Montefiascone cathedral

Montefiascone cathedral

Todays destination Montefiascone is close to the «Lago di Bolsena», however it's at the south-east end of the lake, and it's no more close to the beach, but 300 meters of altitude up the mountain. We will remain in the Viterbo province, but as there are virtually no agglomerations along our route, we have included two crossings of small rivers to create references in the track and in the profile. Our trail partly uses the old, roman Via Cassia and will offer us many nice views over the Bolsena lake.
fall colours above Bolsena Lake

fall colours above Bolsena Lake

Romans already appreciated the strategicly well positioned place of Montefiascone, and later on also popes residing in Rome did so, because those heads of the Christian Church did not always have an easy life, They sometimes even had to escape from «dangerous» Rome. As a consequence, the forteress «Rocca dei Papi» was the last domicile of the pope at the time before leaving to his exile in Avignon, and the first one when returning from there. Construction of the Montefiascone cathedral with its impressive dome began in 1519 and was terminated during the 17th century.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.