Assisi Way North

St Francis of Assisi a mystical person, whose charisma and philosophy are still respected the world over today. Follow his paths and discover traces of hermitages, chapels and crosses through a landscape of shady forests, orchards, olive groves and fields of wheat and barley. Visit historic towns and villages and taste many traditional dishes from the local cuisine.

This is a journey from Città di Castello with its palaces to the town from which the story of Francis began - Assisi.  Assisi is rich in religious heritage and culture: see the frescoed churches or soak up the ancient history with a visit to the Roman forum "Asisium".

We have been creative with our Assisi itinerary - sometimes using short transfers to get you to the best locations and lodgings, as well as the loveliest parts of the Assisi landscape.

You may like to consider combining this northern section to Assisi with the southern section.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you would like us to create a longer or shorter, personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.


  • Gubbio and Assisi: 2 ancient towns full of history
  • Monasteries, chapels, hermitages and churches of great interest
  • Small, quiet, authentic medieval villages
  • Wonderful undulating landscapes, well-marked trails
  • Friendly people, great cheese, salami, truffles and wines

The Via Francescana is mostly on Strade Bianche, the gravel roads that meander through the hills. Further you walk along forest paths and cart tracks through fields. In near villages and towns tarmac roads are unavoidable. Because the route passes through hilly terrain, you must consider that you will climb an occasional height.The daily walks are moderate to demanding on alternate days.

Day 1 - Città di Castello

Your journey starts from Città di Castello, which will surprise you with its many artistic treasures: the Palazzo del Podesta, with other noble buildings overlooking Piazza Matteotti, the Cathedral of San Florido, which gathers together a multitude of architectural styles. Do not miss the view of the Umbrian hills from the top of the Civic Tower, before celebrating your first travel day with a dish of white truffle, a famous local specialty.

Day 2 - Città di Castello around, 12 km

Today you can admire the city from another perspective: awaits a circular route around the city, including beautiful views of the Tiber Valley and the opportunity to stop for a refreshing break to Fontecchio Terme, whose sulfur baths were already known in Roman times. To art lovers should visit the Burri Collection, a collection of modern paintings and sculptures housed in large buildings where once it dried tobacco.

Day 3 - From Città di Castello in Pietralunga, 8 or 17 km

The day will begin with a transfer to the stage starting point: you can choose from two different locations, shortening or lengthening the path accordingly. The route winds through woods and wide gravel roads up to Pietralunga, a village perched on a hill 566 meters high. Here you can wander through the narrow streets of the medieval center, admire the frescoes of St. Mary's Parish Church and the remains of the ancient Lombard fortress located right at the center of the square. Finally, you can enjoy excellent home-cooked meal in the farm that houses there for the night.

Day 4 - From Pietralunga Gubbio, 17.7 km

From Pietralunga you will face a scenic route passing through ancient abbeys, once an important reference point for pilgrims: among them St. Benedict, founded in the tenth century by a hermit monaco.You continue on forest roads up to Ponte San Giorgio, where you will be picked up and transported to Gubbio. Piazza Grande, dominated by the majestic Palazzo dei Consoli, will give you a wonderful view over the old town. You can walk under the tall arches of the cathedral, or browse through the pottery workshops throughout the city center but do not miss the well-preserved Roman theater: if you're lucky, you can even watch a show or a concert.

Day 5 - From Gubbio to Valfabbrica, 22.5 km

After a short bus ride up to the Castello di Petroia, you regain your way through the Umbrian countryside.The stretch towards Valfabbrica, following the original "Franciscan Path of Peace" path by Francis himself, will test you with many ups and downs. But the effort will be rewarded by the beautiful landscape: you will walk in the valley of the river Chiascio, surrounded by castles and old farmhouses perched on the hills, and if the day is nice even be able to see the profile of Mount Subasio.

Day 6 - From Valfabbrica to Assisi, 14.5 km

Today continue along the Franciscan path and in the last stage of your journey to Assisi: the path winds through dirt roads and woods up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, from which you will face a last uphill stretch up to cross Porta San Giacomo, finishing your path in front of the Basilica of San Francesco.Despite the many visitors, Assisi is always filled with a great peace: Taste it with a walk in the forest of Saint Francis, to be guided by a friar to discover the cathedrals, and if you are fond of ancient history you go to discover the amazing Roman Assisi. To celebrate the end of your trip, enjoy the sweet Rocciata, a sort of Umbrian variant of the strudel.

Day 7 - Assisi

Food lovers can enjoy all the traditional flavors of the Umbrian kitchen. Local dishes based on simple ingredients like extra virgin olive oil and grains, fresh pasta topped with meat sauces and the Umbrian classic tortiglione, sweet sugared almond pastries twisted into snake-like shapes. You'll find many traditional recipes handed down through the generations and more modern inerpretations of classic Umbrian cuisine. 

  • Brustengo of Gubbio, fried bread to accompany cold meats
  • The country Umbrian dishes, based on cereals and vegetables
  • Pork, is the star of many local dishes
  • Sweets of Assisi such as Rocciata and Mostaccioli
  • Cheeses and cured meats
  • Wonderful Local Wines
  • Truffles in season

Accommodations - B&B and HB mix

  • All comfortable 3* hotels and equivalent farmhouses "agriturismo".
  • All rooms with private en-suite facilities.
  • A continental breakfast will be served each morning.
  • Dinner are included in Pietralunga and Valfabbrica.

Alternative accommodation

During high season it is possible that you might sleep in different accommodation to the ones that are indicated in the description. In some cases it is possible that your list of accommodation differs somewhat. This means that start or end of the routes are slightly altered. In choosing alternative accommodation we have tried to maintain the same standards and quality. We have also tried to stay in the same towns and villages, in order to change routes as little as possible.

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer is included in your package; this is normally provided by the accommodation itself or by a local taxi. 

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The Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

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The streets of Assisi

  • Date

    From April - October

  • Cost

    6 nights B&B with baggage transfers from £650 pp double / twin rooms and dinner included on two nights.

  • Accommodation

    A mix of traditional Umbrian 1-3* hotels, guest houses and agriturismos. All private rooms have en suite facilities. Breakfasts and some evening meals included which may be a mixture of in-house and eating out. Local city taxes may apply in some bigger Italian centres, payable directly to the hotel,these are upwards of 1-2€ per person.

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  • How To Get There

    The best city to fly into is Rome, to one of its two airports: Fiumicino Airport, major international airport; or Ciampino Airport, smaller and serviced more by low-cost European airlines. You can also fly to Pisa or to Florence where there are train connections to Arezzo and then public bus to Assisi. Or transfers from Rome to Assisi. For more informations about trains, please visit the website www.trenitalia.it


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