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Via Francigena in Umbria (Assisi to Spoleto)

€640 per person
We’ve got more! The hiking options for the variety of routes along the St. Francis Way (Via Francigena) are dozens. Please check with us for details about the particular trail and stage you are interested in so we can send you further details.

Umbria – The green heart of Italy, is the only landlocked region that neither borders the sea nor other countries. Probably this isolation was keeping away the foreign influences and many of the archaic traditions have survived until now. This is an independent hiking journey to remember, full of splendid views, harmony and the pleasure of the delicious home-made pasta and fragrant wine! Walk through dense forests, lush green valleys contrasting with the vivid colors of the vineyards and olive groves. Dramatically perched on the hills, you will be always followed by the silhouettes of the beautiful medieval towns. They are so perfectly preserved that it seems the time has stood still! If you want to dive into the atmosphere, take a self-guided walking adventure to this unique part of Italy! Umbria is a perfect destination to rediscover yourself!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    7 Days I Tour Difficulty: 1/2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in 2-3 star hotels and agriturismo with en-suite facilities including breakfast (1x dinner included too on Day 3); Detailed roadbook and map in English; Via Francigena Passport; Luggage transfers (Day 2 to Day 6 (incl.); People transfer on Day 4; Where luggage transfers are included: one piece of luggage per person is allowed (up to 20kg); Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Entrance charges; tickets for the public transport; drinks and other meals. Possible CITY TAX to be paid in cash on the spot (it varies depending on the city and on the hotel’s category: appr. 1-3 Euros per person per night);
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, September, October
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Day 1. Arrival in Assisi
Plan your arrival in Assisi and make sure you have enough time to explore the city of St. Francis. Many outstanding buildings and open places are waiting to be discovered among which is the crown of Assisi - the Basilica of St. Francis. The city center is small and could be easily covered by foot but do not forget that you are in the hilly part of Italy so your cultural stroll around will require your comfortable walking boots as well!
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Day 2. Assisi to Spello (15km; 5hrs; +800m/-980m)
You leave Assisi in the morning heading off to Spello. The trail zig-zags uphill and bit by bit a great panorama of the city behind you will show up. If you want to skip some of the ascending you can take a taxi to the Eremo delle Carceri - a marvelous hermitage that could tell many legends about the life of St. Francis. The hiking route continues along a trail through the oak forest under the slopes of Mount Subasio. The trek leads to the IX century Abbey of San Benedetto. Then a long walk downhill takes you to your final destination - the medieval walled town of Spello. Another colorful mixture of preserved architecture, cultural and artistic heritage. Hanged on the walls of the houses, fragrant flowers will please your senses and it will be hard to resist this enchantment!
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Day 3. Spello to Vegnole (10km, 4hrs, +370m/-230m)
No need to hurry for the hike today so take time to explore the pink cobbled streets of the medieval town of Spello. You can visit Baglioni Chapel with it’s marvelous frescoes or head to Belvedere - a terrace with amazing panorama view to Topino valley. Today’s walk is gently winding between olive groves and vineyards and it takes you to the small village of Scanzano where you can make a stop and rest with a glass of wine and delicious local meal. Continue uphill and enjoy the awesome views of the green ring of mountains and lush valleys.
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Day 4. Uppello to Bovara di Trevi (14km, 4,30hrs, +500m/-500m)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Uppello which is the starting point of the trek today. The start is a bit challenging with a steep climb and it takes you to XI century Rocca di Scandolaro castle. Continue along fresh oak forest towards Trevi. The oak trees will be slowly supplanted by olive groves and the grid of paths that crosses the land around Trevi is known as the “Olive trail”. You will be completely surrounded by peace and silence and this is why the area is called “a land of meditation”. Take some time to stroll around the paved steep streets of Trevi before continue across the medieval aqueduct which leads to Bovara di Trevi. There you will spend another calm evening before setting off for the upcoming hiking trails!
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Day 5. Bovara di Trevi to Poreta (12km, 4hrs, +460m/-540m)
Today’s trail follows the official “Via Francigena” from Bovara di Trevi to Campello Alto and it reveals splendid views of the valley of Spoleto. Worthwhile of admiration are the convents of Pissignano and Campello - it seems like famous paintings from the past just get alive in front of your eyes. Your independent walk passes by the hamlet of Lenano and then you reach the petite village of Poreta, from where you can extend your hike towards the castle above the village. After a short walk, you will be able to look and admire from above all of the serenity that covers this adorable Italian valley!
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Day 6. Poreta to Spoleto (13 km, 4hrs, +450m/-450m)
You are already at the end of your Italian adventure and the farewell trail will take you to Spoleto - fascinating art town where medieval appearance is perfectly merged with the traces of the Roman period. The walk will first pass by the hamlet of Santa Maria di Reggiano where is located another beautiful monastery with frescoes dated back to XII and the XIV century. Pass by the hamlet of Eggi by following the old demolished railway line that leads to Spoleto. If you would like to prolong your last walking trek, then you can detour above Tessino stream via the medieval aqueduct. Not only that you are going to spend more time strolling through the serene forest but you will also enjoy the spectacular entry of Spoleto city from this side. Once in Spoleto you can celebrate the end of your Italian self-guided walking adventure with a nice dinner - try a dish prepared with the local pride - the black truffle!
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Day 7. Departure day

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Price
640 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
* Triple rooms available upon request (contacts us for details)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 140 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 320 (incl. sgl. room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of April and the end of October (except between 03-25/08; contact us should you wish to travel during this particular period of time). The route is quite easy due to low differences in height. The whole itinerary is mostly on paths and gravel roads ("strade bianche"), even if you will find some sections on asphalted road. The whole itinerary is well marked by the Official signs of the Via Francigena (white-red markings and yellow sign with the Pilgrim symbol on it). Best airports to use: Rome, Pisa and Florence. One piece of luggage per person is allowed (20kg).
Accommodation
Comfortable 2-3 star hotels and equivalent farmhouses (agriturismo). All the rooms have private bathrooms. A good continental breakfast is served each morning. Dinner is included on Day 3. Overnights: 1x in Assisi, 1x in Spello, 1x in Colle San Lorenzo, 1x in Bovara di Trevi, 1x in Poreta, 1x in Spoleto.

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