The medieval route of the Via Francigena runs from Canterbury Cathedral to the Vatican City in the heart of Rome. Although now simply known as the Via Francigena, for medieval pilgrims heading north it was known as the Via Francigena and for southbound pilgrims it was the Via Romea.
Today, walkers have Sigeric, the 10th century Archbishop of Canterbury, to thank for the existence of the route who recorded his journey to Rome, where he was consecrated by the Pope.
Our holiday joins the pilgrimage at the vibrant Italian city of Viterbo, with its walled old town, narrow streets and 13th century Papal Palace, and tracks the last 100 kilometres of the walk.
From here we follow rolling Lazio countryside, farmland and wooded valleys along quiet lanes and tracks. These pretty landscapes, interspersed with bustling hilltop towns offer a true taste of this beautiful region.
Your walk ends at the iconic St Peter’s Square but the adventure does not end there. You’ll have two nights in the ‘eternal city’ to explore the countless attractions on offer. You can choose to visit awe-inspiring attractions such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon or even sit back and enjoy a cappuccino in a piazza and watch the world go by.
Alternatively if you would like to spend longer in this wonderful city, why not join our Rome City Break – brought back by popular demand. You’ll spend 4 nights in a centrally located 3 star hotel, and the history and culture of this ancient city will be brought to life by our experienced
HF Holidays’ leader during the day on sightseeing tours around all the highlights. In the evenings, eat in local restaurants with the group, or dine independently.