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VIA FRANCIGENA BY BIKE: FROM SIENA TO ROME

 A 5 cycling tour in Tuscany & Lazio

 

The Via Francigena was an ancient way of connection with the Alps, namely France. In fact, pilgrims came from France from the Via Tolosana, leading to Santiago de Compostela, and from Northern Europe. They crossed the Alps through Monginevro, Moncenisio and the Great St. Bernard Pass, went down to the Po Valley, and then crossed the Apennines (in Parma). From Monte Bardone pass, they arrived in Tuscany. After mayor centres like Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena, Bolsena, Viterbo, they came to the final destination of their pilgrimage: Rome. Today, the Via Francigena includes different trails, which have changed over the centuries. As the number of pilgrims traveling to Rome increased, abbeys, monasteries, churches, cathedrals and religious shrines were built in places where important relics were kept and where miracles or apparitions had happened. This amazing journey starts in Siena and ends in Rome, it is a journey by bike which gathers the inheritance of our ancestors: you will cycle along the ancient route of the Via Francigena, through unspoilt and panoramic ways, tasting the pleasure of nature and exploring this famous way of pilgrimage. The route develops mostly on dirt roads, through Tuscany and Lazio, where you can cycle in the Val d’Orcia, pass the village of Radicofani, Lake Bolsena and Tuscia, until you get to the centre of the capital city of Italy: a final visit of Rome will be one of the highlights of this journey by bike.

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

Individual arrival at Siena.

Individual arrival in your 3 star hotel situated just 1 km from the town centre of Siena. Welcome briefing with one of our representatives (the evening of arrival or the next morning, before departure of your first stretch). Siena is a town we could call a masterpiece of art, full of treasures such as the cathedral with the Piccolomini Library and its frescoes by Pinturicchio, the cathedral museum ‘Museo dell'Opera del Duomo’, the ‘Museo Civico’, the ‘Palazzo Pubblico’ ,a lot of other impressing palaces and churches…and the Piazza del Campo. It is also well known for the Palio, the most famous historical horse race in the world, and for its culinary tradition with delicious plates as ‘i pici’, la zuppa ribollita served on toasted bread and cakes like Panforte, Berricuocoli and Ricciarelli. Overnight stay with breakfast in Siena.

 

Day 2

Siena - San Quirico 

After breakfast, ready for a ride to discover the first stretch of this amazing journey. You’ll say goodbye to Siena and, once out of the historic centre, you will cycle along the sweet hills of Val d’Arbia. The route of Via Francigena is the same of the famous way "L’Eroica" up to Buonconvento, a lovely medieval village. Today’s destination is the Val d’Orcia, Unesco World heritage. An alternative route will lead you to Pienza, a charming little Renaissance town, famous also for its Pecorino cheese. On request you can book a wine-tasting Brunello. Dinner in a typical Tuscan restaurant and overnight with breakfast in a 3 star Hotel in San Quirico d’Orcia.

Distance: 60 km/37 miles; Ascent / Descent +700m - 490m

 

Day 3

San Quirico to Bolsena

Today you will taste the magic of the landscape of Val d’Orcia, cycling through the famous thermal village of Bagno Vignoni. You will pass the valley of river Paglia, following the ancient Via Cassia for some stretches.
You will see Contignano and the charming village of Radicofani, set on a hill, from which the view dominates the whole val d’Orcia. Then you will get to Acquapendente, before you reach today’s final destination, Lake Bolsena. Dinner and overnight in a farmhouse on Lake Bolsena.

Distance:81 km/50 miles; Ascent/Descent + 1300m -1070m

 

Day 4

Bolsena to Sutri

Today, after breakfast, ready to ride your bike: you will cross the hills with beautiful views of Montefiascone, up to Viterbo and its historic centre. You will pass the small towns of Vetralla and Capranica. End of today’s stretch: Sutri, small town with ancient origins where rock tombs dating from the 6th-7th century BC are still visible, where you can see a Roman amphitheatre and the small rock church of Madonna del Parto. The little town is famous also for its artistic ceramics. As an alternative, you will have the possibility to cycle along Lake of Vico. Dinner and overnight stay in a 4 star Hotel situated a few km from Sutri.

Distance:65 km/40 miles; Ascent/Descent +1050m -930m

 

Day 5

Sutri to Rome

Today you will pass Monterosi and the waterfalls of Monte Gelato, a park where you can relax and take a bath before reaching Campagnano di Roma. Then the park of Veio and later you will continue on the cycle path of the Tiber river until Rome. An alternative route will lead you on the shores of Lake Bracciano, before your arrival in Campagnano di Roma. Overnight in a 3 star hotel situated close to the centre of Rome.

Distance:65 km/40 miles; Ascent/Descent +780m -820m

 

Day 6

Departure after breakfast or extend of your stay in Rome (on request)

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour:

  • 5 nights with breakfast in 3 o 4 star hotel or farm houses

  • 3 dinners, excluding drinks

  • luggage transportation

  • Road book with route instructions and maps

  • gps tracks on request

  • Emergency number

  • Briefing in the hotel of arrival (in evening of arrival or next morning)

     

Not included in the tour:

  • local tourist taxes

  • insurances

  • all what isn't mentioned under 'included in the tour'

 

Period

daily from March to November (other periods on request)

Level 3/4

(for experienced cyclists). Hilly terrain with average daily distances of 60 – 81 km, for bikers with cycling experience or a good degree of fitness. Significant differences in level Cycling along dirt roads and asphalted roads. Total km 271 /169 miles

Participants

Minimum two persons (single traveller on request)

Prices p.p. 2019

Standard Tour 6 days/5 nights 

In double room     € 860,00

Single room and/or single traveller on request

Bike rental (4 days)   € 80,00

Ebike rental  (4 days)  € 160,00