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Francigena Way Lausanne to Rome Section 9 and 14

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Why we love this trip!

  • Follow one of the great pilgrimage trails to Rome through the Swiss Alps
  • Taste sublime cuisine and wine
  • Walk from the shores og Lake Geneva over San Bernardo Pass
  • Spend an extra night in San Gimignano
  • Visit the beautiful Siena
  • Complete your Francigena Way with Rome.

Routes

Day 1: Lausanne

You will be booked in an en-suite hotel room in the centre of the town. Lausanne is called the Switzerland’s San Francisco. This nickname is due to the fact that Lausanne is scattered with incredibly steep hills, above the Lake Geneva. In there, highlights are the Notre-Dame cathedral, overviewing the Lake and the old town, the Olympic Museum and the Beaulieu Castle.

Day 2: Lausanne to Vevey 27km

6h | +467m / -459m

Today is you first walking day of the section. While you are leading Lausanne, you will walk along the Lake Geneva . Right before your arrival in Vevey, your route will steeply climb into the vineyard terraces, but then return to the lake side in Vevey. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Vevey to Aigle 20km

8h | +257m / -230m

Today, the first part of your walk will follow the Route 70 by the lake shore. When arriving in Villeneuve, you will turn left and continue onto the Rhone plaine and then follow pleasant pathway by the Rhone until Aigle. On your route, Montreux is a culture centre, with a lot of events along the year. You will also see the Chateau of Chillon on your way. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Aigle to Saint Maurice 18km

5h30 | +158m / -150m

This entire section between Aigle and Saint Maurice, you will be walking by the Rhone bank, which means that your route is quite flat today. In Saint Maurice you can see the beautiful Abbey, situated against a cliff. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Saint Maurice to Martigny 17km

5h | +297m / -245m

Today your route will follow higher paths and roads until the village of Martigny, after few kilometres alongside the Rhone. In Martigny, look out for the Roman archaeological remains, and especially the amphitheatre. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Martigny to Osieres 20km

6h | +872m / -460m

Today is a climbing day until Orsières. Right after leaving Martigny, your route will follow narrow tracks, especially forest tracks, with stiff ascents. Highlights in Orsières are the church and its bell-tower. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Osieres to Bourg Saint Pierre 13km

4h30 | +1039m / -304m

For this walking day, you will steadily climb from Orsières to Bourg-St Pierre, on off-road sections with short steeper sections. Bourg-St Pierre is a very small and typical alpine village, which has been an important stage for the Napoleon’s Italy campaign. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Bourg Saint Pierre to Col du Grand San Bernado 12km

3h45 | +1123m / -300m

This walking day will see you make your way along a route which has been in constant use for over 2,000 years. After leaving Bourg St Pierre you will make your way south towards the Colle del San Bernardo. Along the way you will pass the Lac des Toules and its dam. The Col du Grand St. Bernard sits at 2,469m above sea-level and has been used over the centuries by the armies of Rome and Napoleon as well as pilgrims. The pass is perhaps most famous for its hospice where the famous St. Bernard dogs were originally bred. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Col du San Bernard to Aosta 30km

7h | +617m / -2485m

Your last walking day will see you gradually descend to the town of Aosta along the banks of the Torrente Buthier river. Aosta was originally founded by an alpine tribe known as the Salassi. The towns position as a gateway to the Alps saw it change hands many times over the centuries. It was held by the Romans, Burgundians, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, and the Frankish before it finally became part of the Kingdom of Italy. As a result of this history there is an abundance of ancient remains around the town including the Augusta Praetoria Roman ruins. PS: This long walking day can be split in two walking days of 14 and 16km instead of 30km, staying in the village of Etroubles. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Aosta

Today we can head home or continue on to our Lucca to Siena and Rome section. (B)

Day 11 : Lucca

You will be booked in a hotel in the centre of the town, in an en-suite room.

Day 12 : Lucca to Altopascio 18km

5h30 | +89m / -93m

The trail from Lucca to Altopascio is flat all the way. You will pass through the towns of Capannori and Porcari which have lovely little churches. Your destination for the day is Altopascio which is know as the "town of bread", due to its bread making traditions. There is an interesting church and bell tower in the centre of the town. (B,L,D)

Day 13 : Altopascio to San Miniato 23km

7h | +383m / -283m

Your walking day on this section follows a lovely trail through woodlands and farmlands with some ups and downs. There is a short climb and descent before you reach a canal which is crossed by way of the beautiful fortified Medicean bridge, which dates from the 16th century. You will then pass through the lovely town of Fucecchio and over the Arno river, before the final climb up to the breathtaking town of San Miniato. There are plenty of artistic, cultural and historical sights to see here. The area is also renowned for its white truffles. (B,L,D)

Day 14 : San Miniato to Gambassi Terme 24km

7h | +693m / -505m

We will follow a lovely trail through oak woods, chestnut woods, olive groves and vineyards. The trail is predominantly on off-road tracks over small rolling hills. There is a 300m climb to Gambassi Terme. Along the way you will pass through Chianni which has a lovely little church. The hilltop town of Gambassi Terme is best known for its spa and its glass manufacturing. (B,L,D)

Day 15 : Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano 13km

4h | +624m / -760m

From Gambassi Terme you will descend for a couple of kilometres before you begin another climb. The day is quite up and down but the scenery as you pass through the world famous Chianti vineyards will make the effort worthwhile. San Gimignano, at the end of the day, is a wonderful, walled, hill top, medieval town, where we will stop for the night. The towers of the town can be seen for miles around. The museum of San Gimignano 1300 has a wonderful reconstruction of how the town once looked and is well worth a visit. (B,L,D)

Day 16 : San Gimignano to Colle Val d'Elsa 14 km

Once you are leaving San Gimignano, you will have a pleasant walk through olive groves and cypress avenues up to the village of Montecchio. In Colle Val d’Elsa, enjoy a glass of Chianti in the central piazza. (B,L,D)

Day 17 : Colle Val d'Elsa to Siena 25km

7h30 | +650m / -477m

After enjoying a glass of Chianti in the central Piazza of Colle di Val d'Elsa, you will walk on tree-shadowded roads, srarting with a long descent to the Castel Petraia and then up to the densely forested hill of Montagnole. The stroll continues on to the handsome fortifications of Monteriggioni. After walking across Monteriggioni, you can admire the village of Funghaia and its church with frescoed interior. A short bus or taxi ride will take you from Santa Columba to your hotel in the heart of Siena (not included)– your rest stop for tonight. Experience real Tuscan food in one of the region’s best osterias.
Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in Italy. It is world famous for its art, medieval architecture, museums, cuisine and the "Palio", which is the annual horse race held in the city's piazza. (B,L,D)

Day 18 : Siena to Rome

After a wonderful breakfast and a last look at Siena we will be tyransfered to the Italian capital Rome. (B)

Day 19 : Rome

Today we will have a guided tour of Rome's historical sites and then out for a special Italian meal. (B,L)

Day 20 : Rome to Home (B)

Find out more about our single Francigena Way Sections 9 and 14.

Inclusions

  • All accommodation in quaint family run hotels with private bath (twin share)
  • All meals as outlined in Route or Itinerary
  • Transfer of all luggage between hotels
  • All permits

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