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Ancient Via Amerina - Orte to Rome
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Ancient Via Amerina - Orte to Rome


Bike Tour: Ancient Via Amerina - Orte to Rome - 5 days

The ancient Via Amerina runs through historic and representative places in upper Lazio.

This five-day itinerary starts in Civita Castellana and passes through unique villages and unspoilt forests, hiding necropolis and mysterious ruins until it reaches Rome, the Eternal City.
The unique characteristics of this ancient road, which proceeds between bridges and cuts, make it one of the first important architectures of Roman expansionism.

Today, it is one of the best preserved roads in southern Etruria. 

The Via Amerina was built in the 4th century BC, during Roman expansionism. The Romans built this road detached from the main Faliscan settlements, to exclude them and prevent new revolts. At the same time, they built the city of Falerii Novi, to which the Falisci were transferred. Here we tell you about the Necropolis of Cavo degli Zucchi, the largest existing Faliscan necropolis. A suggestive place, full of fascination and mystery.

As you will discover by opening the pages of the individual stages, the Via Amerina is a treasure trove of priceless archaeological treasures. There are numerous Falisca tombs, rupestrian settlements, hollow ways, towers, castles, medieval centres and prehistoric caves, as well as naturalistic views of gorges and lush vegetation.

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Day 1: Arrival in Civita Castellana
Day 2: Loop Ride via Vignanello or Orte, 50km/60km
Day 3: Ride from Civita Castellana – Castel Sant’Elia - Nepi to Formello, 40km
Day 4: Ride Formello to Rome
Day 5: Arrivederci Rome!

Day 1:    Arrival in Civita Castellana
Welcome to the Via Amerina bio-district. When you arrive at the hotel, on the outskirts of Civita Castellana, enjoy a nice dinner or a swim in the hotel's swimming pool.
Day 2:    Loop Ride via Vignanello or Orte, 50km/60km

After a nice breakfast at the hotel, head to the 'Montanini Cicli' bike shop, where the 2 loop bike routes you can choose to ride today begin:

Option A, The hazelnut and chestnut route:

A charming loop itinerary immersed in the hazelnut and chestnut groves cultivated at the foot of the Cimini Mountains. It starts in Corchiano and winds its way through the wonderful Agro Falisco area, crossing the archaeological and naturalistic jewels of this splendid territory. It continues on to the village of Vignanello, where it is worth visiting the Ruspoli Castle with its splendid Italian garden. Faleri Novi, where the Porta di Giove (Jupiter's Gate) and the Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria are located, finally heading back to Corchiano and the end of the route.


Challenge: 59km, ascent 575mt, descent 173mt


Option B, Archaeo-Naturalistic Route of the Agro Falisco via Orte A tour that discovers some of the most evocative corners of the Agro Falisco, immersed in a perfect mix of history and nature.This loop also begins/ends in Corchiano. Passing the Forre and leaving them behind, climb up to the ancient quarry of Madonna delle Grazie, continue towards Gallese to admire the Sanctuary of San Famiano. Continuing towards Orte, from the Bagnolo plateau, you will enjoy a unique panorama of the Tiber valley. Crossing the path of the Sanctuary of San Bernardino, you can admire the Borgo di Orte from an unusual perspective. Leaving the ancient village head towards Vasanello and you will be travelling along the Antica Via Amerina and not to be missed, the WWF Oasis. Just a few more kilometres of dirt and secondary roads will bring the loop to a close as you reach the starting point.


Challenge: 65km, ascent 338m, descent 53m


Day 3:    Ride from Civita Castellana – Castel Sant’Elia - Nepi to Formello, 40km
After breakfast, today's first tapa is Civita Castellana, an enchanting village, where you will visit the Forte Sangallo and the Duomo dei Cosmati.

Leaving Civita behind, you will cycle towards Castel Sant’Elia, a town rich in sanctuaries and archaeological sites, to enter the historic village of Nepi.

From Nepi, continue towards Campagnano di Roma and from here the ancient Via Amerina rejoins the Via Francigena. Today's stage ends in Formello among its medieval palaces.

Day 4:    Ride Formello to Rome

The stage continues through the Lazio countryside, in a scenery so peaceful that you would never guess you are so close to the metropolis. You will have to overcome a short stretch of roads a little busier than usual, before reaching the Tiber River cycle path, a wonderful route that will take you to the gates of Vatican City, where you will end your journey in St Peter's Square.

Don't forget a triumphant photo in front of the Basilica, before celebrating the end of the trip by feasting on abbacchio, pecorino romano, and maybe a nice maritozzo con panna... you've earned it!

Day 5:    Arrivederci Rome!
Last day included. Services end after breakfast.

Nights in double room in ***/**** hotels with breakfast

Aldero Hotel - Civita Castellana
La Meridiana Relais - Formello
Hotel Silla - Roma
Practical info

4 nights

2, 3 & 4-star hotels

Breakfast included

Route notes, maps and App

Bike rental available

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transfer included

GPS tracks available 

Medical and luggage travel insurance

Arrival info
Italian Bike Tours

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50122 Firenze FI
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