A SURPRISING UMBRIA

Characteristic medieval towns, an astounding nature and a delicious cuisine

an 8 or 10 days walking holiday

 

 

Would you like to walk through beautiful scenery with a paradisiacal climate in which marvellous places, medieval villages and monasteries follow one from each other? Then this self-guided walking tour could be for you. You hike through the national park of Monte Subasio and from there to the lower Apennines. The tour starts in Spello, a colourful town with a tangle of alleys and atmospheric squares. A short walk amongst olive groves will bring you to Assisi, which mighty stature with ramparts, church towers and palace roofs is already visible from afar. The following days you will walk on footpaths and quiet country roads, through rolling landscapes which lead you through a succession of marvellous places, medieval villages and cloisters.  Your walks will take you through the Monte Subasio National Park, through olive groves and you will pass the little waterfalls of the river Altolina.  A surprise will be the Benedictine abbey of Sassovivo and the Franciscan hermitage, Eremo delle Carceri.  The tour ends in Spoleto, a town full of life, with many squares, shops with local delicacies and handicrafts. 

 

 

 

 

Programme in short:

 

8 days

day 1 arrival in Spello

day 2 walk to Assisi

day 3 walk to Balciano in the national park of Monte Subasio

day 4 walk to Vescia

day 5 walk to Manciano passing the abbey of  Sassovivo

day 6 walk to Campello Alto passing Trevi

day 7 walk to Spoleto

day 8 departure                          

10 days

day 1 arrival in Spello

day 2 walk to Assisi

day 3 ring walk through the park of Mount Subasio and surrounding hills

day 4 walk to Balciano in the national park of Monte Subasio

day 5 walk to Vescia

day 6 walk to Manciano passing the abbey of Sassovivo

day 7 walk to Campello Alto passing Trevi

day 8 walk to Spoleto

day 9 ring walk on Monteluco (Spoleto)

day 10 departure

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1

Arrival at Spello

You are met on your first evening and will have the opportunity to discuss your holiday. Spello has lovely little streets to wander around, colourful decorated with plants and flowers. A very picturesque spot is the Via Torre di Properzio, which ends near the Roman ‘Porta Venere’, but also the Roman mosaics and the S.Maria Maggiore church are worthwhile to visit.

 

Day 2

Spello-Assisi

Spello is situated on the west edge of the Monte Subasio National Park and today you will be walking through this Park. The route has different variants. The first stretch will lead you through the olive groves on the slopes of Monte Subasio. After 8 km (475m a.s.l.) you can choose to go straight to Assisi, remaining on level, or to climb to the hermitage Eremo delle Carceri (830m a.s.l.) St. Francis and his companions often stayed here and you can visit the cave where Francis used to meditate. After your visit you descend through the forest to the Porta Cappuccini town gate. Assisi’s medieval character is well preserved; the houses, gates and churches are almost all built in the pink-white stone of Mt.Subasio.

Walking time: short route 3 hours /12 km Long route 6 hours /17 km

 

Day 3

Assisi - Balciano

Today you walk through the Mounts of Subasio National Park. A highlight is the Fosso del Marchetto, a mini canyon. Walking through forest and olive groves you will reach your Hotel, where you can enjoy a swim in the swimming pool.

Walking time: 6 hours (19 km)

 

Day 4

Balciano - Vescia

You leave the valley climbing up to the castle il Poggio and the you descend to the village of Capodacqua. One last uphill climb with beautiful views on the surrounding hills and Monte Subasio and the it goes downhill to Vescia. Your overnight stay is in a real ancient olive oil mill (Frantoio), where excellent olive oils are produced. You will have diner in a local restaurant close by. 

Walking time: 6 hrs (19 km)

 

Day 5

Vescia - Manciano

This beautiful route amongst olive groves will take you first to the waterfalls of the Altolina and then to the 11th century Benedictine Abbey of Sassovivo. During the time of St. Francis this important abbey had vast powers of jurisdiction and a considerable patrimony spread out over the whole of central Italy. The finest architectural feature of the entire abbey is certainly the cloister with the double order columns, surmounted by lily-shaped capitols Walking through the woods you climb to the hamlet of Roviglieto (700m a.s.l.) and then will descend to the farmhouse B&B in the hamlet Manciano. Also here a nice pool to relax after your walk of today. 

Walking time: 6 hrs (18 km)

 

Day 6

Manciano – Trevi – Campello alto

You leave Manciano and  walk to Trevi on the lower flank of Monte Serano, known as the capital of olive oil. Trevi has a medieval aspect and worthwhile to visit are the Duomo and the S.Francis church, which houses a museum. You leave the town walking among the olive groves along the pilgrimage route ‘Way of St.Francis’, which runs from La Verna to Rome . You reach the walled village of Campello Alto and a last climb will bring you to your hotel 650m a.s.l. If you are tired the Giuseppe, the owner of the hotel, will pick you up in Campello Alto.

Walking time: 5 hrs (17 km)

 

Day 7 

Campello Alto - Spoleto

If you would like to shorten your walk, after breakfast you will have a transfer by vehicle to Poreta. Your  will walk along the olive grove path till Spoleto. 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 Bazzano and Eggi. In Spoleto there is a lot to see, including the cathedral with the frescoes of Filippo Lippi and Pinturicchio, a Roman house and a Roman theatre. Also worth seeing are the façade of the church S.Pietro just outside town and, of course, the famous aqueduct bridge Ponte delle Torri. Spoleto is also a very pleasant place just to wander around the friendly little shopping streets with cosy restaurants and bars.

Walking time: 6 hrs (ca 18,5 km)

Day 8

Departure 

 

The 10 days tour:

The 8 days tour can be extended with two extra days. You will stay an extra night at Assisi . You make a nice walk through the hilly country side and the woods of Mount Subasio. Walking time: 5 ½ hours (19 km).

Another extra night you will have in Spoleto. The walk takes you to the 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 km)

 

 

 

 

This walking tour includes:

  • 7 or 9 overnight stays with breakfast in farmhouse B&B, B&B and hotels  

  • 3 times dinner

  • local back up service 

  • luggage transportation

  • detailed route descriptions (in Italian, English or Dutch) and maps.

  • tour information

  • route briefing on your evening of arrival

 

 

 

Period

From the 1st April  until the beginning of November. For the 8 day tour NOT possible to start on Sunday and the 10 day tour has NO start on Saturday

Level 3

For walkers with some experience. Routes middle/high landscapes with some steep climbs. Day distances between 10-22 km with an average of 3 km an hour. Walking over footpaths, mountain tracks, forest trails and little road walking.

Price p.p.2017

8 day tour

in double room      € 615,00

single room     € 740,00

travelling alone  € 780,00

supplement half board in Spello, Assisi, Balciano and Spoleto     € 84,00

10 day tour

in double room   € 725,00

single room   € 860,00

travelling alone   € 910,00

supplement half board in Spello, 2 x Assisi, Balciano and 2 x Spoleto     € 122,00 

On request

extra overnight stays, wine-tasting, cookery course