Top Ten Italy Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Follow the Via Romea
By Valerio Diotto

In the Middle Ages, the Via Romea was heavily used by pilgrams en route to Rome. The section from Siena to Viterbo on the Roman road Cassia is wonderful to travel on foot or bike. It's mostly paved now, but gets only a little local traffic. The old road is visible in places beside the new one, with signs to show it. The hills around Siena are wonderful shades of brown mixed with cornfields and pastures. The old villages on either side are worth a visit. The road will take you to Bolsena Lake and the town of Viterbo. A little further is the archaeological area of Sutri, with imposing Etruscan and Roman ruins. Small hotels and farms along the way provide accommodations.


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