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Relive ‘ITA VRG 41 Montefiascone-Viterbo’

Wednesday 8° / 6 ° CThursday 16° / 5 ° CFriday 17° / 4 ° C
Place of Departure MONTEFIASCONE
Place of Arrival VITERBO
Length – KM
18,3
Nation of the route Italy
Region Lazio
Uphill Gap
150 mt.
Downhill Gap
460 mt.
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability Foot
File (.KMZ)to follow the way File .kmz
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Located on the southeast flank of the chain of the Volsini Mountains, MONTEFIASCONE generally has a pleasant climate in summer thanks to its elevation. In the whole area of Lake Bolsena and in the whole province Montefiascone is the municipality with the highest altitude, exceeding 600 m a.s.l. Especially in the area of the “Belvedere” and from the dominant Rocca dei Papi, one has a wonderful view over the lake. Montefiascone knew best of its luck in the Roman period, thanks to an efficient road system (for example, the Via Cassia). The fortress of Montefiascone binds its genesis, its development as well as its decline to the town’s relationship with various popes. In the period dating back to the barbarian invasions the town was forced to strengthen its defenses with walls of masonry that could prevent any invader to enter inside the village. A great and mighty fortress with high walls was thus erected, within which also poured rural dwellers. Soon it became a favorite destination of popes who, forced to flee from besieged Rome, chose it for their exile. With a constant presence of ecclesiastical personalities soon Montefiascone became an Episcopal See. At this point we have 130 km to reach ROME, our final goal, In six stages, then we can say that we are heading toward the end of our effort, but do not  to the end the wonders of a wonderful environment, with a unique historical and monumental heritage, despite man’s tampering with it.

THE VIA CASSIA-important Roman Consular road which connected Rome to Florence then extended up to the Via Aurelia through Pistoia and Lucca. The road ran and runs still through an intermediate area between the most important Via Aurelia, along the Tyrrhenian coast and the Via Flaminia, with which one could reach, without difficulty, the via Emilia at Ariminum (Rimini) and reach the north of Italy. Beginning from the Servian Walls through Porta Fontanalis, the first part of the Via Cassia was shared with the Via Flaminia: they separated after Ponte Milvio. The Via Clodia separated from the Cassia at the ninth mile, from “La Storta”. The Cassia then crossed the territory of Veii, to Sutri and Forum Cassii near the present Vetralla. Continuing in southern Etruria (Tuscia), touched the Castrum Viterbii (Viterbo), Mons Flascun (as is called Montefiascone in the Annales Stadenses), Urbs Vetus, Orvieto: the route taken by Abbot Albert of Stade between 1230-1240).

We resume our journey starting from the square below the Fortress of Montefiascone, we take Via della Rocca, turn right in Largo Barbarigo, then left into Via Bandita that we follow for 250 m when we turn left, and then immediately right into Via Cevoli. We will now be in the open countryside and with some excitement we will be trampling on what remains of the ancient flagstones of this ancient road. We will now walk for a little over 900 m and arrive in via Fiordini that we shall cross; 200 m and we take the right lane, avoiding the village of Cevoli and head towards Paoletti that we reach in1,5 km. We continue  with the railway on our left for just over 1 km; we pass the tunnel under the railway and proceed for another 800 m, when at the junction we take the road to Monteiugo  which takes us under the tunnel of the same railway and continue immediately to the left, then to the center. After 2 km cross the SP7 and continue on Via Casetta that we leave after 800 m to turn left on Via Casalino; 2 km and turn right on via Carinei: we now enter the Bagnaccio Spa area; 1.5 km and turn left on Strada San Lazzaro; 2,5 km and pass under the tunnel of the highway SS675: we are now in the outskirts of Viterbo, in the cemetery area; leave via San Lazzaro to take on the right the North Cassia tunnel under the ring road and continue on North Cassia, we get around the large roundabout of the Aviation, we follow the Via delle Palazzina, cross Piazza della Rocca, continue straight on Via Matteotti, we cross Piazza G. Verdi, we take Corso Italy, Via Roma and then we are in Piazza del Plebiscito, i.e. the center of Viterbo.

 For the description of the route see the Guide of Simone Frignani end Download File PDF

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How to arrive

Roma-Ciampino airport (www.http://www.adr.it/ciampino) > shuttle from Ciampino to Termini FS Railway Station; Roma-Fiumicino airport (www.http://www.adr.it/fiumicino) > shuttle from Fiumicino FS Railway Station to Termini FS Railway Station TRAIN – Termini FS Railway Station – Montefiascone FS Railway Station (www.virail.it/treni-roma-montefiascone)  

Where to eat

TYPICAL DISHES = Wikipedia-Roman Cuisine      
Coop Cardinal Salotti – 01027 MONTEFIASCONE      
Sigma Via O.Borghesi – 01027 MONTEFIASCONE      
Ristorante Antica Sosta Via Cassia Nord,33 – 01100 VITERBO 0761-253077 info@agriturismoanticasosta.it www.ristoranteanticasosta.it

Where to sleep

Domus Peregrini Località Paoletti, 3 Pian di Monetto – 010237 MONTEFIASCONE VT 338-1838216 / 320-7772586 immacolatacoraggio1958@gmail.com Arrangement 
Ospitale del Pellegrino Via San Pellegrino,49 – 01100 VITERBO 334-6960175 ospitaledelpellegrino@gmail.commirvin@virgilio.it www.viefrancigene.org/it/resource/accomodation/4363/
Arrangement
Convento Capuccini Via S.Crispino, 6 – 01100 VITERBO 0761-321945 – 347-5900953 edybertolo@libero.it  
Ospitale Torretta Pio VI Via S.Giovanni Decollato ,1 – 01100 VITERBO 335-1621652 graziaand@libero.it  
B&B Oriente Via San Simone, 3 – 01100 VITERBO 340-0664177 info@bborante.it  

Bike Service

Ranaldi Moto e Cicli Via Garbini,66 – 01100 VITERBO 0761-346626/340865    
Tomi Biciclette Viale F.Baracca,7 – 01100 VITERBO 0761-305223    
Tomi Biciclette Via G.Fontecedro,10 – 01100 VITERBO 0761-220169    

Horseway-Service

Horse Club Podere dell’Arco Strada Signorino,3 – 01100 VITERBO 373-8185946 / 393-9773079 horseclub@poderedellarco.com www.equitazioneviterbo.com

Pilgrim Service

Pietro Labate – Authorized Guide Via delle Monache, 3 – 01100 VITERBO 349-4409855 pietrusco@thesantrekking.it www.thesan.net
Luggage Transport Via del Castro Pretorio, 32 –  ROMA 366-2676760 booking@bags-free.com www.bags-free.com
VITERBO Ufficio Turistico Comunale Via Ascenzi, 4 – 01100 VITERBO 0761 325992 infotuscia@fastwebnet.it www.comune.viterbo.it

Photos fom the Track

Viterbo