During the 12 days of walking and 13 overnights on the Via Francigena, pilgrims can climb the heights of the walled cities of Radicofani and Acquapendente or find gastronomic treasures in the narrow streets of Viterbo. The highlight of the walk is the triumphant entry to Rome where you will receive an official Testimonium from the Vatican which honors you for your pilgrimage walk to the See of St. Peter. Van service and a certified Italian hiking guide are included in the package, and Via Francigena guidebook author Sandy Brown will accompany the group.
- June 19, 2022 – Gather, overnight in Siena (optional Siena tour). Stroll the Piazza del Campo, shop among the trendy stores of the Old City or hunt for gastronomic delicacies in one of Italy’s most popular and beloved cities.
- June 20, 2022 – Siena to Buonconvento (30.3km/18.8miles, rated Challenging). Siena fades into the distance as today’s stage stretches out over gently rolling hills on quiet gravel roads, ending at Buonconvento, considered by some to be one of the most beautiful villages of Tuscany.
- June 21, 2022 – Buonconvento to San Quirico d’Orcia (18.1km/11.2miles, rated Average). A stop at the village of Torrenieri punctuates this walk through vineyards to lovely San Quirico d’Orcia where outdoor cafes and boutique shops await you.
- June 22, 2022 – San Quirico d’Orcia to Radicofani (32.9km, 20.5miles, rated Very Challenging). World famous hot springs at Bagno Vignoni offer an interesting early rest stop before the long uphill to the grey medieval stone walls of beloved Radicofani. Ask the van driver for a lift so you have time to explore the dramatic medieval fortress castle that stands guard above the hilltop town.
- June 23, 2022 – Radicofani to Acquapendente (23.1km, 14.4miles, rated Average). A long downhill on quiet gravel roads through the countryside on the way to a quick uphill climb arriving at charming, working class Acquapendente.
- June 24, 2022 – Acquapendente to Bolsena (23.2km, 14.4miles, rated Average). The rolling hills now flatten out to wide plains before arriving at the medieval fortress walls of lakeside Bolsena. Save time to explore the castle ramparts before losing yourself in the labyrinthine streets.
- June 25, 2022 – Bolsena to Montefiascone (16.4km, 10.2miles, rated Average). Nothing compares to the view after the climb to the top of Montefiascone’s Rocca di Papi where you can both see across vast Lake Bolsena and in the opposite direction begin to see a hint of Rome on the horizon.
- June 26, 2022 – Montefiascone to Viterbo (18.1km, 11.2miles, rated Average). Today’s walk is partly on 2000 year old Roman road with worn-in ruts showing long use for travel and commerce. Once inside Viterbo’s walls you discover hidden cafes, bars and restaurants in a town not focused on tourism but happy to retain its medieval charm nevertheless.
- June 27, 2022 – Viterbo to Vetralla (16.8km, 10.4miles, rated Easy). One last mountain stands between us and Rome and we skirt along its western flank to tiny Vetralla. There’s time today to deviate off the trail and explore an ancient Etruscan tomb and the ruins of Ponte Camillario, a bridge built in Roman times.
- June 28, 2022 – Vetralla to Sutri (24.0km, 14.9miles, rated Easy). Much of the day is spent in shaded walks under umbrella pine trees, and a special treat of this stage is the presence of Etruscan sites, particularly the Ancient Etruscan City at Sutri. Explore the ruins of a Roman amphitheater carved out of living rock and enjoy the charms of cafe life in Sutri’s historic center.
- June 29, 2022 – Sutri to Campagnano di Roma (27.7km/17.2miles rated Easy). Enjoy the waterfalls of Monte Gelato and the unusual circular church at Monterosi. The day ends at Campagnano di Roma, a country town favored for centuries as a weekend retreat for Roman officials. Outside the Porta di Roma city gates experience the joyful hubbub of intergenerational evening street life in a Lazio town.
- June 30, 2022 – Campagnano di Roma to La Storta (24.2km/15miles, rated Avg). Enjoy the historic center of picturesque Formello, and walk through Parco Veio, which preserves Etruscan ruins from the time before the Roman Empire. End the day’s walk in suburban La Storta, site of Ignatius Loyola’s vision that led to the founding of the Jesuit order.
- July 1, 2022 – La Storta to the Vatican. Overnight Rome (19.2km/11.9miles, rated Easy). We take the quiet road into the Eternal City and enter with a breathtaking view of St. Peter’s and the Vatican. After receiving our testimonia certificates we linger at the Basilica of St. Peter and before dinner have a joyful glass of Proseco to celebrate our triumphal arrival.
- July 2, 2022 – Tour Rome. A local guide shows us the highlights of the ancient and medieval city, with tours of St John Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Forum and Coliseum. Farewell dinner at our hotel near the Vatican.
- July 3, 2022 – Depart Rome – All roads lead to Rome, they say, and we pray that sometime our road will bring us back to the beautiful, historic and holy city.
This trip includes: Nightly hotel accommodations in 2-star or better facilities, daily breakfast and dinner, baggage service, van service, and leadership by guidebook author Sandy Brown. Prices do not include air or ground travel to and from start and finish points or lunch each day. Itineraries subject to possible change. Terms and conditions apply.