The historic path from Rieti to Rome takes you on the footsteps of St. Francis, the man that 800 years ago decided to embrace poverty, living in close contact with the animals and leading an errant life, trying to bring joy in other people’s lives. This final part of the tour takes you to Rome, Eternal City and destination of generations of pilgrim throughout the centuries.
You will be able to feel his presence of St- Francesco as you wander through the magnificent countryside, walking through forests, fields, vineyards and olive groves, with always a medieval town on a hill in sight: the villages you visit on the way have maintained their own identity and it looks like the time has stood still. You will explore a less known, beautiful part of Italy, the Sabina, an area in Lazio characterized by green hills and enchanting hamlets, perched on hills and guarded by imposing castles.Last, but not least, this part of Italy is worldwide known for the endless variety of the local food, that will put your taste buds in heaven.
The Via Francescana is mostly on so called Strade Bianche, gravel roads that meander through the hills. Further you walk along forest paths and cart tracks through fields. In near villages and towns tarmac roads are unavoidable.
Arrive in Rieti, considered by Romans “the geographical centre of Italy”: St. Francis sojourned more than once in the valley surrounding this historical town, which is for this reason also known as “Valle Santa”, meaning “Holy Valley”.
A short bus transfer takes you to Maglianello Basso, the starting point of this walk: you then continue among rows of linden trees, fields and streams along the ancient Via Salaria, which used to connect Rome to the Adriatic Sea. On your way, a Roman Bridge of the IV century BC. The destination is the nice village of Poggio San Lorenzo.
Today you walk from the hamlet of Poggio San Lorenzo to Poggio Moiano: along the way you can see other traces of the rich historical past of this region, including a Roman Amphitheatre and the Sanctuary of Santa Vittoria. Your destination for today is an Agriturismo in the village of Poggio Moiano.
Today you walk on secondary roads and dirt paths, among olive groves and forests of oaks. Your destination is the town of Nerola, guarded by an imposing 10th century castle
Another great panoramic stage, taking you from the hamlet of Nerola to Palombara Sabina, with great views on the hills of Sabina. A little detour takes you to the village of Moricone, with another interesting castle, built with defensive purpose.
This walk takes you to Monterotondo, a city with an important historical heritage: the city is located on a hill, dominating the river Tevere valley and surrounded by vineyards that produce great wines. The itinerary is quite long but beautiful, immersed in the rich nature of the Sabina area.
A short and nice walk on asphalted road, taking you from Monterotondo to Cesarina, where you can take a bus to the subway station that takes you to Rome: the eternal city, goal of generations of pilgrims throughout the centuries.
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A four star hotel with a view on Rieti town centre and river Velino. Rooms are spacious enough and decorated with modern and colourful motifs, confortable baths. Various comfort services are available, such as satellite TV, Wi-Fi, gym
An agriturismo immersed in the countryside, very appreciated by travellers especially for the genuine ingredients of its dishes. Fascinating rustic interiors, with ceiling beams and fireplace. Confortable rooms, and for an even more relaxing experience try the small, shady pool.
A historical stone farmstead, with a very convenient position (in the village of Poggio Moiano) but with the beauty and quiet of an authentic rural setting. Rooms are modern and confomtable. The owners will welcome you warmly and will go out of their way to make your stay pleasant.
An agritourism located in the heart of Sabina, overlooked by a centennial tree (the bagolaro). Rooms are colourful and pleasant, each decorated with a different theme (a fruit or a vegetable). A swimming pool is also available. You can taste the wine and olive oil produced in the farm.
This structure is part of a large 15.000 square metre park: from here, you will be able to admire views on the Monti Lucretili and Monte Gennaro. Rooms in the B&B are lightly hued, with balconies, and canopy beds.
Albergo dei Leoni is in Monterotondo's main square. The common spaces are wide and modern, and so are the rooms, with cotto tiles and wooden elements. The structure also includes a restaurant and a winehouse/wine shop.
Selene Style Hotel, located in the center of Rome, is very close to the main attractions and it is also close to the metro. Rooms are all recently renovated and are modern and beautifully decorated. These are equipped with free Wifi, soundproofing, air conditioning, TV, minibar, coffee/tea maker, telephone with direct line. Breakfast is rich and good.
luggage delivery is guaranteed within 4 pm. If you arrive at 2 pm at the accomodation, luggage might be delivered after your arrival.