VIA FRANCIGENA: CYCLING 7 DAYS

FROM SIENA TO ROME

Trip Style

Rolling Hills

Availability

March to October

Highlight

Church of San Michele, Museo Civico in Colle di Val d’Elsa, Siena Cathedral

Price from

1280 EUR

 

Grade

VIA FRANCIGENA: CYCLING 7 DAYS

 

FROM SIENA TO ROME

 

The Via Francigena (the French Way) is a long-distance walking and cycling pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. It is said the route was created during the fighting between the Lombards and the Byzantines as both wanted more territory in Italy. The Lombards made Via di Monte Bardone route to avoid the Byzantine areas, which would connect the Kingdom of Pavia with southern cities. When the Franks conquered the Lombards, the route was renamed Via Francigena (French Way). During the first millennium Santiago de Compostela, Rome, and Jerusalem became the Holy places of Christianity and Via Francigena turned into a central hub for the Christian faith. Many pilgrims taking this route would reach Rome and then continue on to Jerusalem – The Holy Land. There are several different routes to take to Rome, for example, there are routes coming from Germany and Austria, as well as Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

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This cycling tour takes you from Siena to Rome and the Vatican City. Along the way, you will hit towns and cities like Acquapendente, Viterbo, and Sutri. Most of the cycling will be over hills, alongside roads and gravel tracks. You will constantly be surrounded by the beautiful Italian countryside, countless scenic views, and many small towns.

 

There is a certain level of fitness required, since you will be cycling over 250 km; however, the route is very doable. Make sure you enjoy the Italian countryside, the peaceful environment and local gastronomy. The tour ends in Rome, where you can take in all of the city’s art, history, and culture, not to mention the spectacular Vatican City.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Siena (Arrival)


Because Siena is one of the most important medieval cities in Italy, as well as one of the most influenced by the Via Francigena passage, you should check out the amazing sights that Siena has to offer. Some of the most popular sights include the incredible Duomo (Siena Cathedral) from the 12th century, the Gothic Palazzo Pubblico and the distinct Piazza del Campo. The large square in the heart of the city hosts the infamous medieval Palio horse race event every two years on 2 July and 16 August.

Day 2: Siena to San Quirico Dorcia (4h 30m – 51km)

The first day of the cycling tour will take you from Siena to San Quirico d’Orcia. The first part of the day will include more hilly terrain, but there is a chance to stop and rest in Isola d’Arbia. After a short break, you will continue to cycle and the path will lead you through Quinciano, where you can break once more. If you have time, visit the Church of San Albano before continuing your tour.

The track then changes from hills to gravel roads, so the trip will be easier. The easy track will lead you to Buonconvento, a remote town surrounded by beautiful farmland. Stop for a breather and treat yourself to some pizza.

From Buonconvento, the route will take you to San Quirico d’Orcia. There are different routes to choose from, both feature a more hilly terrain, so it will be a bit more challenging. The scenery will make the ride worth it, however. Once you reach San Quirico d’Orcia, try to visit the Collegiate church of San Quirico and the impressive Palazzo Chigi, which is a wonderful public park.

Day 3: San Quirico d’Orcia to Aquapendente (4h 30m – 52km)

The second day of your cycling tour will take you from San Quirico d’Orcia to Acquapendente. The day will start out much like the previous day, with a hillier ride; however, there are breaks in the hills where the track features gravel roads. Along the route, you will pass through Bagno Vignoni, where there is a thermal spa, or if you choose, you can follow a route that follows the Via Cassia. After a bit of cycling, you will pass through Gallina, so stop for a rest and relax in this local town.

Once you have explored Gallina, you will begin the journey to Radicofani, which will take you along gravel and grassy tracks. At times, the route will take you across small rivers, so make sure you are ready to cross there. The whole route will feature beautiful Italian nature and several hilltop views. Radicofani is a hilltop town, so make sure you stop and take in the view from the town. In Radicofani, there is also the Rocca (castle) and the Romanesque church of Santa Agatha.

The rest of the day will consist of more up and downhill cycling. You can choose between the historic route along the road, or taking the loop around Via Cassia to reach Acquapendente. Once in Acquapendente, do some sight-seeing, including stops at the fantastic Basilica del Santo Sepulcro and the Torre Alfina. Enjoy a glass of wine and local produce, maybe even a pizza to close out the day!

Day 4: Acquapendente to Viterbo (4h 45m – 57km)


Today, you will be cycling from Aquapendente to Viterbo. The start of the day will feature the beautiful countryside, while you are cycling along grassy tracks. You will pass through San Lorenzo Nuovo, so stop for a bit and grab a quick snack. From there, the track will be a mixture of gravel roads, tarmac roads and hilly fields. The route will then take you through the town of Bolsena, which is situated by Lago di Bolsena. If you have time, we recommend that you visit the Castle of Bolsena and the Church of Saint Cristina.

 

After leaving Bolsena, you will cycle up and down several hills, but there are moments of gravel track to break up the hilly terrain. While cycling, you will pass rivers and lush woods, so enjoy the scenery. You will pass reach the great Church of San Flaviano, and enter into the city of Montefisacone. Take a break here, grab lunch and maybe do a bit of sight-seeing.

 

Once you leave Montefisacone, you will cycle along more gravel tracks and earth roads. There are natural hot thermal baths along the way, so if you need a break, try to find one. After more cycling, you will enter Viterbo, which is where the day will end. Rest, relax, and pay a visit to the incredible Papal Palace, before heading to bed for the evening.

Day 5: Viterbo to Campagnano di Roma (4h 45m – 57km)


The fifth day of your cycling tour will take you from Viterbo to Campagnano di Roma. The first leg of the journey will traverse country lanes, and you will pass countless vineyards and olive groves. The ride will be smooth, crossing fields and woods, taking you through Vetralla. Take a short break in Vetralla, which is a fortified town in the heart of the ancient Etruscan territories.

 

After you finish your break in Vetralla, you will pass through a forest and by the Church of the Virgin of Loreto. The trail will then lead you through hazel groves; oaks tree forests, and lead you to the ruins of a monastery. Once you pass the ruins, you will go through the charming town of Capranica and onward to Sutri. Stop here for lunch, before heading on to the final stop of the day.

 

The last leg of the day’s cycling will take you through Monterosi. After passing a beautiful water-lily filled lake, you will come to the Monte Gelato waterfall. Feel free to take a dip in the water before continuing on the trip. You will enter the protected area of Veio Park, just before you head into the hilltop town of Campagnano. Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine while you decompress from the cycling of the day.

Day 6: Campagnano di Roma to Rome (3h 30m – 40km)


The last day of your cycling tour is considerably shorter, so take your time! You will travel from Campagnano di Roma all the way to the eternal city of Rome. Taking easier paths, you will pass through the beautiful countryside of Lazio and Veio Park, where you can visit the Sanctuary of “Madonna Del Sorbo”. You will pass through the town of Formello, and then follow the path through a field until you hit the river Valchetta.

 

The river Valchetta will lead you to charming Isola Farnese and onwards to La Storta, where you can take a break before continuing to Rome. The last bit of your trip will take you through the suburbs of Rome to the heart of the city. You will also cycle through the Monte Mario Park. Make sure you take in the amazing view of Rome before continuing.

 

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the eternal city! While you are here, take in as much of the history, art, culture, and tradition. The top destinations include the Vatican, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona.

Day 7: Rome, end of walking holiday


At breakfast, we bid you farewell. We do, however, recommend that you spend a little extra time in the eternal city. While here, take in as much of the history, art, culture and tradition. The top destinations include the Vatican, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 6 nights in 3* hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Detailed Cycling Notes
  • Luggage Transfer
  • Francigena Holiday Pack
  • Bike Rental
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees (museums, monasteries)
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays
  • Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
  • Dinner

Access

Way in:


Fly In: to Siena

Closest international airport is Florence Airport, Peretola. Take a train from Siena to Firenze Rifredi train station in Florence. You will then need to get a taxi from the station to the airport.

Trains are frequent and take approximately one hour to arrive in Florence. Can book train tickets on Italia Rail – www.italiarail.com

Way out:


Fly Out: from Rome

Rome is serviced by two airports. Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino which is used by major airlines, and Ciampino Airport which is used by the budget airlines EasyJet and Ryanair.

There is an express train from Rome Stazione Termini to Fiumicino airport, the Leonardo Express, which runs every 30 minutes between 6.30am and 11.30pm and tickets cost €11, all tickets must be validated on the platform before boarding.

It is also possible to get a taxi to the airport, make sure that it is an official taxi which is white with ‘taxi’ lights on top and has a taxi license number displayed. There is a set fare from the city centre to Fiumicino which is €40. Further up to date information on getting to and from Fiumicino airport can be found on the following website here.

To Ciampino airport you can get a taxi or bus and more information can be found on the following website here.

We can also arrange a private transfer from your hotel in Rome to either airport, please get in touch for prices.

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