Rieti to Rome

Stage 4 of 5

102.6km

8 days

Comfort

Popular time

september

Starting from

€1050

Overall

Distance:

11.3 min | 17.1km average | 20.6 max

Ascent:

217.5 min |448m average | 715.6 max

Cardio:

2   2.5   3

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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.

Rieti

Rieti

The Legend says that the town of Rieti was founded by Rea, Mother of the Olympian Gods of Ancient Greece. Located on the slopes of the Sabini and Reatini mountains, the city has multiple surviving Roman and medieaval sites thanks to its long and fascinating history. Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral is also a highly memorable sight to see in Rieti.

Pasta making italy

Local Cusine

The Rieti regional speciality is the Fregnacce Alla Reatina, a hearty pasta dish with a tomato-based sauce (containing mushroom, garlic, olives, and hot peppers). The dish is often served as a first course. For your second course, try the Pasta Alla Gricia (containing Guanciale, pecorino cheese, and black pepper). Treat yourself afterwards with an amaretti Casperiani – a famous almond cookie. And, of course, don’t forget a glass of lovely Umbrian wine.

Rome

Rome

The Italian capital, the most historical city in Italy, and a wonder of the world. Rome is the centre of Latin culture and is bursting with ancient influences from across the ages. While you are here, be sure to take a look at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, take in the numerous frescos from the great scattered throughout Rome’s many cathedrals and churches, and wonder at the monument built for King Victor Emmanuel II.

Rieti to Rome

Starting from € 1050

RIETI

ROME

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

RIETI

We start the last stage of the St Francis way from Rieti. This town in the Lazio region is steeped in history from the Roman period right up to today. Located on the slopes of the Reatini and Sabini mountains, Reiti is surrounded by spectacular mountainous scenery. It is easy to see why St Francis spent so much time in the surrounding tranquil countryside. Pay a visit to the town hall, which dates back to the 13th Century, and the romantic Cathedral, which preserves some precious artworks from the great painters of their day.

Day

2

20.4 km

RIETI POGGIO SAN LORENZO

Follow the base of the mountains before turning off this path across the valley. Enjoy tree-lined paths flanked by a wooded hillside. Ramble on to Ponte Sambuco, a 4th Century Roman bridge, where there are picnic benches and you can stop to enjoy some lunch. Continue through the tranquil countryside, ascending gently before descending into Poggio San Lorenzo, your stop for the night. This ancient Roman town is surrounded by forested hilltops and makes a peaceful place to stay and enjoy some good home-cooked food.

Day

3

20.6 km

POGGIO SAN LORENZO PONTICELLI

Breath in the clean air of the olive groves as you stroll towards the ruins of a Roman Amphitheatre. Next, visit the romantic Santa Vittoria Church, within which there is a small well whose water is said to have healing properties. Take a break from your walk in Poggio Moiano for some lunch. After walking through the little town you will come across Scandriglia, another lovely town where you will be able to admire the 15th Century Anguillara Palace. Sweep around the hillsides and down to your stopover for the night, the small quiet village of Ponticelli. While here, visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie sanctuary.

Day

4

11.3 km

PONTICELLI MONTELIBRETTI

Descending from the Apennine mountain range into the Tiber Valley plain you will come to the town of Poggio Corese and then Pitirolo. Here, you can take a 2km detour to the beautiful Orsini Castle in Nerola. More olive groves will line your walk to the town of Acquaviva, which is full of excellent places for lunch. Montelibretti, your stop for the night, is perched on the ridge of a hill. It is home to many churches and the Barberini Palace. Make sure to try some of the delicious, locally produced olive oil with freshly baked bread.

Day

5

17.3 km

MONTELIBRETTI MONTEROTONDO

The olive groves are eventually broken up by hayfields as you walk up to the town of Monterotondo. As its name implies, it sits atop a round hill, Monte Ginestra. Steeped in history, this town is connected with some of the famous families from the history of Italy (such as the Medici and the Orsini families). The city hall was formerly a fortress and then an elegant Renaissance palazzo. Take a look at the Santa Maria Maddalena Cathedral and the Santa Madonna delle Grazie church. Spend time exploring this quiet town and try one of the local dishes containing the fava beans and sheep’s milk cheese.

Day

6

16.9 km

MONTEROTONDO MONTE SACRO

Today is your last day going through farmland on the approach to Rome. Pass vegetable gardens and rolling green hills, olive groves, and an olive oil factory. Just past the factory, there is a viewing point from which you can see the dome of St Peter’s Basilica on a clear day. Roam through the Riserva Naturale delle Marcigliana across grassy fields before entering the suburbs of Rome and your final stop before Rome, Monte Sacro. During the Plebeian Revolt of 494 BC the Plebeian lower classed took up residence here in rebellion against the Patricians. By the Middle Ages the area was largely unpopulated, but as Rome grew and urbanisation took hold it became once again a part of the city’s metropolitan area.

Day

7

16 km

MONTE SACRO ROME

Today you are entering the Eternal City. The sense of bustle increases the closer you get as you walk along the Aniene River on tree-lined streets. Passing through the wooded expanse of Villa Ada Savoia, one of the largest parks in Rome, you will see the Mosque of Rome, the largest mosque outside of the Islamic World. In Villa Glori Park you might want to stop in one of the many restaurants to have a short break. Continue along the Tiber River to the end point of your journey, St Peter’s Square and Basilica in the Vatican City. You’ve made it. Take in this incredible place with its striking architecture and bustling tourists.

Day

8

km

ROME

Today, we bid you arrivederci! Before you go, take this opportunity to explore the ancient city and its many churches. As you will have walked the Way of St Francis, visit the Basilica of St John Lateran where, in the fourth Chapel, there is a painting of St Francis receiving the stigmata and also in the park outside there is a large statue of St Francis that, if you stand behind at a certain distance, it looks as if he is holding up the church. You can extend your stay here with our many accommodation options for a few days to give you time to see some of the magnificent art and architecture of the city.

How to Get There

Getting to Rieti, Italy

It is easiest to get to Rieti via one of the airports in the city of Rome. Ryanair, Aer Lingus, and BA serve Rome Fiumicino, while European budget airlines fly into Rome Ciampino.

Fly home into Rome Ciampino

From Ciampino Airport, get the bus to Roma Tiburtina bus station. Then, switch to a bus heading for Rieti. This takes just over 3 hours.

    Fly home into Rome Fiumicino

    From Fiumicino, get the train to Fara Sabina-Montelib station. Then switch to a bus at the Passo Corese – Autostazione in Fiano Romano heading to Rieti. This takes around 2 hours.

      Getting home from Rome, Italy

      At the end of your Camino, it is easiest to fly out from Rome Ciampino or Rome Fiumicino. Ryanair, Aer Lingus, and BA serve Fiumicino, while the budget airlines go to Ciampino.

      Fly home from Rome Ciampino

      From the Roma Termini Giolitti, a bus to Ciampino Airport will take around 25 minutes. Alternatively, a taxi will take around the same time, or we can arrange a private transfer.

        Fly home from Rome Fiumicino

        To get to Fiumicino it is easier to catch the train. Go to Roma Termini station and the direct line to the airport will take 30 minutes. Alternatively, a taxi will take around the same time, or we can arrange a private transfer.

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