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We invite you to walk the Francigena Way to Rome, an ancient pilgrimage trail that was created in the Middle Ages between Canterbury and Rome. We offer you the possibility of doing the part of the route that you wish or the whole thing if you have the time! You can cross Tuscany by foot with all its landscape and historical charming, like a real medieval pilgrim between Roman tracks and smooth hills or old volcanos, enjoy its famous wine, its “pecorino” cheese, its people and its rooted history. Or you can do just the last week of the way and get to Rome after visiting historical lands like Montefiascone or Viterbo. If you love mountains, why not doing the Alps part, between Switzerland and Italy, crossing the famous Great St Bernard Pass, at 2500 m of altitude, one of the millenary historical sites that still remains. If you wish to do another part of the walk, we can also prepare it for you. The Francigena Way to Rome is an unique opportunity to get to know Italy and part of Europe following a Medieval pilgrimage route that crosses beautiful landscapes and historical sites. A trip which combines tourism, spirituality and hiking in one experience.
Our guide for this trip is: Raúl Santiago (for more information about him, click here). You can also do this trip self-guided.
Below you can see our proposals to do the Francigena Way. We have choosen these sections for their beauty and their historical singularity, but if you have days available to do a longer walk or you are interested in other sections, don’t hesitate to ask us. We offer the possibility of doing this trip self-guided (providing information, maps or even booking hotels if necessary) or accompanied by our experienced guide.
LAST TWO WEEKS TO ROME
You can do the full trip (15 days) or one of the weeks.
FIRST WEEK: DISCOVER TUSCANY AT SLOW PACE
Tuscany is more than beautiful photos. The history, the landscape, and the trail that goes to Rome, flood everything. We will discover a different Tuscany at slow pace, human pace, with enough time to enjoy everything that this magnificent land offers us like its wines and its delicious dishes.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND MEETING IN MONTERIGGIONI
DAY 2: MONTERIGGIONI – SIENA (20.6 KMS)
DAY 3: SIENA – PONTE D’ARBIA (25.7 KMS)
DAY 4: PONTE D’ARBIA – SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA (26 KMS)
DAY 5: SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA – RADICOFANI (32 KMS)
DAY 6: RADICOFANI – ACQUAPENDENTE (24 KMS)
DAY 7: ACQUAPENDENTE – BOLSENA (22 KMS)
SECOND WEEK: ARRIVE AT ROME LIKE A MEDIEVAL PILGRIM
We leave Tuscany behind to go into the Region of Lacio, the one that contains Rome and some of the most important places of the Catholic Christendom. From the Lake Bolsena we will get to Rome, achieving the precious Testimonium that certifies having arrived to the Vatican like a pilgrim, by foot. Furthermore, we will get to know great places of the Italian history from the Etruscan ruins in Sutri to the palaces of the Popes in Montefiascone or Viterbo, where the conclave for the election of the new Popes was born. All of this arriving to Rome through the Mount Mario, from where we will contemplate the seven hills and the main Roman monuments.
DAY 8: BOLSENA – MONTEFIASCONE (18 KMS)
DAY 9: MONTEFIASCONE – VITERBO (18 KMS)
DAY 10: VITERBO – VETRALLA (18.3 KMS)
DAY 11: VETRALLA – SUTRI (24 KMS)
DAY 12: SUTRI – CAMPAGNANO DI ROMA (27 KMS)
DAY 13: CAMPAGNANO DI ROMA – LA STORTA (24.5 KMS)
DAY 14: LA STORTA – ROMA (17.2 KMS)
DAY 15: ROMA AND THE VATICAN CITY
CROSS THE ALPS LIKE A MEDIEVAL PILGRIM
In this part of the walk you will go through Roman ruins, going up from the Swiss city of Martigny, at 400 m, to the 2500 m of the hostel of Great St Bernard Pass. From there you will go down about 400 m to the Italian city of Aosta. A walk through montains and historical sites.
DAY 1: MEETING AT THE SWISS CITY OF MARTIGNY AND VISIT OF THE SAINT MAURICE MONASTERY
DAY 2: MARTIGNY – ORSIÈRES (SWITZERLAND) (19 KMS)
DÍA 3: ORSIÈRES – BOURG SAINT PIERRE (SWITZERLAND) (14 KMS)
DÍA 4: BOURG SAINT PIERRE – COL DU GRAND SAINT BERNARD (SWITZERLAND) (12 KMS)
DÍA 5: COL DU GRAND SAINT BERNARD – ECHEVENNOZ (ITALY) (15,1 KMS)
DÍA 6: ECHEVENNOZ – AOSTA (ITALY) (13,8 KMS)
DÍA 7: REST AND VISIT TO THE CITY OF AOSTA
If you wish to continue to the next section or arrive to Rome, we can also make all the arrangements for you.
– The itinerary will be done by foot, about 5-7 hours per day.
– Medium difficulty, but a bit higher in the section of the Alps.
– Accommodation at pilgrim hostels or guesthouses that will be paid on destination. The guide will do the bookings depending on the stages, the availability of spaces and the pace of the group.
– The itinerary and the accommodation could be modified according to the weather conditions, or to the needs or eventualities of the moment.
– The walk will be on trails, paths and occasionally on the shoulder of the road with almost no technical difficulty, both in towns and countryside.
– After booking the trip, the necessary equipment will be recommended to the participants, always considering the individual characteristics or needs of every person.
The price varies depending on the number of members of the group and it will be for covering the expenses of organisation and guiding.
5-8 people: €250/ person for the full trip; €200/ person for a week.
8-15 people: €210/person for the full trip; €170/ person for a week.
You will have to add to this price around €400 (in the case of the whole trip) or €260 (in the case of one week of the trip) for food and accommodation. This expense can vary according to changes in the organisation and to the consumption behaviour of every individual. You will have to add the cost of your trip to the start point to the expenses.
This price includes:
– Guiding services.
– Administration and bookings.
– Detailed information of the itinerary.
– A credential document of the Spanish Association of the Via Francigena will be provided to all the participants.
This price does not include:
– Flights: Every person must book their own flight because the participants will come from different places of the world.
– Insurance: Everyone is responsible for their own travel insurance and a copy of the insurance contract must be sent to us at least two weeks before the start of the trip.
– Accommodation: The guide decides along the way where he will take the group to spend the night.
– Meals: None of the meals are included, they will be bought along the way. Normally breakfast will be taken at the accommodation, lunch will be bought at a shop and dinner will be in a restaurant, but this can vary depending on the day.
– Entrance to monuments: They are optional and they will be paid by the participants.
From March to November.
The Francigena Way to Rome is a trip for private groups and tailor-made. The price of the trip depends on the number of people of the group and on the presence of the guide. If you get more than 4 people to travel with you, you will benefit from important discounts; check Travel for free in our website for more information. For just one person it is better to join one of our travel groups because otherwise it would be too expensive as a private trip, unless it is a self-guided trip. Our next group trip to the Francigena Way will be in September: Pilgrimage of the Francigena Way.
Climate: The weather in Italy changes quite a lot depending on the region where you are (South or North, coast or mountains), but in general the temperatures are quite nice due to the protection provided by the Alps to the North. The summers are hot and the winters are cold.
Documentation: For European citizens, the identity card is enough. If not, you will need your passport.
Health: European card is valid.
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