Lazio tour itinerary
Arrival in Rieti, which is well-connected by rail to Rome. Pre-dating Rome, this small city was a long-time rival of the capital most famously remembered when the founders of Rome kidnapped its women, the ‘Sabines’, to help populate the new city. Under Roman rule it was known as Umbilicus Italiae (the belly-button of Italy) because it is the geographical centre of the peninsula. It has an interesting historical centre and is ringed by the Velino River.
A mostly flat and easy stage that takes you along creeks and through fields and forests, crossing a 4th century Roman bridge, before climbing up to a small farming town, whose ancient walls are over 2000 years old. You stay in a lovely ‘agriturismo’ on the edge of the town. (21 kms, 7 hrs)
Today’s route takes you south along unsealed country lanes with spectacular mountain scenery and very pleasant walks through orchards, fields and farms, passing an historic village, two lovely Romanesque churches before arriving at an attractive farming village. (13 kms, 4 hrs)
Leading down from the mountains onto the Tiber Valley plain, this long and undulating itinerary on unsealed country roads stretches passes through rich farmlands and orchards. You stay in another lovely agriturismo, with a swimming pool overseen by a large medieval castle. (17 kms, 5 hrs)
Passing through a number of pretty towns, todays walk takes you down onto the plains, passing through a nature reserve, following gravel and asphalt roads before finishing in a buzzy hill-town, famous for its passeggiata and an 18th century Orsini palace. (25 kms, 6 hrs). It is possibile to break this leg of the walk into two, staying in a small village along the way (12 kms then 13 kms).
The first half of the day is a very pleasant walk through farmland and another nature reserve, while the second half transitions into the busy outer suburbs of Rome finishing at lovely 4-star hotel in the Monte Sacro district. (19 kms, 6 hrs).
While there is a nearby station that can take you directly to the Vatican, today’s walk is well worth the effort, following a cycle path/greenway that winds along beside the Aniene River before crossing the famous Milvio Bridge then following the Tiber River past eight more bridges to the Castel Sant’Angelo and St Peter’s Square. (15 kms, 4,5 hrs)
After breakfast, you are fee to continue your holiday.
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An 8 day walk from Rieti to Rome
- Seven nights accommodation
- All breakfasts and dinners (3 courses alla carte)
- Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- Maps and detailed walking instructions
- Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
- 24 hour backup from local manager
$1450 with dinners included (there is no breakfast only option for this tour)
Single supplement: $550
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