St Francis - Section 4
From Rieti to Rome - ""
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The “Via Salaria” is part of an ancient road system, developed by the Sabini peoples long before the foundation of Rome.
Thirty centuries later, it is still the main road linking Rieti to Rome over the lush Sabinian countryside. Your route begins by following its ancient path across the centre of RIETI and takes you all the way to St Peter's Square in ROME.
You will walk up and down rolling hills, seeing many historic buildings and pretty villages along the way, as well as endless woods and olive groves.
To acknowledge your effort, you can obtain your 'Testimonium peregrinationis peractae' certificate from the pilgrims office by showing your stamped pilgrim passport.
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Day by Day & Hotels
Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please click on hotel information below.
There are 7 days
Day 1: Rieti
Rieti was the last province to be annexed to Lazio in 1927 and boasts a record: according ... .. read more >
Meals: N/A Luggage Transfer: No
Rieti was the last province to be annexed to Lazio in 1927 and boasts a record: according to tradition, given its geographical position, this city is considered the navel of Italy, and a monument in the centre of the town is a reminder of that. The centre is the most ancient part of the city and is spread around the central hub of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, with the Fontana dei Delfini (Fountain of the Dolphins). Just opposite there is the Palazzo Comunale, with its original structure of the 13th century partly occupied by the Museo Civico, where archaeological finds dating from the ninth century BC to the late Roman period are kept as well as paintings dating from the 14th century to those of contemporary times. Facing the nearby Piazza Battisti is the Palace of the Prefecture, of Renaissance architecture, from whose garden one can enjoy a beautiful view over the oldest part of town and the surrounding mountains. The Duomo (Cathedral) was built around 1100, but reconstructed in later times. Next to it stands a bell tower. Next to the Cathedral is located the Palazzo Vescovile (Bishop's Palace), built in the 13th century. Just just before it is a monumental loggia and a courtyard that lead to the spectacular Salone Papale. To the north of the building there is the Arco del Vescovo (Bishop’s Arch), a flyover dating back to the late thirteenth century, built by Boniface VIII. In Via Roma there is Palazzo Vecchiarelli, by Carlo Maderno, and beside it the Romanesque church of S. Pietro Apostolo (S. Peter the Apostle). Noteworthy is also Palazzo Vicentini, one of the most interesting buildings, attributed to Sangallo. Once crossed the Bridge Velino, under which runs the river of the same name, one encounters the Monumento alla Lira (Monument to the Lira), which was unveiled in 2003 and made by the fusion of more than 2.2 million old 200-lira coins, collected for the occasion. And finally there's underground Rieti where, under some mansion houses in the city centre, one can visit the remains of the ancient Roman viaduct built in the third century BC.
Town Facilities: ATM, Internet, Shops, all facilities. Lodging: An en suite room in a 4* hotel inside a nineteenth-century building, situated in the historical center of Rieti between the City-hall square and that of the Prefecture, and next to the Romanic Cathedral of Saint Mary.
Day 2: Rieti to Poggio San Lorenzo
22km, 6h15, +556 m / -473 m: Start from S.Maria Assunta Cathedral: leave the city by cross ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
22km, 6h15, +556 m / -473 m: Start from S.Maria Assunta Cathedral: leave the city by crossing the River Velino and heading south into a narrow valley. Pass by the ancient springs of curative waters, Fonte Cottorella, and follow a footpath leading to the Kartodromo della Mola, near San Giovanni Reatino (425m). Continue direction upstream by the generally dry Torrente Ariana up to a Roman bridge, Ponte del Sambuco (480m), at the top of the valley. The path now climbs steeply, up to an asphalt road and further up to Osteria di Colonnetta (640m), then descends into a deep valley over the ancient Via Quinzia and up again towards the outskirts of Torricella Sabina and the convent of Collina del Sacro Cuore (610m). Amid woods, olive trees and scattered houses, a country road leads to Poggio San Lorenzo (490m).
Day 3: Poggio San Lorenzo to Ponticelli
20km, 5h45, +615 m / -755 m: Amid extensive olive groves, the path winds its way up and do ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
20km, 5h45, +615 m / -755 m: Amid extensive olive groves, the path winds its way up and down the hills of the Sabina. Monteleone Sabino, the archaeological area of Trebula Mutuesca, the Romanic church of Santa Vittoria and Poggio Moiano (470m) follow one another at short intervals. After a flat stretch in open country, our path reaches the T-junction of Strada del Brecciaro: one branch leads to Rome via Farfa Abbey; we follow the other branch, over the rural hamlets of Santo Paolo Alto above and Santo Paolo Basso below, in view of Scandriglia and the mountains of Parco dei Monti Lucretili; continuing amid olive groves we reach the little village of Ponticelli (330m).
Day 4: Ponticelli to Palombara Sabina
21km, 6h, +594 m / -646 m: With the massif Orsini Castle dominating the area between here ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
21km, 6h, +594 m / -646 m: With the massif Orsini Castle dominating the area between here and the Tiber Valley from the mountains above, we begin by walking over yet another hill covered with olive groves; down again to Osteria di Ponticelli (240m) and, crossing into the province of Rome, up to Pitirolo (310m), both no more than a few houses, then down to a real village, Acquaviva di Nerola (210m), and further down then uphill again to the town of Montelibretti (220m). We are now in full sight of the vast plane of the Tiber Valley north of Rome. Across the lush countryside, we reach the ancient Via Nomentana at Tre Ponti (scattered farms) and the little lake of La Muraccia and follow it down to its crossing with Strada della Neve (90m), in the municipality of Palombara Sabina.
Day 5: Palombara Sabina to Roma Via Bufalo ...
24km, 6h45, +443 m / -677 m: The landscape has now opened up into a wide area of low hills ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
24km, 6h45, +443 m / -677 m: The landscape has now opened up into a wide area of low hills and vast fields, the last layers of mountains left behind. Over a quiet country road we get to the rural compound of Grotta Marozza (100m) and, past the motorway, to the city of Monterotondo (150m) and its Duomo della Maddalena. Over yet another hill, we get down to sleepy Valle Ricca (50m), thus entering the municipality of Rome. Across the olive groves, fields and low hills of the protected area of Parco della Marcigliana we arrive at the outskirts of the “eternal city”, in the semi-rural borough of Cinquina. We are now walking on footpaths, along little-traffic peripheral road Via di Tor San Giovanni, soon merging with Via della Bufalotta and, past the external ring-road (Grande Raccordo Anulare), into ever more densely populated areas in the zone between popular Casal Boccone (45m) and elegant Montesacro.
Day 6: Roma Via Bufalotta to St Peter’s ...
18km, 5h, +241 m / -235 m: From Via della Bufalotta we continue over Viale Adriatico, down ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast Luggage Transfer: Yes
18km, 5h, +241 m / -235 m: From Via della Bufalotta we continue over Viale Adriatico, down to Piazza Sempione and across the bridge on the River Aniene, that we follow in downstream direction, avoiding the city traffic, on a pedestrian/cycling-path. The path continues across Via Salaria, by the Great Mosque, the Auditorium and the Olympic Village, to reach Ponte Milvio. We cross to the other side of the Tiber and follow another pedestrian/cycling-path along its banks, passing under several bridges and enjoying an unusual view, down to statues-lined Ponte Sant’Angelo. Upstairs to Castel Sant’Angelo and down Via della Conciliazione into the arms of the Bernini’s colonnade. We have reached our destination, St Peter’s Basilica!
Day 7: Rome, Vatican - End of trip
No city in the world equals the history of the Eternal City. Founded 2700 years ago, Rome ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast Luggage Transfer: No
No city in the world equals the history of the Eternal City. Founded 2700 years ago, Rome long reigned as Caput Mundi, or Capital of the World. Monumental buildings like the Colosseum are reminiscent of the era when emperors like Nero and Trajan ruled the Roman empire. But todays Rome owes much of its attractiveness to the Renaissance period when new squares like Campidoglio were created and new buildings were constructed including the world's largest church, the Saint Peter's Basilica.
Prices & Booking
There is no intermediaries when booking with us, so feel free to contact us for advice, customisation or if you wish to combine several sections together. If you just wish to make a quick payment, submit your credit card and reference on our booking page.
Options: We can upgrade your holiday in 4, 5* and Paradors. We can also offer extra nights and airport transfers. Ask us!
Families: We are now offering 40% off prices for children aged between 3-9 years old, and 20% off prices for children aged between 10-17 years old. Children under 3 come free.
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Duration: 6 Nights
Comfort: In Style
Meals: Half Board
Available: All year round
Price: From €629
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(1,2) Leisurely (3,4) Stimulating (5) A Challenge
Our holidays are graded by 3 categories of difficulty: Leisurely, Stimulating and A Challenge. This grading system will allow you to select the ideal holiday for yourself or your group. We aim to offer you the best experiences and unforgettable memories on a holiday where your desire for a challenge, comfort and safety are our priority. As the abilities of everybody are different, it’s important that you decide on a holiday which best suits your own needs and capabilities. You should take some time to look over our grading system so you can decide which holiday is best for you!
How do we grade?
When grading our holidays we take 3 main factors into consideration: Distance, Gradient and Trail Type (i.e. mountain track, forest road, surfaced road, etc.)
Our Easy walking and cycling holidays are best for families with young children. With older children, experience and fitness level should be considered when deciding on a holiday.
• Time: Under 5 hours per day on average.
• Gradient: Gentle, no steep climbs
• Trail Type: Walking path, easily accessible
• Suitable for: Everybody. Some easy preparation walks should increase your enjoyment.
• Time: 5 to 7 hours / less than 20km per day on average
• Gradient: Up to 1000m ascent per day on average, possibility of some steep climbing
• Trail Type: Walking paths, mountain trails, not technically difficult
• Suitable for: Moderate level of fitness required. Some weekend walks of around 3-4 hours should help your preparation.
A Challenge (5)
• Time: Days can be over 7 hours / 20km
• Gradient: Days can be more than 1000m, some steep climbing
• Trail Type: Walking paths, mountain trails, can be technically difficult
• Suitable for: Good level of fitness required. Previous experience would be best. Regular weekend walks of 4-5 hours or more are advisable in the months leading up to your holiday. These should include some mountain walks.
Please find below information on how to get to your destination and back. You can also look at our "Camino flight Finder" page, and our airport guide.
Fly to and back from: Rome
Rome (Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino): Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino is Romes main airport and is served by virtually all airlines. It is situated beside the coast, about 15km west of Rome city centre. Airport info http://www.adr.it/fiumicino
Rome (Ciampino): Ciampino is a small airport but Ryanair serve most European destinations from here. The airport is about 10km south of Rome city centre. Airport info: www.ciampino-airport.info
Fly to and back from: Pisa
The Pisa airport (Galileo Galilei) is situated 1km from the city centre, and is the main airport of Toscany. http://www.pisa-airport.com/
To the start of the walk in Rieti:
The airports of Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci and of Rome Ciampino are the closest to Rieti.
From Rome (Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino): There are 2 options for getting from Ciampino Airport to Rieti. (A) Take the train (Leonardo Express, 14€) from the airport to Rome Termini Train Station, which takes about 30 minutes. From here take the train to Rieti, which takes about 2 hours. Train info: www.trenitalia.com. (B - The best option)) Take the local train to Tiburtina Station (8€), and from here to Rieti take a bus (www.cotralspa.it), wich takes 1,40 hours by 4,20€. There are buses every 15 minutes.
From Rome (Ciampino): From Rome Ciampino airport there are coaches (Terravision: www.terravision.eu/rome_ciampino.html) to Rome centre, Termini Station (from whence one continues to the Tiburtina Station, here the coach service to Rieti departs), which connects the Ryanair and Easy-Jet flights. There is also an additional night line by COTRAL.
Back from Rome:
To Rome (Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino): There is a shuttle train to the airport, from Rome Termine Station, which takes about 30 mins.
To Rome (Ciampino): From Rome there are 2 options for getting to Ciampino Airport. (A) Take a 15min train to Ciampino and then a 5min shuttle bus to the airport. OR (B) Take a 45min bus to the airport from Rome Termine Station. Bus info www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Ciampino/Servizi/Come_raggiungerci/Arrivo_bus.html
Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel
Half Board during the hike
Holiday Pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, language book
Flights Insurance (recommended)
Dinner first and last nights
Transfer from/to airport