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Orvieto to Rome

8 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
Embark on a historical journey following ancient Roman trails through unspoiled Etruscan landscapes. Every step of the route is filled with reflections of the past, such as the fortified city of Viterbo, the necropolis and Roman amphitheater in Sutri, the medieval churches of Campagnano, and the archaeological site of Veii, with the impressive remains of an old Etruscan city. This trip takes you through almost unknown parts of Umbria and Lazio where you will have the trail mostly to yourself. Visit friendly villages with medieval squares where aromatic espressos are served with freshly baked pastries. Set off along the dark cobbled streets of the “Via Appia Antica” and take a moment to take in the views from Monte Mario before reaching Rome.

What To Expect

This classic, historical journey is ideal for regular walkers that are looking to combine moderate walks with culture. One of the highlights of this trip are the ancient villages, tombs, churches and cathedrals that you visit along the way. Walking this route is like stepping back in time with unspoiled landscapes at every turn. The trails along the last section of the Via Francigena are well waymarked making it easy to find your way to Rome! Furthermore, this trip is suitable for children aged 12+, solo walkers, and small groups.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & 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.

Navigation

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.

Accommodations

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.

Single Rooms

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.

Meals

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.

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • Travel to Orvieto & From Rome
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • 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.

Luggage Transfer

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 Information

Please 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.

Travel Insurance

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Orvieto Day 2 Montefiascone to Viterbo 12 miles / 19.5 km Day 3 Viterbo to Caprarola 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 4 Caprarola to Sutri 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 5 Sutri to Campagnano di Roma 17.5 miles / 28.5 km Day 6 Campagnano di Roma to Isola Farnese 12.5 miles / 20.5 km Day 7 Insugherata Park to Rome 9 miles / 14.5 km Day 8 Onward Travel from Rome

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