Via di Francesco in Italy Via di Francesco Rieti to Rome Last 100km

Walking or Cycling
7 Nights
104 km
Time To Go:
April to October
7 nights from €732

Via di Francesco Rieti to Rome Last 100km

The end of the ‘Via Salaria’, the Via di Francesco Rieti to Rome, the last 100km, 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. The last section of the Via di Francesco (St Francis Way) follows this ancient path across Rieti and takes you all the way to St Peter’s Square in Rome, the Eternal City.

In this section of the Via di Francesco Last 100km to Rome, you will walk across the picturesque countryside, passing many historic buildings and quaint medieval villages along the way, as well as endless woodlands and olive groves. The Italian countryside along this route is breathtaking and is a real pleasure to walk through.

This section of the Via di Francesco takes you on a 100 km journey over 7 Nights where you will experience the best of both the Italian countryside and the city of Rome and all its highlights including the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Trevi Fountain. You can also use this trip to visit the Vatican and the Vatican Museum, home to world-famous works of art.

Once in Rome, you can get your ‘Testimonium peregrinationis peractae’ certificate from the pilgrim’s office by showing your stamped pilgrim passport or credential.

The Via di Francesco Rieti to Rome, the last 100 Km is a medium to challenging route for walkers of all abilities so it is a good idea to ensure that your levels of fitness are adequate.

This hiking or cycling route is recommended for Spring to Autumn (April to October) when the weather is generally very pleasant.

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Map of the Via di Francesco Rieti to Rome Last 100km

Itinerary of Via di Francesco Rieti to Rome Last 100km

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

You arrive in Rieti.
22 km
Poggio San Lorenzo
Poggio San Lorenzo

You will start your journey on the St Francis Way from St Maria Assunta Cathedral: leave the city by crossing the River Velino and heading south into a narrow valley. You will pass by Fonte Cottorella, the ancient springs of curative waters, and then follow a footpath to Kartodromo della Mola, near San Giovanni Reatino (425m). Continue upstream by the generally dry Torrente Ariana passing a Roman bridge, Ponte del Sambuco (480m), at the top of the valley. The path will now climb steadily, up to an asphalt road and further up to Osteria di Colonnetta (640m), then descending 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). On your last stretch, you will walk along peaceful woods, olive groves and a few scattered houses, following a country road leading to Poggio San Lorenzo (490m).

20 km

From Poggio, you will continue your St Francis Way along olive groves, with your path winding its way up and down the pretty hills of the Sabina. You have many interesting sights along the way today: 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, your path reaches the T-junction of Strada del Brecciaro: one branch leads to Rome via Farfa Abbey; you will follow the other branch, over the rural hamlets of Santo Paolo Alto above and Santo Paolo Basso below, with sweeping views of Scandriglia and the mountains of Parco dei Monti Lucretili. You will continue your walking day amid olive groves to reach the little village of Ponticelli (330m), your stop for the night.

13 km

Today you will begin by walking over yet another hill covered with olive groves, with Orsini Castle overlooking the area between here and the Tiber Valley from the mountains above. You will then continue 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 full size village, Acquaviva di Nerola (210m); then further down then uphill again to the town of Montelibretti (220m).

16 km

From Montelibretti, you will now have full sight of the vast plane of the Tiber Valley, north of Rome. Across the lush countryside, you will reach the ancient Via Nomentana at Tre Ponti (a few 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. The landscape of the St Francis Way has now opened up into a wide area of low hills and vast fields, leaving the last layers of mountains behind. Over a quiet country road you will reach the hamlet of Grotta Marozza (100m) and past the motorway, to the city of Monterotondo (150m) and its Duomo della Maddalena.

18 km
Monte Sacro
Monte Sacro

From Monterotondo and over yet another hill, you will get down to sleepy Valle Ricca (50m), entering the municipality of Rome. Across the olive groves, fields and low hills of the protected area of Parco della Marcigliana you will be reaching the outskirts of the ‘Eternal City’, in the semi-rural borough of Cinquina. You are now following footpaths, along the low-traffic road Via di Tor San Giovanni, soon merging with Via della Bufalotta and, past the external ring-road (Grande Raccordo Anulare), into more densely populated areas in the area between popular Casal Boccone (45m) and elegant Montesacro.

15 km

Today is your last walking day on the St Francis Way. From Via della Bufalotta you will continue over Viale Adriatico, down to Piazza Sempione and across the bridge over the Aniene River, that you will follow downstream, 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. You will then cross to the other side of the Tiber River and follow another pedestrian/cycling path along its banks, passing under several bridges and enjoying unique views, down to the statue-lined Ponte Sant’Angelo. Upstairs to Castel Sant’Angelo and down Via della Conciliazione into the arms of the Bernini’s colonnade, you have reached your destination, St Peter’s Square!

No city in the world can rival the history, architecture and general grandeur 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 today’s Rome also owes much of its beauty to the Renaissance period when new squares like Campidoglio were created and new impressive structures built, including the world’s largest church: the Saint Peter’s Basilica. Ask the team if you would like to book additional nights in Rome to explore this magnificent city.


Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.


How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.


Rome Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport 109km: Take the train (Leonardo Express, €14) from the airport to Rome Termini Train Station, which takes about 30 minutes.

Rome Ciampino Airport 94km: There are 2 options for getting from Ciampino Airport to Rome Termini Train Station. (A) Take a 5min shuttle bus to Ciampino Train Station and then a train to Rome Termini Station, which takes about 15 minutes. OR (B) Take a 40min bus (Terravision – €4) from the airport. Bus info:

  • Rome Termini: (Option A) take the train to Rieti, which takes about 2 hours. Train info:

(Option B) Take the local train to Tiburtina Station (€8), and from here to Rieti take a bus which takes 1hr 40 and costs €4.20 one-way.  Info:


Rome Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport 30km: There is a shuttle train (Leonardo Express) to the airport from Rome Termini Station, which takes about 30 mins (€14).

Rome Ciampino Airport 15km: From Rome Termini there are 2 options for getting to Ciampino Airport. (A) Take a 15min train to Ciampino Cittá and then a 5min shuttle bus to the airport. OR (B) Take a 45 min bus to the airport from the station. Bus info

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

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Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

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Specialist: Juanma
Juanma grew up near Vigo and moved to Ireland just 2 days after his graduation. his passion is discovering new places around the world on his bike. He has walked the Via Francig...
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