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Via Francigena South — from Siena to Rome

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Via Francigena South — from Siena to Rome

Hiking Collection by komoot

12-27

days

3-6 h

/ day

185 mi

13,925 ft

14,400 ft

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.

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    Difficult
    07:54
    18.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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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  • Difficult
    07:38
    17.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The path from Ponte d'Arbia to San Quirico d'Orcia is determined especially on the first few kilometers of the Crete Senesi countryside, and at the end of the stage you …

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  • Difficult
    09:55
    21.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    3,275 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The path from the picturesque village of San Quirico d'Orcia to Radicofani is dominated by the landscape of the Val d'Orcia. The river Orcia, from which this very extensive river …

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  • Difficult
    06:19
    14.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    06:27
    15.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lazio region is in front of you! From the town of Acquapendente, it is about two and a half kilometers on asphalt along the new Via Cassia and the …

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    11.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,750 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    12.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    04:56
    11.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the San Lorenzo Cathedral, the path heads west for three kilometers, before turning left in the area in front of Terme del Papi for a few hundred meters. This …

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  • Difficult
    06:15
    14.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After starting in Vetralla, the path leads you first between fields and settlements about 3.5 kilometers up to the edge of the nature reserve Lago di Vico. Before the edge …

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  • Difficult
    07:13
    16.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Sutri, between the fields and meadows of Lazio, continue along the Via Francigena towards Campagnano di Roma. Distinguished stops on this hike are the village of Monterosi on the …

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  • Difficult
    06:41
    15.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    07:14
    16.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    185 mi
  • Duration
    81:02 h
  • Elevation
    13,925 ft14,400 ft

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