TWO WONDERFUL UMBRIAN TOWNS: ASSISI & SPOLETO

 a 7 day walking route or short break of 4 days

 

This walking tour is perfect for those looking to personally experience the unique and unspoiled region of Umbria with its beauty and hospitality. It offers the right combination of art and nature. In the Umbrian landscape you will find rolling hills covered with woodland, vineyards and silver- green olive groves alternated with colourful fertile valleys. This tour starts in the medieval town of Assisi. This lovely pilgrimage town is built on the slopes of Mount Subasio in a beautiful position on the Valle Umbra. The city is extremely important not only from the religious point of view, but also from the artistic and cultural point of view. Assisi is inextricably linked to the lives of Saints Francis and Clare. A cultural itinerary leads you along the most important monuments. The next day you discover the Park of Mount Subasio and the surrounding hills and on the third day a nice walk will take you to another famous medieval town. Spello, the town of flowers, is also built against the slopes of Mount Subasio. After you visit you take the train to Spoleto, an exciting town, where you can visit a lot of monuments, including the cathedral, a Roman house and of course the famous aqueduct bridge Ponte delle Torri. It is also a excellent starting point to make some nice walks on Monteluco or in the surrounding hills. Your hotel is situated in the historical centre of Spoleto.  

 

 

A. 7 day tour in short

Day 1 arrival at Assisi

Day 2 Cultural town walk through Assisi

Day 3 longer or shorter excursion in the national park of Mount Subasio

Day 4 a nice walk to Spello and by train to Spoleto 

Day 5 a walk on Monteluco

Day 6 a transfer to Poreta and walking along the olive grove path and Way of Saint Francis back to Spoleto

Day 7 Departure

 

Day 1

Arrival

Arrival ad Assisi. Your hotel is in the modern part of Assisi at 900m from the historical centre. The hotel has a swimming pool, a car park, restaurant and bar.

 

Day 2

Discover Assisi

The town walk will take you round the most important cultural monuments of Assisi, which are mostly connected with the lives of the saints Francis and Clare, who were born in Assisi. From the hotel your walk goes up to the Porta Cappuccini town gate (470m a.s.l.). From here you will walk through a tangle of little alleys and medieval squares. You will pass the remains of an amphitheatre, the medieval castle (506m a.s.l.), the basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva, the church ‘Chiesa Nuova’ and the basilica of St. Clare, finally walking down to the monastery of S. Damiano (310m a.s.l.). After your visit of this monastery you can choose to go back to your hotel or to continue your walk downhill to the village of S.Maria degli Angel (210m a.s.l.) to visit the impressive basilica. From here the local bus will bring you back to Assisi.

Walking time:  3 – 4 ½  hours  

Day 3

Today you can choose between a longer and a shorter route:

The longer walk through the hills around Assisi starts from the Porta Cappuccini town gate (470m a.s.l.). From here you walk along a walking trail to the hamlets of Costa di Trex (570m a.s.l.). From here you descend to the village of Ponte Grande, where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the two restaurants or in the bar. Your route will then bring you back to Assisi through gentle, rolling countryside. You will enter the town through the Porta S.Giacomo town gate and pass through the old centre of Assisi to walk back to your hotel.

Walking time: 6 ½  hours (about 20 km / 12,4 miles)

Or

The shorter walk through the national park of Mount Subasio:

This is a beautiful walk in the shade of the woods of Mount Subasio. From the Porta Cappuccini town gates you walk up to the spring ‘Fonte Maddalena’ (810m a.s.l.) on Monte Subasio. You climb some more and then descend to the Hermitage Eremo delle Carceri (830m a.s.l.), where S.Francis and his companions prayed and meditated in the woods. After your visit a trail brings you to Viole and along quiet country roads you walk back to Assisi.

Walking time: 4 ore (12 km / 7,5 miles)

Day 4

 

 

Assisi-Spello:

There are two routes to go to Spello: a longer one going uphill to the hermitage Eremo delle Carceri or a shorter one through olive groves along the slopes of Monte Subasio. From the porta Cappuccini a footpath will take you to the hermitage, which is situated at 830m a.s.l. Saint Francis and his companions used to retreat here to meditate in the woods. After St. Francis’s death a monastery was built on this spot. Passing the spring ‘Tre Fontane’ and the abbey of S. Benedetto you will descend to Spello, walking first through the woods and then through olive groves. 

Walking time: 6 hours (about 18 km)

Or

The lower route follows the slopes of Mount Subasio and involves less climbing, but it is also a beautiful walk through olive groves with astounding views.

Spello is built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. This little town has Roman origins, as we are reminded by several features including the porta Venere and porta Consolare town gates and the remains of a Roman theatre outside the town walls. Don’t forget to admire the colourful fresco’s by Pinturicchio in the church S.Maria Maggiore.

Walking time: 3 ½  hours (about 13 km)

Back by train to Spoleto

 

Day 5

Monteluco  

The walk today takes you to Monteluco (Mount Luco). The name ‘Lucu’ (lucus) means 'sacred woods', and signifies that in ancient times the mountain was considered a holy place. From the 5th  century hermits lived under Benedictine rule on the mountain. Later the Franciscans also built a monastery here. The evergreen oak wood was always very important for the town and was therefore already a protected area in the Middle Ages. The animals living here include porcupines, wild cats, badgers and squirrels

Walking time: 3 ½  hours (10,5 km / 6,5 miles)

 

Day 6

Olive Grove Path

After breakfast you have a transfer to Poreta, the starting point of your walk along the Olive Trail –'sentiero degli olivi'-, a walking route from Spoleto to Assisi . As the name indicates you will mostly walk through olive groves on the slopes of the mountains. You pass several little villages, mostly built on hills, like Eggi and Bazzano. It is also a part of the pilgrimage way of Saint Francis, which runs from La Verna in Tuscany to Rom.

Walking time: 5 hours (15 km / 9,3 miles)  

 

Day 7

End of our services after breakfast

 

B.Assisi short break:

Day 1 arrival Assisi & town walk in Assisi 

Day 2 walk through the hills around Assisi

Day 3 walk to Spello and by train back to Assisi

Day 4 departure

 

C.Spoleto short break:

Day 1 arrival at Spoleto 

Day 2 Monteluco walk

Day 3 Olive grove path

Day 4 departure  

 

 

 

Included in this walking holiday:

  • 3 / 6 overnight stays with breakfast / upgraded hotel version is possible

  • route notes and maps

  • 7 day tour: luggage transportation from Assisi to Spello 

  • tour information

  • 7 day or short break Spoleto: transfer to Poreta 

  • 1 dinner (only for short break tour)

  • clients assistance

 

Not included in the price:

  • train ticket from Spello to Spoleto (7 day tour)

  • train ticket Spello - Assisi (4 day Assisi, tour) 

  • local tourist taxes in Assisi and Spoleto (1,00-2,50 p.p.p.n)

  • everything not mentioned under included in this walking holiday

 

                                       

Period

Assisi & Spoleto all year round

Level 2 / 3

Not to heavy walks, but for walkers with some experience. Routes through middle/high level hilly landscapes with some steep climbs. Daily distances between 10 and 20 km. An average of  3 km-4km an hour. You will walk on footpaths, mountain tracks, forest trails and occasionally on quiet country roads. Some days you have the choice to make a shorter and lighter walk

Participants 

from 1 person

Prices p.p. 2019

A. Assisi-Spoleto Standard hotels

in double room     € 384,00

in single room      € 466,00

travelling alone     € 490,00

supplement half board      € 120,00

B.Assisi short break Standard hotels

in double room      € 168,00

in single room      € 258,00

supplement half board      € 38,00

C.Spoleto short break Standard hotels

in double room      € 215,00

in single room      € 280,00

supplement half board     € 48,00

 

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