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The Way of St Francis from Rieti to Rome

From Rieti to Rome

L5Rp: from 5 to 11 ovtober 2020 (109 km, 67 mi 5 legs / 6 nights / 7 days)

  • The hiking itinerary covers 109 Km (67 mi) between Rieti and Rome, following the path of the “Via Francigena di San Francesco”, also known as “La Via di Roma”. This is one of the ancient pilgrimage routes to Rome, presumably the same followed by Francis of Assisi and his mates in 1212.
  • Walk “from door to door”, setting off from your hotel and reaching the new one directly on foot, at the end of each daily stage. 
  • Take the full journey or any part of it: in order to be entitled to the “Testimonium” certificate issued by St Peter’s Basilica, it is necessary to walk at least from Rieti to Rome.

Difficulty level of daily legs: from easy to challenging. See programme for details.

Personalized participation on request, starting and ending at your own chosen points.

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PROGRAMME from 5th to 11th of october 2020

Day 1. Gathering of the participants in the hotel in Rieti. Meeting with the guide who escorts the group throughout the tour, welcome drink and preliminary briefing with distribution of the credentials and information package. The following day, start of the walk with the following itinerary.

Day 2. Stage 1: Rieti-Poggio San Lorenzo (22 Km/13.8 mi, medium). We leave Rieti by taking into a narrow side-valley; walk along the bank of a tiny rivulet up to the top, cross a very ancient Roman bridge and start climbing into the hills of the Sabina, covered with woods and olive groves. Pass by Ornaro and Torricella to reach our new hotel near Poggio San Lorenzo.

Day 3. Stage 2: Poggio San Lorenzo-Ponticelli (24 Km/15 mi, medium-hard). We walk across the hills, through woods, vineyards and olive groves, topped by medieval villages. Monteleone Sabino with the archaeological Roman site of Trebula Mutuesca and the church of Santa Vittoria; further on, the town of Poggio Moiano and the village of Ponticelli; you have to leave the path here to reach our guesthouse on a hilltop, near the Franciscan sanctuary of “Santa Maria delle Grazie”.

Day 4. Stage 3: Ponticelli-Monterotondo (30 Km/18.7 mi, medium). Start from Ponticelli. Cross hills covered with olive groves and topped by the majestic Orsini Castle, dominating the vast lowland that unrolls in the distance; walking up and down even lower hills, pass the village of Acquaviva di Nerola and the town of Montelibretti, then amid peach trees, vineyards and corn fields, reach the historical town of Monterotondo and  our hotel.

Day 5. Stage 4: Monterotondo-Montesacro (18 Km/11.2 mi, easy). We get down to Valle Ricca and into Parco della Marcigliana; on the other side of the park we are already at the edge of Rome: the last 6 Km/3.8 mi are all on city streets and can be avoided by taking the bus. Our hotel is in the stylish borough of Montesacro.

Day 6. Stage 5: Montesacro-San Pietro (15 Km/9.4 mi, easy). We start by getting across the Aniene River either on a modern bridge or on a medieval one then take the footpath, away from city traffic, through the elegant boroughs Salario, Parioli and Flaminio, to reach the banks of the Tiber River at Ponte Milvio. Follow the footpath along the riverside to Castel Santangelo, then walk down Via della Conciliazione and reach St Peter’s Square. At the Pilgrimage Office we claim our well-deserved certificate (“Testimonium”).

Day 7. Time off in Rome. After breakfast, end of the arrangements or extension of the tour.

Price per person

L5Rp: from Rieti to Rome (109 km, 67mi, 5 legs / 6 nights / 7 days)
5-11 october 2020

  • € 980.00 Half Board in single room
  • € 830.00 Half Board in double/triple room

“We’re a party” discount (4 persons or more) : € 30,00 each

“EARLY BOOKING” (reservation at least 4 months ahead): 3% discount

You can as well join/leave the group at any point along the itinerary: please consult our office for quotations and other details.

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ARRANGEMENTS
• An expert guide, fluent in English and other languages, accompanies the group.
• Accommodation with half board (breakfast and dinner including drinks) and city tax.
• Rooms with en-suite services (toilet with shower or bath-tube) in hotels 2/4 stars or guesthouses of various types.
• Baggage transfer (one piece per person).
• “Pilgrim’s Kit” with credential, maps and roadbook.
• Travel insurance.

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