Orvieto to Rome8 Days & 7 Nights
- Follow the ancient Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome through tranquil countryside
- The classic Italian landscapes and historic villages of Umbria and Lazio
- Savour a chilled glass of Orvieto Classico on the Piazza del Duomo
- Explore the ancient Etruscan village of Sutri and its Roman amphitheatre
- Sightseeing in Rome, exploring the Colosseum, St Peter's Square and the Pantheon
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Solo Travellers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 5 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Historical Journeys
Grade & Terrain
This walking trip is graded moderate overall. The daily distances range from 17 to 28.5 km and the terrain can be described as relatively flat with minimal elevation gains and losses. Depending on your fitness level and preferred distance it is possible to shorten the longest day of 28.5 km (Sutri - Campagnano di Roma) by starting in Monterosi and reducing the total distance by roughly 5km. Please view the itinerary for more details. It should also be noted that there are a couple of times when you have to cross streams, which can be easy or quite difficult depending on the flow and whether there has been any rain. This walking holiday is ideal for regular walkers with a good level of fitness or beginners looking for a challenge.
We always advise you to set off early especially during summer to avoid the heat of the day and to allow plenty of time for small breaks to reach your next location.
As this route tries to remain as true to the original pilgrimage route as possible, you will not only walk on trails and unpaved roads but also on asphalt part of the way. The ‘traditional’ walk is alongside some busy main roads, which is why we give other suggestions (especially near Rome). Please take care when walking along roads and always be mindful of other road users. Pavements or paths should be used if provided and walk on the right-hand side of the road if there is no pavement or path. This way you can see oncoming traffic.
The route is partially waymarked as you are largely following the Via Francigena pilgrimage trail with official red and white signs or the yellow pilgrim. The final section of the trail into Rome is among the most popular sections and the paths are therefore known to be well maintained. To make sure that you have no problems finding your way we will be supplying you with detailed route notes, GPS tracks, and access to the Macs Adventure smartphone app. You will also have 24/7 assistance from our local partner as well as our office.
You will stay in lovely small hotels and B&Bs. We carefully select small and friendly accommodations that offer a warm welcome and great food so you enjoy every minute of your stay. Many of our walkers choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available in Umbria and Lazio. If you choose to extend your holiday we would recommend spending extra nights in Orvieto or Rome.
This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers. If you require single rooms for your booking party we will try our best to accommodate your request, subject to availability.
The delicious food and wine available locally is undoubtedly a highlight of this holiday. The price of your holiday includes a hearty breakfast each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively, your route includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants.
- 7 Nights in hand-picked B&B's and small hotels
- 7 Breakfasts
- Transfer from Orvieto to Montefiascone on Day 2
- Transfer from Isola Farnese to Insugherata Park on Day 7
- Baggage transfers
- Information pack
- Access to detailed maps and GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Travel to Orvieto & From Rome
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Extra night before, during or after trip
When To Go
You can start this walking tour anytime between April and October. This trip is very popular so it is recommended to book as far in advance as you are able to. Please bear in mind that July and August can be hot for walking and during these months it is even more important to wear sun protection and stay hydrated.
Getting to the Start
Getting to the start of this trip in Orvieto is easy. The most convenient airport to fly into would be Rome which has 2 airports; Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino is served by major airlines including international ones or Ciampino Airport, which is mainly used by low-cost carriers, such as Ryanair and Easyjet. It is most convenient to fly into Fiumicino and take a train directly from the airport to Orvieto, via Roma Tiburtina (2hr).
Getting from the End
As your Italian adventure ends in Rome, you can simply return to the airport by public transport.
Enjoy the ease of walking with a light backpack and having your main luggage moved for you each day. Your bags will be collected from your accommodation and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
General InformationPlease note that the reviews for this walking holiday up until December 2019 are based on our previous itinerary with a different local partner. Since then we have made changes and improvements to enhance your experience.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation, and hospital care.
This walking holiday is graded moderate and involves some longer walking days. Most of the walks can be shortened or extended as required, please view your itinerary details for more information. There are some steeper ascents and descents so you should enjoy a reasonable level of fitness to get the most from this holiday.
May and June are absolutely lovely, spring and early summer are a great time as it is less crowded with a comfortable temperature. September & October are also lovely as the landscape change to a pallet of reds and golds. July and August can be very hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are buzzing which is a fun experience. We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized as this area is extremely popular.
For this walking adventure, you will need good walking shoes, comfortable walking clothes (we recommend working with several layers!), a daypack, a sunhat, and sunglasses. Always make sure to carry plenty of water to stay hydrated and wear sun protection year-round (and to reapply frequently in the summer months!). If you are using your mobile phone for navigation, it might be useful to also carry a portable charger such as a power bank. For those walkers that are used to walking with walking poles, these can offer support and we would encourage you to bring them with you.
Enjoy the ease of having your luggage moved for you and walk with a light backpack. You will be asked to leave your luggage at reception or in a dedicated room before setting off and your luggage will be returned to you before 5 PM the same day in the new location. Please keep your bag to a minimum of 20 kg in weight.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrival in Orvieto
Make your way to Orvieto, an easily accessible medieval town perched on a cliff in the middle of the Umbrian countryside. After settling into your friendly hotel it is time to explore its historic heart and the labyrinth of secret tunnels and caves of Orvieto's Underground. The impressive 'Duomo di Orvieto' dates from 1290 and took 3 centuries to complete. It is considered an important work of architecture and said to be one of Italy's most beautiful cathedrals. It's not difficult to understand why this is one of Umbria's star attractions!
Hotel Aquila Bianca, the friendliest and most welcoming hotel in Orvieto. In the heart of the historical centre.
After a short transfer (35 min) to Montefiascone, join the "Via Cassia" that follows the plain separating Lake Bolsena from the Cimini Mountains. Pass through vineyards, cypresses, and olive groves on your way to Viterbo. Take a short break at Bagnaccio, a place where pilgrims used to stop to enjoy the ancient thermal baths. Spend the night in the walled city of Viterbo, one of the larger towns in Lazio that was founded by Etruscans and later taken over by Romans. Explore the small streets of its historic quarter and make sure to visit the remains of the old 'Palazzo dei Papi', Papal Palace.
Along Via Francigena, in the middle of the medieval centre of Viterbo. The precise attention given to the interior deco, together with the family atmosphere and the additional services that we provide, allows us to offer to our guests a complete support in different areas.
The ancient Via Francigena will take you past Lake Vico which is nestled in the Cimini Hills. It is a quiet and unspoiled area characterized by oak woodland that drops down to the crystal clear lake. Pilgrims used to take this route to avoid a marshy plain. Once you are past Lake Vico, spend the night in Caprarola whose countryside is dominated by the Renaissance mansion of Villa Farnese.
La Rocca is located in the historical center of Caprarola, at the foot of the majestic palace-fortress built by the Farnese family in the sixteenth century.
Leave Caprarola and enjoy far-reaching views at every turn as you walk on volcanic hills that are part of the Antiapennine range. Approaching Sutri is a dramatic sight as the Etruscan village is situated on a volcanic rock. During Roman times it occupied a commanding position on the road to Etruria and you will be able to discover ancient Roman ruins such as the amphitheater which was carved out of the rock. Be sure to visit the Etruscan necropolis and the Church of Santa Maria del Parto, with its stunning frescoes.
Terrecotte is situated in Sutri and features air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi, as well as access to a terrace.
The bed and breakfast offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hair dryer, free toiletries and bidet.
Guests at Le Terrecotte can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. At the accommodation you will find a restaurant serving Italian cuisine.
You are one day closer to reaching Rome! Today's walk takes you through rolling fields and past rivers, streams, and waterfalls in the rugged Lazio countryside. Enjoy lush green vegetation in quiet valleys, reaching Monterosi around mid-morning. Be sure to have a short stop at the local bakery for fresh focaccia bread before you continue towards Campagnano di Roma. Follow the route through the countryside until you pass 'Cascate di Monte Gelato', a sparkling waterfall that has been used as a setting in many Italian movies.
It is possible to shorten the walk by starting in the village of Monterosi from where you continue to Campagnano di Roma (shortening the distance to 24km/15mi).
Hotel Ristorante da Righetto is a 3-star property set in Campagnano di Roma. Featuring a bar, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. At the hotel every room includes a desk and a flat-screen TV
As the first section of your walk is uphill, make sure to properly fuel up with coffee and pastries during breakfast, a winning combination! En route, you can look forward to passing the Madonna del Sorbo Monastery and the Etruscan ruins of Veii, some of the main highlights of your walk. Take a moment to marvel at these interesting pieces of architecture before continuing your walk into the green valley of Sorbo, a truly serene place. Reach Formello next and continue your way to Isola Farnese, which is your last stop before Rome.
The hotel is situated on the Via Cassia between the residential areas of La Storta, Olgiata and La Giustiniana and framed by the enchanting Medieval Castle of Isola Farnese, a well-known historical settlement from the 13th century, which overlooks the even more known Etruscan archaeological site of the city of Veio.
This Hotel is located in Camps Benigni Di Roma, a typical town of Lazio, which is close to the lakes of Bracciano and Martignano. It’s almost entirely surrounded by the Park of Veii and the Monti Sabatini volcanic complex.
An early transfer (15 min) will get you from your accommodation to the start of your walk - the very last stretch into Rome! Follow waymarked paths through Insugherata Park, taking you into the "Eternal City". Join the dark cobbled streets of the ancient "Via Appia Antica" and enjoy the view from Monte Mario before reaching your final destination. Start your walk early so that you have plenty of time to visit Rome's famous attractions, such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Colosseum, to name a few!
The Papa Vista Relais guest house has recently opened and are delighted to welcome travellers and pilgrims alike to the Eternal City of Rome and to the Holy City of the Vatican. With just six intimate, cosy and delicately fashioned guest rooms, they hope to offer accommodation like no other in Rome – a unique blend of top quality surroundings in a perfect location at the greatest value for money possible.
Rome is well-connected to other Italian cities and the perfect place to finish to further explore the delights that this world-class city has to offer. Please get in touch if you would like to book an extra night. Rome is served by two airports and has a major train station.
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