The ancient route that in medieval times connected Canterbury to Rome and to the harbors of Apulia has been discovered by modern pelegrin, who set off on a fantastic route. Anima Toscana offers the opportunity to discover the Via Francigena route from Siena to Rome by bicycle, crossing the region of Tuscany and Lazio on secondary roads and gravel roads.
The Via Francigena passes through the Val d’Orcia, Viterbo, the lake of Bolsena and the “Tuscia”, before arriving to Rome. You’ have the chance to visit charming medieval villages riding among breathtaking views!
The visit of the city center of Rome complete this beautiful bike experience.
Day 1 - Benvenuti in Toscana
Individual arrival, dinner on your own and accommodation in 3 stars hotel located outside the city center of Siena. 4 stars hotel available on request with extra charge.
Meet and greet with our staff where you'll receive the maps and all the informations to complete the bike trip on the Via Francigena.
Day 2 - From Siena to San Quirico d'Orcia
57 km - Elevation gain: 750 meters
First stage surrounded by beautiful views. | In the first part of the stage you will ride the typical rolling hills of the Val d’Arbia region, crossing the permanent route of L’Eroica to Buonconvento, very nice medieval village. You can also decide to reach Buonconvento riding the Eroica route. | You will then cross the Brunello region before the final arrival in Val d’Orcia, UNESCO protected site.
Dinner on your own and accommodation in 3 stars hotel with swimming pool located at San Quirico d’Orcia. 4 stars hotel available on request with extra charge.
Day 3 - From San Quirico to Proceno
62 km - Elevation gain: 890 meters
You will cycle surrounded by the landscapes of the Val d’Orcia. | In the first part of the route you will visit the thermal village of Bagno Vignoni, with its extraordinary thermal pool in the main square. | From Bagno Vignoni, you’ll ride a flat road along the Orcia river and then reach Radicofani through a long uphill on asphalt. The challenging climb will be repaid by a beautiful view over the valley. | You will then descend towards the Val di Paglia, the landscape is characterized by rolling hills, with the Monte Amiata on the horizon. | After a short ride along the Cassia road you will cycle a long gravel road that leads to the beautiful village of Proceno.
Dinner and accommodation at Castello di Proceno
Day 4 - From Proceno to Viterbo
60 km - Elevation gain: 930 meters
After a quick passage in the town center of Acquapendente, the stage will easily lead you to San Lorenzo Nuovo, where you’ll have a first beautiful view of Bolsena lake. | Approaching the lake, you will ride along a nice off road, in a continuous ups and downs among olive groves, meadows and woods, with the beautiful views of Bolsena Lake on the horizon. | You’ll leave Bolsena riding the Via Cassia direction Montefiascone, and say goodbye to the lake. The following sector is one of the most spectacular, on the ancient paving of the Via Cassia, still in excellent condition. | At the end of the stage you will cross the Bagnaccio baths, a series of hot water pools, which have always been frequented by pilgrims who passed along the Via Francigena, before the final arrival in the city center of Viterbo.
Dinner on your own and accommodation at Palazzo Riario. 4 stars hotel available on request with extra charge.
Day 5 - From Viterbo to Campagnano
65 km - Elevation gain: 980 meters
The daily stage is characterized by ups and downs between fields and woods, mainly on paved roads, up to the village of Vetralla. | The next part of the route will take you to the nice villages of Capranica and Sutri, town located on a narrow tuff rock, also known for the Roman amphitheater and nice town center. | Discover Monterosi and the Monte Gelato waterfalls, a park area where you can rest and swim before the last part of the route that will take you to Campagnano.
Dinner on your own and accommodation in 3 stars hotel.
Day 6 - From Campagnano to Rome
46 km - Elevation gain: 420 meters
Final stage to complete your pilgrimage and reach the Vatican City. The daily stage will be easy and short, we suggest to start cycling not so late in the morning and arrive in Rome for lunch time, so you can enjoy much more this beautiful city. | The route presents some busy roads approaching to Rome, we can offer an alternative routes to reach the cycle path of River Tevere. | You will finally reach St. Peter's Square, where you can take a final photo and start discovering this wonderful city.
Dinner on your own and accommodation in 4 stars hotel located very close the Vatican City and city center of Rome.
On request, you can decide to visit the city, meet our staff and return to Siena by van.
Day 7 - Arrivederci
Check-out and individual departures, otherwise you can add more days at your stay and visit this beautiful city.
- 6 Nights stay with breakfast in double room
- 1 dinner, drinks not included
- Baggage transportation between the hotels
- Pick-up of everything you bought during your daily stage: wine, gift and more
- Maps and informations for your daily stage
- GPX tracks for gps system or mobile app
- Phone assistance by Anima Toscana staff
- Tourist city tax
- Medical insurance
- Medical insurance
- Pick-up at Siena train station
- English speaking bike guide
- Van support during your daily stage
- Activities for non-cyclist (cooking class, guided tour, horse back riding, trekking etc.)
- Bike rental (MTB, gravel or e-bikes)
- GPS rental
- Transfer hotel Rome to airport, train station or Siena