On this journey in the footsteps of St. Francis you'll find yourself immersed in a landscape of woods and olive groves, surrounded by the green hills. In Assisi, admire the frescoes in the Basilica and a walk in the woods of San Francesco. Spello's narrow streets are full of flowers and medieval towers. Finally you will find yourselves walking the poet Goethe's route along the Ponte delle Torri, the ancient Roman aqueduct which crosses the gorge to Spoleto. Food lovers can experience all the flavors of the Umbrian kitchen.
Tour Highlights Include
- Assisi, Spello and Spoleto: ancient towns rich in history
- Monasteries, chapels, and churches of great interest
- Picturesque, quiet medieval villages
- Wonderful landscapes and authentic countryside
- Friendly people, delicious cheeses, salami, and wines
Day 1 Assisi
Your journey starts from Assisi , where you can spend the day visiting the sites of the life of St. Francis : the crypt of the Basilica , where millions of people come to visit the tomb of the saint, the Portiuncula , the small church that housed St. Clare , around which it was built the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli . You will be surprised to discover a Roman temple perfectly preserved in the city center, and you will enjoy a unique view from the top of the Rocca . To refuel enjoy the sweetness of Rocciata , such a sweet strudel which seems to have been brought in Assisi from Longobardo people.
Day 2 Assisi to Spello, 15.3 km
Your first day's walk will take you from Assisi to Spello safari along the Monte Subasio until ' ' Hermitage of the Prisons " , where you can gather in prayer in the caves where Francis and his followers retreated into meditation. The path continues through a forest of oaks until the ' Abbey of St. Benedict , which dates back to the ninth century, now unfortunately it closed for renovations. A long descent will ultimately lead to the medieval town of Spello , your destination for today, where you can enjoy an evening stroll among the stone houses, brightened by flowers decorating the railings of the balconies.
Day 3 -Spello to Vegnole, 10 km
Before departure you will have time to visit the medieval town of Spello: the two majestic towers that defend Porta Venere worth a photo, but we recommend you to visit the rooms of the Palazzo Comunale , and enter the church Santa Maria Maggiore to admire some frescoes by Pinturicchio and Parmigianino. Today's route will lead you to the small village of Scanzano , among vineyards and olive trees. You will continue up to your farm, from where you will enjoy a splendid view of the surrounding valley.
Day 4 - Uppello Bovara di Trevi, 20 km
A short transfer by car takes you up to Uppello , where to begin your journey. Start your day with a pretty steep climb that takes you up to the Rock of Scandolaro , but the views will repay your efforts .. You continue through oak woods until Trevi , where you can take a break to sample the ' olive oil for which the city it is famous. Walking along an ancient aqueduct will arrive finally to Bovara di Trevi , your destination today.
Day 5 - Bovara di Trevi in the upper Bazzano, 16 km
From Bovara di Trevi you follow in the footsteps of Francis along the " Franciscan track " up to Campello Alto , surrounded by beautiful views of the valley of Spoleto . Along the way you can admire the high walls of the monastery Pissignano and that of Campello , where you can gather a few minutes to enjoy the meditative which pervades these places. Past Lenano and Poreta, the route leads through the woods and olive trees up to Bazzano , protected by the fortress of Bentivoglio , which for its beauty is often chosen as a backdrop for photos of young married couples.
Day 6 - Bazzano than Spoleto, 15 km
Today a narrow path takes you to the village of Santa Maria di Reggiano : visit the ancient monastery to admire the frescoes of the twelfth century, before continuing to the village of Eggi . From here you will walk along an old disused railway line up to Spoleto. You can also lengthen the course of a few kilometers for a slightly longer variation but spectacular , passing over the creek Tessino through the ancient Roman aqueduct that runs through the valley, the Ponte delle Torri . In Spoleto you can recite a poem from the center of the Roman theater , be charmed by the simplicity of the Basilica of San Salvatore , and celebrate your arrival with a good dinner: local culinary pride is t Black artufo, to be enjoyed on a bruschetta or dusting in the omelet.
Day 7 - Spoleto
The services end after breakfast.
Umbria dishes are based on simple ingredients like extra virgin olive oil and cereals, fresh pasta topped with meat sauces and sweet almond parties. Traditonal recipes have been handed down through generations, many with a contemporary twist.
- 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.
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 is included in your package; this is normally provided by the accommodation itself or by a local taxi.
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Anne Corrigan, UK, walking the Camino Frances
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