- Stage 8 of the Via Francigena in Italy
- Visiting the beautiful towns of Orvieto, Viterbo and Rome
- Exploring the spectacular landscapes and fascinating countryside including Lake Bolsena and the truff gorges
- Walking through charming ancient Etruscan villages and historical sites
- Staying in small, comfortable, familyrun accommodations and sampling delicious regional culinary specialities
- Discovering the Regional Park of Sutri and its Roman amphitheatre
- The sense of achievement entering Rome to reach St Peters Cathedral
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Journey by foot along the last section of the old pilgrimage route across Europe to Rome. From Canterbury in England to Rome in Italy, the 1900km "Francigena Way" dates back to the 11th century when pilgrims travelled across Europe on foot to visit the site of Martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul in Rome. With the modernisation of Europe and the shifting of borders the route became obsolete, until a recent revival of the pilgrimage making it one of the most exciting pilgrimage trails in Europe today. This trip takes in the last section of the trail through to Rome, passing by ancient relics and hill top towns. If you have walked the previous section from Siena you will start in Acquapendente, otherwise you will start in Orvieto. The first walk takes you down to the charming lake town of Bolsena, then passes through medieval town Montefiascone, known for its great wine, and then continues through woods and by Abbeys as you approach the Eternal City of Rome. En route stay in atmospheric farm houses and small family run hotels, soaking up the fine hospitality that has characterised the route for centuries.
Day 1 : Arrive Orvieto (or Acquapendente)
Day 2 : Descend to Bolsena (5 or 7-8hrs, 16km/10mi or 22.8km/14.25mi)
Day 3 : Walk along the crest of hills to Montefiascone (5hrs, 18km/11mi)
Day 4 : Continue to Viterbo (6hrs, 18km/11mi)
Day 5 : Through Etruscan countryside to Vetralla (6hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
Day 6 : Walk to Sutri via the tiny village of Capranica (7hrs, 25.5km/16mi)
Day 7 : Walk across fields to Monterosi and on to Campagnano di Roma (7hrs, 24.5km/15mi)
Day 8 : Follow country trails to Isola Farnese (7hrs, 22km/13.5mi)
Day 9 : Final walk into Rome (6hrs, 22km/13.5mi)
Day 10 : Trip concludes
- 9 nights in 3 star hotels and agriturismo / B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €14-17 in total per person)
- 9 breakfasts, 2 packed lunches, 2 dinners: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad or pasta dish, followed by either a chicken, red meat or fish dish with seasonal vegetables & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
- Information pack including smartphone app with maps plus a route book per room booked
- Luggage transfer (max 1 piece, max weight 20kg and max size 60 x 50 x 40 cm per person) - if you will have luggage in excess of this please inform your consultant at the time of booking because a supplement will apply
- Emergency hotline and SMS alert
- Credenziale - the pilgrim’s passport
- Travel to Orvieto or Acquapendente and from Rome
- Meals not included (lunch and dinner - except lunch on day 6 and 7, and dinner on day 5 and 6). Allow EUR15-20 for each dinner and EUR5 for a picnic lunch.
- Items of a personal nature including drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, internet and laundry etc.
- Entrance fees (museums, galleries etc.)
- Guide - this is a self guided tour
- Travel insurance
- Tourist Tax - allow approximately EUR1-3.5 per person per day - payable directly to the hotel
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Via Francigena: Orvieto to Rome tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 08 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 08 December 2022, a deposit of 268 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Via Francigena: Orvieto to Rome tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Via Francigena: Orvieto to Rome tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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