UMBRIA AN ENO-GASTRONOMIC SURPRISE

 

 

a picture made by our client Dan L.

 

This walking tour offers the possibility to get to know the beautiful  green and hilly Umbria in a different way, thanks to this  perfect combination of walking in the natural environment, exploring around culturally interesting towns and  discovering the excellent wines and gastronomic traditions of the area. This tour starts in medieval Assisi, a charming town Assisi offering tourists a wealth of tranquillity and a lot to see. Take the time to properly explore the town of foot and with the help of our cultural route you will find yourself walking by many impressive medieval monuments, town palaces, shops and fountains, such as the Fonte Oliviera. Leaving Assisi you will walk to Spello, but before reaching this town built on the slopes of Monte Subasio, you will make a stop at a bio-winery to taste some wines of the Assisi d.o.c. area. The tour finishes in Spoleto built on a hilltop with most of the sites in the compact upper town offering a wonderful mix of treasures from Roman and Medieval times Exploring Umbria is a culinary tour, involving gourmet meals with special dishes and produce typical to the local area: olive oil drizzled on toasted wood-baked bread, cheese boards including the local sheep’s' milk cheese, platters of cold meats from Norcia, pasta wafting with the aroma of truffles, freshly baked pizza and bread... and all of this matched perfectly with glasses of excellent red and white wine, such as  the Sagrantino di Montefalco and Grechetto di Assisi which are famous all over the world for their quality.

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1

Arrival in the medieval town of Assisi

Arrival at hotel close to the old centre of Assisi (900m). This evening you will have dinner included.

 

Day 2 

Assisi

This morning the city walk will take you among the most important monuments of the town, which are mostly connected with the lives of the saints Francis and Clare, who were born in Assisi. You will pass sites such as the Rocca (Castle), St. Francis basilica, St.Clara Basilica, the Monastery of S.Damiano and the Temple of Minerva. Then you can decide to descend to Santa Maria degli Angeli, here another Franciscan basilica is.

Walking time: 3 - 4½ hours

 

Day 3 

The wines of the d.o.c. area

Thers are two routes to Spello, which you can choose: a shorter one with less differences of level, which follows the slopes of Monte Subasio and will take you to Spello. It is a beautiful walk among olive groves and with great views of the Valle Umbra. The longer route passes the hermitage 'Eremo delle Carceri' at 830m high. Before you arrive at Spello you will make a stop for a wine-tasting at a bio-winery in the Assisi d.o.c. area.

After your visit you continue your walk to Spello, built up a spur of Monte Subasio. The splendidly intact town walls are draped around the historical centre, which has a number of monuments testifying the Roman era. Spello also has also one of Umbria’s major art attractions, the outstanding frescoes by Pinturicchio in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. You will stay in a hotel in the historical centre.

Walking time: 5 ½  or 3 ½  hrs (17 or 12 km / 9,3 or 7,4 miles)  

 

Day 4 

 

Walking in the Monte Subasio National Park or a resting day at Spello

Today you make a ring route on Monte Subasio. Through olive groves and woods you will climb to the mountain. Then you descend to the hamlet Collepino at 600m a.s.l.. Here you could make a stop to drink a coffee in the bar of the village. You walk back to Spello along the Roman Aqueduct and will have great views of Spello. The vegetation of the slopes of the Subasio is divided into three belts: the lo west part has mainly olive groves, intermediate wood vegetation comprehends broom, Turkey oak, minor oak, hornbeam, flowering ash, maple, beech and ilex; the third belt is formed by pastures up to the top

Walking time: 4 hours ( about 11,5 km / 7,1 miles)

In the evening diner you are expected in a restaurant / wine bar to tasting menu with bruschette, ham, salami and cheeses, a first course primo and a ‘dolce’  combined with  different wines. 

 

Day 5 

Exploring Spoleto and a cookery lesson

Today you say goodbye to Spello and take the train to Spoleto. You have time to visit this lovely town. There is a lot to see like the duomo to be reached by a scenic stairway. Inside are beautiful frescoes of Filippo Lippi and Pinturicchio. Other sight worth a visit are the roman house, the San Salvatore church, the Romanesque San Ponziano church, the Rocca Albornoziana sitting on the hilltop above Spoleto, the bridge of the towers (Ponte delle Torri), the Tower dell’olio, the roman theatre, the archaeological museum…

In the afternoon you have a cookery lesson in your **** star hotel. You will prepare an antipasto and primo During diner you will taste the dishes you cooked.  

 

Day 6 

Monteluco, the holy mountain

From the ponte delle Torri starts your walk of today starts. The name is derived from lucus ‘sacred woods’, and signifies that in ancient times the mountain was considered a holy place. In the 5th century the hermit Isaac from Antioch lived under Benedictine rule. Later followed the Franciscans building here a monastery. The evergreen oak wood was always very important for the town and was therefore already a protected area in Roman times and during the middle ages. The animals living here include porcupines, wild cats, badgers and squirrels

Walking time: 3 ½ hours; Distance: 11 km / 6,8 miles; Ascent - Descent: + 646m  - 730m

 

Day 7 

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast

  • 1 dinner in Assisi 

  • 1 tasting dinner in Spello (incl. wines)

  • a wine-tasting at an organic farm

  • a cooking lesson with dinner in Spoleto (excl. drinks)

  • route instructions and maps 

  • luggage transportation

  • local back up service 

  • route briefing in your arrival hotel

 

 

Period

from 15 March till 15 November (on request during the Spoleto Music Festival - 29/06 al 15/07 and holidays)

Level 2

Moderate. Walking or cycling in a slight hilly country side. Not too many level differences. Walks of 4-6 hours a day /12-20 km (an average of 3/4 km an hour)

participants

minimum two persons

Price p.p. 2018

In a double room     € 585,00

single room     € 780,00

 

 

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