Walking holidays Umbria, Assisi and Spoleto – Two Historic Italian Cities.
Highlights include the various landscapes with their beautiful views of the valleys, hills and the towns Assisi, Spello and Spoleto, where you can feel the medieval atmosphere.
This is lovely self-guided two centre walking holiday in beautiful Umbria, staying in two of the area’s loveliest and most interesting towns – Assisi, with its associations with St. Francis, and Spoleto, with its medieval centre.
£525 per person based on two people sharing a room in standard hotels (£585.00 per person with upgrade to Hotel La Terazza)
£100 single supplement (£150 per person in Hotel la Terazza).
Dinner each night £110 per person in standard accommodation (£125.00 per person in Hotel La Terazza).
£825.00 per person sharing a room staying in deluxe accommodation
£230 single room supplement in deluxe accommodation
Solo Walkers: additional £50.00
Daily from the 1st April until the beginning of November.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival Assisi – at 19h30 there is an orientation meeting when you will be given the maps and route notes and everything else you need for the holiday. Our standard hotel is the two star family run hotel Hotel da Angelo, situated in the new part of Assisi about 900 metres from the historical centre. The hotel has a car park, swimming pool, restaurant and bar (for other hotels see ‘additional information’). Overnight Assisi.
Day 2: Assisi Town walk
The Assisi town walk will take you round the most important cultural monuments of Assisi, which are mostly connected with the lives of the saints Francis and Clare, who were born in Assisi. From the hotel your walk goes up to the Porta Cappuccini town gate and continues through a tangle of little alleys and medieval squares. You will pass the remains of an amphitheatre, the medieval castle, the basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva, the church ‘Chiesa Nuova’ and the basilica of St. Clare, finally walking down to the monastery of S. Damiano. Then you can choose to go back to your hotel or to continue your walk downhill to the village of S. Maria degli Angeli to visit the impressive basilica, from where a local bus will bring you back to Assisi. Walking time: 3 – 4 ½ hours.
Day 3: Walk in the vicinity of Assisi
A walk on the hills around Assisi starts from the Porta Cappuccini town gate (470m a.s.l.). From here you walk up to the spring ‘Fonte Maddalena’ (810m a.s.l.) on Monte Subasio. You then descend to the hamlets of Costa di Trex (570m a.s.l.) and Ponte Grande, where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the hamlet’s two restaurants or in the bar. Your route will then bring you back to Assisi through gentle, rolling countryside. You will enter the town through the Porta S. Giacomo town gate and pass through the old centre of Assisi to walk back to your hotel. Walking time: 4 ½ hours (about 14 km)
Day 4: Assisi to Spello
There are two routes to Spello: a longer one going uphill to the hermitage Eremo delle Carceri or a shorter one through olive groves along the slopes of Monte Subasio. From the Porta Cappuccini a footpath will take you to the hermitage, which is situated at 830m. Saint Francis and his companions used to retreat here to meditate in the woods. After St. Francis’s death a monastery was built on this spot. Passing the spring ‘Tre Fontane’ and the abbey of S. Benedetto you will descend to Spello, walking first through woods and then through olive groves. Walking time: 6 hours (about 17 km)
The lower route follows the slopes of Mount Subasio and involves less climbing, but it is also a beautiful walk through olive groves with astounding views. Spello is built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. This little town has Roman origins, as we are reminded by several features including the Porta Venere and Porta Consolare town gates and the remains of a Roman theatre outside the town walls. Don’t forget to admire the colourful frescoes by Pinturicchio in the church of S. Maria Maggiore. Walking time: 3 hours (about 12 km).
From Spello you take the train to Spoleto. Your hotel*** is situated in the medieval centre.
Day 5: Spoleto to Monteluco
The walk today takes you to 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)
Day 6: Spoleto to Spello
The day starts with a private transfer to Poreta and from here you walk along the Olive Trail –’sentiero degli olivi’-, a walking route from Spoleto to Assisi. 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 Eggi and Bazzano. Walking time: 6 hours (18 km)
There is the possibility of a shorter walk (6km) please ask at the orientation meeting for details if you do not want to do the longer walk.
Day 7: departure
After breakfast the tour ends
Assisi: Hotel da Angelo ** is a family run hotel situated in the new part of Assisi about 900 metres from the historical centre. The hotel has 32 rooms, all with bathroom, television and telephone. The hotel has a car park, swimming pool, restaurant and bar.http://www.hoteldaangelo.com/
On request and with supplement stay in the three star, Hotel la Terrazza, in Assisi, 900 meters from the historical centre: air-conditioning, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and wellness centre with Turkish baths, tropical showers and mud treatments. www.laterrazzahotel.it
Spoleto: Hotel Clitunno *** is situated in the historical centre of Spoleto, close to the Roman theatre. The hotel has 45 rooms with air-conditioning, television and private bathroom. The hotel has an American bar and a restaurant. www.hotelclitunno.com
Hotel Charleston *** is situated in the historical centre of Spoleto. The hotel, a 17th century ‘palazzo’, has 24 rooms with air-conditioning, bathroom with shower or bath tub, sat tv, mini-bar and parquet. There is a wine bar, bar, breakfast room, wireless room with computer for the guests, a sauna and a garage. www.hotelcharleston.it
or for those who would prefr to stay in a more rural hotel with swimming pool
Hotel la Macchia *** is situated just outside Spoleto (20mins walk to historical centre) This hotel has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, garden and free car park. 11 rooms with air conditioning, mini-bar, Sat TV and Wifi connection www.albergolamacchia.it
Assisi: Residence d’Epoca S.Crispino Residenza D’Epoca San Crispino is a 14th century medieval mansion in the historic centre of Assisi. Stay in a beautifully restored suite and enjoy panoramic views across town. With traditional stone and wood interiors as well as frescos and original antique furniture, apartment suites at the San Crispino Residenza are unique and atmospheric.Each suite includes its own computer, allowing you to connect to the internet free of charge. Wi-Fi access is also available free, should you wish to bring your own laptop. www.assisibenessere.it/CategoriaMedia.aspx?idc=16&explicit=SI
Spoleto: Hotel San Luca **** is situated in the historical centre of Spoleto. The hotel rooms all have wifi, air conditioning, safe, queen or kingsize beds and 24-hour room service. There is a lovely inner court , bar and solarium. www.hotelsanluca.com
Getting to Assisi:
Flights to Rome or Perugia: then there is a good service from both cities – www.trenitalia.com
Good rail service to Assisi – journey takes approximately 2 hours from Rome depending on the train taken.
To return to Rome at the end of the tour: train from Spoleto takes approximately one hour 40 minutes.