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Umbria Classic Walk - Assisi to Spoleto

Umbria Classic Walk - Assisi to Spoleto

7 Days/6 Nights From
AU$1,650 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Walking tourWalking tour
  • Tour Code
    HID-19-7811
  • Operating Days
    Daily
7 Days/6 Nights From
AU$1,650 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Walking tourWalking tour
  • Tour Code
    HID-19-7811
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 6-night accommodation in UmbriaInclusionInclusion Daily transfers of baggage between hotelsInclusionInclusion Maps & detailed walking instructionsTourTour Visit the UNESCO town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. FrancisTourTour Explore Montefalco, one of the food and wine regions of ItalyActivityActivity Walk through the medieval hill towns, rolling hills, and vineyards of Umbria

Summary

Walk the footsteps of St. Francis while enjoying never ending views of 'meravigliosa' Umbria. Feel his humble spirituality and undying legacy as you make your way through mythical forests, vineyards, farmlands and olive groves. You will start in the pilgrimage town of Assisi situated against the slopes of Mount Subasio. Discover the Umbrian-Roman origins of the town and explore places relevant to St. Francis' life including the magnificent Basilica and other sites important to the Franciscan Order. Traverse the beautiful rural landscape of Saint Francis wood  until you reach Spello where the streets are lined with flowers and towers. Walk to the peak of Monte Subasio and enjoy astonishing views of Umbria before visiting the 13th century church of Santa Maria Maggiore displaying Pinturicchio's dazzling fresco cycle, fresh and glowing after recent restoration. Still in a daze, you continue on to discover the ancient walls and cobbled streets of Montefalco as well as Gozzoli and Perugino's sumptuous frescoes on display. Go further into the hidden gems of Umbrian countryside, passing vineyards, rolling hills and medieval paths and a bridge that lead you to Spoleto, a romantic and artistic town displaying a series of frescoes, including the stunning Coronation of the Virgin, by medieval artist Filippo Lippi. 

This is a scenic Grade 4 Walk. The walks follow good paths, most of them unsealed country roads, with some sections where you're required to have a good sense of orientation. The walks range from 8 to 15 kilometres (3 to 6 hours). The first walk on Day 2 (walking to the peak of Monte Subasio) is probably the most challenging being 15 kilometres long and with a steep climb, however, the panoramic views Umbria on the top of the mountain are sure worth the effort.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Umbria, the green heart of Italy
  • Enchanting medieval hill towns
  • Walk the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Walking through one of the food and wine regions of Italy

INCLUSIONS

  • 6-night accommodation in a 4-star hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • Transfer to Spoleto station on Day 7
  • 24 hour back up from a local manager

Itinerary

Day 1, Assisi
Even without St Francis Assisi would be irresistible, a charming medieval town nestled under the forested peak of Monte Subasio. However, the monuments that have been dedicated to the saint make Assisi a highlight of any visit to Umbria. The Basilica dedicated to Saint Francis contains some of the masterpieces of Western art, including seminal works by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers.

Day 2, Assisi - Spello
The first walk takes you up to the peak of Monte Subasio via a Franciscan hermitage, with astonishing views across Umbria to the hills of Tuscany, to a spectacular hilltop village perched on a ridge on the other side of Monte Subasio. You'll have time to visit the 13th century church of Santa Maria Maggiore with Pinturicchio's dazzling fresco cycle, fresh and glowing after recent restoration. (17 kms, 7 hrs).

Day 3, Spello - Bevagna
A gentle walk following country roads across the valley floor, leaving Spello via a magnificent Roman gate and passing through wheat fields to a small town on the plain, one of the hidden treasures of the region. This sleepy town has two of Umbria's finest Romanesque churches as well as impressive Roman mosaics and a delightful little 19th century theatre. (10 kms, 3 hrs).

Day 4, Bevagna - Montefalco
Today you walk up rolling hills to one of the viticulture centres of the region, passing through the vineyards that have made the town famous. Montefalco spreads across a ridge 500 mts above the valley. As the seat of the papal governors in the 14th century, it has a rich artistic heritage out of all proportion to its size, including a beautiful fresco cycle of St Francis' life by the influential Florentine artist Gozzoli. (8 kms, 2.5 hrs)

Day 5,  Montefalco - Trevi
Descending from the hills, you cross the valley floor again, following a medieval path through wheat fields, past quiet farming villages and springs from a river source sacred to the Romans which inspired poets from Virgil to Byron (a charming nearby 8th century temple contains some of Umbria's oldest frescos), before climbing up to your accommodation, in a country tavern surrounded by lawns and forest that boasts one of the district's best known restaurants. (21 kms, 6 hrs)

Day 6, Trevi - Spoleto 
The last walk, one of the most beautiful in Umbria, winds through olive groves, around the side of the hills past a string of villages before climbing up to enter Spoleto through forests via a medieval bridge - Shelley declared Spoleto 'the most Romantic city I ever saw'. Your accommodation is in a restored patrician palazzo 100 metres from the town's cathedral, whose façade of restrained elegance is one of the most memorable in the region. The Duomo also contains superlative frescos by the Florentine master Fra' Filippo Lippi, including his final masterpiece, the Coronation of the Virgin, a fitting finale to your tour! (14 kms, 4.5 hrs).

Day 7, Spoleto
After breakfast you'll be transferred to Spoleto station.

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