Lace up your hiking boots and join us on the Via Francigena, the legendary pilgrim trail to Rome. We’ve selected the most beautiful sections of this mystical route, linking historic towns including San Quirico d’Orcia and ancient Viterbo and ending with a hike right into stunning St. Peter’s Square. This pilgrimage is an experience of the senses as well as the heart. You’ll hike alongside serene Lago di Bolsena, taste wines from renowned vineyards, and explore the peaceful Etruscan ruins at Sutri. The delightful cuisines of Tuscany and Lazio, accompanied by deep Chianti and Brunello wines, will keep you well-fueled for the journey. Buon cammino!
Siena / Buonconvento / San Quirico d’Orcia / Lago di Bolsena / Montefiascone
From ravishing Siena, hike trails lined by fields of sunflowers and tall cypress trees to the medieval walled town of Buonconvento. Contouring golden wheat fields, we reach hilltop San Quirico d’Orcia, and walk above deep blue Lago di Bolsena to the citadel town of Montefiascone, with its papal fortress. Sampling regional dishes, from ribolitta to panzanella and carciofo romanesco, adds to our pleasures en route.
Viterbo / Sutri / Monterosi
Hiking through vineyards where grapes for some of the best Italian wines are grown, we reach the beautifully preserved medieval city of Viterbo, then walk to Sutri, with its spectacular Roman amphitheater, a masterpiece excavated from tufa rock. You’ll also explore Monterosi, once a major stop on the pilgrim trail, and the picturesque village of Isola Farnese, perched on a rock outcrop.
From the countryside, we hike into Rome, pausing for an incredible panorama from Monte Mario, a hill just above the city. The last steps of our pilgrimage lead us to Bernini’s masterpiece, St. Peter’s Square. Leaving our pilgrim staffs by the door, we enter the revered sanctuary of the Basilica. We can watch Sunday mass right from our hotel before departing on Day 10.