Via Francigena Montefiascone to Rome
The Etrurian Section of the Via Francigena
Montefiascone sits atop a volcanic ridge overlooking the Bolsena caldera lake. It is a medieval papal town also known for its great white wine, “Est,Est,Est”. You continue through hazelnut forests and gently rolling hills, sometimes walking on sections of ancient roman road, till you arrive in Viterbo. This ancient town was the favourite residence of the Medieval Popes who built a palace next top the Duomo of San Lorenzo. Viterbo was an important rest stop along the Via Francigena for the Medieval pilgrims and is the last large town before making the final trek to Rome.
After Viterbo the Via Francigena takes you through shady forests passing near the the Cistercian Abbey of St Martins in Cimino. Continuing on to Vetralla and little parish Church of Santa Maria in Forcassi, mentioned by Sigeric.
You continue on to the town of Sutri famous for its ancient stone theatre carved into the rock. At Campagnano where you leave the ancient Via Cassia way for the Via Trionfale now a large road with heavy traffic entering the heart of the Eternal City – Rome, at last.