This is one of the most beautiful section of the Way of St Francis/Via Roma from Assisi to Spoleto, enjoying the varied landscapes between the cities which consist of beautiful views over the valleys, hills and towns and with the historic city of Assisi and Spoleto to enjoy.
See two great historical Italian Cities on this walk; Assisi and Spoleto. The varied landscapes between the cities consist of beautiful views over the valleys, hills and towns. In Assisi, see the Basilica di San Francesco, the house where St. Francis was born, before arriving in the medieval centre of Spoleto.
Price : £550 per person based on two people sharing a room.
Single supplement: £125. Dinner each night £120.00. Supplement for one person walking alone £55.00
All the year round (best period April – June / end of August – October).
Day 1: Arrive in Assisi.
Arrival in hotel – maps and route notes will be given to you.
Day 2: Assisi – Spello
Leave Assisi by the Porta Cappuccini arch and you will enter immediately into the Monte Subasio Natural Park. A steep climb will take you to the hermitage ‘Eremo delle Carceri’ (830m), one of the places which best captures the ‘sense’ of the prayers of St. Francis, who used to retreat here with his most faithful companions to pray and meditate in the silence of the woods. You can visit the cave where St. Francis slept and the ‘devil’s hole’ which is a reminder of his temptation.
From the hermitage you will descend towards Spello, passing the abbey of San Benedetto with its beautiful 11th century crypt. The woods give way to olive groves as you reach the village of Spello, the old Roman castrum clinging to the hillside. Several Roman features remain, including three town gates, the remains of an amphitheatre and some beautiful mosaics. Don’t miss the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, with its beautiful Baglioni chapel decorated with frescoes by Pinturicchio. Distance: 15,8 km/ Walking time: 5 hours /Difficulty: medium / difficult
Day 3: Spello – Trevi
A walk along the valley will take you to Foligno, which is one of the few towns built in the valley rather than on the hills. Cross the bridge over the river Topino and enter into the old town centre where you will find an impressive cathedral with two Romanesque façades; the 14th Century Palazzo Trinci, which hosts both an archeological museum and an art gallery; and the Oratorio della Nunziatella (1494) with a fresco by Perugino. At Sant Eraclio the route enters the olive groves and you will pass small hamlets and villages with narrow streets on your way toTrevi. Distance: 19,9 km/ Walking time: 6 hours /Difficulty: medium / Ascent/Descent: + 260m -295m
Day 4: Trevi – Poreta
The walking today is a shorter distance but involves a number of of uphill and downhill stretches on hills covered with olive groves and woods. You climb to an old Franciscan hermitage which now houses an enclosed order, then you descend through the olive groves before walking up to Campello Alto, at 514m above sea level. This is a fortified hill village built in 921 by Rovero di Champeause, baron of Burgundy. A last downhill-then-uphill stretch will bring you to Castello di Poreta, where you will stay overnight. Your accommodation is in an isolated position on a hill and offers a wonderful panoramic view over the Spoleto valley. Distance: 13,3 / Walking time: 4 hours 45 min / Difficulty: medium / Ascent / Descent: + 560m -475m
Day 5: Poreta – Spoleto
See Osteria where there was once a hotel for pilgrims, before climbing to Bazzano superiore, then passing the remains of a castle you will come to Bazzano inferiore. Emerge into the olive groves above Eggi, which is built on the top of a small hill and has a 14th Century castle. A quiet country lane then brings you to Spoleto, once a Lombard duchy. Spoleto is a proud medieval town, with a beautiful cathedral (il Duomo) and an impressive castle which dominates the town from above. Distance: 16,1 km / Walking time: 5 hours / Difficulty: medium – hard / Ascent / Descent: +550m -464m
Day 6: Departure after breakfast
Assisi: Hotel Restaurant ‘Da Angelo’ ** www.hoteldaangelo.com or La Terrazza www.laterrazzahotel.it (upgrade with supplement of £25 pp)
Spello: Hotel Il Cacciatore *** www.ilcacciatorehotel.com
Poreta: Castello di Poreta www.castellodiporeta.com
Spoleto: Hotel Clitunno *** www.hotelclitunno.com or Hotel Charleston *** – www.hotelcharleston.it – both hotels situated in the historical centre of Spoleto.
For those who prefer to stay in a more rural hotel with swimming pool Hotel la Macchia *** is situated just outside Spoleto (20mins walking to historical centre) www.albergolamacchia.it