Walking the Francigena Way Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided
Destinations:
Italy
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
LKC
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

11 Days Flight Inclusive
11 Days Land only
Min age: 12

Trip Overview

The Francigena Way is a historial journey; a road which once led from Canterbury to Rome and which has been walked by thousands of pilgrims. This trip begins in the beautiful city of Orvieto which boasts arguably the most beautiful cathedral in Italy. From here walk through Tuscia Laziale, an agricultural region of fields and olive groves dotted with volcanic lakes. Following the ancient Via Cassia, pass through beautiful villages such as Montefiascone, the fortified city of Viterbo, the Etruscan necropolis and the Roman amphitheatre of Sutri and the small mediaeval churches of Vetrallla and Campagnano. The path continues, through thick forests of oaks and past ruined abbeys and control towers, and ends in Rome; the 'Eternal City'.

At a Glance

  • 5 nights in hotels, 4 nights in B&Bs and 1 night in a farmhouse
  • 9 days point-to-point walking with luggage transfers
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Self-guided trip; min. age 12 yrs

Trip Highlights

  • Pilgrimage route to Rome
  • Stunning landscapes
  • Orvieto and its Cathedral
  • Picturesque villages, historic abbeys and volcanic lakes

Is This Trip for You?

Average daily walk: 18km (11 miles)

No. of days walking: 9

This is a self-guided tour; you can walk at your own pace (we recommend taking your time and enjoying the sights!)

Terrain & route: The terrain and type of path will vary between manmade paved tracks, tarmac and dirt tracks. All walks take between 4 and 7 hours including lunch stops and require a moderate level of fitness. Please be aware that this area can be very warm, often exceeding 30 degrees in the summer.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together.

The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Group

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. This tour is managed by the local operator who will be on hand to assist you and highlight particular places of interest. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number. In an emergency, the hotel is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Adult min age:
12

Itinerary

Map LKC

Land Only

Start City:
Orvieto
End City:
Rome

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Orvieto

    Individual arrival in Orvieto. The beautiful town of Orvieto rises on a volcanic hill in the middle of the Umbrian countryside. It boasts an impressive cathedral; a work of architecture and religious harmony among the most important in Italy, a well-preserved mediaeval town center and a series of caves and tunnels under the town that were created almost 3000 years ago.

     

  • Day 2

    Orvieto to Bolsena

    Leaving the valley surrounding Orvieto, you head towards Bolsena and the crater lake. Through woods of oak and wild boars, hills and fields you reach the old town of Bolsena and Monaldeschi castle. Known for the miracle of Corpus Domini, the town developed on the banks of the beautiful lake of volcanic origin. We recommend a swim in the lake afte the day of walking.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 11 km / 6 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    220
    Altitude loss (m):
    400
  • Day 3

    Bolsena to Montefiascone

    Walk towards Montefiascone, city of Popes and excellent wine. With a route overlooking the lake, we follow the stretch of the ancient Roman Via Cassia, crossing some roads paved in the original path. The town is a real gem among arches, alleys and artisans, keeps the flavour of yesteryear.  Here you begin your journey in the beautiful Tuscia of Lazio region. Tonight you can taste the legendary Est! Est!! Est!!! Wine which is the perfect accompaniment for light appetizers.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 18 km / 11 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    630
    Altitude loss (m):
    330
  • Day 4

    Montefiascone to Viterbo

    Through vineyards and orchards, cypresses and olive trees, you walk towards Viterbo. This hike will take you to Bagnaccio, home of the ancient baths where pilgrims used to stop for a rest in hot waters before reaching Viterbo, laying at the foot of the Cimini Hills. Enjoy an evening in the city centre to explore this mediaeval city.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 18 km / 11 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    150
    Altitude loss (m):
    440
  • Day 5

    Viterbo to Vetralla

    This morning, you leave the beautiful Viterbo to continue your journey to Rome. The day is spent between countryside and woods. You are in the Tuscia area and will find along the way remains of the Etruscan civilization that between the 8th and 4th Century BC, populated the area. The day ends in Vetralla, a small mediaeval town.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 18 km / 11 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    150
    Altitude loss (m):
    440
  • Day 6

    Vetralla to Capranica

    Vetralla raises above the countryside and the hills around. Leave the mediaeval centre and walk through fields and chestnut trees. You reach the Towers of Orlando, the remains of an old monastery. Your destination Capranica is waiting for you to stroll through its elegant alleys.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 17 km / 10 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    300
    Altitude loss (m):
    240
  • Day 7

    Capranica to Monterosi

    Today you embark on the second half of the path to Rome. The walk will take you to Sutri, famous for the Roman amphitheatre and the Etruscan Necropolis you’ll get a chance to visit on your path. A gentle trail will then take you to Monterosi.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 20 km / 12 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    380
    Altitude loss (m):
    460
  • Day 8

    Monterosi to Campagnano di Roma

    Today you walk through fields, woods and rivers towards Campagnano di Roma. You pass by some small waterfalls, the Cascate di Monte Gelato, that have been used as a set in many Italian movies. A little further, you reach Campagnano di Roma in the Natural Park of Veio.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    280
    Altitude loss (m):
    270
  • Day 9

    Campagnano to Isola Farnese

    This is the longest day of the trip and it starts with a lovely stroll in the National Park of Veio where you may meet with some wild horses! You then reach Formello and its beautiful city centre. You then follow the Way to Isola Farnese, a secluded and elegant village perched atop a volcanic crag and the last stop before Rome.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 23 km / 14 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    510
    Altitude loss (m):
    640
  • Day 10

    Isola Farnese to Rome

    Today you walk the last stretch to Rome. Leave Isola Farnese and follow the Way through the Natural Reserve of Insugherata. You reach Monte Mario and the unforgettable descent towards Rome and finally, St Peter’s square. We recommend starting your walk early in order to arrive into Rome with good time to visit some of the most important monuments of the city; the Pantheon, Colosseum and Trevi fountain are just 3 of many!

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 19 km / 11 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    280
    Altitude loss (m):
    400
  • Day 11

    End Rome

    Your trip ends in Rome after breakfast. If you would like to add extra nights in this fantastic city, please speak to your sales consultant at the time of booking.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels and B&B's

5 nights in hotels, 4 nights in B&Bs and 1 night in a farmhouse, all rooms en suite. We use variety of different styles of good hotels with many of them family-run properties.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an adttional charge to cover transfer costs.

Additional Accommodation

We can book additional accommodation in Orvieto or Rome (subject to availability). Please notify us at the time of booking and we will provide up-to-date prices.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £250.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

'La Cucina Romana' (Roman food) is based on an ancient past and you will find on many menus inexpensive cuts of veal and lamb, fresh vegetables and plenty of the local sheeps' cheese; Pecorino Romano. Recommended dishes to try (amongst many!) are bruschetta (a good bread, rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and often tomatoes), porchetta (pork carved from a young, herb stuffed pig), carciofi alla guidia (fried artichokes), fave al guanciale (broad beans, often served with pork), baccala (codfish), pasta e ceci (pasta with chickpeas, a simple, old and delicious recipe!), cacio e pepe (pasta served with pecorino and black pepper; simple but surprisingly delicious), saltimbocca alla romana (veal wrapped in proscuitto and fried). Rabbit and wild boar are also very popular. Finish with a classic Roman dessert; crostata di ricotta (cheesecake). To drink, try Frascati, referred to by Romans as the Golden Wine both for its colour and value, or Cesanese del Piglio which is a full bodied red served with game.

Transportation

Your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel for you. Please note that baggage on this trip is limited to one suitcase/large bag per person. There is a charge of €85 per suitcase that is payable locally for any additional luggage.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Spring and summer are great times to visit this region, as the weather is warm and generally quite sunny. In a good year the mild weather many continue right up to December, with only occasional cold winds, but in a bad year, heavy rain can start in October. July and August are usually very hot and temperatures tend to stay around 30°C for much of this time.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 11 days starting in Orvieto and ending in Rome

Your trip normally starts at our hotel in Orvieto on the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start hotel are given in the Final Joining Instructions. 

Full joining instructions including route notes, hotel list and local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent. Please note maps will be provided upon arrival at your start hotel.
Flights from London
We do not offer any package flights on this trip. We can recommend booking one of the low cost airlines to Rome. Easyjet, Norwegian, Vueling, British Airways and Alitalia offer direct flights from the UK. Ryanair also offer flights to Perugia.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are not included in this trip.
The easiest way to reach Orvieto from the UK is to fly to Rome (Ciampino or Fiumicino) airport. From Rome, Orvieto is only 76 miles away. Other nearby airports are Perugia, Pisa & Bologna.
If you fly into Rome (Ciampino or Fiumicino) you will need to take a train to Roma Termini before taking another train to Orvieto. From Rome Termini the train journey is between 1-2hrs. For schedules and to book tickets please visit www.trenitalia.com
It may be possible for us to arrange a private arrival and departure transfer. This will need to be requested so prices can vary - please ask your sales consultant at the time of booking.

Location start:
Orvieto
Location end:
Rome

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Small rucksack (for water bottle, camera etc)

Lightweight waterproof jacket and wind stopper

Trail shoes or walking boots with sturdy sole

Long walking trousers as some paths may be overgrown

A warm jumper or fleece

Sun hat and other sun protection equipment

Insect repellent

Please note that baggage on this trip is limited to one suitcase/large bag per person. There is a charge of 85€ per suitcase that is payable locally for any additional luggage.

Optional Equipment

Walking poles

Swimming costume

Practical Information

Passport

Italy

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.

Visa

Italy

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Italy's Timezone:
Europe/Rome CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Italy's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

Money

Italy's Currency

The national currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

 

ATM Availability

ATM's are generally available in all the major towns visited. Most places take major credit cards, however, cash is generally easier.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Allow about €5-15 per day for lunch, depending on whether you have a picnic, snack or a light restaurant meal. For evening meals you should allow about €15-30 including drinks, although it is possible to spend more than this if you choose expensive dishes.
LOCAL TAXES: many Italian cities have recently introduced a tourist tax for non-residents. The local administration is in charge of the tax, which will be collected by the accommodation provider at check-in or check-out. This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and number of days of stay. It is usually between €1 and €4 per person per night.

Responsible Tourism

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

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Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.