Francigena Orvieto to Rome
Francigena Orvieto to Rome

Via Francigena: Orvieto to Rome

10 days

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See the best of west-central Italy while walking the incredible Via Francigena route

The Via Francigena walking tour from Orvieto to Rome Tour is a unique opportunity to walk and trek across an ancient pilgrim trail through the awe-inspiring landscape and historic villages before arriving in Rome, one of Italy’s most popular destinations.

The Via Francigena walking tour begins in either Orvieto or Acquapendente. Perched atop a sheer cliff, you’re able to see the old centre of the Etruscan village and its imposing cathedral. Walking from Acquapendente leads to San Lorenzo Nuovo, where you can peer down the edge of a crater that’s home to the lake town of Bolsena, a charming stop. Coming from Orvieto, walking through the old town square gives a glimpse at an ancient Etruscan necropolis before leading you through the countryside to Bolsena Lake.

Walking to Montefiascone provides panoramic views of the lake, meadows, and the Cimini Mountains. Dinner in the old town of Viterbo prepares you to trek through the Etruscan hollow roads before skirting a volcano near Vetralla. Descending a gorge next to a waterfall is on route to Sutri is a highlight of the Via Francigena trek, and only gets better upon arrival at the Monte Gelato waterfalls.

Diving further into the Roman countryside, you’ll spend a peaceful night in Isola Farnese before transfer into the iconic city centre of Rome. Here, stop for a picture at the Monte Mario Belvedere before visiting Piazza San Pietro, the end of your journey and the journeys of countless pilgrims before.

The Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime trek, so book today!

Highlights of the Via Francigena: Orvieto to Rome

Walk the historic Via Francigena pilgrim road from Orvieto to Rome.
Explore the lovely historic towns like Viterbo and Sutri in awe-inspiring landscapes.
Get up close to ancient sites like the Fortress of the Popes and an Etruscan necropolis.
Stay in family-run accommodations and taste authentic Italian delicacies.

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From $750USD
10 days
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Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Acquapendente or Orvieto

Your Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome tour either begins in Acquapendente if you’re joining from an existing trek, or Orvieto if your adventure in Italy is starting today. In Acquapendente, choose one of the several excellent restaurants for dinner. From Orvieto, take a walk through the heart of the Etruscan civilization or snap a photo of the large cathedral. Then, make sure to order a glass of delicious local wine with your dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Acquapendente or Orvieto
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Walk to Bolsena

If you’re coming from Acquapendente, you’ll visit the village of San Lorenzo Nuovo and admire the panoramic views of the crater-hidden Lake Bolsena. From Orvieto, you’ll depart from the cathedral and traverse the old town before emerging into the scenic countryside. Be among the first to visit a recently discovered Etruscan necropolis before arriving at the impressive crater holding Bolsena Lake.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bolsena
Distance: 6-7 hours, 18-23 km, 341 – 503 m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Exploring Montefiascone

Circle the crest of Bolsena Lake to arrive in Montefiascone. The village has an impressive view of the Cimini Mountains in the distance. Make sure you stop by the Fortress of the Popes before choosing a restaurant for dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Montefiascone
Distance: 5 hours, 18 km, 603 m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Hike to Viterbo

Trekking between Bolsena Lake and the Cimini Mountains, wonderful views pave the route to Viterbo. This friendly old town has authentic dining options and a wonderful ambiance.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Viterbo
Distance: 6 hours, 18 km, 174m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Nature walk to Vetralla

Walk deep into the Etruscan countryside and enjoy some solitude in nature, as you won’t pass through any villages before making it to Vetralla. The peace and quiet is a perfect midway refresh on the Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome Tour.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Vetralla
Distance: 6 hours, 17 km, 288 m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Volcanoes & Gorges near Sutri

Get ready for a big day! First, you’ll trail along the side of a volcano past the old site of Lake Vico. Then, walking through the countryside brings you to Capranica. Descending into a gorge, you’ll follow a stream for one of the most scenic moments of the whole trek. Once you make it to Sutri, make sure to treat yourself to dessert after such an exciting walk.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Sutri
Distance: 7 hours, 25.5 km, 469 m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Walk to Campagnano

The day starts with a trip through idyllic fields until you come upon the Monte Gelato waterfalls. While you won’t find gelato here, the falls are an incredibly worthwhile stop. Jump in for a swim before taking the excavated road to Campagnano, which has excellent views.

If you’d prefer a shorter tip today, you can arrange transfer from Monterosi to Campagnano.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Campagnano
Distance: 7 hours, 24.5 km, 376 m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Walk to Isola Farnese

Travelling into the Roman countryside makes for a quiet, peaceful day. Enjoy the calm country and babbling streams before arriving for dinner in Isola Farnese.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Isola Farnese
Distance: 7 hours, 22 km, 433m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Approaching Rome

The Orvieto to Rome tour concludes in style: choose to arrive in Rome via public transportation to maximize your time in the city or complete your trip by foot. Walking to the city offers a visit to the Insugherata park, a serene nature reserve just outside the city. Make sure to pause for a photo at the Monte Mario Belvedere and look out for a peek of the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica in the distance. You’ll end the walk in Piazza San Pietro just like the countless pilgrims before you have. While the walking ends here, make sure you explore the sights and sounds of Rome as fully as possible. Choose a restaurant for dinner, go shopping, or relax and sightsee.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Rome
Distance: 6 hours, 22 km, 360 m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Arrivederci, Rome!

Enjoy breakfast in Rome before officially ending the Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome Tour. Or, book a few extra nights in the bustling city to soak it up just a bit more.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour of the Via Francigena is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price depends on the departure date and whether you are staying in a single, double, or triple room.

The best time to travel to Italian Alps for hiking is during the summer months.

Prices of Self-guided Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! The departure is available on any day of the week. Prices below are per person:

Departure on September 15th – October 31st (2021):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,195 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,150 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $750 USD

Departure on March 1st – March 22nd (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,425 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,175 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $895 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $775 USD

Departure on March 23rd – May 1st (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,525 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,250 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $950 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $825 USD

Departure on May 2nd – August 26th (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,495 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,250 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $925 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $795 USD

Departure on August 27th – September 14th (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,525 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,250 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $950 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $825 USD

Departure on September 15th – October 31st (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,495 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,250 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $925 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $795 USD
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Accommodation on the Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome Tour

This tour is based in hotels and bed and breakfasts. Hotels on this trip are 2-4-star hotels along with smaller “agriturismo” farmhouse inns. They offer great location, atmosphere, excellent food, and welcoming staff. Rooms may have access to amenities including private bathrooms, swimming pools, TVs, mini bars, and breakfast. 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 and the size of the group (please check Dates and Prices for more info). However, it’s sometimes possible to match single travellers up.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Albergo Filippeschi in Orvieto ★★★

This cute hotel is perched on a cobblestone street in the medieval center of town. You’re only a couple of kilometers from main attractions and the rooms are kept very clean.

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 Urbano V in Montefiascone ★★★

Hotel Urbano V is close to the historical centre of Montefiascone, but far enough away to be peaceful and quiet. Rooms feature a TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and tasty breakfast.

Hotel Palazzo Riario in Viterbo ★★★★★

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

Antica Locanda della Via Francigena in Vetralla

The Antica Locanda is tucked among olive groves, giving it a wonderfully peaceful ambiance. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and offer free Wi-Fi.

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.

Albergo Benigni in Campagnano ★★

Hotel Benigni features a central location in Campagnano Di Roma, within walking distance to the volcanoes of Monti Sabatini.

Hotel Tempio di Apollo in Isola Farnese ★★

Hotel Tempio di Apollo is set in a wonderful location, with views that extend over the green countryside. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi and the staff is known to be very helpful.

Hotel Domus Sessoriana in Rome ★★★

Hotel Domus Sessoriana was built from a monastery attached to the Basilica of the Holy Cross. This slice of history provides a great location, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast served on the terrace.

What’s included in the Via Francigena from Orvieto to Rome Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 9 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

All luggage transfers from day 2 until day 9 are included. However, you are responsible for your own transfers.

Also Included

  • Route guides
  • Pilgrim’s passports
  • Maps and detailed information packs
  • 24/7 telephone guidance and support

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal transfers
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Tourist taxes (€1 EUR- € 3.5 EUR per person daily)
  • Personal equipment
  • Guide services

Optional Extras

  • Airport transfers to and from Orvieto and Rome
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Via Francigena: Orvieto to Rome

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We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You will walk long distances, but paths are generally flat and easy to follow. Some public transportation is available if you wish to shorten sections of the walk.

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