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Relive ‘ITA VRG 43 Vetralla-Sutri’

Monday 33° / 21 ° CTuesday 35° / 20 ° CWednesday 35° / 20 ° C
Place of Departure VETRALLA
Place of Arrival SUTRI
Length – KM
Nation of the route Italy
Region Lazio
Uphill Gap
Downhill Gap
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability Foot
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VETRALLA is located on the western slope of the Cimini Mountains, near the volcanic crater that gave rise to Lake Vico. The name is believed to derive from the Latin Vetus Aula (ancient place) or Vetus Alia (other city (implied) with respect to old Viterbo (Vetus urbs). In Roman times the Via Cassia about two kilometers from the medieval settlements was a post station ; still near St. Maria of Forcassi there are some walls and part of the pavement of the Roman Forum Cassii.

Not to miss: the Church of St. Peter; Church of San Francesco; Church of Sant’Angelo; Church of Santa Maria; Regina Pacis Monastery, the cliff Necropolis Norchia.

CAPRANICA– The legend reminds us that in the eighth century some caprari, escaped from the nearby village of Vico Matrino, chose this site for its beauty, safety and health. Initially called it Capralica from Caprae ilex (Live Oak of the Goats), became, later, Capranica, which seems to refer to a goatherd named Nica. Until 1300 Capranica was placed, as all other surrounding municipalities, under the jurisdiction of the convent of SS. Cosmas and Damian. In 1305 the Anguillara family made its appearance in the village, who made it one of the most important centers of the time. In 1337, under Count Orso Anguillara, stayed in Capranica Francesco Petrarca. Orso, one of the most remarkable characters of his family, was the only Count to reside permanently in the castle. In this period, the fortress was enlarged from where the counts were planning their raids.

Things to see: Church of the Madonna del Piano, built between the late twelfth century and the beginning of the fourteenth century; Church of the Madonna delle Grazie (XIII-XVI century), the Church of San Francesco (XIII-XVI century), Castle of the Anguillara and the Clock Tower

This stage takes us on a fairly varied route for relief, but nothing too difficult, so it runs mostly in the forest thus more enjoyable in the warm periods. From Piazza della Rocca, we take via Roma, cross Piazza G. Marconi and continue left on Via San Michele, after having crossed the SR2, it takes us into the open country. After a long straight, turn left on Via Giardino which we follow for 1.4 km, we arrive on the SP10 and after 150 m right into the SP80 and follow it for 200 m to the left, then turn right. Now we are at the foot of Mount Cimino, on top of which is the lake of Vico of volcanic origin; we walk in a beautiful forest for 2.4 km; we arrive in a suburb of Vetralla; we pass on the left the crossroad and turn left at the roundabout and back again into the woods for 1.5 km, then crops. At the crossroad we turn right, cross the SR2 and rights we take the small road with a big bend takes us through immense hazelnut groves; get over a crossroad, we continue among the crops for 800 m, we get around the Tower of Orlando and arrive on the SP493. We turn left, 550 m and toss and turn right onto another street in the middle of fields. 1 km and pass a crossroad, 800 m and arrive at the railway; we overcome the same, we turn left again and walk  700 m for the railroad, then 1.3 km predominantly still in the forest and we are at the crossroads near Capranica. We turn left, 300 m and a second tunnel under the railway line and enter the town along the Ancient Road of Saints, then the SP93, going F. Petrarca, Via degli Anguillara, via Vespignani, via Castelvecchio, we go down from the walls along the pedestrian trail, we cross Roman road and back in open countryside in the midst of plantations and forests. 400 m and turn right, other 300 m and at the junction; we take the right path that leads us to overcome the SP91, which we follow for a few meters turn right and then take the road on the left; 500 m and turn left and begin a journey of over 4 km along a natural depression where we notice caves and ancient ruins. We go to Sutri, which deserves an attentive visit for its history and its monuments, turning left at the fork; 300 m and we are on SR2, after 100 m turn left on Via Porta Vecchia, San Rocco, the town hall square, right on Via Vittorio Veneto, and we are at the Duomo.

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. > shuttle from Ciampino to Termini FS Railway Station; Roma-Fiumicino airport (www. > shuttle from Fiumicino FS Railway Station to Termini FS Railway Station TRAIN – Tiburtina/Termini/Ostiense FS Railway Station to Vetralla FS Railway Station  

Where to eat

TYPICAL DISHES = Wikipedia-Roman Cuisine      
Eurospin Via San Michele, 44 – 01019 VETRALLA      
Hotel Capranica Corso Petrarca, 46 – 01012 CAPRANICA-VT 0761 660245
Casa del Pellegrino via dei Saturnali,10 – 01015 SUTRI-VT 338-4181886 / 333-3447870 Arrangement
Casa Accoglienza OASI DI PACE Via delle Viole,15 – Fontevivola –01015 SUTRI VT 0761 659175 / 393 9209788

Where to sleep

Bike Service


Pilgrim Service

Pietro Labate – Authorized Guide Via delle Monache, 3 – 01100 VITERBO 349-4409855
Luggage Transport Via del Castro Pretorio, 32 –  ROMA 366-2676760
Ufficio Turistico SUTRI Piazza del Comune, 45 01015 SUTRI –  VT 0761/609380

Photos from the Track