Orvieto to Rome

10 Days & 9 Nights
Follow the Via Francigena from the Etruscan city of Orvieto through the classic Italian landscapes of Umbria and Lazio to Rome. This is a journey of superlatives taking in Etruscan towns, fine wines, historic villages, ancient pilgrim trails, delicious food and the delights of Rome. Your walk from the Etruscan city of Orvieto to the great city of Rome is filled with interest from start to finish. Every step of the route is filled with echoes of the past as you walk by medieval towers, Etruscan necropoleis, down dark cobbled streets and along the via Appia Antica into Rome. Walking through the almost unknown parts of Umbria and Lazio you will have the trails, piazzas and churches to yourselves much of the time. Much of the walk from Orvieto to Rome follows the Via Francigena, a recently revived pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. We have selected the best sections of this ancient trail and combined them with some delightful variations which allow you to explore the towns and villages along the way such as Bolsena, Montefiascone and Sutri. Your walk begins at the Duomo in Orvieto, an Etruscan town best known for its commanding position on a plateau of tufa rock riddled with Etruscan caves. From Orvieto you follow the Via Francigena to Lago di Bolsena and then to the Fortress town of Montefiascone, with great views of the Cimini Mountains. The medieval walled city of Viterbois next before you continue onto Vetralla, Sutri and Campagnano passing waterfalls and tiny villages en route. To finish your journey to Rome we transfer you to the start of the via Appia Antica, where you follow this preserved Roman road into Rome.
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What To Expect

What better way to discover rural Italy than following the ancient Via Francigena from the Etruscan city of Orvieto through rural Italy into Rome- perhaps the greatest city on earth. History buffs will be delighted at every turn and those who appreciate the finer things in life can indulge in fine wine and food knowing it will all be walked off the next day.

When To Go

Availability

This tour is available to start daily from April to October.

Time of Year

This trip is best enjoyed in Spring, early Summer and Autumn and you can start any day that suits your travel plans. Mid Summer can get quite hot. 

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we are happy to accommodate, although a single supplement is payable. Solo walkers are also welcome for a supplement.

Grade & Terrain

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. It is rated moderate but there are very minimal elevation gains and losses. 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. In your route notes you will find explanations as to the best way to negotiate these streams. As this is a self guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The walk is partially waymarked with the official red and white signs of the Via Francigena which have a picture of a yellow pilgrim on them. For other sections there is no waymarking but you will be provided with detailed route maps and maps to help you find your way.

Baggage Transfers

Daily door-to-door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).

Meals

9 Breakfasts, 2 packed lunches and 2 evening meals are included. The days when the packed lunches (provided by the hotels) and the dinners are included is when you are in more remote areas and there is not a choice of local restaurants. However the food provided will be delicious and locally-sourced. On the other days there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from for dinner and markets/shops from which to buy packed lunches.

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 pants), sunhat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includeds 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 daypack.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury. 

Getting to Orvieto

By Air: There are several airports which you may fly into. The closest to Orvieto is Perugia Sant ‘Egidio Airport and from here you can take a bus to Perugia Train Station. (Although it is the closest geographically it can take longer to reach Orvieto from here because there are no direct trains). You can also fly into Florence Amerigo Vespicci Airport and from here you can take a taxi or local bus into Florence where you can catch a train to Orvieto. Lastly you can fly into Rome Fiumicino or Ciampino Airports and from here take bus or train transfers into Rome city centre. Details and websites containing more detailed information may be found in your information pack.

By Train: There are several national or local trains that stop in Orvieto. If you take the train from Perugia you will always need to change trains in Terontola-Cortona. The prices varies between €7 and €13 one way and it takes from 2-3 hours, depending on which train you take. From Florence there are many direct trains to Orvieto and the journey takes about 2 hours. The price varies between €14 and €20 depending on the train you take. From Rome there are also many direct trains. It takes about 1-2 hours and costs between €8 and €16. For more information regarding train timetables and prices please visit the following website www.trenitalia.com

By Car: Take the A1 Firenze-Roma motorway and exit at Orvieto. Alternatives are the E45 Preugia-Todi State Road and the S.S. 448 Todi-Orvieto State Road or the SS2 Via Cassia Roma/Viterbo—Siena/Firenze State Road and the SS71 Montefiascone-Orvieto State Road.

Getting from Rome

By Air: Many international and low-cost airlines fly in both Roma Fiumicino and Roma Ciampino

Getting to the Start

Getting to Orvieto

By Air: There are several airports which you may fly into. The closest to Orvieto is Perugia Sant ‘Egidio Airport and from here you can take a bus to Perugia Train Station. (Although it is the closest geographically it can take longer to reach Orvieto from here because there are no direct trains). You can also fly into Florence Amerigo Vespicci Airport and from here you can take a taxi or local bus into Florence where you can catch a train to Orvieto. Lastly you can fly into Rome Fiumicino or Ciampino Airports and from here take bus or train transfers into Rome city centre. Details and websites containing more detailed information may be found in your information pack.

By Train: There are several national or local trains that stop in Orvieto. If you take the train from Perugia you will always need to change trains in Terontola-Cortona. The prices varies between €7 and €13 one way and it takes from 2-3 hours, depending on which train you take. From Florence there are many direct trains to Orvieto and the journey takes about 2 hours. The price varies between €14 and €20 depending on the train you take. From Rome there are also many direct trains. It takes about 1-2 hours and costs between €8 and €16. For more information regarding train timetables and prices please visit the following website www.trenitalia.com

By car: Take the A1 Firenze-Roma motorway and exit at Orvieto. Alternatives are the E45 Preugia-Todi State Road and the S.S. 448 Todi-Orvieto State Road or the SS2 Via Cassia Roma/Viterbo—Siena/Firenze State Road and the SS71 Montefiascone-Orvieto State Road.

 

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