Medieval Umbria - From Assisi to Spoleto

Self Guided Walking
Departure: from 01-04-2022 to 31-10-2022
Status: Open for booking
Price: 620 €
Duration: 8 days
For bookings or questions, contact us at +45 89 88 36 84 or info@solowalks.com

Discover the breathtaking "meravigliosa" Umbria, Italy. This tour offers the right combination of visiting typical Umbrian towns and walking through exciting colourful landscapes with unique views. Umbria has been praised for its beauty since Roman times, because of its greenness, lots of lakes, rivers, refreshing springs, mountain streams and waterfalls. The tour starts in the beautiful and fascinating town of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio and finishes in Spoleto - a very special town with many squares, lovely little streets, shops with local delicacies and handicrafts, restaurants and a lot of sights to visit. But not only Assisi is a highlight, because the Valle Umbra is famous for its medieval towns and the following days you will walk from one art treasure to the other; Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, Trevi and Spoleto. 


Itinerary:   

Day 1. Arrival at Assisi
Your hotel is in the new part of town, at only 900 meters from the historical centre. Overnight in Assisi _/_/_/

Day 2. Assisi - Spello
There are two routes to go to Spello: a longer one going uphill to the hermitage Eremo delle Carceri or a shorter one through olive groves along the slopes of Monte Subasio. B/_/_/

Option 1: From the porta Cappuccini a footpath will take you to the hermitage, which is situated at 830m a.s.l. Saint Francis and his companions used to retreat here to meditate in the woods. After St. Francis’s death, a monastery was built on this spot. Passing the spring ‘Tre Fontane’ and the abbey of S. Benedetto you will descend to Spello, walking first through the woods and then through olive groves. B/_/_/
Walking: 6 hours, 17,4 km, ascent/descent: 788 m/870 m

Option 2: The lower route follows the slopes of Mount Subasio and involves less climbing, but it is also a beautiful walk through olive groves with astounding views. Spello is built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. This little town has Roman origins, as several features including the porta Venere and porta Consolare town gates and the remains of a Roman theatre outside the town walls remind us. Do not forget to admire the colorful frescoes by Pinturicchio in the church S.Maria Maggiore. B/_/_/
Walking: 3 hours, 10,8 km, ascent/descent: 270 m/359 m

Day 3. Spello - Bevagna
You will leave the hills for a while now and will descend into the valley ‘Valle Umbra’ . Walking on quiet little country roads you will arrive in Bevagna, which unlike most Umbrian towns isn’t built on a hilltop, but rather at the confluence of the rivers Timia and Topino. During Roman times Bevagna was a prosperous town, as it was situated along the busy trade road, the Via Flaminia, which connected Rome with the Adriatic coast. Particularly characteristic are the 2km of 13th to 14th century town walls which surround most of Bevagna. The heart of this town is the square, ‘Piazza Silvestri’, with its beautiful fountain and two Romanesque churches. Do not forget to visit the mosaic of a former Roman baths. Your hotel is in the historical centre of the village. B/_/_/
Walking: 4 1/2 hours, 16,5 km, ascent/descent: 81 m/176 m

Day 4. Bevagna - Montefalco
Here you will again be walking through a slightly hilly landscape, but the olive groves soon make way for vineyards. The hills surrounding Montefalco are famous for the production of excellent wines: Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco. To reach the town you have to climb, because Montefalco is –predictable- built on a hilltop. The town is also known as the balcony (‘ringhiera’) of Umbria, because of its beautiful panorama. The St. Francis church is now a fine museum which housing, among other things, frescoes by the Florentine painter Benozzo Gozzoli. Do not forget to taste some of the delicious wine in one of the many wine bars. B/_/_/
Walking: 4 hours 10 min, 12,5 km, ascent/descent: 395 m/166 m

Day 5. Montefalco - Trevi
On the way to Trevi (420m a.s.l.), on the lower flank of Mt. Serano overlooking the wide plain of the Clitunno river, your route crosses the fertile valley with its various waterways. Trevi is also called the capital of olive oil and indeed, you will notice that the slopes of the surrounding mountains are covered with evergreen olive groves. Trevi has a dozen medieval churches: the most important are the Romanesque Duomo (S. Emiliano), the shrine of the Madonna delle Lacrime notable for a fresco by Perugino and the former church of S. Francesco, now a museum. You will stay in the historical centre of the town. B/_/_/
Walking: 4 hours, 13,5 km, ascent/descent: 250 m/305 m

Day 6. Trevi – Campello Alto
From Trevi you will pick up the pilgrimage route the Way of Saint Francis, which runs from La Verna in Tuscany, crosses Umbria and finishes in Rome. The route will lead you through olive groves and you will have astonishing views of the Valle Umbra. You will have an overnight stay in Campello Alto in a ex-monastery, a Relais (upgrading) or close by in a ** star hotel. B/_/D/
Walking: 4 hours (Borgo Campello); 4 hours 30 min (Fontanelle)
Distance10,3 km (Relais Borgo Campello) or 12,3 km (hotel le Fontanelle)/depending on your hotel location/
Ascent/ Descent: 432m/358m (Relais Borgo Campello Alto) or 593m/359m (Hotel le Fontanelle Campello Alto)
 

Day 7.  Campello Alto - Spoleto
You leave your hotel and walk again along the Way of Saint Francis. Also today, the olive groves will accompany you. You cross Eggi, a typical medieval ‘Borgo’ and you will reach Spoleto, a pretty hill-town filled with beautiful architecture. It is famous for the Spoleto Festival, which takes place every summer (end of June beginning of July). In Spoleto worthwhile to visit are the cathedral, the castle, a Roman house, Roman theatre and many museums. But Spoleto is not only art and culture,but also food & wine ! The town has some nice shops with fantastic local products, many cosy bars with terraces and excellent restaurants.. B/_/D/
Walking: 5 hours 10 min (Campello Alto) or 5 hours 50 min (Le Fontanelle) 
Distance: 17,5 km (Campello Alto) or 19 km (Le Fontanelle) /depending on your hotel location/
Ascent/ Descent: 541m/664m (Campello alto) or 487m/771m  (Le Fontanelle)

Day 8. Departure
The tour ends after breakfast. Optional transfer from Spoleto to Assisi can be arranged. B/_/_/


How to get there: You can fly to Rome, Florence or Pisa or Perugia regional airport. Arrival to Rome: take the train to Rome Tiburtina or Rome Termini. Then take the train to Assisi. This line passes by Spoleto and you can use it on your way back. Florence and Pisa airports: take the bus to the main train stations and then take the train to Assisi. Perugia airport is about 15 km from Assisi. You can take the shuttle bus to Perugia and then train to Assisi or book a transfer. Taxi service can be booked in advance with a discount for the transfer Assisi train station - hotel. You can check the train schedule here: www.trenitalia.com Private transfer from the airport can be arranged on request 

Recommended travel period of the year: Daily from April till end of October

Necessary equipment: sturdy walking boots and walking socks, a small rucksack, a water bottle with at least 1 litre capacity, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, rainwear and insect repellent.   


Price Includes:
7 overnights at standard 3*** hotels with private bathroom
meals according to the itinerary (B-Breakfast,L-Lunch,D-Dinner)
2 dinners in Campello Alto (day 6,7)
luggage transportation
map and road book in English
24-hour telephone service
info meeting on the day of arrival at the hotel
tour information

Not Included:
Flight tickets
personal insurance
transfer from/to the airport
drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
personal expenses
entrance fees
tourist taxes

Extra Services:
Half board supplement available (5 dinners / in Trevi B&B and in Campello Alto already included): 135 EUR
supplement for hotel in Spoleto during the festival ( 2 weeks end of June / beginning of July ): 20 EUR per person in a double room/per night
solo traveler fee: 385 EUR
upgrade to a deluxe hotel version in Assisi and additional nights in any of the towns along the way and accommodation at deluxe hotels are possible on request
NB! Since January 2012 there has been a city tax in many Italian cities: approx. 2-4 Euro per person per day - has to be paid directly to the hotel and it depends on the hotel's category
Superior hotel version available at request (with minor changes in itinerary)