May 21 Rieti to Poggio San Lorenzo
May 22 Poggio San Lorenzo to Ponticelli
May 23 Ponticelli to Monterotondo
May 24 Monterotondo to Monte Sacro (a suburb of Rome)
May 25, Wednesday, Rome and Vatican City
Five days of mostly rural walking in good weather, up and down over green hills, and nights in pretty towns. Wednesday I arrived in Rome after about 520 km of very good walking.
I recommend this pilgrimage. The countryside is lovely and the people are extremely friendly. Keep in mind that it is very different from the Camino Frances in Spain—much harder, route finding can be difficult, and depending on how many people are walking, it can involve long periods of solitude.
Rome is busy with tourists. I’m not really a city guy when I travel. My stay in Rome will be short.
It took three tries to get my certificate of completion at the Vatican. I arrived on a Wednesday to discover that the office is closed on Wednesday. Took an hour of asking to find the right gate only to have the Swiss Guards send me away. Tried on Thursday only to discover that due to a special event the office was closed again. On Friday the gurads directed me to the security office, I got a security pass and a few minutes later had my certificate. End of the Journey. Have the T shirt.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I head to Tuscany by train for a visit to Lucca, then some hiking in the Apennine Mountains.
A few photos from the last few days of the walk: