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Via Francigena: Final Stage - Montefiascone to Rome
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Highlights

  • Arriving in Rome on foot after walking the final stage of the Via Francigena
  • Encountering the enchanting old quarter and Roman amphitheatre in Sutri
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims
  • Bathing in the thermal pools of Bagnaccio
  • Savouring a chilled glass of the famous Est! Est!! Est!!! wine in Montefiascone
  • Exploring Rome and all of its iconic sights

The final stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the hill top town of Montefiascone to Rome, the eternal city. During your journey along this ancient pilgrimage route you will follow trails through the classic Italian landscapes of Lazio.

Walk through rural and pristine areas of Italy that many tourists do not visit and become immersed in the true culture of these stunning regions passing many hill-top villages, Etruscan and Roman remains, papal palaces and thermal pools. Begin in Montefiascone, a town from which there are great views over Lago di Bolsena which was formed in the crater of an ancient volcano. As you continue on your intriguing journey you will encounter the Bagnaccio thermal pools in which you can take a break and enjoy a soak in the milky green and steaming waters. Another highlight is Viterbo, which despite suffering heavy bombing in WWII is the best preserved medieval town in the Lazio region.

Spend a night in Sutri and wander through its enchanting old quarter discovering the Roman amphitheatre and the place of worship, the Mithraem. Pass rivers, streams and waterfalls and walk through the stunning and serene green valley of Sorbo where you will see grazing wild horses. On this tour you will walk directly into Rome through the parks of Insugherata and Mt Mario.

DAY 1: Arrive in Montefiascone

Arrive in Montefiascone from where there are delightful views over Lake Bolsena and the Crimini Mountains. Spend time here discovering the frescoes in San Flaviano, many of which were attributed to unknown painters from nearby Siena and which depict the lives of early martyrs. Also visit the Fortress of the Popes, an imposing building which dominates Montefiascone’s skyline. This evening enjoy a chilled glass of Est! Est!! Est!!, the wine that this region is famous for.


Overnight: Hotel UrbanoV***, Montefiascone


DAY 2: Montefiascone to Viterbo

The trail that you are following today takes you on a plain that divides Lake Bolsena from the Cimini Mountains. A great highlight  is encountering the Bagnaccio thermal pools. Don’t forget to pack a swimming suit so that you can take a break here. The pools are steamy and milky green and are the result of a natural volcanic hot spring. The Romans used to bathe here and little has changed at this site for 2,000 years.


Arrive in Viterbo, the best preserved medieval town in Lazio and the 13th century residence of the popes.


Walk: 18km


Overnight: Minipalace Hotel, Viterbo


DAY 3: Viterbo to Caprarola

On this part of the Via Francigena you will follow the route that takes you past Lake Vico which is nestled in the Cimini Hills that rise up from the plains. It is a beautiful and unspoilt area full of mature oak woodlands that drop down to the crystal clear lake. In medieval towns pilgrims also took this route to avoid a marshy plain where the risk of getting malaria was very high.


Once you are past Lake Vico spend the night in Caprarola whose countryside is dominated by the Renaissance mansion of Villa Farnese, originally a fortress.


Walk: 18km


Overnight: B&B La Rocca, Caprarola


DAY 4: Caprarola to Sutri

Depart from Caprarola and follow a trail which traverses the summit ridges of the Cimini Hills with beautiful views everywhere you turn.  These volcanic hills are densely wooded and part of  the Antiapennine range.


As you approach Sutri you can see that it is situated picturesquely and dramatically on a tuff hill. During Roman times it occupied a commanding position on the road to Etruria and you will be able to discover its amazing Roman ruins, specifically the Roman amphitheatre which was carved out of the tuff rock, the Etruscan necropolis’s which have again been formed out of the rock and the Mithraem, a place of worship, which has now been converted into the Church of Santa Maria del Parto and has amazing frescoes. Interestingly Sutri is also situated along the Via Cassia, a road linking Rome with northern Italy and at certain stretches you will walk along this ancient route too.


Walk: 16km


Overnight: Hotel Sutrium**, Sutri 


DAY 5: Sutri to Campagnano di Roma

Today includes walks through fields and past rivers and impressive waterfalls, such as Monte Gelato which is a great place to relax, swim and have a break. Continue to follow the trail which becomes a flagged Roman road and which eventually leads you to Campagnano di Roma, first mentioned in 1076. As you approach you will see it rising above the landscape.


Walk: 23.5km


Overnight:  Hotel Benigni**, Campagnano di Roma


DAY 6: Campagnano di Roma to Isola Farnese

On your route today pass the Sanctuary of the  Madonna del Sorbo which is dramatically positioned on a rocky spur overlooking the Sorbo Valley and then pass the interesting Etruscan ruins of Veii which in the 6th century was the greatest centre for the fabrication of terra-cotta sculptures in Etruria. In its heyday Veii was as big as Athens and had a population of about 100,000 inhabitants. Spend time here exploring the ruins before continuing on to Isola Farnese, the location of your stay tonight.


Walk: 20.5km


Overnight: Hotel Tempio d'Apollo***, Isola Farnese


DAY 7: Isola Farnese to Rome

From Isola Farnese you follow the authentic route on the Via Francigena along the Via Trionfale. Although this is the official route please note that you will be walking through the suburbs of Rome so it will be quite noisy with lots of traffic. If you are not particular about taking the authentic route you have two other choices, the first is to take a train to Rome, or a transfer can be offered (with an extra cost) to the beginning of the Via Appia Antica, which you can follow into Rome, although it does finish a few kilometres from the centre.


Should you follow the Via Trionfale into Rome you will also walk through two major parks, the Insugherata and Mt Mario. It is amazing when you behold the sight of central Rome with it’s many iconic buildings and particularly St Peter’s which you will see from the top of the 139m Mount Mario on the north western side of the city. It’s a great place to sit and have your packed lunch before walking along the Viale Angelico to complete your journey.


Walk: 25km


Overnight: Papavista Relais, Rome


DAY 8: Onward travel

After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and explore Rome further, or make your onward journey. 

Accommodation

On your trip you will stay in a variety of accommodations. The properties range from 2 to 3* hotels and B&B’s. At times you will be staying in remote towns and villages, therefore the accommodation in these places are the best that these particular areas have to offer.


Alternate accommodation

During the high season you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the tour webpage. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome and again a supplement is payable.

Availability

This trip is available from mid-March to the end of October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season.


Time of Year

Spring in Italy is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is a great time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be very hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day and then perhaps have a long lunch and finish walking in the mid to late afternoon.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome and again a supplement is payable.


Grade & Terrain

This walking holiday is graded moderate. However the daily distances vary quite a lot between 16 and 25km, so you must be capable of also walking the longer distances. You need to be in good physical shape to complete this section of the Via Francigena as there are also some elevation gains and losses along the way.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

You will also be provided with detailed route notes and maps to help you find your way. As always when walking you should be able to read a map and use a compass in case of bad weather. The trail is also marked by the official red and white signs of the Via Francigena, which have a picture of a yellow pilgrim on them. However these waymarks will not appear all along the way but intermittently.


Unlike many of the more well-established Caminos, the Via Francigena has seen a relatively recent resurgence in popularity, meaning that trail marking is intermittent (not every region has invested in consistently waymarking the trail), and you should be confident in navigating with a compass and map, as well as using the route notes that we will provide you with.  A few  of the original sections of the Via Francigena are now (fairly busy) roads, and where necessary you may either follow these roads for a short time, or divert away from the traditional route to enjoy a more relaxed walk. 


Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfers are not included as standard, however you can pay an additional fee for this service. If you choose to include baggage transfers we request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Montefiascone

The best way of getting to Montefiascone is by flying into Rome Fiumicino Airport. From here it is possible to take a train to Viterbo (via Roma Trastavere Station) and then from here to Montefiascone. Upon arrival in Montefiascone you will need to take a taxi to your hotel as the station is 5km away from the town centre. It is also possible to take a bus from Viterbo to the centre of Montefiascone, so avoiding the taxi fare. For train schedules please check the Trenitalia website. You could also fly into Rome Ciampino Airport but it is not served by as many airlines.


Getting from Rome

It is best to fly out of Rome. There are two main airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino.
To get to Fiumicino Airport you can either take the Leonardo Express train which leaves Rome Termini and takes 30 minutes or you can take the Sabina-Fiumicino line which stops at every station but costs less. To get to Ciampino Airport take train from Rome Termini to Ciampino Train Station and then a bus from here to the airport.

Getting to Montefiascone

The best way of getting to Montefiascone is by flying into Rome Fiumicino Airport. From here it is possible to take a train to Viterbo (via Roma Trastavere Station) and then from here to Montefiascone. Upon arrival in Montefiascone you will need to take a taxi to your hotel as the station is 5km away from the town centre. It is also possible to take a bus from Viterbo to the centre of Montefiascone, so avoiding the taxi fare. For train schedules please check the Trenitalia website. You could also fly into Rome Ciampino Airport but it is not served by as many airlines.


Getting from Rome


It is best to fly out of Rome. There are two main airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. To get to Fiumicino Airport you can either take the Leonardo Express train which leaves Rome Termini and takes 30 minutes or you can take the Sabina-Fiumicino line which stops at every station but costs less. To get to Ciampino Airport take train from Rome Termini to Ciampino Train Station and then a bus from here to the airport. 


Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Detailed maps and routes notes and a comprehensive information pack.
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in Italy and our office

Excluded

  • Travel to Montefiascone
  • Travel from Rome
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Drinks & snacks
  • Baggage transfers
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Mountain rescue

Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the holiday
  • Baggage Transfers
  • 5 Dinners
  • Single room supplement if single room required
  • Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)

How fit do I need to be?

This walking holiday is graded moderate and involves daily distances of anywhere between 16 and 25 miles. You need to be in good physical shape to complete this final section of the Via Francigena as there are also some elevation gains and losses along the way.  

When is the best time of year?

Spring in Italy is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is a great time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be very hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day and then perhaps have a long lunch and finish walking in the mid to late afternoon.

How far in advance do I need to book?

This section of the Via Francigena is very popular as it is the final section. Therefore it is better to book earlier rather than later to ensure bookings at the hotels and B&Bs. 

What personal equipment do I need?

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Which is the best airport?

The best way of getting to Montefiascone is by flying into Rome Fiumicino Airport. From here it is possible to take a train to Viterbo (via Roma Trastavere Station) and then from here to Montefiascone. Upon arrival in Montefiascone you will need to take a taxi to your hotel as the station is 5km away from the town centre. It is also possible to take a bus from Viterbo to the centre of Montefiascone, so avoiding the taxi fare. For train schedules please check the Trenitalia website. You could also fly into Rome Ciampino Airport but it is bot served by as many airlines.

How does the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfer is an optional extra on this tour (at a supplement). If you choose to include it your bags will be picked up from your accommodation in the morning and transferred along to the next accommodation as per your itinerary. Just ask your hosts/hotel reception where to leave the bags in the morning. We ask that you limit your bags to one per person of up to 20kg.  

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You may be able to move along to the next accommodation by public transport or a taxi. Sometimes you can travel with the bags but this is not always the case due to the type of vehicle used. Ask your accommodation provider for advice as they will know the most up to date bus/train information.

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the via's end

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    Comments about macs adventure Via Francigena: Final Stage: Montefiascone to Rome:

    We walked 3/4 of the via francigena and this was the end section. Not as beautiful as the middle, but still some lovely walks. remains quite challenging, with quite a bit of uphill. The villa Farnese in Caprarola is worth a visit (quite magnificent). The Roman ruins in Sutri 'close' by 3:30 (they won't let you in)...so if you want to catch those, you have to get there early. The walk to Isola Farnese is very beautiful. In Rome, we did go to the Vatican for our 'testimonial' of having done the pilgrimage. This was really cool and blessed, and worth it, if you're so inclined. The via francigena is well waymarked, however, when you are taken off it (sometimes you are) then the directions are not so good and often poor translation has left and right mixed up. The hostess at LaRocca in Caprarola was especially helpful/welcoming (and yummy breakfast!). Isola Farnese is a teeny weeny town (unless you walk a few miles), so not much to do there

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    4.0

    interesting walk

    By Borderers

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      Comments about macs adventure Via Francigena: Final Stage: Montefiascone to Rome:

      Fairly easy walk overall although one long day. Route was quiet so very peaceful until you get to Rome

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      A walk which exceeded our expectations

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        Comments about macs adventure Via Francigena: Final Stage: Montefiascone to Rome:

        Great accommodation en route, to include all the lovely medieval towns. This was a bit challenging at times after a long hot day, as it involved some steep climbs up into the centres, perched high above the valleys; rewarding nonetheless.Trip notes comprehensive but do need a review as some passages in Italian and French, and there is the occasional error where right is confused with left, which did add on to the mileage! The maps are basic so the notes are important as the route is not always well marked. We did not anticipate such a lovely walk on the last day, expecting mainly busy roads, but a lot has been invested in improving on this. Our lovely little hotel in Rome, next to the Vatican was the icing on the cake - all in all a fabulous trip and a great way to explore this part of Italy.

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