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Your journey will start in Siena, one of the most beautiful towns along the Francigena. You will be able to spend the day walking through its paved streets, looking for coats-of-arms on the walls of the contradas (districts of the town) or climbing the Torre del Mangia to enjoy a unique view over the town. Not to be missed is a visit to the duomo, with its stunning black and white columns. If you are lucky you will be able to witness a festival in one of the contradas, and see the work of the skilled flag-throwers before sitting down at a table in Piazza del Campo to enjoy a plate of pici all'aglione (pasta with tomato and garlic sauce) for dinner, admiring the illuminated Palazzo Pubblico. Your bike will be delivered either today or tomorrow morning and you will be required to sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike. Details of how to reach the start point of your holiday can be found on our website in the tour specific 'dates and prices' section by clicking on 'Joining Info' and then the 'Show More' button.
Today you will say goodbye to Siena and cycle along quiet dirt roads as far as the fortified village of Lucignano. After stopping to visit the town's beautiful church you will continue your journey through the Valle dell'Ombrone to Buonconvento. When you arrive in Buonconvento, pass through the gate and enter the fine walled old centre of the village, discovering why its name means 'happy fortunate place'. After taking a rest break continue cycling towards San Quirico. Along the way you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Val D'Orcia, scattered with vineyards and cypress trees. When you reach San Quirico we suggest taking some time to stand at the gate of the Collegiata to recognise the various architectural styles that blend into its decorations, before enjoying a rest among the green hedges of the Horti Leonini, a fifteenth century garden. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 54 km with an ascent of 650 m.
After breakfast you will continue your journey, the fabulous views of the Val D'Orcia a backdrop for today's cycle. Just beyond San Quirico you will enter Vignoni Alto, a small medieval hamlet where you can rejuvenate aching legs by bathing in the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni. You will then test your strength with a short but demanding leg of your journey which will take you as far as Radicofani, your legs may feel tired but admiring the view from the Radicofani fortress will make all of your efforts worthwhile. You will also be able to visit the Pieve di San Pietro, a little jewel dating back to the thirteenth century and take an evening walk in its old town centre admiring the magic of the illuminated fortress. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 37 km with an ascent of 650 m (if staying at La Selvella there will be an additional 5 kilmometres).
From Radicofani you will cycle towards one of the most exciting sections of the Via Francigena. Leaving the fortress behind you cycle along the old Via Cassia which is surrounded by stunning scenery, dominated by Monte Amiata. Hopping off the bikes for a short while you will be able to walk in silence in the Romanesque crypt beneath the Basilica del Santo Sepolcro. According to tradition some stones bathed in the blood of Christ are thought to have been kept here. Getting back in the saddle continue cycling until you reach the first views of Lake Bolsena. From here you will descend into a volcanic crater and continue riding along dirt tracks, amongst thick woods and meadows scattered with olive trees, until you reach Bolsena. The town is known for the miracle of the Corpus Domini and you can see the proof of this miracle in the Cappella del Miracolo, where 13th Century marble slabs, stained by blood pouring from a Host, are kept. Alternatively try some of the regional cuisine such as the Sbroscia, a typical soup made from lake fish and tomatoes. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 53 km with an ascent of 620 m.
Today's cycle passes through woods and olive groves on a route that will offer constant views of Lake Bolsena. You will cross an area famous for the production of extra virgin olive oil, which we recommend you try the delicious local bread, before arriving in Montefiascone. A climb up to the Rocca is not to be missed, which gives you stunning views. After descending from the Rocca perhaps go into a typical wine bar and taste a glass of 'Est!Est!!Est!!!' (a classic local Italian wine). If you want to spoil yourself a little more then consider recharging your batteries in the thermal waters of Bagnaccioa, before proceeding towards Viterbo which is the end of today's journey. Do not miss visiting the picturesque pilgrim's quarter, before admiring the splendid Palazzo dei Papi and enjoying the silence of the Longobard cloisters of Santa Maria Nuova. To end on a sweet note celebrate the end of the cycling today with a delicious local frittelle (a type of local fried doughnut). Your total cycling distance today is approximately 33 km with an ascent of 545 m.
From Viterbo the journey continues towards Vetralla, a town in the heart of the ancient Etrurian territory. After exploring the town continue cycling through the green countryside of Lazio and arrive at Sutri, a small town rich in attractions. The Roman amphitheatre here, completely dug out from the hill, is something not to be missed. Perhaps either sit on the terraces or climb up on the stage, but as you leave remember to sign the visitors' register. This is very important for the custodian and if he is there he will invite you to do so. After this visit proceed to the church of Santa Maria del Parto and view the well preserved frescoes. Look among the images for the group of pilgrims depicted in prayer with their sticks in their hands. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 38 km with an ascent of 420 m.
From Sutri cycle towards Campagnano and the Formello. During the journey you will flank the Mount Gelato Waterfalls where you can stop for an invigorating dip. Following a road on the edge of the Veio Nature Park will bring you to the gates of Campagnano. Here you can rest in the Venturi Park, the home of a three-hundred year old Yew tree. From here continue cycling through the beautiful Valle del Sorbo before reaching historic Formello, where you stop for the night. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 34 km with an ascent of 525 m.
Climb back on the saddle for the last leg of your journey today before you arrive at the Eternal City of Rome. You will start by cycling through the Veio Nature Park with its woody hills, before entering the enchanting Valle del Sorbo. Along the way you will be able to admire the sanctuary of the Madonna del Sorbo and the old town centre of Formello with its fine medieval buildings. You will have to cross a small section of main roads to reach the cycle path of River Tiber, an enchanting path which will lead you right to the gates of Vatican City, where you will be able to end your journey in St. Peter Square. Do not forget to take a triumphant photograph in front of the Basilica before celebrating the end of the journey fortifying yourself with spring lamb, pecorino romano cheese and perhaps a delicious maritozzo with cream. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 34 km with an ascent of 155 m.
After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.
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