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Via Francigena Cycling – Siena to Rome 8/8 FINAL SECTION

Cycling Section 8 of 8

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Via Francigena Cycling from Siena to Rome: This last section of the cycling Section 8 Via Francigena links two of the most beautiful cities on the planet, Siena with its stunning UNESCO World Heritage historic centre, and Rome, nicknamed the ‘The Eternal City’ because of its history and all the glorious buildings you can see there. Your cycling route will take you across the Tuscany and the Lazio regions, surrounded by outstanding landscapes, with rolling hills, vineyards and lakes. These hills are not difficult to climb and your route takes only nice rolling roads/trails. You will also cycle across the outstanding Val d’Orcia, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, made famous by artists of the Renaissance.

* We recommend cycling the Via Francigena only if you have some cycling experience and essential bike maintenance knowledge. For more information read: Cycling the Via Francigena – How it works.

Trip highlights

  • Cycle from beautiful Siena to the Rome, the Eternal City
  • Be amazed by UNESCO sites such as Siena and Val d'Orcia
  • Admire extraordinary landscapes across Tuscany and Lazio
  • Indulge in delicious Italian cuisine

1 Siena

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Your trip on the Via Francigena begins in the fabulous, historic town of Siena. You will be booked in the centre, in an en-suite room. If you travel in July or August, you might catch the famous Palio horse race.

2 Siena to San Quirico d'Orcia - 52km

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5h30 | +1038m / -960m
The Via Francigena takes you out of fantastic Siena by the city gate and quickly reaches a country road. After a short section along a busy road, the Via Francigena takes pilgrims on to farm tracks. From Luciniano, the Via Francigena trail mainly follows country tracks, all the way to medieval Buenconvento. You will be cycling the Camino to Rome across rolling hills, on the famous ‘white roads’ or sometimes on tarmac road. Your destination is the lovely medieval town of San Quirico d’Orcia in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia, the valley of the Orcia river and its famous vineyards.

3 San Quirico d'Orcia to Acquapendente - 64km

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6h | +1679m / -1693m
The Via Francigena trail takes you today across the rolling hills of the magnificent Val d’Orcia Natural Park for most of the day. From Bricole, the trail continues to the hilltop town of Radicofani. Radiocofani’s main attraction is its castle and impressive tower. The views from here are just stunning. After Radiocofani you will gradually descend for the first 9km towards the Paglia River at Ponte del Rigo. You will then continue cycling along rolling hills to today’s destination of Acquapendente where you should visit the impressive cathedral.

4 Acquapendente to Montefiascone - 40km

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6h | +824m / -663m
The Via Francigena trails first takes you today by the river Paglia. From here, you will have another short climb followed by a rolling track to Bolsena. You will pass the town of San Lorenzo Nuovo, with a wealth of artistic and historical sites. After San Lorenzo, the huge Lake of Bolsena will soon appear into view as you cycle down to the town of Bolsena. Bolsena is a beautiful little lakeside town with charming medieval lanes heading up to the castle, where you will enjoy fantastic panoramic views. After Bolsena you will continue again across rolling hills, farmland and woodlands. As you gradually climb you will have breathtaking views back over Bolsena Lake. Montefiascone is your stop for the night, a bustling town with many interesting sights, including a cathedral. It is also a great place to sample the local cuisine and wine.

5 Montefiascone to Sutri - 60km

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5h30 | +758m / -1070m
Today, you will pass the Bagnaccio hot springs, where you can treat yourself to a relaxing break; the hot springs are said to have curative powers. The Via Francigena also takes you today to Viterbo, a beautiful old town, with plenty to see and do, including the Papal Palace, San Lorenzo Cathedral and the Medieval quarter. After Viterbo, the train continues along beautiful and unspoilt landscapes. Shortly after leaving Viterbo you will come to the lovely abbey in La Quercia and Bagnaia with the fantastic gardens of Villa Lante. Avoiding the main roads, you will cycle across rolling hills to Vetralla. From Vetralla, the Via Francigena will see you make your way to the town of Sutri, cycling on peaceful woodland tracks and farmland, climbing a small hill before descending to Sutri, which is a lovely little town with the Etruscan tombs and Roman amphitheatre being the most notable sights.

6 Sutri to Rome - 70km

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7h | +1082m / -1331m
From Sutri, you will continue your final day cycling the Camino to Rome, across the beautiful and rugged Lazio countryside. The Via Francigena trail will pass an abundance of streams, waterfalls and ponds. The rivers have carved wonderful deep valleys, with lush vegetation, ideal for a rest. On your way you will reach Campagnano di Roma, a lovely little town with medieval architecture to admire, the sanctuary of Sorbo, the archaeological site of Veii with the remains of an ancient Etruscan city and Isola Farnese. From Isola Farnese the Via Francigena takes you through the suburbs of Rome and into Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Before reaching the city, you will get to Monte Mario, where you will enjoy great panoramic views of the whole city below. You’ve made it!

7 Rome

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Your Via Francigena cycling adventure ends after breakfast. Make sure you request your Testimonium certificate of pilgrimage and you explore Rome and all its wonderful heritage, such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant Angelo… If you’d like to book additional nights, let the FrancigenaWays.com travel consultants know.

Via Francigena properties have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please click on hotel information below.

Siena - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Siena to San Quirico d'Orcia - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

San Quirico d'Orcia to Acquapendente - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Acquapendente to Montefiascone - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Montefiascone to Sutri - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Sutri to Rome - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Rome - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Via Francigena for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Siena Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Rome Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Siena:
The two closest airports are Florence and Pisa.
Best option: Florence International Airport (80km)
It is the nearest airport near to Siena. It provides international flights with major airlines such as British Airways, KLM as well as Lufthansa and Hop. For more information see: www.aeroporto.firenze.it
Alternative option: Pisa International Airport (131km)
Pisa is the second closest airport from Siena. It offers flights from all major international airports, as well as low-cost operators such as Ryanair and EasyJet.

 

 

How to get back from Rome:
– Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino:
Rome’s main airport, virtually all airlines operate here and it is located about 15km West of Rome city centre. For airport info, see: www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Fiumicino/Leonardo_da_vinci.html
– Ciampino:
Ryanair and other low-cost airlines operate from this airport, about 10km south of Rome city centre. For airport info, see: www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Ciampino/GB_Pastine.html

 

TO and FROM the airports

How to get to Siena:
From Pisa International Airport:
You can take two different buses outside the airport going directly to Siena (under 2hr approximate travel time), for more information, see: http://www.pisa-airport.com/aeroporto_di_pisa_196.html.
– Train S.p.a, see: www.trainspa.it. Leaving directly from the airport to Piazza Gramsci in Siena. It takes you around two hours travel time and costs €14 one way.
– Autostradale, see: www.airportbusexpress.it. It follows similar itinerary than Train S.p.a but with a change in Florence. One way ticket costs €15. All informations, timetable and route with Siena Mobilita.

From Florence International Airport:
You can either take the bus or the train. However they don’t stop at the same finishing point. The bus will drop you off in the heart of the historic city centre of Siena whereas Siena train station is located further away from the city centre and you might need to take a city bus (5 min travel time approx).
By bus:
– Autostradale bus express, coming from Pisa, stops in Florence and reaches Siena in less than 2 hours. See: www.airportbusexpress.it.
– SITA bus, www.sienamobilita.it. The bus station is just around the corner from the train station in Florence. SITA buses to Siena take just under an hour, run frequently and takes you to Siena historic city center. Make sure you take the rapide (express) and not the ordinarie, which stops in Poggibonsi and Colle Val d’Elsa. Ticket costs €12. See the route itinerary and price for more information (note information is only in Italian). To reach the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence from the airport, just take the city line Vola in bus from the airport. The service connects the city centre in just 20 minutes and the fare is €6 one way.
By train:
Trains from Florence to Siena leave Santa Maria Novella station roughly once an hour on most days, and a direct train takes about 1.5 hours. The ticket is in the €6-10 range (if you’re on the direct train). See www.fsitaliane.it for more information.

 

How to get back from Rome:
To Leonardo da Vinci- Fiumicino Airport: You can take the Leonardo Express train (30min, €11) from Roma Termini Station to Fiumicino airport, see: www.trenitalia.com. The FL1 regional train also connects the airport with the main train stations in Rome. Alternatively there is a shuttle bus from Termini Station and Vatican (Via Crescenzio n2), departing every hour (55min approx, €6). For more info, see: www.sitbusshuttle.com.
To Ciampino Airport: You can take the bus to Termini Station (20min, €1). There is a regular shuttle bus from Roma Termini Station to the airport every half hour (45min approx. €4). For more info, see: www.sitbusshuttle.com.

For more information and train timetables, visit: www.bahn.com.

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation, all rooms en-suite. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €870
    Double/Twin Room
    €722

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3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
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  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Half-board accommodation (dinners included in smaller towns)
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel
  • Holiday Pack including: walking notes, maps, practical information and pilgrim passports

We also offer

  • Bike Rental, Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (when available)