The last major section of the Via Francigena leads you from Siena through the southern part of Tuscany and Latium into the ‘eternal’ city of Rome. This historical pilgrim route actually starts in England, winds through France, traverses Switzerland and meanders down into Italy — although we're concentrating on the final leg here. On this section, every step you take is on historical ground: This part of the Via Francigena leads you along the old Roman street Via Cassia, a road that is in parts still lined with the very same stones the Romans would have walked on all those years ago. I
The landscape is characterized by soft hills, olive groves, hazelnut plantations, meadows and light deciduous forests. The volcanic activity that shaped the landscape makes itself known through the hot springs and crater lakes that litter the path. Aside from being a part of the pilgrim route, the scenic little towns are also a great reason to walk the path, with beautiful, old architecture and an excitingly medieval flair.
The path described here is about 155 miles (250 kilometers) long and can be walked in around 12 days. The route is mostly flat with some mild undulation. The starting and end point of each stage has been strategically planned in one of the picturesque towns, allowing you to add some authentic Italian charm to both ends of your adventure each day. If you’re short on time or want to see more of the landscape close to the Via Francigena, consider going by bike. The Via Francigena cycle path follows alongside the footpath for much of the way, making it an ideal alternative to hiking.
The starting point for most pilgrims and hikers who walk the last section of the Via Francigena from Siena to Rome is the mighty Cathedral of Siena - the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. Vis-a-vis from the main entrance of the cathedral, you will find the Santa Maria della Scala complex, which today houses a museum and used to be a pilgrims' hostel.
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It goes down again. From the high-altitude Radicofani you go on leisurely hiking trails along hills with truly magnificent views further south. For many hikers, the first few kilometers to Radicofani are among the most beautiful of the entire southern Via Francigena. After about ten kilometers, you arrive at the small town of Ponte a Rigo - here the path divides into two variants.
This stage takes you a few hundred meters from the lake along the eastern shore from Bolsena to Montefiascone. The path runs in hilly ups and downs through fields, olive groves, and sparse forests and always offers beautiful views of Lake Bolsena.After about twelve kilometers (and after a short stretch on the new Via Cassia), turn left and walk the last six kilometers through trails and back roads to the picturesque town of Montefiascone, the stage destination.
In this section of the Via Francigena, you can easily start on truly historic ground. From Montefiascone it goes the first six kilometers slightly downhill and that partly on the ancient pavement of the Roman road Via Cassia. Apart from a small ascent of which you have a good panoramic view of meadows and fields, it is mainly on field and hiking trails relatively flat through the countryside of Lazio.
Enjoy the nature of Lazio to the full on the penultimate stage. The path leads you through oak forests and past fields through the tranquil Valle del Sorbo and the Parco di Veio Nature Park to the south. Although it does not look like a landscape, you are officially located in the surrounding area of Rome (Agro Romano) after the communal boundary of the Natural Park Village of Formello.
Rome is at your feet today! From La Storta you walk along the new Via Cassia for almost six kilometers until you cross the Rome ring road. Then your way leads you about four and a half kilometers through the Roman recreation area Riserva Naturale dell'Insugherata. Then you are finally in the city and go through the streets and through the park at the lookout Monte Mario almost always south to St. Peter's Square with St. Peter's Basilica.