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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Roman Way from La Verna to Roma

Stage 14 - from Monterotondo to San Pietro

This is the last leg of the Roman Way and will take you from Monterotondo into the heart of Rome, to St Peter’s Basilica.

This last leg of the Roman Way, the end of your journey and the experiences you’ve had along the way, will take you from Monterotondo into the heart of Rome, to St Peter’s Basilica.
San Pietro
35 Km
Height differences
500 meters
tarmac - dirt road
Road Sign
Recommended Bike
hyrid, gravel, ebike
Water sources
yes (Monterotondo, Roma)

Degree of difficulty
You have reached the last leg of the Roman Way and the end of your journey, one filled with so many experiences and feelings, is near.
The day begins in Monterotondo and the route covers the final 35 kilometres to the centre of Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica without too much trouble.
Once you leave Monterotondo you will cross into the municipality of Rome, travelling over the Marcigliana Nature Reserve, a quieter route into the city. It was in this park that they discovered the remains of Crustumerium, one of Lazio’s oldest settlements built on the plains overlooking the Tiber valley, an outpost that already controlled the Via Salaria in the early Iron Age (X-IX century BC).
When you emerge from the park you will be at the gates of Rome, entering on Via della Bufalotta and from here you will inevitably have to deal with city traffic, at least until you reach Montesacro and then get on the cycle path along the Aniene river.
From here you will be mostly on cycle paths, first along the Aniene and then the Tiber, skirting around the Auditorium and riding over the Ponte Milvio bridge, where the cycle path continues along the right bank all the way to the Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge. At this point there are some stairs to climb that put you right in front of Via della Conciliazione, at the far end of which the Basilica of St. Peter rises majestically into the sky. Enjoy the last few metres as you approach the very place where St. Peter was buried and let the memory of the special moments you have had over this long journey sink in to linger in your heart.
What you should know before departure
There are no towns or villages between Monterotondo and the actual entrance to Rome, so no water fountains either. Seeing as summer can be very hot in this area, we suggest you carry an abundant supply of fresh water with you from the start.
Intermediate stages
There are no real difficulties along the route and it is not a long journey today, so no intermediate stops have been considered. St. Peter’s Basilica is near and you will no doubt be anxious to finally get there. That said, you will also no doubt stop to admire the sights of Rome as you cross through town.
This is the last leg of the journey, so enjoy approaching Rome and finally laying eyes on St. Peter’s. The only real warning we might have is to keep yourself well focused on the city’s traffic as you enter town before you get on the cycle path along the Aniene. Don't forget to take a small food supply with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, mineral salts if it's very hot).
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Ufficio pubblico per l'informazione e l'accoglienza turistica Roma Capitale
Web Turismo Roma
Ufficio Turistico del Cammino di Francesco
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