal city – Rome and San Pietro.

 

Day 7: Isola Farnese – Roma 25 km

Walk the final day  into Rome to arrive at San Pietro.  We aim to avoid some traffic by directing you through two major parks: the Insugherata and Mt Mario park.

 

Day 8: Departure

 

Suggested Extras:

We can also arrange for extra nights along the route – please ask for prices.

Hotel List:

Montefiascone: Hotel Urbano V/www.hotelurbanv.it

Viterbo: Hotel Minipalace

Capranola: B&B la Rocca/www.bblarocca.it

Sutri: Hotel Sutrium/www.sutriumhotel.it

Compagnano: Hotel Benigni /www.hotelbenigni.it

Isola Farnese: Tempio di Apollo- 3 stars/www.tempiodiapollo.com

Rome: Papavista relais/www.papavistarelais.com