WALKING, DISCOVERING AND ENJOYING THE UMBRIAN LANDSCAPE
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This itinerary in the Park of Mount Subasio leads you to the upper meadows of the Mount of Assisi, where you find sheperd’s shelters, medieval ruins, pre-roman buildings, majestic alpine sinkholes.
During this excursion, you will discover a stretch of a very important path, the same path Saint Francis walked during his last journey: he was then very sick and brought by the knights of Satriano from Nocera to Assisi, where he died. This tour passes through the Park of Mount Subasio. Ponte Marchetto (Marchetto Bridge) is a highlight of the tour.
A very nice walk with beautiful sites: you will discover the Eremo delle Carceri in a different way and, walking through the meadows up to the mountain, you will reach the Hermitage of San Benedetto.
A beautiful path through the vineyards of Montefalco, with a visit of a winery. You walk amongst walled hamlets, splendid churches and vineyards always with stunning views.
Discover one of the most beautiful parks of Italy, in a wonderful natural setting, among sinkholes, valleys, enchanted villages and lots of flowers.
SCHEGGINO - SPOLETO:
The Castle of Scheggino has always been a reference point in the valley since Medieval times, because its position allowed to control people entering the Valnerina. In 1522, it was the scene of a particular historic battle….: in 1552 it was assaulted by Picozzo Brancaleoni, who could not conquer the castle because of the strong defence operated by the women of the village. Every year in the summer this event is being celebrated under the name of “Festival of Women”. Scheggino is also, together with Norcia, the homeland of truffle, still seeked using ancient methods.
This route goes through mixed woodlands with imposing chestnut trees: at the beginning, the path goes fast uphill and then reaches a plain where you can enjoy a wonderful view of medium Valnerina and its mountains: Mount Coscerno, Mount Civitella, Mount Maggiore. Going downhill between chestnut trees, you will reach the trail of the ancient railway Spoleto-Norcia, built in the last century and abandoned in the ‘60s: the path is very evocative, because of its helical tunnels. The trail connected the cities of Spoleto and Norcia, challenging impossible slopes thanks to its tunnels: the “Caprareccia” (2 km long) is the symbol of the trail and goes along rivers Nera, Corno and Sordo. The old trail, with sweet slopes and recently restored, leads you to Spoleto, splendid Lombard Duchy and city of the famous Festival dei Due Mondi.
The path can be done backwards. In this case slopes are less difficult, but longer. Once arrived in Scheggino, it is possible to book a tasting of olive oil and local products.
A very evocative route of high historic and natural interest. It follows part of the well known “footpath of Pio IX”. Pio IX was Archbishop of Spoleto and future Pope; in 1831, while the rebel troops approached Spoleto, he left and, stepping over the ridges of watersheds, arrived in Valnerina, in Ceselly, where, riding a mule, he was accompanied to the city of Leonessa, which was part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. When enemy troops withdrew, a few days later, he went back to Spoleto through the same way. The path begins by the village of Le Cese; in Spring it is covered by cyclamens, you go past a wonderful waterfall and reach the abandoned village of Sensati, a real balcony on Valnerina, 800 above sea level. You then go up until you enjoy the view of The Spoleto Valley and then go down until the village of Schioppo, surrounded by olive trees, and from here to Puntuglia, which still preserves a mill for olive oil and wheat (non working), and a beautiful tank to collect spring water to make it work
A pleasant and varied route, suitable for all, allowing you to discover evocative corners of the Umbrian Valley. The route start is from Spoleto, a Lombard town, rich in arts and history and homeland of the Festival dei Due Mondi, taking place every year in the summer. From here, walking along the slopes of Monteluco, where Saint Francis used to retire to pray in silence (just like at the Eremo delle Carceri), you go through a sacred wood of Holm oaks and reach Eggi, distinctive hillside castle, surrounded by olive trees. From here onwards, olive groves will always be around you: the path goes uphill, first to the villages of lower Bazzano and then to upper Bazzano; then it goes downhill to the complex of Santa Maria Reggiana (monastery and medieval church). Still walking among silver colour olive groves, you reach Poreta, ancient hamlet, not far from the Via della Spina (important street connecting Umbria to Marche).
This path is one of the most distinctive ones of Valnerina; it is about 15 km long. This is the trail of the ancient railway which connected Spoleto to Norcia in the last century. The railway opened in 1926 and was equipped with electric locomotives: at that time, it was a little masterpiece of engineering: the trail is just 52 km long and 19 tunnels were built on it, including the one by Caprareccia which is almost 2 km long, then 24 bridges and viaducts of high architectural value, with some helical sections in order to overcome the slopes of the mountains. The itinerary starts from S. Anatolia di Narco, picturesque village facing river Nera, and then continues uphill along the trail of the railway until the entrance of Caprareccia (that you can pass by): once out of the tunnel, you are in the Valle Spoletana. From here, you go past the bridge of Cortaccione and, going downhill, you reach Spoleto, splendid Lombard Duchy and homeland of the famous Festival dei Due Mondi.