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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Last updated: December 1, 2021
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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…
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 are already in the vast Val d'Orcia river valley. Relatively bare, gently rolling hills alternate with green river valleys.
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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 valley has its name, you cross a few kilometers behind San Quirico d'Orcia at the historic spa town of Bagno Vignoni.
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…
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 Strada Torre Alfina to the southeast until you turn right after a factory to the south. To your left and right you will find extensive meadows and fields…
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…
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…
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 stage of the Via Francigena is relatively flat in the first half, slightly hilly in the second and is dominated by fields, tree plantations…
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 of the forest, turn right and a very nice hiking trail leads you along the edge of the forest and then through impressive deciduous…
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 edge of the Sabatini mountains (Monte Sabatini) and the waterfalls of Monte Gelato, which you automatically meet as you…
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 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…
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