The last big part of the Via Francigena leads you from Siena through the southern part of Tuscany and the region Latium into the ‘eternal’ city of Rome. The historical pilgrim route in its full length starts in England, winds through France, traverses Switzerland and meanders down into Italy. On the path between Siena and Rome, every step you take is on historical ground. The part of the Via Francigena leads along the old roman street Via Cassia. In some parts, you even walk the same stones as the old Romans did around 2000 years ago.
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 themselves a great reason to walk the path. The old, beautiful architecture, the art treasures from the medieval times and the renaissance are worth coming here for.
The path described here is about 250 kilometers long and can be walked in about 12 days. The ways are mostly flat and sometimes undulating. The beginning and ending of each stage shows you another picturesque town – each and everyone of them with their own little charm and treasures. 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 the footpath on most kilometers, so it's a perfect alternative.