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Walking St.Francis Way, from Rieti to Rome - Italy
Walking St.Francis Way, from Rieti to Rome
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  € 828

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.


Day 1   Arrive in Rieti

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”.

Day 2   Bus to Maglianello Basso and walk to Poggio San Lorenzo (18 km)

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.

Day 3   From Poggio San Lorenzo to Poggio Moiano, 10 km

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.

Day 4   From Scandriglia to Nerola, 13 km

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

Day 5   From Nerola to Palombara Sabina, 19 km

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.

Day 6   From Palombara Sabina to Monterotondo, 12 km

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.

Day 7   From Monterotondo to Cesarina and bus/subway to Rome, 12,5 km

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.

Day 8   Arrivederci Roma!

Our servcies end after breakfast, unless you booked an extra night.

Arrivederci! and have a safe trip back home

Practical info


What is included

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

. Two dinners

· luggage transportation from hotel to hotel

. Transfer Rieti-Maglianello Basso (Day 2) 

· maps and detailed description of the itinerary

· 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:

. Extra nights

· 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.