Via di Roma – Stage 3: Assisi to Spoleto

Italy

Holiday overview

Destination

Italy


Type

Pilgrim Routes, Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 515 pp


Duration

6 nights


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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.

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:

£515 per person based on two people sharing.

Single supplement: £115

Supplement for one person walking alone £55.00

 

Included:

5 nights accommodation in hotels or agriturismo with private bathrooms; breakfast each day; 1 dinner; transfers as mentioned in the itinerary; walking maps with route instructions; luggage transportation; local back-up.

 

Not Included:

Travel to and from the holiday, meals not mentioned in the programme, drinks with meals, insurance.

 

Departure Dates:

Daily according to accommodation availability from the 1st April until the beginning of November.

Day 1: Arrive in Assisi.

 

Day 2: Assisi-Spello

Distance: 15,8 km

Walking time: 5 hours

Difficulty: medium / difficult

Ascent / descent: + 690m, – 685m

 

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.

 

Day 3: Spello– Trevi

Distance: 19,9 km

Walking time: 6 hours

Difficulty: medium

Ascent/Descent: + 260m -295m

 

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 to Trevi.

 

Day 4: Trevi – Poreta

Distance: 13,3 km

Walking time: 4 hours 45 min

Difficulty: medium

Ascent / Descent: + 560m -475m

 

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.

 

Day 5: Poreta – Spoleto

Distance: 16,1 km

Walking time: 5 hours

Difficulty: medium – hard

Ascent / Descent: +550m -464m

 

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.

 

Day 6: Departure after breakfast.