Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome

Italy
Pilgrimage
Self-Guided
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Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome

Prices

From $625USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Experience a 7-day self-guided pilgrimage on Italy's Via Francigena route

Visit well-preserved medieval towns such as Sutri, Vetralla, and Formello.

Experience the natural beauty of Veio Natural Park and the Lazio countryside.

Enjoy world-famous Italian art, history, culture, and cuisine in rural villages and major cities alike.

Complete your journey in the spectacular St. Peter’s Square beside St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

A journey on the Via Francigena is like traveling back in time, and this self-guided routes takes you from Viterbo to Rome. Walk between lovely historic villages and through scenic Lazio countryside before reaching the incomparable city of Rome. This tour along the Via Francigena combines history, culture, nature, adventure, tradition, and great food into one amazing experience.

Discover why pilgrims and tourists from around the world are drawn to walk the historic and scenic Via Francigena through the Italian countryside, ending at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, nestled in the heart of Rome. Surround yourself with art, culture, architecture and history as you explore small villages and medieval towns along the way.

The Lazio countryside and the Veio Nature Park are full of beautiful panoramic vistas to inspire and encourage you along your journey. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the Monte Gelato waterfalls near the village of Monterosi. Your self-guided walking tour on the Via Francigena lets you set the pace and explore freely without worrying about details such as accommodations or luggage transfers. This tour is the perfect way to explore Italy, so don’t miss it!

Via Francigena

Known as “The road that comes from France,” the Via Francigena is an ancient road and pilgrimage route that connected the city of Canterbury in England to Rome and the Apulia region in Italy. Here, pilgrims would gain access to the ports that would take them across the Mediterranean from Europe to the Holy Land. The name Via Francigena was first mentioned in writing in 867CE; however, other names, such as “The Lombard Way” and “The Frankish Route” were likely used earlier.

The route differs from earlier Roman Era roads, in that the Via Francigena was not a single paved road with mile markers. Instead, the route represents a general throughway that changed over the course of centuries based on various political, economic, and religious factors. The Via Francigena also relied largely on religious sites for its direction, connecting abbeys along the pilgrimage route rather than cities, as was the custom with Roman roads.

Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Viterbo

Arrive in Viterbo today and check in to your hotel. If time permits, explore Viterbo, which is one of central Italy’s best-preserved medieval cities. The first papal conclave took place here and the Palazzo dei Papi (Papal Palace). Visit Viterbo’s oldest church, Santa Maria Nuova, from the 11th Century, as well as the important Cathedral of St. Lorenzo, which was built on an ancient temple to the pagan god Hercules. For dinner, enjoy a typical Tuscan dish such as acquacotta for a delicious start to your tour.

Overnight Location
Hotel Tuscia in Viterbo
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Walk to Vetralla

Begin your walk today in Viterbo with a warm up segment of only 16 km to reach Vetralla. Vetralla has been famous since antiquity for its public thermal baths and you’re sure to enjoy your visit to this rural medieval village. Nearby are the lovely Lake Vico and Monte Fogliano mountain (965 m / 3,166 ft). You can also visit the Church of San Francesco, the neoclassical Duomo, and the Palazzo Comunale during your time in Vetralla. When it’s time for dinner, be sure to try a local delicacy such as fettuccine with a porcini mushroom sauce or pappardelle with bolognese sauce. Add an aperitif and a starter of local bread dipped in local oil.

Overnight Location
Alberga da Benedetta in Vetralla
Distance
16 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Walk to Sutri

As you leave Vetralla, walk through an area of magnificent natural beauty, including a magical forest of oak and hazelnut trees. When you arrive at Sutri, entering the medieval town through its fortified walls is like stepping back in time. The Italian Touring Club (TCI) has awarded this village an orange flag of excellence due to its incredible preservation of the town’s history. There is much to see here, and depending on how much time you have available, you may want to visit the Charlemagne Castle, the Roman amphitheater, the frescoes of the Madonna del Parto church, or the tombs of the Roman necropolis.

Overnight Location
Hotel Agriturismo Montefosco in Sutri
Distance
24 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Walk to Campagnano

Immerse yourself in nature today as you walk through the beautiful Lazio countryside. Near Monterosi Village, you’ll find a lake covered with water lilies. Continue along the path to the incredible Monte Gelato waterfalls. Rest here in this idyllic location and take a refreshing dip in the clear waters before resuming your walk. Enter the Veio Nature Park and walk along the banks of the river until you reach the hilltop village of Campagnano. Spend the night here after a day saturated with overwhelming natural beauty.

Overnight Location
Hotel Da Righetto in Campagnano
Distance
27 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Walk to Isola Farnese

Make your way from Campagnano to the small village of Isola Farnese along a path through Veio Nature Park that rewards your efforts with stunning panoramic views. You’ll see a medieval church called the Madonna del Sorbo Sanctuary, which gets its name from the beautiful valley it is nestled in. The route passes through yet another medieval village called Formello before finally arriving in Isola Farnese. Notice the medieval castle here from the 13th Century. Spend a peaceful night in this remote location that gets its name from its isolated position between two valleys.

Overnight Location
Hotel Tempio di Apollo in Isola Farnese
Distance
22 km
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Walk to Rome

Complete your journey today with an amazing walk from Isola Farnese to the incomparable city of Rome. Leave the tranquility of the rural countryside behind as you enter the suburbs of this massive city. Make your way through the ancient streets full of modern traffic to arrive in Vatican City. The Via Francigena officially ends in the spectacular St. Peter’s Square beside the world-renowned St. Peter’s Basilica. Rome is a magnificent city, full of many famous attractions such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and a plethora of beautiful fountains and squares. Rome attracts visitors from around the world with its history, art, architecture, and cuisine. If you’d like to fully experience this rich city, consider extending your tour to stay longer and explore on your own.

Overnight Location
Hotel Trastevere in Rome
Distance
19 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Departure Day

Sadly, your walking tour on the Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome has come to an end. Unless you have opted to extend your stay in Rome, check out of your hotel after breakfast and begin your onward travels. Have a wonderful journey!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour to Santiago de Compostela is always run as a private tour for your group only. The price always depends on the number of people sharing a room.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in single room: €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in double room: €675EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room: €595EUR
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Accommodation on Via de la Plata Pilgrimage Tour

This tour is based in 2- and 3-star hotels which offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more comfortable. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of €150EUR to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotel Tuscia in Viterbo

Located in historic town center and easy walking distance to the city’s best attractions, enjoy views over the ancient town from the roof-top garden.

Alberga da Benedetta in Vetralla

200 meters outside of Old Town, this quiet hotel provides weary travelers with simple but comfortable rooms, and a generous buffet 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.

Hotel Da Righetto in Campagnano

Offering every comfort, this 400-year old, family-run hotel is steeped in historic charm and well located in middle of town.

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 Trastevere in Rome

Within walking distance to all major landmarks, end your travels in the heart of the upscale neighborhood of Trastevere.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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

Meals

6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights along the tour are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transfers for this tour are included but no transportation is included.

Also Included

  • 24/7 phone assistance
  • Pilgrim passport
  • Walking notes

Not included

  • Guide services
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Transport

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Viterbo before the tour
  • Extra night in Rome after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome

How hard is the Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5, though it is a hard 3/5, due to one day with a distance of 27 km (17 miles). You should be able to walk 20+ km (12 miles) and be comfortable pushing that distance on a couple of the days on this tour.

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 from Viterbo to Rome Tour?

6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Viterbo to start this tour?

You can get to Viterbo by train, car, or bus. The closest airports are in Rome. Both Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and Rome-Ciampino International Airport (CIA) are good options.

Where does the Via Francigena from Viterbo to Rome Tour end?

The tour ends in Rome. Rome has excellent transportation connections, including two airports: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and Rome-Ciampino International Airport (CIA).

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 this walking adventure is spring and autumn, though the tour can be completed year-round. Summer is the most popular time, but it can be quite warm.

Galiwonders is a specialist tour operator, focusing on pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal as well as the Via Francigena in Italy. They offer adaptable tours to suit a variety of client needs and focus on truly taking care of their guests.

The tour guides are local experts, living and working right along the Camino. They have visited each hotel and restaurant they recommend, ensuring each is up to standard.

Galiwonders offers constant contact with their guests, ensuring all concerns or questions are addressed immediately so you can relax and enjoy your trip.

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Prices

From $625USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5, though it is a hard 3/5, due to one day with a distance of 27 km (17 miles). You should be able to walk 20+ km (12 miles) and be comfortable pushing that distance on a couple of the days on this tour.


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Local guide

Margot

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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