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 hillside 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 a country house close to Assisi centre (1,5 km). This evening you will have dinner included…and with good weather it will be served in the garden with a spectacular view of Basilica of Saint Francis and Assisi.

 

Day 2 

Assisi and a cookery course

This morning you can take the bus to the centre of Assisi or walk along the mattonata of Assisi www.assisimattonata.com (brick road), which begins along the left side of the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and follows the remains of the ancient pilgrim way. This way was re-laid above using new bricks, each of which bears the name of a donor. In Assisi you can choose to  do a cultural town walk in Assisi or a short walk on Mount Subasio The town walk will take you round the most important cultural monuments of Assisi.

The shorter walk through the national park of Mount Subasio : This walk in the shed of the woods of Mount Subasio brings you to the spring ‘Fonte Maddalena’ (810m a.s.l.) on Monte Subasio. The route climb some more and then descend to the hermitage Eremo delle Carceri, a Franciscan monastery, where once Saint Francis prayed and meditated. Then you descend along a trail and along quiet country roads you return back to Assisi.

Distance: about 12 km / 7,4 miles; Walking time about: 4,5 ore

In the afternoon you will be awaited in your hotel for the cookery course and it is time to learn some typical Umbrian dishes like torta al testo, frittatina al tartufo (truffle omelette), gnocchi fatto in casa, zuppa di legume (pulses soup), filetto al sagrantino (fillet in Sagrantino wine), scaloppine di maiale con vino bianco (escalope in white wine), torcolo/crostata con marmellata fatto in casa (home-made cakes).  In the evening you will taste the dishes you cooked during the cookery lesson.

 

Day 3 

The wines of the d.o.c. area

The route of today 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. 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: 4 ½  or 3 ½  hrs (15 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 

Monteluco, the holy mountain

After breakfast you say goodbye to Spello and take the train to Spoleto. From the ponte delle Torri starts your walk of today. 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 6 

Exploring Spoleto and a cookery lesson

This morning you have time to visit Spoleto. 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 7 

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast

  • 2 dinners 

  • 1 tasting dinner (incl. wines)

  • a wine-tasting in an organic farm

  • 2 cooking lessons with dinner

  • 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 - 23/06 al 09/07 - 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. 2017

In a double room     € 758,00

single room     € 910,00

 

 

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