Montefiascone cathedral on Bolsena lake

Via Francigena: San Quirico to Montefiascone (Stage 7)

Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from the Middle Ages this section of the Via Francigena begins in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and finishes in the medieval town of Montefiascone. Encounter small hamlets and villages atop conical hills and set within the distinctive undulating Italian countryside.

For the most part, this section of the Via Francigena takes you through the glorious landscapes of Tuscany, carpeted with cypress-studded hills and where the birth of the Renaissance began. As Tuscany is also famed for its excellent wines, you will also encounter many local vineyards along the way where you may stop and perhaps have a typical picnic lunch with wine, local meats, cheeses, and artisan bread. Appreciate the incredible fact that you are following an ancient trail that many pilgrims and travelers walked along in the Middle Ages.

Make your way to San Quirico d’Orcia a charming walled town situated on the northern edge of the Valley d’Orcia where your incredible journey begins. The first part of this stage takes you through this aesthetically pleasing valley and also to Sant Antimo Abbey an important stop for pilgrims and an enchanting Romanesque structure. One of the highlights of your walking tour is passing through the geologically unique and ochre-colored landscapes of the Crete Senesi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town of Radicofani was an important stronghold in Italy for centuries and you can see its citadel from 10km away! Enjoy a night beside Lago di Bolsena with its crystal clear waters originally formed from a volcanic crater. Finish in the pretty hill-top town of Montefiascone.

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September 17, 2019
moderate
18.6 km
5:30 h
542 m
429 m
For most of the day you will be walking along a ridge with incredible views. Later this afternoon arrive in the small hamlet of Roccae d’Orcia ...
by Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
September 17, 2019
moderate
13.8 km
4:30 h
464 m
466 m
Walk along an older version of the Via Francigena as it bypasses the Sant Antimo Abbey, one of the most striking places in Tuscany.
by Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Siena

Roccae d’Orcia to Radicofani

September 17, 2019
moderate
27 km
7:26 h
648 m
381 m
Begin today’s walk in front of the little church of  San Sebastiano and down to the little square of Cisterna. Make your way into the valley and ...
by Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Siena

Radicofani to Proceno

September 17, 2019
moderate
30 km
8:30 h
413 m
634 m
Ponte a Rigo, your first destination today is surrounded once more by beautiful Tuscan scenery. This road set high above the valley was the ...
by Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Viterbo,Alto Lazio

Proceno to Bolsena

September 17, 2019
moderate
30.3 km
8:30 h
328 m
439 m
You may wish to have an early start today as this is the longest day of walking. Spend tonight in a charming hotel on the shores of the lake.
by Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Viterbo,Alto Lazio

Bolsena to Montefiascone

September 17, 2019
moderate
17.8 km
5:30 h
516 m
219 m
Walk along the crest of hills that surround the eastern side of the lake with great views of the Cimini Mountains and the lake itself.
by Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure