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Walking the Via Francigena from Acquapendente to Viterbo

Stage 15
5 days
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Acquapendente to Viterbo Map
With five days and four nights to enjoy the Italian countryside, this tour allows you to experience traditional Italy. At every stop, you can enjoy the local wine, cuisine, and rich cultural practices. After touring the countryside, the tour ends in Viterbo, home of the Papal Palace.


Viterbo, a medieval city

Built by the Etruscans and later taken by the Romans, the town developed in a huge medieval center and was the seat of the papacy for a brief time. Viterbo has a lot of places to visit like the Palazzo dei Papi. A beautiful monument supported by a series of columns and arches.

Following, you should go through the Duomo di Viterbo, an imposing Romanesque church standing in the Piazza di San Lorenzo.

A huge culture

One of the best things to do in Viterbo is to go on the Terme dei Papi, the famous bath structure with outdoor and indoor pools. But as an Italian town, Viterbo also has much more to offer such as its own specialties such as the Lombrichelli, handmade pasta typical for Viterbo. For dessert, ask for a Tozzetti, a biscuit made with organic and local hazelnut.

Landscapes on the walk

You will pass through amazing landscapes, typical from Tuscany, with mountains to climb but also near the Lago Di Bolsena to get some fresh air and relax. Forests and rivers will accompany you on this trip. The routes are a little challenging but it is worth the effort.

Every town you will be in offers you a beautiful history seen through architecture, locals and its food.

Acquapendente to Viterbo
Via Francigena
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Included in this package
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Specially chosen 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Premium Accommodation
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Day Tours Available
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  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch


Day 1


In this city, you can do some sight-seeing and visit the marvellous Acquapendente Cathedral (Basilica del Santo Sepulcro) and the stunning Torre Alfina. Acquapendente is an agricultural city, known for its vegetable and wine products. The town is uphill, so there are quite a few inclines throughout the city, but all are paved streets, easy to get around.

Day 2


Starting your walk to Bolsena today, the route goes through the beautiful countryside on tracks before entering San Lorenzo Nuovo. From the town’s main square, and when leaving the town, you will see the glorious Lago di Bolsena. The path from here is a mix of gravel roads, tarmac roads, through fields, uphill and downhill walks for some time, but nothing too strenuous. Eventually going by the Volsini archaeological site, you will enter the town of Bolsena, situated by Lago di Bolsena. Here, we recommend that you visit the Castle of Bolsena and the Church of Saint Cristina, which contains catacombs.

Day 3


Today’s walk is quite short. There is quite a bit of hill-walking (both uphill and downhill), giving some challenge to the walk. However, gravel tracks and tarmac roads in between break up the hill-walking and you are accompanied by really beautiful nature, walking by rivers and nice woods on the earth tracks. Take a moment to witness this nature and breathe in the fresh air. Once you reach the great Church of San Flaviano and continue up the hills, you will enter Montefisacone. You can relax here before seeing the wonderful Montefiascone Cathedral – one of the oldest buildings by architect Michele Sanmicheli. It was a ruin in 1330 and took three centuries to be rebuilt. A fire then damaged it, taking ten years to repair. Its interior was fully restored in 1893.

Day 4


The last day – leaving Montefiascone, the city is quite hilly, but it is not difficult to walk on. Outside of the city, there is more hillwalking with intermittent gravel tracks and earth roads. Much like the route to Montefiascone, it is a bit challenging but is not hard to do, and mixed in with amazing woods and small forests. As part of the woods in Bagnaccio, you can rest here at the fantastic natural hot thermal baths, where you can take one if you wish. The rest of the way is not strenuous; it’s very easy as you’re walking on roads entering Viterbo. Now that you are at the end of your journey, you can rest and visit the incredible Papal Palace, as well as the many Romanesque churches established in the city.

Day 5


After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Acquapendente to Viterbo Elevation

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