Via Francigena Easy: Stage 8, Viterbo to Rome

70 km
8 days | 7 nights
Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 810
CO2 footprint
101 Kg/person
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  5. Tourcode ITSM380E

Prepare to be spellbound as you tread the final stretch of the Northern Via Francigena. Would you ever fathom encountering an ancient Etruscan road just outside Viterbo? Or a Roman amphitheatre sculpted from tufa stone? Witness the echoes of bygone eras with remnants of ancient towers emerging amidst chestnut tree canopies. Traverse enchanting forests, stumble upon waterfalls, and stumble upon Roman relics concealed within the forest depths.

Welcome to Tuscia, the realm of Tusci, the Etruscans, where surprises await at every turn, steadily building your anticipation as you draw nearer to the majestic city of Rome.

On the concluding leg of your journey, behold the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Dome, standing tall and visible from the Monte Mario park.



  • Lose yourself at night wandering through the streets of Viterbo's Pellegrino neighbourhood;
  • Watch the sunrise 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 formed by volcanic ash ;
  • Gasp when you finally glimpse the dome of Saint Peter’s from the belvedere of Mount Mario.


Day 1

Arrival in Viterbo

Arrival in Viterbo

Discover the historical wonders of Viterbo, the once-sacred seat of the Pontiff. Feast your eyes on the grandeur of the Popes' loggia and find solace in the serene cloisters of Santa Maria Nuova, an ancient gem nestled in the heart of the town. Allow the echoes of time to guide your reflections within these sacred walls.

Delight in a playful scavenger hunt for the emblematic Lion, the town's proud symbol, adorning various buildings. As you embark on this adventure, raise a toast to the impending pilgrimage in the charming pilgrim's quarter, where the local cuisine beckons with tantalizing flavors. Can't decide? Indulge in the rich and savory acquacotta, a culinary masterpiece that encapsulates the essence of Tuscia's gastronomic tradition. Let your taste buds be your guide through the delectable journey that awaits you.

Day 2

Transfer from Viterbo to San Martino al Cimino, walk to Vetralla, 14 km

Transfer from Viterbo to San Martino al Cimino, walk to Vetralla, 14 km

After breakfast you take a short transfer to San Martino al Cimino, from where you start walking towards Vetralla.

Embark on the initial stretch of your adventure, leading you to the quaint village of Vetralla, nestled in the heart of the ancient Etruscan expanse. Upon reaching your destination, indulge in a delightful reprieve with a snack featuring rustic bread paired with the region's exquisite extra-virgin olive oil.

Immerse yourself in the charm of Vetralla as you wander through the labyrinthine alleyways of the old town center. Let the echoes of history guide your footsteps, unveiling the secrets and stories woven into the fabric of this enchanting locale.

Distance: 14 km

Elevation gain: +180/-430 m

Day 3

Transfer from Vetralla to Capranica, walk to Sutri, 8 km

Transfer from Vetralla to Capranica, walk to Sutri, 8 km

After breakfast you take a short transfer to Capranica, from where you start walking towards Sutri.

Continuing your journey through the lush countryside of Lazio, you'll arrive at Sutri, a petite town teeming with captivating attractions. The Roman amphitheatre, hewn entirely from tufo, stands as an unmissable spectacle. Contemplate whether to recline on the terraces or ascend the stage, but before departing, don't forget to leave your mark in the visitors' register—it holds significant value for the custodian, and should he be present, he'll extend a gracious invitation to do so.

Venture next to the church of Santa Maria del Parto, where tufo walls serve as a canvas for remarkably well-preserved frescoes. Seek out the depiction of a group of pilgrims amidst the images, engaged in prayer with their walking sticks in hand, a poignant testament to the timeless tradition of pilgrimage.

Distance: 8 km

Elevation gain: +100/-215 m

Day 4

Transfer from Sutri to Monterosi, walk Campagnano, 14 km

Transfer from Sutri to Monterosi, walk Campagnano, 14 km

After breakfast you take a short transfer to Monterosi, from where you start walking towards Campagnano

Embarking from Monterosi, the path unfolds towards Campagnano, offering a scenic journey alongside the captivating Mount Gelato Waterfalls. Take a pause and refresh your spirits with a revitalizing dip in these natural cascades. The route continues through a panoramic road within the Veio Nature Park, guiding you to the gates of Campagnano.

Upon arrival, find solace in the serene Venturi Park, home to a venerable three-hundred-year-old Yew tree affectionately known as the "Tree of Death" by locals. Fear not, as you can comfortably bask in its shade without any ominous connotations.

Should the distance seem daunting, ease your concerns – brief stretches by public transport are available to tailor the journey to your preferences. Your adventure remains customizable, ensuring both exploration and relaxation align harmoniously on your pilgrim's path.

Distance: 14 km

Elevation Gain: +180/-180 m

Day 5

Walk from Campagnano to Formello, 9 km

Walk from Campagnano to Formello, 9 km

Leaving Campagnano behind, your odyssey unfolds through the picturesque Veio Nature Park, adorned with wooded hills that set a tranquil backdrop for your expedition. Soon, you'll traverse into the captivating Valle del Sorbo. En route, take in the splendor of the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sorbo, a testament to both faith and natural beauty.

As you journey further, the quaint old town center of Formello beckons with its elegant medieval architecture. Allow your gaze to wander over fine medieval buildings, each one whispering tales of history and craftsmanship. The blend of nature's serenity and historical charm creates a harmonious ambiance, making this leg of your pilgrimage a truly enchanting experience.

Distance: 9 km

Elevation Gain: +215/-270 m

Day 6

Walk from Formello to La Giustignana, 15 km

Walk from Formello to La Giustignana, 15 km

Departing Formello, your journey leads you to the charming village of Isola Farnese, perched delicately on a cliff enveloped by lush woods. Here, the majestic Castello Farnese reigns supreme, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Booking a visit online provides an opportunity to explore the castle and immerse yourself in its historical richness.

The final leg through the Roman countryside unfolds, guiding you to the tranquil hamlet of Giustiniana, where your overnight respite awaits. Embrace the rustic charm and serenity of this small enclave, providing a perfect setting to reflect on the remarkable experiences and landscapes encountered thus far on your pilgrimage.

Distance: 15 km

Elevation Gain: +215/-290 m

Day 7

Walk from La Giustignana to Rome, 10 km

Walk from La Giustignana to Rome, 10 km

As you approach the grand finale of your pilgrimage, the bustling metropolis of Rome unfolds before you, bringing with it the unavoidable presence of heavy traffic along the final stretch. However, fear not, for the belvedere di Monte Mario awaits, offering a breathtaking panorama that makes the entire journey worthwhile. From this vantage point, the iconic dome of Saint Peter's emerges, a sight that will swiftly erase the chaos of the big city from your memory.

Descend gracefully towards Piazza San Pietro, the culminating point of your odyssey and the entirety of the Northern Via Francigena. Capture the triumphant moment with a photograph in front of the magnificent Basilica, a testament to your resilience and the richness of your pilgrimage.

Now, it's time to revel in the joy of accomplishment. Celebrate the journey's end by indulging in the flavors of Rome – savor succulent spring lamb, relish the robust taste of pecorino romano cheese, and perhaps treat yourself to the delightful sweetness of a maritozzo with cream. You've earned it! Cheers to the completion of an extraordinary pilgrimage along the Northern Via Francigena.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation Gain: +145/-270 m

Day 8

Departure from Rome

Departure from Rome

Last day included. Service ends after breakfast.



What is included

  • 7 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel (max 1 item per person)
  • Official guide of the route, 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
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.


We work with 3* hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses that reflect our way of experiencing travel: they are comfortable and characterful structures, which we choose one by one, managed by passionate and welcoming people.

Unless otherwise specified in the travel listing, all provide private en-suite rooms with breakfast included.

Below you see some examples of the facilities used for this trip, but keep in mind that they may vary based on availability in the period. We could therefore book for you structures different from those you see listed here, but of the same category and carefully chosen according to SloWays criteria.

Practical info

How to arrive


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.

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