Discovering the most beautiful villages of Umbria

A walking tour for leisure or more expert walkers
Walking tour
Walking Tours
Difficulty level 2
Individual tour
Self guided tour
code: ITUMB06W
Italy
Umbria

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from 555€

Umbria, genuine beauty since Roman times.

Assisi-Spello-Foligno-Bevagna-Montefalco-Collemancio-Bettona-Perugia

This special journey on foot will lead you to the discovery of more and less known Umbrian towns and villages, but always very fascinating. You will walk along quiet country roads surrounded by a beautiful landscape with hills covered with silver-green olive trees and fertile vineyards. Umbria has always been praised for its genuine beauty since Roman times, for its green nature, numerous lakes, rivers, refreshing springs, mountain streams and waterfalls. This walking tour, not too strenuous as it develops mainly in the valley and in the lower hills surrounding the Umbrian valley, will lead you to the discovery of lively medieval villages and cities such as Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Bevagna, Collemancio, Torgiano and Perugia.

PERUGIA

The tour starts from Assisi, rising on a spur of Mount Subasio, whose highest point, where the Rocca Maggiore is situated, is 505 m a.s.l. This beautiful city, a pilgrimage town with narrow alleys, welcoming squares, numerous Roman remains and impressive medieval monuments will leave beautiful and unforgettable memories in your mind. Walking along a panoramic road, among olive groves you will reach the medieval town of Spello. The fascinating path of the Roman Aqueduct will bring you to the small village of Collepino and then descending over the trails of Mount Subasio you return first to Spello and then reach Foligno with its magnificent cathedral and Palazzo Trinci.

Collepino

The second part of the tour will lead you to other bigger or smaller  Borghi’ of Umbria: medieval Bevagna, the small hilltop town of Collemancio, Bettona famous for it Goose feast, the wine-town of Torgiano and Perugia, capital city of the region, your last destination. You will have time to visit its Renaissance palaces, museums and imposing churches and to explore its streets and alleys, perfect for shopping.

The leisure version of the tour can be extended with an extra night in Assisi to make a cultural walk along its medieval monuments of town and one extra night in Bevagna to visit Montefalco, a city known for its wonderful wines and its welcoming historic centre.

The daily program of the 7-day tour (difficulty level 3)

Individual arrival at your hotel in Assisi.

Your walking tour begins in Assisi. If you arrive early, you can already visit this charming beautiful city. There is really a lot to see: many monuments have been built in honour of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, who were born and lived here. The most famous example is the Basilica of Saint Francis with its wonderful frescoes by Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti. In the late afternoon, you have a briefing about the route and delivery of the information material.

Overnight with breakfast in hotel ** or *** stars.

Today you leave Assisi and walk along the Via di San Francesco to Spello.  The route passes the Franciscan hermitage ‘Eremo delle Carceri’ at 830m . This hermitage is built on the spot where Saint Francis and his companions retreated in the woods. You can visit the grottoes where they stayed. The route follows walking trails of the nature park of Mount Subasio and finally you descend along quiet dirt roads amongst olive groves to Spello. Overnight in Hotel *** or **** stars in the historic centre of Spello.

 

Overnights stay with breakfast in Spello

Total difference in level: + 900m -980m

Walking time: 6 hours

Distance: 17, 4 km / 10,8 mi

This morning you leave Spello and walking along a beautiful path that follows an ancient Roman aqueduct, you arrive in Collepino, a lovely village situated on a hilltop above Spello. Then a short climb followed by a  downhill walk among olive groves, you reach Spello again. You cross the old town centre picking up the way of Saint Francis, which leads you to Foligno, which is situated in the valley. You come to the main square with its beautiful cathedral, which still has a Romanesque façade. Interesting is also Palazzo Trinci, which houses two museums. You can take a stroll along the lively shopping streets, dine in one of the typical local restaurants and visit the interesting museums and baroque palaces. Overnight in *** hotel.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Foligno

Total difference in level: + 555m -605m

Walking time: 6 hours

Distance: 19,7 km / 10,3 mi

The stretch of the route until Bevagna is completely flat route. For a while, the trail follows the Topino river and then quiet country roads. You cross the valley to reach Bevagna, the ancient Roman city of Mevania. This town has a beautiful medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The city also boasts important remains from the Roman time, like mosaics of a Roman bath. The route continues in a hilly landscape dominated by the vineyards of the Montefalco Docg zone and olive groves. Montefalco is a hilltop wine town famous for its Sagrantino, which is made both in dry and sweet style. In the wine-bars and restaurants of town you can taste these important wines.  From has a very nice museum, housed in the ex church of San Francesco. Here you see some real masterpieces of Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino. Overnight in the old town centre in a *** hotel or in a Guesthouse with Spa.

 

Overnight with breakfast in Montefalco

Total difference in level: + 347 m -127m

Walking time: 6,5 hours

Distance: 19,8 km / 12,3 mi

 

Today you descend towards Bevagna with nice views of the surrounding landscape and the town. You cross the medieval town centre, continue your journey towards the small village of Collemancio, first on the plain, and then up into the hills surrounding the Valle Umbra. The village stands on a little hill near Cannara dominating the valley. Collemancio has Roman origins: this is witnessed by the archaeological site of Urvinum Hortense, whose ancient Roman Municipium was located in an enchanting position, with a strategic view over the valley. Inside the castle of Collemancio, with its robust formwork and the main gateway to the village, it is worth visiting the church of Santo Stefano and the Palazzo del Podestà.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner in a good hotel ** stars, B&B or agriturismo in Collemancio.

Total difference in level: + 574m -536m

Walking time: 7 hours

Distance: 22  km / 13,7 mi

A nice walk through the hills surrounding the valley. The route follows trails and quiet country roads. A nice descend will bring you to the wine-town of Torgiano, famous for its excellent red and white wines.  But before reaching Torgiano you pass Bettona, a small walled-in hilltop town with a nice museum to visit. Descending through olive groves, you come to Torgiano. There is an interesting wine and olive oil museum to visit and, right next-door, is an osteria, where you could taste the wines of the town. End of the afternoon you have a transfer to Perugia and overnight stay at a **** hotel. On request the overnight stay can be also in Torgiano

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Perugia

Total difference in level: + 427 m -702m

Walking time: 6 hours

Distance: 17 km / 10,6 mi

This beautiful walking tour through the most beautiful villages of Umbria ends after breakfast

Aqueduct path

The daily program of the 8-day tour (difficulty level 2)

Individual arrival at your hotel in Assisi.

Your walking tour begins in Assisi. If you arrive early, you can already visit this charming beautiful city. There is really a lot to see: many monuments have been built in honour of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, who were born and lived here. The most famous example is the Basilica of Saint Francis with its wonderful frescoes by Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti. In the late afternoon, you have a briefing about the route and delivery of the information material.

Overnight with breakfast in hotel ** or *** stars.

You leave your hotel and walk along the slopes of Mount Subasio up to Spello, following a beautiful and easy path between olive groves and vineyards. Then you will visit this charming little town, pleasantly situated on the southern slopes of Mount Subasio. In urban, architectural and artistic terms, Spello is an extremely interesting city, with numerous remains dating back to the Roman and medieval periods. Spello is also called the city of flowers, due to its numerous alleys decorated with plants and flowers. The city is very famous for its Infiorata (Flower festival) taking place every year on the occasion of the religious Feast of the Corpus Domini.

 

Overnight in Hotel *** or **** stars in the historic centre of Spello.

Total difference in level: + 304m – 380m

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance: 10,8 km /6,6 mi

This morning you leave Spello and walking along a beautiful path that follows an ancient Roman aqueduct, you arrive in Collepino, a lovely village situated on a hilltop above Spello. A small uphill climb and then walking downhill among olive groves, you reach Spello again. You cross the old town centre and take the train to Foligno, situated in the valley. You come to the main square with its beautiful cathedral, which still has a Romanesque façade. Interesting is also Palazzo Trinci which houses two museums. You can take a stroll along the lively shopping streets, dine in one of the typical local restaurants and visit the interesting museums and baroque palaces. Overnight in *** hotel.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Foligno

Total difference in level: + 521m -597m

Walking time: 4,5 hours

Distance: 13,5 km / 8,4 mi

Today the route is short and easy, so you have enough time to visit Foligno and Bevagna. A completely flat route awaits you. For a while, the trail follows the Topino river and then quiet country roads. You cross the valley to reach Bevagna, the ancient Roman city of Mevania. This town has a beautiful medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The square is a true meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the city. The city also boasts important remains from the Roman time, like mosaics of a Roman bath. Overnight in *** hotel or a residence d’epoca.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Bevagna

Total difference in level: + 41 m -64m

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance: 12,5 km / 7,8 mi

Today you continue your journey towards the small village of Collemancio, first on the plain and then up into the hills surrounding the Valle Umbra. The village stands on a little hill near Cannara dominating the Umbrian valley.

Collemancio has Roman origins: this is witnessed by the archaeological site of Urvinum Hortense, whose ancient Roman Municipium was located in an enchanting position, with a strategic view over the valley. Inside the castle of Collemancio, with its robust formwork and the main gateway to the village, it is worth visiting the church of Santo Stefano and the Palazzo del Podestà. Overnight in a good hotel ** stars, B&B or agriturismo in Collemancio.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner

Total difference in level: + 525m -227m

Walking time: 4,5 hours

Distance: 14  km / 8,7 mi

A nice walk through the hills surrounding the valley ‘Valle Umbra’. You walk along quiet country roads and have stunning views of Monte Subasio with Assisi and Spello on the other side of the valley. You reach Bettona, a small hilltop town embraced by town walls with even some remains of the old Etruscan wall. The old Roman way crosses the town from town gate to town gate. On the  square of town you find two churches and a museum, which has some interesting works from Perugino and Tiberio d’Assisi. Bettona has a very delicious yearly festival La festa dell’Oca (Goose feast) and some restaurants serve the tagliatelle-pasta with goose sauce to be taste with a local red wine.    Overnight in the historic centre in a a residence d’Epoca or a **** star hotel

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Bettona

Total difference in level: + 320m -436m

Walking time: 3,5 hours

Distance: 11 km / 6,8 mi

A nice walk through the hills of valley, along quiet country roads will bring you to the wine-town of Torgiano, famous for its excellent red and white wines.  From Bettona you climb into the hills, then descending through olive groves, you arrive at Torgiano. Also Torgiano is a famous wine-town, where the excellent Torgiano Riserva is made. There is an interesting wine and olive oil museum to visit and, right next-door, is an osteria owned by Family Lungarotti, where you can have a wine-tasting. Beginning of the afternoon a transfer to Perugia and time to visit Perugia

 

Total difference in level: + 246 m -400m

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance: 9,3 km / 5,8 mi

This beautiful walking tour through the most beautiful villages of Umbria ends after breakfast

The daily program of the 10-day tour (difficulty level 2)

Individual arrival at your hotel in Assisi.

Your walking tour begins in Assisi. If you arrive early, you can already visit this charming beautiful city. There is really a lot to see: many monuments have been built in honour of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, who were born and lived here. The most famous example is the Basilica of Saint Francis with its wonderful frescoes by Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti. In the late afternoon, you have a briefing about the route and delivery of the information material.

Overnight with breakfast in hotel ** or *** stars.

Today you make a cultural tour through the historic centre of Assisi.

It is a tour to discover the monuments of Assisi, which are mostly linked to the lives of the Saints Francis and Clare, whom born and lived here. You pass the wonderful Basilica di San Francesco with its magnificent frescoes by Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti and the Basilica di Santa Chiara. Arrived at the interesting Sanctuary of San Damiano you return to your hotel.

Walking time: 3 ½ hours

Distance: 10 km / 6,2 mi 

You leave your hotel and walk along the slopes of Mount Subasio up to Spello, following a beautiful and easy path between olive groves and vineyards. Then you will visit this charming little town, pleasantly situated on the southern slopes of Mount Subasio. In urban, architectural and artistic terms, Spello is an extremely interesting city, with numerous remains dating back to the Roman and medieval periods. Spello is also called the city of flowers, due to its numerous alleys decorated with plants and flowers. The city is very famous for its Infiorata (Flower festival) taking place every year on the occasion of the religious Feast of the Corpus Domini.

 

Overnight in Hotel *** or **** stars in the historic centre of Spello.

Total difference in level: + 304m – 380m

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance: 10,8 km /6,6 mi

This morning you leave Spello and walking along a beautiful path that follows an ancient Roman aqueduct, you arrive in Collepino, a lovely village situated on a hilltop above Spello. A small uphill climb and then walking downhill among olive groves, you reach Spello again. You cross the old town centre and take the train to Foligno, situated in the valley. You come to the main square with its beautiful cathedral, which still has a Romanesque façade. Interesting is also Palazzo Trinci which houses two museums. You can take a stroll along the lively shopping streets, dine in one of the typical local restaurants and visit the interesting museums and baroque palaces. Overnight in *** hotel.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Foligno

Total difference in level: + 521m -597m

Walking time: 4,5 hours

Distance: 13,5 km / 8,4 mi

Today the route is short and easy, so you have enough time to visit Foligno and Bevagna. A completely flat route awaits you. For a while, the trail follows the Topino river and then quiet country roads. You cross the valley to reach Bevagna, the ancient Roman city of Mevania. This town has a beautiful medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The square is a true meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the city. The city also boasts important remains from the Roman time, like mosaics of a Roman bath. Overnight in *** hotel or a residence d’epoca.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Bevagna

Total difference in level: + 41 m -64m

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance: 12,5 km / 7,8 mi

Today an exciting loop walk to visit the graceful Montefalco. The hills surrounding Montefalco are famous for the production of excellent wines: Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco d.o.c.g. It is a wonderful walk in an open landscape with olive groves and vineyards. Montefalco is also called “Balcony of Umbria”, for its beautiful view of the Umbrian Valley. The ex-church of San Francesco, today a nice museum, is certainly worth a visit. Artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino decorated the church with magnificent frescoes.

Total difference in level: + 405m -407m

Walking time: 5 hours

Distance: 17,3 km /10,7 mi

Today you continue your journey towards the small village of Collemancio, first on the plain and then up into the hills surrounding the Valle Umbra. The village stands on a little hill near Cannara dominating the Umbrian valley.

Collemancio has Roman origins: this is witnessed by the archaeological site of Urvinum Hortense, whose ancient Roman Municipium was located in an enchanting position, with a strategic view over the valley. Inside the castle of Collemancio, with its robust formwork and the main gateway to the village, it is worth visiting the church of Santo Stefano and the Palazzo del Podestà. Overnight in a good hotel ** stars, B&B or agriturismo in Collemancio.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner

Total difference in level: + 525m -227m

Walking time: 4,5 hours

Distance: 14  km / 8,7 mi

A nice walk through the hills surrounding the valley ‘Valle Umbra’. You walk along quiet country roads and have stunning views of Monte Subasio with Assisi and Spello on the other side of the valley. You reach Bettona, a small hilltop town embraced by town walls with even some remains of the old Etruscan wall. The old Roman way crosses the town from town gate to town gate. On the  square of town you find two churches and a museum, which has some interesting works from Perugino and Tiberio d’Assisi. Bettona has a very delicious yearly festival La festa dell’Oca (Goose feast) and some restaurants serve the tagliatelle-pasta with goose sauce to be taste with a local red wine.    Overnight in the historic centre in a a residence d’Epoca or a **** star hotel

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Bettona

Total difference in level: + 320m -436m

Walking time: 3,5 hours

Distance: 11 km / 6,8 mi

A nice walk through the hills of valley, along quiet country roads will bring you to the wine-town of Torgiano, famous for its excellent red and white wines.  From Bettona you climb into the hills, then descending through olive groves, you arrive at Torgiano. Also Torgiano is a famous wine-town, where the excellent Torgiano Riserva is made. There is an interesting wine and olive oil museum to visit and, right next-door, is an osteria owned by Family Lungarotti, where you can have a wine-tasting. Beginning of the afternoon a transfer to Perugia and time to visit Perugia

 

Total difference in level: + 246 m -400m

Walking time: 3 hours

Distance: 9,3 km / 5,8 mi

This beautiful walking tour through the most beautiful villages of Umbria ends after breakfast

Impressions

Self guided tour
Difficulty level 2
Discovering the most beautiful villages of Umbria
A walking tour for leisure or more expert walkers

Assisi-Spello-Foligno-Bevagna-Montefalco-Collemancio-Bettona-Perugia

Code | ITUMB06W
LEVEL 2 & 3

Level 2: Moderate with some more demanding stretches uphill. You walk on a hilly landscape with just some up and downhill walking. There is still time to visit the medieval cities along the route. Walking time is between 4 and 5 hours a day; daily distances between 9 km / 6,2 mi  and 17,5 km / 11 mi with an average of 3-4 km/hour. Some walking experience is needed.

Total km/miles:

8-day tour: 71 km / 44 mi

10-day tour: 88,5 km / 55 miles

 

Level 3: A walking tour for expert walkers with a good physical condition. The differences in level are not too much, but daily km/miles are significant between 17 km / 10,6 mi and 22 km / 13, 7 mi

Total km/miles on foot: 96 km / 60 mi

 
DEPARTURES:

Daily from April until end of October

 
PARTICIPANTS:

1 or more people.

 
START / FINISH:

Assisi / Perugia 

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