Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome

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Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome

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From $1,275USD

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Self-guided

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Highlights

Spend 9 days cycling the Via Francigena on this mesmerizing self-guided adventure

Cycle the Via Francigena and explore the unique towns and villages along the way.

Enjoy the sunset over blissful Lake Bolsena and dip into the thermal pools of Bagno Vignoni.

Stand in the centre of the amphitheater of Sutri or walk through the Via Cassia in Montefiascone.

Ride into Rome and spend a night in one of Italy’s most historically rich, vibrant cities.

The Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome Tour is an incredible opportunity to ride Italy’s ancient pilgrimage road to Rome, enjoying the villages, landscapes, and historical monuments along the way.

The Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome Tour begins in Siena, one of the most wonderful towns in Italy. Siena is full of fascinating architecture, and it all centres around a shell-shaped square in the centre of town where a biannual horse race is held.

Ride down the Val d’Arbia to Buonconvento, a town known for fabulous local wine, before descending into the stunning Val d’Orcia. The rolling hills and vineyards give way to the thermal pools of Bagno Vignoni, where you can enjoy a dip before exploring 13th-century churches.

Then, the next leg of the Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome tour takes you along the Via Cassia stuns with unbelievable landscapes all the way to Lake Bolsena. Stand at the edge of a massive volcanic crater before continuing to Viterbo where delicious local dinner awaits.

You’ll next ride alongside waterfalls and past the infamous 300-year-old “Tree of Death” towards the medieval Formello. This is your last chance to soak up the peace of the trail before arriving in Rome.

The Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome Tour ends in St. Peter Square of Vatican City, and you’ll spend the night inspired by the buzz of one of Italy’s most awesome locales.

Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Siena

The starting point of your Via Francigena cycling tour to Rome is Siena, a city filled with medieval architecture and interesting places to explore. Spend the day climbing the Torre del Mangia for a birds-eye view of the city, or settle in at the Piazza del Campo for a dinner of pici all’aglione for dinner, where you can look over the lit-up Palazzo Pubblico while you dine.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Siena
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycling to San Quirico d’Orcia

Start the day with a ride through the Val d’Arbia, which has unforgettable views all the way to Lucignano, where you can stop for a cappuccino before continuing on. Admire the imposing Grancia di Cuna, a fortified farm that grew into the republic of Siena, before continuing into the Vall dell’Ombrone. Soon, you’ll arrive in Buonconvento. Pause for lunch (perhaps with a glass of local wine) before riding on through the Val d’Orcia, where the views are sublime. Rows of vineyards and cypress trees welcome you into San Quirico, where the enchanting architecture might inspire an evening walk before settling down at the 15th-century garden of Horti Leonini.

Overnight Location
Hotel in San Quirico
Distance
54 km, 650m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Cycling to Radicofani

The second day of your cycling trip to Rome continues through the splendid Val d’Orcia before reaching Bagno Vignoni. The thermal pools here are perfect to rest your legs in before jumping back on the bike before the more challenging ride up to Radicofani. The elevation pays off when it comes to the views! Stop by the Pieve di San Pietro, a 13th-century chapel and the most sacred building in the region.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Radicofani
Distance
40 km, 650m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Ride to Bolsena

Start the day by riding through Via Cassia, one of the most spectacular sections of the Via Francigena. The rolling hills lead up to Monte Amiata, which is definitely worth a photo stop. Take a moment to walk along the crypt beneath the Basilica del Santo Sepolcro, where tradition says stones bathed in the blood of Christ were kept. Hop back on the bike to cruise to Lake Bolsena, where you’ll descend down into the volcanic crater to the town. Olive trees and meadows surround you, and there are plenty of great restaurants to relax for the evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bolsena
Distance
57 km, 620m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Cycling to Viterbo

Start the next leg of your cycling trip to Rome by riding through the woods and olive groves that skirt Lake Bolsena. When you arrive in Montefiascone, make sure to taste some of the local olive oil on fresh bread before climbing up to Rocca, which has enchanting views. Then, pop into a local wine bar for a taste of the region’s best. If you’re in the mood to be spoiled, the spas of Bagnaccio are the perfect place for a little R&R before you hop back on the bike. When you get to Viterbo, where the historic Palazzo dei Papi is the perfect view for dinner and dessert.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Viterbo
Distance
33 km, 545m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Bike to Sutri

Today, your Via Francigena cycling tour takes you through the heart of Etrurian territory to the lush countryside where Sutri lies. This little town is packed with things to see. Start with the Roman amphitheater, where the custodian will make sure you sign the guestbook before leaving. The church of Santa Maria del Parto is a great next stop, with frescoed walls that depict pilgrims in prayer.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sutri
Distance
34 km, 534m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Cycling to Formello

Today, cycle past the Mount Gelato waterfalls, which are the perfect spot for a morning dip. Then, you’ll ride into Venturi Park, which is full of nature and perfect to rest a bit. If you’re feeling bold, you can even rest under the 300-year-old Yew tree that the locals call the “Tree of Death.” Find someone and ask for the story! Finally, you’ll ride through the Veio Nature Park to get to Formello. The final ride is incredibly scenic and nature lovers will be in their element.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Formello
Distance
34 km, 534m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Cycling to Rome

The last leg of your cycling journey on the Via Francigena leads to Rome! You’ll pass through the countryside of Lazio, which feels a hundred miles from the buzz of the city. Once on the River Tevere cycling path, you’ll whiz right into Rome and then to St. Peter Square in Vatican City, where your ride ends. Take a victory photo in front of the Basilica, and then settle in for dinner. Try the spring lamb, pecorino, and some maritozzo with cream. Relax and enjoy the view!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rome
Distance
34 km, 155m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Departure from Rome

Savour a final breakfast in Rome before packing up to head home. Arrivederci!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome Price and Dates

This self-guided family-friendly cycling tour of the Via Francigena is run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel, the class of accommodation, and the kind of room you prefer.

Prices below are per person:
Departure on April 1st – July 21st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $2,250USD
  • Price per person staying in single room when travelling with a group: $1,825USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $1,395USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $1,275USD

Departure on August 1st – August 23rd:

  • Price per solo traveller: $2,195USD
  • Price per person staying in single room when travelling with a group: $1,775USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $1,375USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $1,275USD

Departure on August 24th – September 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $2,250USD
  • Price per person staying in single room when travelling with a group: $1,825USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $1,395USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $1,275USD

Departure on October 1st – October 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $2,195USD
  • Price per person staying in single room when travelling with a group: $1,775USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $1,375USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $1,275USD
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Accommodation on the Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome tour

This tour is based in 3-5-star hotels and B&Bs. The hotels offer pleasant rooms with ensuite bathrooms and excellent locations.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Solo travellers must pay a supplement that varies based on the season (please inquire to find out more). However, it’s definitely possible to match single travellers up.

Hotel Chiusarelli in Siena

This hotel is in the centre of Siena, and the recently renovated rooms offer air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and TVs.

Hotel Palazzuolo in San Quirico d’Orcia

Hotel Palazzuolo is located in an incredible park with an outdoor pool, and the rooms feature balconies and great views of the Val d’Orcia.

Night 3

Agriturismo La Selvella in Radicofani

This B&B enjoys stunning views of the Val d’Orcia, and the rooms offer free Wi-Fi, great views, and pool access.

Agriturismo Le Vigne in Bolsena

Agriturismo Le Vigne is located right next to the heart of Bolsena. The rooms feature flatscreen TVs, Wi-Fi, private entrances, and lake views.

Hotel Palazzo Riario in Viterbo

This luxurious castle hotel is in a 16th-century building, with elegant rooms and a delicious breakfast.

Hotel Agriturismo Montefosco in Sutri

This B&B is in the green countryside of Lazio, surrounded by hazelnut trees. The rooms are well-finished, with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a great onsite restaurant.

B&B Nonna Loreta in Formello

This cozy B&B features a serene garden and terrace, and rooms have air conditioning and TVs. The owners are friendly and helpful.

Dharma Style Hotel in Rome

This hotel is right in the centre of Rome and within walking distance to Rome’s main attractions. The rooms are beautifully decorated, with coffee makers, free Wi-Fi, and TVs.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Family Cycling Tour from Pisa to Florence?

Meals

8 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 8 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes rental bike delivery and pick up, as well as all luggage transfers during the biking days.

Also Included

  • Route guides and notes
  • Maps and detailed information packs
  • 24/7 telephone guidance and support
  • Bike theft insurance

Not included

  • Bike or bike supplies rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Tourist taxes (€0.7 – 4 EUR per person daily)
  • Personal equipment

Optional Extras

  • Bike and biking equipment rental (7 days):
    • Hybrid bike (incl. front bag, map holder and odometer) - $175USD
    • E-bike (incl. front bag, map holder and odometer) - $325USD
    • Helmet - $50USD
    • Rear bags - $50USD
  • Any additional nights before or after tour
  • Airport transfers

Frequenty Asked Questions about Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome

How hard is the Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will cycle longer distances over varied terrain, but most trails are in good condition.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome tour?

8 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes. You will need to acquire travel insurance that covers cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Siena to start this tour?

You can fly to Florence (FLR) or Pisa (PSA). From FLR, take the bus to Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station, and then take the bus or train directly to Siena. From PSA, you can take the train to Siena, which changes in Pisa Centrale and Empoli. Check train schedules at this website.

Is the Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome tour guided?

No, you will be provided with maps, route guides, notes, and 24/7 telephone support to complete your self-guided tour.

Where does the Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome tour end?

The tour ends in Rome, where you can fly directly from one of the local airports (FCO or CIA) or reach airports in Florence or Pisa by train.

Are bike rentals included?

Bike rentals are not included, but they are available as an optional extra. You can rent electric, road, or mountain bikes. Bike models available to rent for this tour:

  • Centro 1
  • Wilier Centro1SR
  • Wilier GTR team
  • Kalkhoff Endeavour 27
  • Kalkhoff Endeavour 5B9G (e-bike)

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Italy for this tour?

The best time to travel to Italy for the Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome tour is from April-October, however, July and August tend to get hot.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will cycle longer distances over varied terrain, but most trails are in good condition.


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