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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Southern Way from Roma to Assisi

Stage 1 - Rome: from San Pietro to Monte Sacro

From the eternal city you set off towards Monte Sacro. From St Peter's Basilica to the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi.

The journey out of the Eternal City towards Assisi follows a route between parks and cycle lanes along the Tiber and Aniene rivers.
San Pietro
Monte Sacro
15,21 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 275
Loss of altitude
- 265
Road Sign
yes (yellow blue signs indicating Francesco's Way)
Travel time
5 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
You set off from St Peter's Basilica, one of the most famous monuments in the world and the destination of millions of pilgrims. From a place that marks the end of the journey of many pilgrims, our journey through the places and nature of St Francis of Assisi begins here. You will leave behind chaos and bustle, on foot, to discover the villages in Sabina Laziale and in Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. While walking, you will get to know a way of life that is slower and in harmony with St Francis' message of peace and love of nature.
From St Peter's Square, you set off towards Castel Sant'Angelo and soon you will reach Ponte Milvio, one of the most ancient and important bridges in Rome. Along the urban route, you will come across “Parco della Musica”, the Park of Villa Glori, passing alongside the Mosque of Rome. The journey is mainly on the cycle lane and the pavement. You cross the bridge over the Aniene river to reach the church of the Angeli Custodi (Guardian Angels) in Monte Sacro. According to legend, the augurs used to go there to make their prophesies by observing the flight of the birds and this gave rise to the sacredness of the mount.
What you should know before departure
This is an urban route and includes bars, drinking fountains, restaurants and supermarkets. Remember to fill your water bottle with at least 1.5 litres of water in the summer.
Intermediate stages
A pleasant leg of the journey that offers you the opportunity to return to the cycle lane along the Tiber and the Aniene.
The day before departure, we advise you to pay a visit to the church of St Francis of Assisi at Ripa Grande in Trastevere. The Franciscan Sanctuary in Rome was the first Franciscan church in Rome, where St Francis stayed and in which his cell still exists. The first day of the journey offers an unusual view of Rome. Take advantage of it to discover glimpses and views from the route along the Tiber and Aniene rivers. We recommend that you have the maps of the trail with you. Simplified maps can be downloaded by clicking on the online map. Remember to always have a small supply of food with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, something energy-giving in general).
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Rome Tourist information
Contact center 060608 is the number of the contact centre in Rome, the Capital City, dedicated to tourist-cultural information. (For details of the cost of the call, go to the website www.turismoroma.it)
Territorial Tourist Office of Rieti
Address: Via Cintia, 87 Rieti - 02100
Phone: 0746 264106/8/0
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Site: www.camminodifrancesco.it
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Southern Way - Walking

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Southern Way

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