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The Full Via Francigena

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4 Based on 1 Review
  • duration 50 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-20303
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Saint Bernardo Pass, Switzerland
  • Ends Rome, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Visiting countless beautiful towns including Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Orvieto, Viterbo and Rome
  • Walking in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims across diverse and stunning scenery from the Alps to Rome
  • Discovering the hospitality of the small, familyrun hotels and feasting on the culinary delights of the many regions
  • Soaking up the history of this ancient pilgrimage
  • Experiencing sides of Italy that are missed by many travelllers
Starting in Saint Bernardo Pass and ending in Rome, the tour "Full Via Francigena" is a self-guided walking tour that takes 50 days. You will be traveling through Vercelli, Etroubles, Gambassi Terme and 47 other destinations in Switzerland and Italy. "The Full Via Francigena" is a private tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

Follow the Via Francigena pilgrim route, the Italian camino, from the Swiss border all the way 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. For those with more time it's possible to walk the whole Italian route and discover its history, culture and camaraderie. The start of the trip from the Saint Bernard Pass and crossing over the Swiss Alps into Italy will set the tone for the whole pilgrimage. There are no shortages of highlights on this extensive section of the route. As you walk you'll pass countless vineyards, orchards and castles. The trail will wind through charming villages, quiet countryside and along river banks. The foodie-haven of Piedmont awaits you, before entering into the Emilia Romagno region and heading into Tuscany where you will walk from one hilltop town to the next. The Via Francigena takes in many of Tuscany's most beautiful and renowned towns, including Lucca, Siena, Monteriggioni and San Gimignano. To top off this once in a lifetime experience you'll walk into the Eternal City of Rome. Each day you will be rewarded with stunning views and a real sense of achievement. En route stay in atmospheric farm houses and small family run hotels, soaking up the fine hospitality that has characterised the route for centuries.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Arrive Saint Bernard Pass
  • Day 2 : Cross into Italy and walk to Etroubles (4hrs, 13.5km/8.5mi)
  • Day 3 : Walk along mountain and pinewood trails to Aosta (4-5hrs, 15.5km/9.5mi)
  • Day 4 : Pass castles and vineyards en route to Nus (5hrs, 16km/10mi)
  • Day 5 : Continue to Saint Vincent (5hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
  • Day 6 : Valley walk to Verres (4-5hrs, 16.5mi/10.2mi)
  • Day 7 : Walk to Pont Saint Martin (4hrs, 13km/8mi)
  • Day 8 : Through the Piedmont Hills to Ivrea (5-6hrs, 21km/13mi)
  • Day 9 : Pass tiny villages to Viverone (6hrs, 20km/12.5mi)
  • Day 10 : Walk along tiny country roads to Santhia (6hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
  • Day 11 : Across the plains to Vercelli (7hrs, 27km/16.5mi)
  • Day 12 : Train to Robbio, walk in the countryside to Mortara (4hrs, 14km/8.5mi)
  • Day 13 : Through woods, fields and small towns to Garlasco (7hrs, 23km/14mi)
  • Day 14 : A charming walk to the Ticino Valley Natural Park and Pavia (7hrs, 25km/15.5mi)
  • Day 15 : Walk to Belgioioso, train to Pavia (5hrs, 16km/10mi)
  • Day 16 : Transfer to Orio Litta then walk to Piacenza (6hrs, 22km/13.5mi)
  • Day 17 : Walk along country roads to Fiorenzuola (9hrs, 32km/20mi or shorten by public transport)
  • Day 18 : Via the Cistercian Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba to Fidenza (6hrs, 23km/14mi)
  • Day 19 : Hilly walk, passing historic monuments en route to Medesano, transfer to hotel (6hrs, 22km/13.5mi)
  • Day 20 : Transfer to Medesano, walk through the Parma Hills to Sivizzano (5hrs, 19km/12mi))
  • Day 21 : A long walk through small villages to Berceto (7hrs, 24km/15mi)
  • Day 22 : Cross the Cisa Pass along mule tracks and country roads to Previde (5hrs, 18km/11mi)
  • Day 23 : Walk through villages and past little stone houses to Pontremoli (3hrs, 10mi/6km)
  • Day 24 : Walk through green countryside and medieval villages to Mocrone (5.5hrs, 15km/9.5mi)
  • Day 25 : Continue to Aulla (5.5hrs, 17.5km/10.9mi)
  • Day 26 : Visit medieval villages and ruins en route to Sarzana (5hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
  • Day 27 : A fairly flat walk to Massa (6hrs, 27km/16.9mi)
  • Day 28 : Via the old town of Pietrasanta to Camaiore (6hrs, 25km/15.6mi)
  • Day 29 : Walk over rolling hills to Lucca (7hrs, 25km/15.5mi)
  • Day 30 : Explore Lucca, afternoon train to San Miniato Alto
  • Day 31 : Through the Val d'Elsa countryside to Gambassi (7hrs, 25km/12.5mi)
  • Day 32 : Walk to the medieval town of San Gimignano (6hrs, 18km/11mi)
  • Day 33 : Over rolling hills and past vineyards to Colle Val d’Elsa (6hrs, 21km/13mi)
  • Day 34 : Continue to Monteriggioni (4hrs, 13km/8mi)
  • Day 35 : To Siena (6hrs, 20km/12.5mi)
  • Day 36 : Walk via Cuna to Monteroni or Lucignano d’Arbia (6hrs, 21km/13mi)
  • Day 37 : Over rolling hills to Buonconvento (4hrs, 13.8km/8.6mi)
  • Day 38 : Views of the Val D’Orcia reward as you walk to San Quirico d’Orcia (6hrs, 21.6km/13.5mi)
  • Day 39 : A short walk to Castiglione d'Orcia (2.5hrs, 9km/5.6mi)
  • Day 40 : Pass ancient towns, brooks and woods to Radicofani (6hrs, 21km/13mi)
  • Day 41 : A long but rewarding walk to Acquapendente (7hrs, 25km/15.6mi)
  • Day 42 : Descend to Bolsena (7.5hrs, 22km/13.5mi)
  • Day 43 : Walk along the crest of hills to Montefiascone (5hrs, 18km/11mi)
  • Day 44 : Continue to Viterbo (6hrs, 18km/11mi)
  • Day 45 : Through Etruscan countryside to Vetralla (6hrs, 17km/10.5mi)
  • Day 46 : Walk to Sutri via the tiny village of Capranica (7hrs, 24.5km/15mi)
  • Day 47 : Walk across fields to Monterosi and on to Campagnano di Roma (7hrs, 24.5km/5mi)
  • Day 48 : Follow country trails to Isola Farnese (7hrs, 22km/13.5mi)
  • Day 49 : Final walk into Rome (6hrs, 22km/13.5mi)
  • Day 50 : Trip concludes
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Joining St Bernard Pass: 49 nights in charming B&Bs and agriturismo or 3-4 star hotels (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €35-40)
  • Transfer from San Miniato Basso train station to your hotel in San Miniato Alto on Day 30
Meals
  • Joining St Bernard Pass: 49 breakfasts, 2 packed lunches, 7 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
  • Joining Aosta (day 3 of the full itinerary): 48 day trip inclusions ie 47 breakfasts, 2 packed lunches, 6 dinners, 47 nights accommodation, plus others listed above
Transport
  • Transfer Pavia to Orio Litta on day 16
  • Transfer Medesano-Sant'Andrea Bagni in the afternoon Day 19 and returning to Medesano on the morning of day 20
  • Transfer from the agriturismo to Radicofani on day 41 (or on day 40, subject to availability)
Others
  • Information pack including smartphone app with maps plus a route book per room booked
  • Luggage transfer (max 1 piece per person)
  • Emergency hotline and SMS alert
  • Credenziale - the pilgrim passport
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel to Saint Bernard Pass or Aosta and from Rome
  • Meals not included - lunch daily, dinners not listed as included. Allow EUR15-20 for each dinner and EUR5-8 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 EUR1-2 per day - payable directly to the hotel
  • Train on day 15 Belgioioso to Pavia (allow EUR2.20 subject to change)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4 - Very Good
Based on 1 review
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 09 2018
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Whilst there were only a few pilgrims, those I met were very supportive & accommodating, met some terrific people. The variety of accommodation was generally excellent. The track itself presented great variety of terrain &... Read more
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Full Via Francigena 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 07 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 December 2022, a deposit of 269 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Full Via Francigena 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 The Full Via Francigena 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.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • What is the best month to visit Italy?

    The best time to visit Italy is between the months of April and June as well as from September to October. The weather on the Italian Peninsula during these months is ideal for going out on sightseeing tours, hiking, and exploring treasures stretching from Palermo to the lagoons of Venice. Traveling to Italy during July and August is avoided by many because of the summer heat and crowds, while the period between November to March sees the fewest visitors in big cities. However, these months coincide with the prime skiing season in the Alps, while southern parts of Italy, such as Sicily, remain relatively warm during this time of year. Find more information here.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Is Italy expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work? What currency do they use?

    While it is true that Italy is not an expensive destination, it is not exactly a budget destination either. Your vacation funds will go much further in Italy than they would in Scandinavia or the UK, with daily budgets of around USD150 per person sufficient for mid-range travelers who do not want to miss out on any of the country’s most important sights. Most banks have ATM machines (called bancomat) with English language options. All you need to do is look for the US or the UK flag. Plus, most machines accept both Visa and Mastercard. Please keep in mind that you will withdraw your cash in euros, with EUR1 slightly more than its USD equivalent.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

    Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and Japan can visit Italy (along with the free-movement zone of Schengen in the EU) for 90 days as tourists without requiring a visa.

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