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St Francis Way - Stage 2 from Citta to Assisi

St Francis Way - Stage 2 from Citta to Assisi

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 and olive groves.

Overview

A journey full of beauty and spirituality, from the first to the last step: from Citta di Castello, with its jewelled buildings, to Assisi, the town where the story of Francesco began.

Assisi is rich in religious heritage and culture. Visit the frescoed churches or soak up the ancient history with a visit to the Roman forum "Asisium".

The Via Francescana is mostly on so-called Strade Bianche, white gravel paths that meander through some hilly terrain, then along forest paths and cart tracks through fields.

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

The path is immersed in the wonderful Umbrian landscape where you will pass through shady woods, orchards, olive groves and fields of barley and wheat, treading the steps of Francis and his friars along the ancient Franciscan path. The trail passes remote hermitages, chapels and stone crosses hidden in the undergrowth.

The first two days are based around Citta di Castello which has a lot to offer in terms of landscape, thermal spa, artworks and architecture as well as the local gastronomy. Your second day's walking offers you the choice of a short or longer route to your destination, depending on how far you want to walk this early on the route.

Day 1 - Citta di Castello

Your journey starts from Citta 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 speciality.

Day 2 - From Citta di Castello to Pietralunga, 15 km

After a short transfer, the route winds through woods and wide gravel roads up to Pietralunga, a rural village at an altitude of 566m. The old town with its steep narrow streets, the church of Madonna dei Rimedi and Pieve di Urbino really are worth a visit.

Here you can wander through the narrow streets of the medieval centre, admire the frescoes of St. Mary's Parish Church and the remains of the ancient Lombard fortress located right at the centre of the square. Finally, you can enjoy an excellent home-cooked meal at your agriturismo for the night.

You can be dropped off at two different locations, shortening or lengthening the path accordingly.

Day 3 - From Pietralunga to Gubbio, 18 km

From Pietralunga you walk through a scenic landscape passing the monasteries of San Pietro and San Benedetto. The abbey of San Benedetto, dating back to the 11th century, was once an important reference point for pilgrims.

You continue on forest roads up to Mocaiana, where you will be picked up and transported to Gubbio. The final stretch to Gubbio is by taxi.

The town of Gubbio is worth an extensive visit. It is one of the most beautifully preserved Medieval towns. The 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 centre. Do not miss the well-preserved Roman theatre, if you're lucky, you might even catch a show or a concert - or one of the many traditional festivities that are honoured still today.

Day 4 - From Gubbio to Valfabbrica, 23 km

Today's walk is along the hills which separate Gubbio from Valfabbrica. The route is through the Umbrian countryside and offers breath-taking views as far as Mt. Sibillini.

It is possible to shorten the walk (by 2 km), by taking a short bus ride up to the Castello di Petroia and continue through a beautiful valley on the "Sentiero Francescano" to Valfabbrica.

This stretch towards Valfabbrica, follows the original "Franciscan Path of Peace" path walked by Francis himself, which 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 5 - From Valfabbrica to Assisi, 13 km

Today's beautiful itinerary along Umbrian hills starts from the quiet little town of Valfabbrica.

The path winds along dirt tracks and woods up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, from where you are faced with a last uphill stretch. With the hills behind, the landscape is filled with woods, fields, country houses, parish churches with the Apennine peaks overpowering above.

Assisi appears at the middle of the walk when you are in a wonderful panoramic point over the edge of the hills.

You cross the Porta San Giacomo, finishing your journey in front of the Basilica of San Francesco.

Day 6 - Assisi

Our services finish after breakfast, but if time allows, here are some suggestions on how to spend your time here.

Despite the many visitors, Assisi is always filled with a great sense of peace. Take a stroll in the forest of Saint Francis, be guided by a friar who will help you discover the Cathedrals of the town and if you are fond of ancient history we recommend you explore the amazing ancient town of Roman Assisi. To celebrate the end of your trip with the sweet Rocciata, a sort of Umbrian variant of the strudel.

Highlights

  • 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

Food & Drink

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

Accommodation

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 this description. In some cases, it is possible that your list of accommodation differs somewhat. This means that start or end of the routes is 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. Your notes will reflect your accommodation locations.

Fly into Rome, to one of its two airports: Fiumicino Airport, major international airport or Ciampino Airport, smaller and serviced more by low-cost European airlines.

Or fly to Pisa or to Florence where there are train connections to Arezzo and then public bus Citta di Castello or back from Assisi at the end of the tour.

For more information about trains, please visit the website www.trenitalia.it

Perugia and Assisi are the best train stations to use.

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