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Via Francigena backpacking: from Viterbo to Rome
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Via Francigena backpacking: from Viterbo to Rome

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Via Francigena backpacking: from Viterbo to Rome

Via Francigena backpacking: from Viterbo to Rome - 5 days

The last steps before Rome: a surprising camino starting with the enchanting medieval town of Viterbo, which has a district dedicated to the pilgrims who, for centuries, have walked on these ancient Etruscan roads.  Admire the Roman amphitheatre of Sutri, completely unearthed from volcanic ash, and immerse yourself in the greenery of Mount Mario, Monte della Gioia, where you will, at last, take your first glimpse the dome of Saint Peter’s.

You will have the hilly, lush green scenery of the Lazio region as your traveling companion along the whole trip, as you encounter one Etruscan village after another. 


SloWays tips:

  • Lose yourself at night wandering through the streets of Viterbo's Pellegrino neighbourhood;
  • Watch the sun rise as you walk along the Via del Signorino, the Etruscan “tagliata”;
  • Recite your favourite poem in the centre of the amphitheatre of Sutri;
  • Admire the frescoes in the church of Santa Maria del Parto in Sutri, completely dug out from the "tufo" or volcanic tuff, which is rock which was created from volcanic ash after an eruption;
  • Feel youself gasp when you finally glimpse the dome of Saint Peter’s from the belvedere of Mount Mario.
Day 1: From Viterbo to Vetralla, 18 km
Day 2: From Vetralla to Sutri, 24 km
Day 3: From Sutri to Campagnano, 27 km
Day 4: From Campagnano to Giustiniana, 25 km
Day 5: From Giustiniana to Rome, 16 km

Day 1:    From Viterbo to Vetralla, 18 km

The first leg of the journey will take you from the medieval town of Viterbo to Vetralla, a village in the heart of the ancient Etruscan area. On your arrival, treat yourself to a snack of rustic bread and the local extra-virgin olive oil, before enjoying a walk through the alleyways of the old town centre.

Day 2:    From Vetralla to Sutri, 24 km

Continuing through the green countryside of Lazio you come to Sutri, a small town rich in attractions. The Roman amphitheatre, completely dug out from the tufo, is something not to be missed.  Decide whether to sit on the terraces or to get up onto the stage, but as you leave remember to sign the visitors’ register: it is very important for the custodian, and if he is there he will invite you to do so. After this, proceed to the church of Santa Maria del Parto, the tufo walls of which are decorated in well preserved frescoes. Look for the group of pilgrims among the images, depicted in prayer with their sticks in their hand.

Day 3:    From Sutri to Campagnano, 27 km

From Sutri we go on towards Campagnano: during the journey you will flank the Mount Gelato Waterfalls, where you can stop for a reinvigorating bathe. A panoramic road of the Veio Nature Park will bring you to the gates of Campagnano. Here you can rest in the Venturi Park, the home of a three-hundred year old Yew tree the locals call the “Tree of Death”: but don’t worry, you can sit in its shade without any danger!

If you feel like this stage may be too long, don't worry: you can make it shorter with brief stretches by public transport. 

Day 4:    From Campagnano to Giustiniana, 25 km

From Campagnano you will continue through the Veio nature park with its woody hills, before entering the enchanting Valle del Sorbo. Along the way you will be able to admire the sanctuary of the Madonna del Sorbo, but also the old town centre of Formello, with its fine medieval buildings. You will then encounter the little village of Isola Farnese, clinging to a cliff surrounded by woods and dominated by the Castello Farnese: visits can be booked by internet and they offer a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys. The last stretch through the Roman countryside leads you to the small hamlet of Giustiniana, where you will overnight.

Day 5:    From Giustiniana to Rome, 16 km

So, you have reached the last leg of your journey which separates you from the Eternal City. Since this is a metropolis, there is, unfortunately, heavy traffic along the last section of the route: the belvedere di Monte Mario, from which you will finally be able to glimpse the dome of Saint Peter’s, however, makes the whole journey worthwhile and will soon make you forget the confusion of the big city. From here you will descend towards  Piazza San Pietro, the arrival point of your journey and of the whole Northern Via Francigena. Do not forget to take a triumphant photograph in front of the Basilica, before celebrating the end of the journey, fortifying yourselves with spring lamb, pecorino romano cheese, and perhaps a delicious maritozzo with have deserved it!


4 Nights in double room in **/ *** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast

practical info

From any of the airports indicated (PEG, FLR, CIA, FCO), you can reach the central train station by public transport, and then take a train to Viterbo. Trains are direct from Rome, whereas you need to change either once or twice if you are travelling from Perugia or Florence.

From Rome, you can reach the main airports by either bus or train.

Check train timetables on

GPS tracks are available on request.


What is included

· 4 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast

· Official guidebook, App

. Pilgrim Passport

· Medical and luggage travel insurance

· 24h phone assistance


What is not included 

. Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour

· lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated.

· visits and entrance fees - tips

· personal expense

· possible sojourn taxes

· everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.


Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

. Single room supplement

. Half Board supplement

· Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.

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