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medieval umbria: assisi to spoleto

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Medieval Umbria: Assisi to Spoleto

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Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Assisi
Day 2: Spello
Day 3: Vegnole
Day 4: Bovara di Trevi
Day 5: Poreta
Day 6: Spoleto
Day 7: Departure

 

Overview for Medieval Umbria: Assisi to Spoleto

Walk through Umbria, the green heart of Italy, from the birthplace of St Francis, Assisi, perched on Mount Subasio, to the beautiful hilltop town of Spoleto. The historic path from Assisi to Spoleto takes you in the footsteps of St. Francis, through magnificent countryside, forests, fields, vineyards and olive groves, with always a medieval town on a hill in sight: the villages you visit on the way have preserved their own identity and you will feel like the time has stood still for centuries. Last, but not least, this part of Italy is world-known for its exquisite cuisine and fine wines.

Highlights

  • The ancient towns of Umbria: Assisi, Spello and Spoleto
  • Rich cultural heritage: monasteries, chapels, and churches
  • Picturesque, quiet and authentic medieval villages
  • Spectacular landscapes and countryside
  • Delicious cheeses, salami and wines served by the friendly locals all along the way

Itinerary for Medieval Umbria: Assisi to Spoleto

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Day 1: Arrival at Assisi

Depending on the time of your arrival you have the opportunity to stroll the streets if Assisi with its many outstanding churches, palaces and ancient buildings: the Basilica of St. Francis with the crypt, the Church of Santa Chiara, the Cathedral of San Rufino and the Minerva Temple dated to the Roman period.

Day 2: Assisi to Spello

Today you walk from Assisi to Spello: a beautiful uphill trail leads through the slopes of Monte Subasio to the astonishing hermitage called Eremo delle Carceri (you canoptionally) take a taxi to avoid part of the climb to the Eremo delle Carceri. This magnificent monastery was one of the places where Francis regularly retreated for prayer. The trail continues through an oak forest to the IX century abbey of San Benedetto. A long descent takes you down to the medieval fortified town of Spello.

Day 3: Spello to Vegnole

Before starting today’s hike, you have time to walk around the beautiful, pink-stoned medieval town of Spello. Today a leisurely walk through olive groves and vineyards takes you to the small village of Scanzano, where you can stop for a drink before you continue to the hilltop agriturismo where you stay for the night and from where you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding Apennines and their valleys.

Day 4: Uppello to Bovara di Trevi

A short car transfer takes you to Uppello, where your walk begins. After a steep climb you pass the 11th century Rocca di Scandolaro castle continuing along oak forests and olive groves to Trevi, another remarkable town well worth visiting. Walking along a medieval aqueduct you finally reach Bovara di Trevi, where you spend the night in an agriturismo with a swimming pool.

Day 5: Bovara di Trevi to Poreta

From Bovara di Trevi to Campello Alto you get on the official Via Francescana, the original path walked by St. Francis, with beautiful views of the valley of Spoleto. On your way you can see the majestic high walls of the convent of Pissignano and the convent Padri Barnabiti in Campello. After passing Lenano, you will reach the tiny, medieval village of Poreta, overarched by its castle, reachable on a short walk from the village.

Day 6: Poreta to Spoleto

Today’s walk starts on a narrow trail leading to the hamlet of Santa Maria di Reggiano, an old monastery containing beautiful XII and XIV century frescos. Passing by the hamlet of Eggi and following the old dismantled railway line, you reach Spoleto, or you can make a detour for a longer but spectacular entry into the city, passing high above the Tessino stream on the medieval aqueduct that bridges the valley from where enjoy superb views of the city and its surroundings.

Day 7: Departure

Departure on your own or extension upon request.

Hotels for Medieval Umbria: Assisi to Spoleto

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Accommodation during the trip is in comfortable 2 and 3-star hotels and equivalent-standard farmhouses (agriturismi*). All the rooms have private bathrooms, TV, mini-bar and hair dryer.

Sample hotels Country House Tre EsseAlbergo il Cacciatore, Farmhouse Le Vigne, Agriturismo I MandorliAgriturismo Borgo della MarmottaHotel Charleston

*What is an agriturismo? A combination of the words for “agriculture” and “tourism” in ItalianIt is a farm-stay, but it’s also much, much more. Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially for accommodation purposes, in a way similar to English or American bed and breakfasts. One of the best parts of staying in a traditional agriturismo? The food. An Italian agriturismo will usually serve guests food that was prepared from raw materials – vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, and often wine and olive oil – produced on the farm or from other local merchants.

Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

A good continental breakfast is served each morning and dinner is included on day 3. For the rest of the time there are plenty of opportunities for you to taste both the outstanding local cuisine and a wide range of prestigious regional wines.

Travel for Medieval Umbria: Assisi to Spoleto

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By Plane

The best cities to fly into are Rome (two airports: Fiumicino Airport, major international airport; or Ciampino Airport, smaller and serviced more by low-cost European airlines), Florence, Perugia and Pisa.

By Train

All the recommended airports have regular train connections to Assisi and back from Spoleto. Since Assisi Train Station is located about 3 km from central Assisi you will need to take either a bus or taxi to get to town.

Please check the Trenitalia website for up-to-date train schedules. Another useful website is Go Euro.

By Car

If you travel by car, you can decide to park either in Assisi or in Spoleto, depending on whether you want to take the train to collect your car on the first or on the last day of the route.

Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers.

Baggage Transfers

Hotel to hotel luggage transfer is included on each of the walking days.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Medieval Umbria: Assisi to Spoleto

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

The length of the walks varies from 9,5 to 18 km. The biggest ascent is 910 metres on the first walk but this can be avoided with a taxi transfer. The walks are for the greater part on well marked trails, old donkey paths and dirt roads. You will cross several hamlets and some larger villages where access roads have been asphalted. We have tried to avoid as much asphalt as possible. The paths are clearly visible and well-marked, no technical skills are required. A basic level of fitness is required for enjoying the walks to the maximum (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip can depart everyday between early April and end of October. We advise that if you choose to walk in July and August, you begin the walks very early in the morning, so to avoid the midday heat. Availability in Spoleto can be challenging around the times of the Festival of Spoleto which is held each year around the first 2 weeks of July. There may also be a supplement to pay if you wish to go during this time.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Medieval Umbria: Assisi to Spoleto

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  • 6 nights in 2 or 3-star hotels, B&Bs and agriturismi
  • 6 breakfasts
  • One dinner on day 3
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel on all walking days
  • Maps and detailed description of the itinerary
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers can be arranged upon request
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Airport train and bus fares
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting transfers
  • Lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned as ;included; in the programme
  • City tourist taxes

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