Distance Walked: 18.3 km
Time Walked: Honestly, we lost track!
Temperatures: 27C (but felt much warmer)
It was a lovely walk outside of Montefiascone, with delightful scenic views. This early section of the trail put us on 3 km of Roman basoli paving. That’s the very same pavement that Emperors, Kings and Soldiers (amongst others) traveled over the course of 2000 years of history.
That was the good news. Perhaps because our bodies, minds and spirits knew that we were heading toward a rest day, the remainder of our walk seemed to drag on from there. Yes, the roads were relatively flat, and our distance relatively short. But as we got closer and closer to Viterbo, the glorious, scenic path of the morning, suddenly became dry, dusty and seemingly endless. With no shops or cafes en route, Richard longed for a Diet Coke. As for me, the thought of gelato kept me going. Suddenly, with less than two km to go, we saw what seemed to be a mirage. And while some self-respecting pilgrims would never have considered having lunch there…we did just that!
And it was delicious!
We are now at the Hotel Viterbo Inn (for two nights)! When the Manager stamped our credentials, he asked if we enjoyed our picturesque walk from Lucca to here. “Yes, very much,” we replied. “That’s a good thing. The walk from here to Rome is rather ugly” was his dry response. We sure hope that he’s wrong about that. We’ll keep you posted!
Hotel Viterbo Inn
Via San Luca 17,
+39 0761 326643
Cost: 50.40 euros per night for 2 people, private room, en-suite bathroom and breakfast.