VIA FRANCIGENA

FROM ACQUAPENDENTE TO VITERBO – SECTION 15/16

Trip Style

Rolling Hills

Availability

March to October

Highlight

Torre Alfina, Castle of Bolsena, Montefiascone Cathedral, Papal Palace

Price from

490 EUR

 

Grade

VIA FRANCIGENA – FROM ACQUAPENDENTE TO VITERBO (5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)

 

The Via Francigena (the French Way) is a long-distance walk pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. It is said the route was created during the fighting between the Lombards and the Byzantines as both wanted more territory In Italy. The Lombards made the Via di Monte Bardone route to avoid the Byzantine areas, which would connect the Kingdom of Pavia with southern cities. When the Franks conquered the Lombards, the route was renamed Via Francigena (French Way). During the first millennium Santiago de Compostela, Rome, and Jerusalem became the Holy places of Christianity and Via Francigena turned into a central hub for the Christian faith. Many pilgrims taking this route would reach Rome and then continue on to Jerusalem –  The Holy Land. There are several different routes to take to Rome, for example, there are routes coming from Germany and Austria, as well as Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

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Section 15/16 begins in Acquapendente and ends in Viterbo. This walk is quite short and not too stressful. The only challenging part is the hillwalking and some gravel roads, but you will also be walking by beautiful fields, woods and past the gorgeous Lago di Bolsena, all the while planted in the stunning Italian countryside. A reasonable level of fitness is needed, but the walk is certainly doable, as there are many flat roads and tracks. All along the journey, there are plenty of magnificent sights to see such as churches, cathedrals, and castles, as well as the fantastic landscape of Italy on the way to Viterbo. This walk is very rewarding, as the magnificent countryside and towns provide a refreshing euphoria and atmosphere throughout the route and at the end of the journey.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Acquapendente (Arrival)

In this city, you can do some sight-seeing and visit the marvellous Acquapendente Cathedral (Basilica del Santo Sepulcro) and the stunning Torre Alfina. Acquapendente is an agricultural city, known for its vegetable and wine products. The town is uphill, so there are quite a few inclines throughout the city, but all are paved streets, easy to get around.

Day 2: Acquapendente to Bolsena (5h – 19km)

Starting your walk to Bolsena today, the route goes through the beautiful countryside on tracks before entering San Lorenzo Nuovo. From the town’s main square, and when leaving the town, you will see the glorious Lago di Bolsena. The path from here is a mix of gravel roads, tarmac roads, through fields, uphill and downhill walks for some time, but nothing too strenuous. Eventually going by the Volsini archaeological site, you will enter the town of Bolsena, situated by Lago di Bolsena. Here, we recommend that you visit the Castle of Bolsena and the Church of Saint Cristina, which contains catacombs.

Day 3: Bolsena to Montefiascone (5h – 22km)

Today’s walk is quite short. There is quite a bit of hill-walking (both uphill and downhill), giving some challenge to the walk. However, gravel tracks and tarmac roads in between break up the hill-walking and you are accompanied by really beautiful nature, walking by rivers and nice woods on the earth tracks. Take a moment to witness this nature and breathe in the fresh air. Once you reach the great Church of San Flaviano and continue up the hills, you will enter Montefisacone. You can relax here before seeing the wonderful Montefiascone Cathedral – one of the oldest buildings by architect Michele Sanmicheli. It was a ruin in 1330 and took three centuries to be rebuilt. A fire then damaged it, taking ten years to repair. Its interior was fully restored in 1893.

Day 4: Montefiascone to Viterbo (5h – 20km)

The last day – leaving Montefiascone, the city is quite hilly, but it is not difficult to walk on. Outside of the city, there is more hillwalking with intermittent gravel tracks and earth roads. Much like the route to Montefiascone, it is a bit challenging but is not hard to do, and mixed in with amazing woods and small forests. As part of the woods in Bagnaccio, you can rest here at the fantastic natural hot thermal baths, where you can take one if you wish. The rest of the way is not strenuous; it’s very easy as you’re walking on roads entering Viterbo. Now that you are at the end of your journey, you can rest and visit the incredible Papal Palace, as well as the many Romanesque churches established in the city.

Day 5: Viterbo, end of the walking holiday

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 4 nights in 3* hotels
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Detailed Walking Notes
  • Francigena Holiday Pack
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees (museums, monasteries)
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays
  • Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
  • Dinner

Access

Way in:

Fly in – Acquapendente
Closest International airport to Acquapendente is Rome Fiumicino airport. Take a train from Rome Fiumcino airport to Roma Trastevere train station. From here, take a train to Viterbo Porta Romana train station. Then, take a bus from Viterbo to Acquapendente.

Trains from Roma Fiumicino are every 15 minutes. Journey takes 30 minutes. Can book tickets here: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

Trains from Roma Trastevere are hourly. Journey takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Can book tickets here: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

Buses from Viterbo are hourly. Journey takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Can check bus schedules here: http://www.cotralspa.it/Orari.aspx

Way out:

Fly out – Viterbo
Closest International airport to Viterbo is Rome Fiumicino airport. From Viterbo Porta Romana train station, take a train to Roma Trastevere train station. From here, take a train to Rome Fiumcino airport.

Trains from Viterbo Porta Romana are hourly. Journey takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Can book tickets here: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

Trains from Roma Trastevere are every 10 minutes. Journey takes approximately 30 minutes. Can book tickets here: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

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