Italy : Umbria

Walking on the Francigena Way

Trip code: W09VF 4.8 (8 reviews)

Self-guided walking

9 nights,

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

16.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App


  • Pilgrimage route to Rome
  • Stunning landscapes
  • Orvieto and its Cathedral
  • Picturesque villages, historic abbeys and volcanic lakes


  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts, 1 evening meal and 1 picnic are included
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


The Francigena Way is an historical pilgrimage; a road which once led from Canterbury to Rome and which has been walked by tens of thousands of pilgrims. This self-guided walking trip begins in the beautiful city of Orvieto which boasts arguably the most beautiful cathedral in Italy. From here walk through Tuscia Laziale, an agricultural region of fields and olive groves dotted with volcanic lakes. Following the ancient Via Cassia, pass through beautiful villages such as Montefiascone, the fortified city of Viterbo, the Etruscan necropolis and the Roman amphitheatre of Sutri and the small medieval churches of Vetrallla and Campagnano. The path continues, through thick forests of oaks and past ruined abbeys and control towers, and ends in Rome; the 'Eternal City'.


The walking routes on this programme follow official paths, with some sections along quiet roads. On these routes there are places where the path crosses a stream (or dry streambed). You will often NOT find bridges, since these are streams which you can walk across with your boots on or by using stepping stones.




Day 1 Start Orvieto

Arrive in the hilltop town of Orvieto in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. Explore its impressive 14th century cathedral and fascinating labyrinth of caves and underground tunnels that were created almost 3000 years ago.

You stay at Selected hotels.

hotel details

Hotels, Umbria and Lazio

7 nights in hotels and 2 nights in B&Bs, all rooms en suite. We use variety of different styles of good hotels with many of them family-run properties.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Additional Accommodation

We can book additional accommodation in Orvieto or Rome (subject to availability). Please notify us at the time of booking and we will provide up-to-date prices.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2 Orvieto to Bolsena (13km/8.1mi)

After a short transfer, leave the valley surrounding Orvieto and head through oak woods and open fields towards Bolsena and its spectacular volcanic lake and Monaldeschi castle.


Day 3 Bolsena to Montefiascone (18km/11.2mi)

With views over Lake Bolsena, follow the ancient Roman road, Via Cassia, towards medieval Montefiascone. Discover the town's intricate archways, cobbled alleyways and artisan shops and try some of the Est! Est! Est! wine that is produced here.


Day 4 Montefiascone to Viterbo (18km/11.2mi)

It's scenic walking through fertile vineyards and hazelnut orchards, with cypress and olive trees dotting the landscape, to Bagnaccio. The hot thermal springs of the ancient baths here have always been a stop off point for weary pilgrims. You overnight in the medieval walled town of Viterbo, renowned for its Gothic papal palace.


Day 5 Viterbo to Vetralla (18km/11.2mi)

Pass through shady woods and past 8th-9th century Etruscan remains on your way to Vetralla, a small medieval town with superb panoramic views. Dinner tonight is included.


Day 6 Vetralla to Sutri (25km/15.5mi)

Head through lush fields to the Towers of Orlando, the remains of an ancient monastery. Continue to Capranica, with its picturesque old town perched on tufa rock high over the valley. From here, walk through the verdant valley to Sutri, famous for its Roman amphitheatre and Etruscan Necropolis.


Day 7 Sutri to Campagnano di Roma (25km/15.5mi)

Walk through the Treja Valley, past small waterfalls including the evocative Cascate di Monte Gelato, to Campagnano di Roma in the Veio Natural Park.


Day 8 Campagnano to La Giustiniana / Isola Farnese (27km/16.8mi)

Start out across a patchwork of meadows - if you're lucky, you will spot wild horses! - to the pretty town of Formello. Then it's on to La Giustiana, the last stop before Rome!


Day 9 La Giustiniana / Isola Farnese to Rome (17km/10.6mi)

Follow the Via Francigena through the Natural Reserve of Insugherata. At Monte Mario, begin the unforgettable descent towards Rome and finally, St Peter's Square.


Day 10: Leave Rome

Your trip ends in Rome after breakfast. If you would like to add extra nights in this fantastic city, please speak to your sales consultant at the time of booking.



These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $450.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $450.


Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at for enquiries or to book your trip.


The staff were knowledgable and helpful and the app was really good

David Robertson, 22 Sep 2023


I really enjoyed this trip, despite travelling in August and experiencing an Italian heatwave which is always going to be tricky on a walking holiday! Beautiful scenery, picturesque towns and villages, and varied terrain. I travelled solo and and most days I walked miles and miles without seeing another person, which I quite liked. The App/GPS routes worked brilliantly, and the Via Francigena is very well marked, however less so as you get closer to Rome. The peace of mind that all hotels were booked and baggage transported efficiently just took all the stress out of the holiday, and I consider the premium worth paying. A few bits of advice if you do book this holiday - the taxi transfers suggested at the start and end are unnecessary, get the Funicular up to Orvieto and the train back to the airport at the end. Getting the Pilgrim Passport stamped can be a bit of a trial, but some of the hotels have stamps so always best to ask when you check in. Before you go, research how to get your Testimonium from The Vatican, there is loads of advice and help on-line. Take bug spray and use it as soon as you get to Orvieto if travelling in Summer. Take a power pack out with you every day, my phone battery struggled on some of the high mileage days with the App running and taking lots of photos. I have done a lot of small group holidays, and it was a bit of a leap of faith giving a self-guided trip a go, but it was great, and I'm already looking at which one to choose next!

Joanne Griffiths, 18 Aug 2023


This was a magical ten days, walking in the wonderful Italian countryside with some amazing wild flowers in the hedgerows and some interesting small towns to visit on the way.

ROULSTONE, 2 Jun 2023


This was a hugely enjoyable but challenging walk. The hotels we stayed were very varied , welcoming and of a good standard. The staff were very helpful especially at La Giustiniana. We walked through stunning countryside, along old Roman roads in some places .The Headwater app was excellent for general information and navigation . Our bags arrived before us all but one day and they were quickly recovered and brought to the hotel .We met lovely people along the way. The walk into the St Peters was especially memorable .We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday.

MAGUIRE, 15 May 2023


This was as much an adventure as a holiday. We loved it. Setting out every day, heading for some where different, walking through beautiful country side and meeting friendly locals and the daily thrill of our luggage arriving at the next hotel before we did. We enjoyed the interesting sometimes quirky hotels and thought the navigation App was really good. Thank you for a great trip.

Mrs Newton, 18 Apr 2023


A comfortable way to walk the Via Francigena. The route was very quiet when we walked it in October. We enjoyed the lovely countryside and interesting villages. Accommodation was basic but clean and comfortable.

Mrs Johnson, 16 Oct 2022


Wayfinding instructions not always accurate. Briefing in Orvieto unhelpful, Ingrid didn't know about our lack of full information from Headwater, assumed we could print info from our phones. Headwater asked for travel insurance details when we were already in Orvieto. But taxi to S. Lorenzo Nuovo excellent, luggage transfer worked, all accommodation able to cater for a gluten and dairy free diet. We enjoyed staying at small family-run hotels - Capranica probably needs refurbishing - location excellent.

Mrs Brown, 29 Aug 2022


An excellent holiday. Walking in the beautiful Italian countryside away from tourist places. The warmth & friendliness of the Italians. After 20+ years away & Covid, it was so good to be back! The luggage transfer was 100%. We shall be booking further self-guided walks in Italy.

Mrs Henderson, 8 Apr 2022


Self-guided walking

9 nights,

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

16.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

9 nights from $2105


Call: +44 1606 720199