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Southern Via Francigena, from Rome to the sea

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Southern Via Francigena, from Rome to the sea

Southern Via Francigena, from Rome to the sea - 7 days

The Vie Francigene in the South link the West to the East, Christianity to paganism, the Ancient Age to the Middle Ages. A transversal itinerary, among Roman paving stones and ancient sheep tracks, pagan temples, imposing cathedrals and Christian sanctuaries, gentle hilly panoramas and rugged mountain passages. Following the traces of the Via Appia, one of the oldest roads in Europe, you will walk from mysterious villages to discover the treasures of southern Lazio, which preserves a vast historical and cultural heritage, until you reach the sea at Terracina.

Day 1: Arrival in Rome
Day 2: From Rome to Castel Gandolfo, 26km
Day 3: From Castel Gandolfo to Cori, 21 km
Day 4: From Cori to Sermoneta, 19km
Day 5: From Sermoneta to Sezze, 11 km
Day 6: From Sezze to Terracina via Fossanova, 20 km
Day 7: Arrivederci Via Francigena!

Day 1:    Arrival in Rome

Here you are in the Eternal City. We recommend a visit to St Peter's Square, the starting point of your journey and the arrival point of the entire northern Via Francigena. Don't forget to take a triumphant photo in front of the Basilica, before celebrating the start of your journey by feasting on abbacchio, pecorino romano and maybe a nice maritozzo alla con la panna... buon cammino!

Day 2:    From Rome to Castel Gandolfo, 26km

Leaving the ancient Roman walls at Porta San Sebastiano, we find ourselves on the ancient paving stones of the Appia Antica, which will accompany us for the next few kilometres as we leave Rome.

For the next 10 km or so we proceed through ancient vestiges of Rome's glorious past: Geta's Tomb, Priscilla's Tomb, Cecilia Metella's Mausoleum, etc. until we reach Frattocchie, where the route leaves the ancient consular road and proceeds in the direction of Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Popes and today's stage of arrival.

Day 3:    From Castel Gandolfo to Cori, 21 km

Leaving Castel Gandolfo we follow a cycle path to Albano Laziale, where we enter a dense wooded area bordering Lake Albano. Taking another path through the woods, we continue in the direction of Nemi, a town on the lake of the same name. We continue south along the provincial road on an easy pavement, turn left at Clivo Formello and ride through the woods for 5 km until we reach Velletri. From here a short transfer will take you to Cori, a village rich in history and culture.

Day 4:    From Cori to Sermoneta, 19km

Today's stage begins with a steep dirt track and then a long tarmac section that leads into one of the most interesting areas of Lazio, on the edge of the Monti Lepini and the plains of Lazio. After a brief visit to the ancient city of Norba, we leave Norma following an ancient path that first descends and then climbs the hill to the beautiful medieval village of Sermoneta.

Day 5:    From Sermoneta to Sezze, 11 km

From the pretty historic centre of Sermoneta, we follow a dirt road through the hills of Latium with beautiful landscapes covered in sunflowers and herds of grazing cattle. From the route towards the centre of Sezze, there is a wonderful view over the Latium plains as far as the mythical promontory of Circeo.

Day 6:    From Sezze to Terracina via Fossanova, 20 km

Leaving the town of Sezze, we take a dirt road that runs along the slopes of the mountain. All around us we can contemplate the landscape of the plains of the province of Latina, as far as the Tyrrhenian coast. We cross the villages of Colle Rotondo and Ceriara, following a path that runs alongside a canal until we reach the town of Priverno. From here a path runs along the canal for the next 6 km to the abbey of Fossanova, its majestic presence visible in the distance to the approaching traveller. A splendid example of Gothic architecture, the Cistercian abbey of Fossanova has its roots in the 12th century.

Day 7:    Arrivederci Via Francigena!

Last day included. Services end after breakfast.

Hotel Castel Gandolfo - Castel Gandolfo

This property is a 14-minute walk from the beach. Set above Rome in the hills of the Castelli Romani, the charming 4-star Hotel Castel Gandolfo offers frontal views of Lake Albano, a private terrace with beautiful lake views, and rooms overlooking the town or the lake.

Located in the historic center, near the Pope's summer residence, Hotel Castel Gandolfo offers sweeping views of the lake and hills.

Hotel Ristorante del Colle - Cori

For those who are thinking of a relaxing vacation in a quiet place, without having to regret the intimacy and quiet of their home, the Hotel Del Colle in Cori is definitely the ideal setting.

Open all year round, right in the center and not far from the Circeo Park, the suggestive Sermoneta Castle and the unforgettable Ninfa Garden, it is in an ideal position to plan a varied and pleasant vacation.
Hotel del Colle has twenty rooms, furnished with care, each with a different theme, all equipped with services.

Agriturismo La Valle dell'Usignolo - Sermoneta

Treat yourself to a stay at the Agriturismo la Valle dell'Usignolo, located on the slopes of the Lepini mountains. Immersed in vineyards, olive groves and orchards that surround the structure you can relax contemplating the nature that frames this location. Gourmets will also be able to try the specialties of the restaurant and the products of the land. A perfect vacation for lovers of nature and good food.

Albergo da Santuccio - Sezze

The sign recalls Sante (Santuccio) Perciballe who created this complex in 1969, when he was mayor of Sezze. The restaurant, very crowded on weekends, is family-run. On the bridge of command there is still mother Lina, full of energy even if close to ninety. Her three children each have their own specialization: Giannino barbecues, Sisto cooks in a pan and supplies the cellar, and Quinta, known as Dinda, makes desserts. Cousin Sandra is in the dining room. And on the walls many photos. Nino Manfredi, who went to the kitchen to hug his mother Lina. If you are looking for a place to eat well and to dprmire in Sezze, come and visit us!

Albergo Hegelberg - Terracina

3-star B&B Hegelberger Terracina is situated 1 km from Temple of Jupiter Anxur. The property includes 13 air-conditioned rooms with a terrace view.A patio, a balcony and Wi-Fi are available in the rooms along with private bathrooms. Towels, toiletries and a shower are also included in these rooms.B&B Hegelberger offers a buffet breakfast. Guests can eat at restaurants i Cioffi Serafina Pizzeria and il Vesuvio, located about 200 meters from the property. 

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