Saint Francis Way

La Via di Francesco

The scenic St Francis Way walk will take you through il cuor verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy, visiting sites that are connected the saint himself. He is the patron saint of Italy, animals, ecology and merchants, and lead a fascinating life. You will go via Assisi, the home of the saint, and end in the classic and Eternal City of Rome.

Pilgrimages to Rome have been happening for centuries. However, unlike the Via Francigena, there is no historical text to follow on this walking holiday. There are a number of routes to walk that are linked with the life of St Francis. For this trip, we have selected sites that are connected with his life, whilst enabling you to enjoy the beauty of the Apennine mountain range.

The region you will walk through has a rich and colourful history. You will witness how humans and nature have come to live in harmony here, in the spirit of St Francis.  The St Francis Way is a scenic and historic walk. Connect to nature and find your rhythm as you walk this fantastic route through Italy.

Forum in Rome, Italy. Roman Forum (Foro Romano) at sunset.Rome architecture and landmark. Ancient Forum in Rome is one of the main attractions of Rome and Italy

Starting from

€1100

Beginning in Florence, the first section of St. Francis Way will take you through rolling Tuscan hills and valleys. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture the serenity of the lush countryside, enjoy a variety of local Italian cuisine, or the chance to visit the most revered location of Santuario della Verna, a Francisan sanctuary located atop Mount Penna.

Stage 1 of 5

activity

138.6km

9 days

Comfort

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€950

The green forests, mediaeval hilltop towns, classic vineyards, and lush olive groves of this St Francis Way section highlight the undulating Italian landscape. During this tour, you will leave behind the historic region of Tuscany and enter the beautiful region of Umbria, while enjoying the story of St Francis across your route through rural landscapes and ancient towns alike.

Stage 2 of 5

activity

138.9km

8 days

Comfort

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€1230

The trip begins in Assisi, home of St Francis, and will lead you on a captivating tour of Umbria and parts of Lazio. This section of the tour includes a stop at Rieti, the site of the ‘Miracle of Wine’ where St Francis miraculously doubled the crop of local vineyards in the 13 Century. So, it only makes sense that you sit back and enjoy a wonderful Colli della Sabina D.O.C. wine.

Stage 3 of 5

activity

135.3km

10 days

Comfort

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€1050

This final section of the St Francis Way takes you from the Apennine mountain range down into the fertile Tiber Valley plain along quiet tree-lined paths. Eventually, you will be leaving behind the remote Italian countryside as you arrive into the busy outer-suburbs of Rome and head for the final destination: the historic Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican City.

Stage 4 of 5

activity

102.6km

8 days

Comfort

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

Starting from

€3715

The St. Francis Way, stretching from Florence to Rome, offers pilgrims a spiritual journey through picturesque landscapes and historic towns, following in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Stage 1 of 5

activity

515.5km

29 days

Comfort

Easy

Easy

Challenge

Popular time

september

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