Legacy Walking Adventure in Italy
The Via Francigena (the French Way) is a long-distance walking pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. During the first millenium, Santiago de Compostela, Rome and Jerusalem became the Holy places of Christianity and the Via Francigena became a central thruway. Many pilgrims taking this route would reach Rome and then continue on to Jerusalem. Our path will follow a section of the Via Francigena from Siena to Civita di Bagnoregio, just outside of Lago di Bolsena! This pilgrimage route consists of walking along roadsides, over bridges, hills, and numerous paths, surrounded by beautiful fields, woods and streams in the stunning Italian countryside. The walk is not overly challenging, allowing anyone with an average level of fitness to participate.
There are many flat roads and paths with intermittent hills and slight inclines that can be traversed without too much challenge. All along the journey, there are plenty of magnificent sights —churches, cathedrals, towers and castles, and, of course, the incredible landscape of Italy. This walk is very rewarding, as the countryside and towns provide a refreshing, continual change of scenery throughout the journey.
This experience is designed for adults of all ages with average physical fitness who want to walk through beautiful countryside, engage in interesting conversations with fellow walkers, and have reflective time away from the usual daily routines. Previous experience hiking is not necessary. This is not an endurance test! Previous participants tell us the balance of walking, new experiences, and reflection helped them feel refreshed, alive, and ready for the next day!
Cost, Registration and Schedule
Date: May 4, 2019 – May 13, 2019
Price: $1,950 USD per person double occupancy
- Pay Full Pilgrimage Price ($1,950 — includes $500 non-refundable deposit)
- Pay $500 Deposit (required to reserve your space)
- Pay Balance (due no later than 30 days prior to departure)
Payment: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Balance is due no later than 30 days prior to departure.
Group Size: Group is limited to 10 participants
- Pre-Pilgrimage reflections
- Detailed packing list and helpful notes
- Expert daily guides
- All breakfasts
- Double accommodations in small inns and hotels
- Daily luggage support
- Facilitated evening discussions
- Individual Core Gift Discovery© process
- In-country train/bus/ferry which is part of our itinerary
- Post-Pilgrimage follow-up
Price DOES NOT include:
- Travel to and from our starting/ending destination
- Lunch and dinners (inc. gratuities)
Day 1 – Departure from the U.S.A. or point of origin
If departing from USA, your departure will be on May 4. If you have departed earlier to travel prior to our walk, plan on meeting us in Rome or Orvieto on May 5 (see your Walkers Welcome letter for details).
Day 2 – Arrival in Rome and travel to Orvieto
Upon airport arrival, you will meet our group and take a train to Orvieto where we will gather in the evening for a welcoming orientation and dinner together! Sitting on a high rock bluff, Orvieto was a major center of Etruscan civilization and had close ties to Rome. The cornerstone of the Cathedral was laid in 1290, and is a classic example of cathedrals built during that era. The city is known for a vast tunnel system that provided escape and protection during times of siege.
Day 3 – Orvieto to Bolsena by way of Civita
Our first day of walking will tbe spectacular! We will walk from Orvieto to the hilltop town of Civita di Bagnoregio, where we will enjoy an arranged tour of the village. Civita’s first inhabitation predates the founding of Rome, and was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. By the 16th century, Civita was beginning to decline, becoming eclipsed by its former suburb Bagnoregio. At the end of the 17th century, the bishop and the municipal government were forced to move to Bagnoregio because of a major earthquake that accelerated the old town’s decline. In recent years, Civita has experienced a revival from several architectural preservation groups, and has become a heavily visited village because of its stunning beauty and historical significance. After spending the afternoon in Civita, we will shuttle back to the lakeside town of Bolsena for dinner on the waterfront.
“Walking with the Core Gift Institute gave me a whole new confidence in myself and my abilities to succeed physically, socially, and mentally.” – Juanita
Day 4 – Bolsena to Radicofani
Walking to Radicofani starts with a small lane that winds it’s way to the village, with views of the valley, where local shops will prepare for us pannini’s and offer conversation on the outdoor sitting areas. After lunch, we’ll walk behind the village to the main attraction in Radicofani, the Rocca (Castle). Winding our way down the lanes out of Radicofani, we will end our day and stay at the Agritourisma La Selvella , a working farm rebuilt from original stone. Students of agriculture and cuisine come from all over the world to learn their techniques of sustainable farming and world-class Italian cooking. Dinner that nite is an experience you will not forget!
Day 5 – Radicofani to Gallina
Leaving the beauty of La Savella is difficult, but onward we walk on paths and lanes, along a variety of rivers, pastures, and vineyards to Gallina. At one point, we walk off a hill and cross a busy road, a reminder of how fortunate we are to spend our time walking in the quiet of the Italian farm country way from modern life. Quickly making our way up into the hills again, we regain the views of the hillsides and the peaceful landscape of our route.
Days 6 – Gallina to San Quirico d’Orcia
Refresh Day! We’ll take a day to relax and visit the Collegiate Church of San Quirico and the very impressive Palazzo Chigi, which is now known as the Horti Leonini. It is a fantastic public park that was once part of the palazzo’s grounds.
Day 7 – San Quirico d’Orciato Buonconvento
Today’s walk is through the Tuscan hills—like walking should be! We’ll have our legs under us by now, and the hills will barely slow us down. Graveled lanes and paths guide our way, and we will pass by a lovely public park. Traveling through Bagnio Vignoni, we’ll see the thermal spa with the reservoir holding sulphurous water. Once in Gallina, we’ll take time to rest and eat in the local restaurants before the walk to Radicofani.
Day 8 – Buonconvento to Quinciano
Walking to Radicofani starts with paths and grassy tracks through fields and hillsides. The route crosses many small rivers, all the while taking in the incredible sight of the varied terrain, which is something to behold before taking the uphill route into Radicofani. The town is placed on top of a hill, with a striking view of the surrounding area. We’ll take time to see Radicofani main attraction – the Rocca (castle) – and the Romanesque church of Santa Agatha once we’ve taken a breather, and a glass of wine, after the walk.
Day 9 – Quinciano to Siena
Our last day of walking together will take us through some modest hill walking as we eventually enter the outskirts of Sienna. We take a local train on a short ride to the city center and walk through the many famous fashion and cultural stores of Sienna to our hotel. After getting settled into our rooms, there will be time for wandering the city shops and then returning for our All Boots In closing ceremony, celebrating our time together and reflecting on the stories and learning each of us will take back home. A late dinner, and then our beds await after a very full last day.
Day 10 – Siena to Departure Destinations
We’ll have breakfast, say our goodbye’s and shuttle to airports or other destinations, depending on your itinerary.