Umbria – Classic Umbria (easiest option)

Umbria, Italy

Holiday overview

Destination

Italy


Type

Self Guided, Wine Tours


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 679 pp


Duration

7 nights


This tour offers the perfect combination of typical Umbrian towns and walking through exciting colourful landscapes with unique views. Umbria has been praised for its pure beauty since Roman times, because of its greenness, many lakes, rivers, refreshing springs, mountain streams and waterfalls.

This holiday offers the perfect combination of  typical Umbrian towns and walking through exciting colourful landscapes with unique views. Umbria has been praised for its pure beauty since Roman times, because of its greenness, many lakes, rivers, refreshing springs, mountain streams and waterfalls. Your walk begins in the beautiful and fascinating town of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio, and finishes in the delightful historical town of Spoleto.

 

Price:

7 night tour standard tour: £679 per person

£170 single supplement

 

7 night deluxe tour: £889 per person

£270 single supplement

 

(see hotels under additional information)

 

Included:

7 nights accommodation, breakfast each day, route instructions and maps, luggage transportation, orientation meeting, 7 days emergency support hotline, train ticket Campello – Spoleto or transfer to Campello (Sundays).

 

Not Included:

Travel to Assisi and from Spoleto, dinner (unless half-board booked), lunches and drinks with meals, insurance.

 

Departure Dates:

Daily departures from the 1st April until the end of October.

Day 1 arrival Assisi

Your hotel is in the new part of town, 900 meters from the historical centre. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

 

Day 2 Assisi

On the first walking day you can choose between a cultural town walk in Assisi, or a longer walk in the surrounding hills.The town walk reveals the most important cultural monuments of Assisi. 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 St. Damiano. You may also continue your walk downhill to the village of S.Maria degli Angel to visit the impressive basilica. Walking time 3 – 4 ½ hours. The longer walk through the hills around Assisi begins at the Porta Cappuccini town gate. From here you follow the path to the hamlets of Costa di Trex and Ponte Grande, where you can enjoy awell-deserved rest in one of the restaurants or the bar. Your route brings you back to Assisi through gentle, rolling countryside. Walking time 5 ½ hours (approx. 19 km). This route can also be shortened by 7km.

 

Day 3 Assisi-Spello:

There are two routes to reach 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 leads to the hermitage, which is situated at 830m. Saint Francis and his companions used to retreat here to meditate and 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 the woods and then through olive groves. Walking time: 6 hours (approx. 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 outstanding views. Spello is built on the slopes of Mount Subasio and we are reminded of the towns Roman origins by several features including the porta Venere and porta Consolare town gates and the remains of a Roman theatre outside the town walls. Walking time: 3 hours (approx. 12 km)

 

Day 4 Spello – Bevagna:

Leaving the hills, you will descend into the valley ‘Valle Umbra’ and walk along quiet little country roads towards Bevagna, which unlike most Umbrian towns isn’t built on a hilltop, but rather at the confluence of the rivers Timia and Topino. During Roman times Bevagna was a prosperous town, as it was situated along the busy trade road, the Via Flaminia, which connected Rome with the Adriatic coast. Particularly characteristic are the two kilometres of 13th to 14th Century town walls which surround most of the town. Walking time: 3 ½ hours (approx. 14 km).

 

Day 5 Bevagna- Montefalco:

Today you will be walking again through the hilly landscape where the olive groves soon make way for vineyards. The hills surrounding Montefalco are famous for the production of excellent wines; Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco. Montefalco is known as the balcony (‘ringhiera’) of Umbria, because of its beautiful panorama. Enjoy tasting some of the delicious wines in one of the many wine bars. Walking time: 4 hours (approx. 14km).

 

Day 6 Montefalco –Trevi:

Your route to Trevi crosses the fertile valley with its various waterways. Trevi is known as the capital of olive oil and indeed you will notice that the slopes of the surrounding mountains arecovered with evergreen olive groves. Trevi has a dozen medieval churches; the most important are the romanesque Duomo (S. Emiliano), the shrine of the Madonna delle Lacrime notable for a fresco by Perugino and the former church of S. Francesco, now a museum. You will stay in the historicalcentre of the town. Walking time: 4 hours (approx. 13 km)

 

Day 7 Trevi– Campello and by train to Spoleto:

From Trevi the route will lead you through olive groves to the train station in Campello. You can choose your route, either following much of the Roman Way (The way of St.Francis) Duration: 5 hrs (12 km) Or a lower walk which passes through olive groves and typical Umbrian villages like Pigge and Pissignano. Duration: 4 hrs (approx. 11 km) On Sundays these walks aren’t possible because Campello has no train connection with Spoleto. As an alternative after breakfast you have a transfer by vehicle to Campello and will walk along the olive grove path to Spoleto (5 hrs; approx. 15 km). In Spoleto there is much 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. Duration: 4 hrs 45 mins (15 km) or 5 hrs 30 mins (16,5 km)

 

Day 8: departure after breakfast