A surprising Umbria

an 8- or 10- day walking holiday
Walking tour
Walking Tours
Difficulty level 3
Individual tour
Self guided tour
code: ITUMB02W
Italy
Umbria

Prices

from 595€

Fascinating medieval villages and cloisters

Spello-Assisi-Balciano-Vescia-Trevi-Campello Alto-Spoleto

Characteristic medieval towns and villages, astounding nature and delicious genuine cuisine are the ingredients of this walking tour. You will walk through a green, hilly Umbria, also known as the green heart of Italy. Umbria is a region with many faces, where everyday life is mixed with the traditions and spirituality of its past. This tour walking will show you the real and authentic Umbria, hospitable, offering great wines and excellent food.

vineyard
Assisi D.o.c. zone

This tour starts in the fascinating medieval town of Spello, built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. It is a colourful town with a lively tangle of alleys and atmospheric squares. In some of its monuments, you still feel its Roman past. A walk amongst olive groves will bring you to Assisi. Its mighty stature with ramparts, church towers, and palace roofs is already visible from afar. The following days you will walk on footpaths and quiet country roads, through rolling and changing landscapes in which lead you through a succession of marvellous places, medieval villages and cloisters.

autunm Monte Subsasio
Monte Subasio

Your walks will take you through the Monte Subasio nature park, in the lower Apennines, among olive groves and will take you to the little waterfalls of the river Altolina, to the Benedictine abbey of Sassovivo and the Franciscan hermitage, Eremo delle Carceri.  You pass the capital town of olive oil, Trevi, and you will walk a stretch of the pilgrimage route ‘Way of Saint Francis’. The tour ends in Spoleto. Spoleto is a town full of life, with many squares, shops with local delicacies and handicrafts. Your overnight stays are mostly in authentic small family hotels and farmhouse B&B’s, where you will have a friendly and warm welcome and …will enjoy the delicious Umbrian wines and dishes.

The daily program of the 10-day tour

On your first evening you have a briefing and will have the opportunity to discuss your holiday.

Spello has lovely little streets to wander around, colourful decorated balconies with plants and flowers. A very picturesque spot is the Via Torre di Properzio, which ends near the Roman ‘Porta Venere’, but also the Roman mosaics in the Museum and the S.Maria Maggiore church with the frescoes of Pinturicchio are worthwhile to visit. Your overnight stay is in a *** or **** hotel in the medieval town centre.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Spello.

Spello is situated on the west edge of the Monte Subasio Natural Park and today you will be walking through this green Park. The route has different variants. The first stretch will lead you through the olive groves on the slopes of Monte Subasio. After about 8 km (475m a.s.l.) you can choose to go straight on to Assisi, remaining more or less on level, or to climb up to the hermitage Eremo delle Carceri (830m a.s.l.). St. Francis and his companions often stayed here and you can visit the cave where Francis used to meditate. After your visit, you descend through the forest to the Porta Cappuccini town gate. Assisi’s medieval character is well preserved; the houses, gates and churches are almost all built in the pink-white stone of Mt.Subasio.

 

Longer route

Walking time: 6 hrs;  Distance: 17,1 km / 10,6 miles);  Ascent & Descent: +879m -788m

 

Shorter route:

Walking time: 3 hrs;  Distance: 11 km (6,8 miles);  Ascent & Descent: +324m -239m

The walk through the hills around Assisi starts from the Porta Cappuccini town gate (470m a.s.l.). You follow the walking trail 351 until the hamlets of Costa di Trex (570m a.s.l.) and Ponte Grande, where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest in a restaurant or bar. Your route will then bring you back to Assisi through a gentle, rolling countryside. You will enter the town through the Porta S. Giacomo town gate and pass through the old centre of Assisi to walk back to your hotel.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Assisi

Walking time: 6 hours;  Distance: 19,5 km / 12,1 miles;  Ascent / descent: +795m -796m

Today a stunning walk through the Monte Subasio Natural Park. You follow the Franciscan walking path 351. A highlight is the Forra del Ponte Marchetto, a mini canyon and chapel of Satriano, a place reminding us of the last journey of Saint Francis. Walking through forest and olive groves you will reach your hotel, where you can enjoy a swim in the swimming pool and a good diner, because the restaurant is specialized in truffle dishes.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Balciano

Walking time: 6 hrs 30 min;  Distance: 19,9 km /12,3 mi;  Ascent & Descent: + 919m -740m

Also today, a walk amongst olive groves and accompanied by amazing panoramas. From your hotel you descend in the valley of the Topino river. Then you leave this valley climbing up to the castle il Poggio and descending again you reach the village of Capodacqua. One last uphill climb with beautiful views on the surrounding hills and Monte Subasio, followed by a downhill stretch to Vescia. Your overnight stay is in a real ancient olive oil mill (Frantoio), where excellent olive oils are produced. You will have diner in a local restaurant close by.

 

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Vescia

Walking time: 6 hrs 30 min;  Distance: 21 km / 13 miles;  Ascent & Descent: +489m -753m

This beautiful route amongst olive groves will take you first along the waterfalls of the Altolina and then to the 11th century Benedictine Abbey of Sassovivo.  The finest architectural feature of the entire abbey is certainly the cloister with the double order columns, surmounted by lily-shaped capitols. Walking through the woods and olive groves you will reach farmhouse B&B in the hamlet Manciano. Also here is an olive oil mill and they produce good olive oil. There is a nice pool to relax after your walk of today and you will eat a good Umbrian meal together with the kind family running the place. 

 

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Manciano

Walking time: 6 hrs;  Distance: 18,4 km / 11,4 miles;  Ascent & Descent: +884m -630m

You leave Manciano and  walk towards Trevi on the lower flank of Monte Serano, known as the capital of olive oil. Trevi has a medieval aspect and worthwhile to visit are the Duomo and the St. Francis church, which houses a museum. You leave the town walking among the olive groves mostly following the pilgrimage route ‘Way of St. Francis’, which runs from La Verna to Rome. You reach the walled village of Campello Alto and a last climb will bring you to your hotel 650m a.s.l. Overnight stay in a ** hotel with swimming pool or a **** Relais with Spa

 

 

Overnight with breakfast in Campello Alto

Walking time: 5 hrs;  Distance: 15,8 km / 9,8 miles; Ascent & Descent: +571m -422m

You will walk along the olive grove path and again the Way of Saint Francis till Spoleto. As the name indicates, you will mostly walk through olive groves on the slopes of the mountains and hills. You pass several little villages, mostly built on hills, like Bazzano and Eggi. In Spoleto, there is a lot to see, including the cathedral with the frescoes of Filippo Lippi and Pinturicchio, a Roman house and a Roman theatre. Also worth seeing are the façade of the church S.Pietro just outside town and, of course, the famous aqueduct bridge Ponte delle Torri. Spoleto is also a very pleasant place just to wander around the friendly little shopping streets with cosy restaurants and bars. Overnight stay in a *** or **** hotel in Spoleto

 

Walking time: 6 hrs;  Distance: 18,8 km / 11,6 miles;  Ascent & Descent: + 466 -745m 

Today’s walk takes you to the Monteluco (Mount Luco). The name ‘Lucu’ (lucus) means ‘sacred woods’, and signifies that in ancient times the mountain was considered a holy place. From the 5th century hermits lived under Benedictine rule on the mountain. Later the Franciscans also built a monastery here. The evergreen oak wood was always very important for the town and was therefore already a protected area in the Middle Ages. The animals living here include porcupines, wild cats, badgers and squirrels.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Spoleto

Walking time: 3 hrs 30 min;  Distance: 10,5 km (6,5 miles);  Ascent & Descent: +510m -483m

Today after breakfast end this tour through a spectacular Umbrian nature

 

Rocca Assisi
Castle of Assisi

The daily program of the 8-day tour

On your first evening you have a briefing and will have the opportunity to discuss your holiday.

Spello has lovely little streets to wander around, colourful decorated balconies with plants and flowers. A very picturesque spot is the Via Torre di Properzio, which ends near the Roman ‘Porta Venere’, but also the Roman mosaics in the Museum and the S.Maria Maggiore church with the frescoes of Pinturicchio are worthwhile to visit. Your overnight stay is in a *** or **** hotel in the medieval town centre.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Spello.

Spello is situated on the west edge of the Monte Subasio Natural Park and today you will be walking through this green Park. The route has different variants. The first stretch will lead you through the olive groves on the slopes of Monte Subasio. After about 8 km (475m a.s.l.) you can choose to go straight on to Assisi, remaining more or less on level, or to climb up to the hermitage Eremo delle Carceri (830m a.s.l.). St. Francis and his companions often stayed here and you can visit the cave where Francis used to meditate. After your visit, you descend through the forest to the Porta Cappuccini town gate. Assisi’s medieval character is well preserved; the houses, gates and churches are almost all built in the pink-white stone of Mt.Subasio.

 

Longer route

Walking time: 6 hrs;  Distance: 17,1 km / 10,6 miles);  Ascent & Descent: +879m -788m

 

Shorter route:

Walking time: 3 hrs;  Distance: 11 km (6,8 miles);  Ascent & Descent: +324m -239m

Today a stunning walk through the Monte Subasio Natural Park. You follow the Franciscan walking path 351. A highlight is the Forra del Ponte Marchetto, a mini canyon and chapel of Satriano, a place reminding us of the last journey of Saint Francis. Walking through forest and olive groves you will reach your hotel, where you can enjoy a swim in the swimming pool and a good diner, because the restaurant is specialized in truffle dishes.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Balciano

Walking time: 6 hrs 30 min;  Distance: 19,9 km /12,3 mi;  Ascent & Descent: + 919m -740m

Also today, a walk amongst olive groves and accompanied by amazing panoramas. From your hotel you descend in the valley of the Topino river. Then you leave this valley climbing up to the castle il Poggio and descending again you reach the village of Capodacqua. One last uphill climb with beautiful views on the surrounding hills and Monte Subasio, followed by a downhill stretch to Vescia. Your overnight stay is in a real ancient olive oil mill (Frantoio), where excellent olive oils are produced. You will have diner in a local restaurant close by.

 

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Vescia

Walking time: 6 hrs 30 min;  Distance: 21 km / 13 miles;  Ascent & Descent: +489m -753m

This beautiful route amongst olive groves will take you first along the waterfalls of the Altolina and then to the 11th century Benedictine Abbey of Sassovivo.  The finest architectural feature of the entire abbey is certainly the cloister with the double order columns, surmounted by lily-shaped capitols. Walking through the woods and olive groves you will reach farmhouse B&B in the hamlet Manciano. Also here is an olive oil mill and they produce good olive oil. There is a nice pool to relax after your walk of today and you will eat a good Umbrian meal together with the kind family running the place. 

 

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Manciano

Walking time: 6 hrs;  Distance: 18,4 km / 11,4 miles;  Ascent & Descent: +884m -630m

You leave Manciano and  walk towards Trevi on the lower flank of Monte Serano, known as the capital of olive oil. Trevi has a medieval aspect and worthwhile to visit are the Duomo and the St. Francis church, which houses a museum. You leave the town walking among the olive groves mostly following the pilgrimage route ‘Way of St. Francis’, which runs from La Verna to Rome. You reach the walled village of Campello Alto and a last climb will bring you to your hotel 650m a.s.l. Overnight stay in a ** hotel with swimming pool or a **** Relais with Spa

 

 

Overnight with breakfast in Campello Alto

Walking time: 5 hrs;  Distance: 15,8 km / 9,8 miles; Ascent & Descent: +571m -422m

You will walk along the olive grove path and again the Way of Saint Francis till Spoleto. As the name indicates, you will mostly walk through olive groves on the slopes of the mountains and hills. You pass several little villages, mostly built on hills, like Bazzano and Eggi. In Spoleto, there is a lot to see, including the cathedral with the frescoes of Filippo Lippi and Pinturicchio, a Roman house and a Roman theatre. Also worth seeing are the façade of the church S.Pietro just outside town and, of course, the famous aqueduct bridge Ponte delle Torri. Spoleto is also a very pleasant place just to wander around the friendly little shopping streets with cosy restaurants and bars. Overnight stay in a *** or **** hotel in Spoleto

 

Walking time: 6 hrs;  Distance: 18,8 km / 11,6 miles;  Ascent & Descent: + 466 -745m 

Today after breakfast end this tour through a spectacular Umbrian nature

 

Impressions

Self guided tour
Difficulty level 3
A surprising Umbria
an 8- or 10- day walking holiday

Spello-Assisi-Balciano-Vescia-Trevi-Campello Alto-Spoleto

Code | ITUMB02W
LEVEL 3

For walkers with experience, trained and good physical condition. Routes through middle/high-level hilly landscapes with significant up- and downhill walking. Daily distances between 11 and 22 km. An average of 3 km an hour. You will walk on footpaths, mountain tracks, forest trails and on quiet country roads. Total km to walk:

 

Average daily distances:

8-10 day tour: minimum 11 km / 6,8 miles and maximum 21 km / 13 miles.

 

Total km:

8-day tour: minimum 100 km / 62 miles and maximum 111 km / 69 miles.

10-day tour: minimum 130 km / 80,8 miles and maximum 141 km / 87,6 miles.

 
DEPARTURES:

From 27  March until 06 November.

8 day tour no start on Sunday  and 10 day tour no start on Saturday 

 
PARTICIPANTS:

1 or more people.

START / FINISH:

Assisi / Spoleto

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