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Walk to Rome

Walk to Rome

‘Walk to Rome’ takes place in the foothills just north of Rome. It is a chance to join the final stages of the famous Via Francigena or Camino to Rome in the warmth of the Italian autumn. The 113 km route takes in the northern hills, followed by the walk into the centre of Rome.

Join Sandy Loder of Peak Dynamics for a stunning walk into the Eternal City of Rome. You will travel on foot through rural and exquisitely beautiful areas of Italy that many tourists miss. You will be immersed in the true nature of this stunning region, sample local produce, enjoy some local wines, pass hilltop villages, see Roman remains, papal palaces and have a dip in authentic thermal pools.

Come for the full 5-days or else join us just for the final 3-days:

5-Day Walk

  • Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th October – travel to Rome
  • Monday 14th October – start the walk
  • Friday 18th October – arrive in Rome
  • Saturday 19th October – fly home from Rome

Price – £1,950 (ex VAT) per person

3-Day Walk

  • Tuesday 15th October – travel to Rome
  • Wednesday 16th October – start the walk
  • Friday 18th October – arrive in Rome
  • Saturday 19th October – fly home from Rome

Price – £1,500 (ex VAT) per person

 

 

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About the Trip

Highlights

  • Arriving in Rome on foot after walking the final stage of the Via Francigena
  • Encountering the enchanting old quarter and a Roman amphitheatre in Sutri
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims
  • Bathing in the thermal pools of Bagnaccio
  • Savouring a chilled glass of the famous Est! Est!! Est!!! wine in Montefiascone
  • Exploring Rome and all of its iconic sights
  • Watch the canonisation of John Henry Newman at the Vatican (on Sunday 13th October)

About Walk to Rome

Our ‘Walk to Rome’ will follow the Via Francigena. The Via Francigena is the common name of an ancient road and pilgrim route running from northern Europe to the Eternal City, Rome and onto the ports of embarkation for the Holy Land, though it is usually considered to have its starting point in the cathedral of Canterbury in the UK.

Over 1,000 years ago, the practice of pilgrimage acquired growing importance. The main holy places for Christianity were Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela and Rome, and the Via Francigena represented the central junction of the great faith roads.

Pilgrims coming from the North travelled on the Via Francigena towards Rome and eventually along the Appian Way towards the bridges of Puglia, where they could embark for the Holy Land.

The Via and pilgrimage helped develop cultural unity that characterised Europe during the Middle Ages. It is mainly thanks to the travel journals and in particular the notes of the illustrious pilgrim Sigeric the Serious, that they were able to reconstruct the ancient path of the Francigena. In 990, after being ordained as Archbishop of Canterbury by Pope John XV, the Abbot went back to the UK noting on two manuscript pages the 80 mansions where he stopped for the night. Sigeric’s journal is still considered the most authoritative source on the original route of the Via.

Itinerary

Sunday 13 October – The Vatican

Watch John Henry Newman become a Saint.

John Henry Newman will be canonised on Sunday 13 October 2019 in the Vatican. Newman was one of the most prominent converts to Catholicism from Anglicanism of the 19th century. He was renowned as a brilliant thinker and was made a Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. He died in Birmingham in 1890, aged 89, after founding the Birmingham Oratory. He will be the first English person in the last 50 years to be made a Saint.

We will be arranging tickets for you to attend the Canonisation of John Henry Newman at 10am on Sunday 13th October 2019 in the Vatican.

Travel from Rome to Montefiascone

Travel from Rome or the airport to Montefiascone.


Monday 14 October – Day 1 – Walk from Montefiascone to Viterbo – 18 km / 11 miles

After breakfast, we head out onto the Via Cassia and follow the trail across the plain that divides Lake Bolsena from the Cimini Mountains. A highlight of our first day is a stop at the Bagnaccio thermal pools, which were visited by pilgrims in ancient times. We can go for a dip. Despite enduring heavy bomb damage in WWII, Viterbo is the best-preserved medieval town in the province of Lazio. It was the 13th-century residence of the Popes, and if we have time, we can visit the Palace of the Popes and the San Lorenzo Cathedral.


Tuesday 15 October – Day 2 – Walk from Viterbo to Vetralla – 17 km /11 miles

Today we head into a more remote section of the walk. We pass no villages and will be immersed in the beautiful countryside of Lazio. We pass by the Abbey of La Quercia and Bagnaia and the beautiful and scenic gardens of Villa Lante. Making our way along the undulating trail and we climb a small hill before arriving in Vetralla. As this town has a dominant position over the surrounding countryside, it has been occupied as a fortified town since the early Middle Ages.

3-Day walkers will travel from the airport join us in Vetralla in the evening


Wednesday 16 October – Day 3 – Walk from Vetralla to Sutri – 26 km / 16 miles

Today is quite a long walking day because of the addition of a visit to Capranica. After breakfast, we leave Vetrella and follow the Via Francigena along a beautiful track in the woods before reaching the Church of Madonna di Loreto. We walk through a wood of hazelnut trees which is flanked by colossal oaks before arriving at Torri Orlando with three crumbling medieval towers. Sutri would be virtually unvisited by tourists if it were not situated along the Via Francigena. It has a Roman amphitheatre called the Mithraeum and an enchanting old quarter.


Thursday 17 October – Day 4 – Walk from Sutri to Campagnano – 24 km / 15 miles

After breakfast, we head through fields and also past rivers, streams, and waterfalls. We arrive in Monterosi around mid-morning, where there is a bakery for a stop, coffee and a pastry. We continue through the countryside until we reach the Monte Gelato waterfall, where we can swim if it is warm enough. After lunch, we will walk along the flagged Roman road, which eventually leads to Campagnano, which rises above the landscape.


Friday 18 October – Day 5 – Walk from Campagnano to Rome 29 km / 18 miles

After breakfast, the first section of the walk is uphill. En route we pass the Monastery Madonna del Sorbo and the Etruscan ruins of Veii. Then we walk into the green valley of Sorbo where we might see grazing horses. We then reach Formello, before walking onto Isola Farnese. From there, we take a private transfer to the Appia Antica for a more pleasant walk into Rome. Some of the highlights along this final leg include the Mausoleo of Cecilia Metella, the Parco della Caffarella and the Catacombs of San Sebastiano.


Saturday 19 October – Day 5 – Depart Rome or stay in Rome

You are free to make your own arrangements and stay in Rome or fly home.

Useful Information

DISTANCE

  • 113 km / 70 miles (5-day walk)
  • 79 km / 49 miles (3-day walk)

DURATION

  • 5-days or 3-days of walking

TEMPERATURE

  • High 22ºC, Low 12ºC

RAINFALL

  • Expect 7 days of rain in October

TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT TO START OF 5-DAY WALK

  • c. 90 minutes

Booking

5-Day Walk

Arrive in Italy on Saturday 12th / Sunday 13th October 2019

Finish in Rome on Saturday 19th October 2019

Price – £1,950 (ex VAT) per person

Based on sharing a room. A single room supplement of £170 is possible for the 6-nights.

3-Day Walk

Arrive in Italy on Tuesday 15th October 2019

Finish in Rome on Saturday 19th October 2019

Price – £1,500 (ex VAT) per person

Based on sharing a room. A single room supplement of £115 is possible for the 4-nights.

Due to the imminent departure of this trip, the full amount will need to be paid. An invoice will be sent once the booking form is complete.

Maximum of 12 people. Minimum of 5 people. Please note that we need a minimum of 5 people booked on the trip. Otherwise we might be forced to postpone or cancel the trip.

What Is Included

  • Transfer from Rome airport only at the designated time for 5-day walkers
  • Guided on the trail by Sandy Loder from Peak Dynamics
  • 6 Nights accommodation and 6 breakfasts while walking the Via Francigena
  • 2 Packed Lunches (days 3 and 4)
  • 2 Dinners (on days 3 and 4)
  • Transfer from Isola Farness to Appia Antica
  • Luggage Transfer each day

What Is Not Included

  • Personal Walking Equipment
  • Food such as snacks, lunch or dinner in the evening (except days 3 and 4)
  • Any necessary and relevant travel insurance
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  • OTHER DETAILS

  •  Single room required (supplement applies)

  •  I confirm I have read and understand the terms and conditions
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  •  I confirm I will have appropriate travel insurance at the time of the trip

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