Umbria – The Heart of Italy

Umbria, Italy

Holiday overview

Destination

Italy


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 685 pp


Duration

7 nights


A Self Guided Walk Through Italy’s Historic Heart. Enjoy the various landscapes with their beautiful views of the valleys and hills and the towns Assisi, Spello and Spoleto, where you can still taste the medieval atmosphere.

Green Umbria, Holy Umbria, the Region of One Hundred Towns are the epithets often used to describe this beautiful region, adjoining Tuscany, which lies in the heart of Italy. With its hills and low mountains, its villages and towns, Umbria is a region of many faces, where everyday life is mixed with the traditions of its past. You will walk through rolling and changing landscapes in which gorgeous and often spectacular countryside is dotted with medieval villages and ancient places of worship. Walk across the slopes of Mt. Subasio, and the lower Apennines, enjoy the silence of oak groves at the Monteluco of Spoleto, olive groves, waterfalls of the Menotre river, the Benedictine abbey of Sassovivo, the Franciscan cloister of Eremo delle Carceri and of course the historic towns of Assisi and Spoleto. You are met on your first evening and will have the opportunity to discuss your holiday.

 

Price:

7 night tour: £685 per person, £140 single supplement.

9 night tour: £795 per person, £160 single supplement.

 

Upgrade possible in Assisi, please ask.

 

Included:

  • 7or 9 nights accommodation.
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • 6 or 8 days walking with route instructions
  • Luggage transportation
  • Orientation meeting.

 

Not Included:

  • Travel to Spello and from Spoleto
  • Lunches and drinks with meals
  • Insurance.

 

Departure Dates:

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

Day 1: Arrival in Spello

Arrival in Spello, a charming small Umbrian town celebrated for its Pinturicchio frescoes.

Our local representative will meet you in the evening in your hotel to give you a briefing on the route.

Overnight Spello (il Cacciatore Hotel) – dinner bed and breakfast.

 

Day 2: Spello to Assisi

Spello to Assisi. Spello is situated on the west edge of the natural park Mt. Subasio and today you will walk through this park. The route has different variants and you may choose one. Interesting sights in the park are the spring of Fonte Bregno, the Mortaro Grande and the Franciscan cloister, the Eremo delle Carceri. St. Francis and his followers sojourned here many times and here you can visit the cave where Francis used to meditate. Through one of its eight gates you enter Assisi. Its medieval character is well preserved; the houses, gates and churches are almost all built in the pink-white stone of Mt. Subasio. Assisi.

(3 or 6 hours to Assisi, total of 4.5 or 7.5 hours to accommodation. 12 kms/8 miles or 17 kms/11 miles to Assisi, total of 17 kms/11 miles or 23 kms/14 miles to accommodation).

Overnight and dinner at Agritourismo il Castello Costa di Trex.

 

Day 3: Costa di Trex to Colfulignato

Today you walk through the mounts of Subasio National Park passing through a mini canyon, the Fosso del Marchetto. Then walk through forest and olive grove to your farmhouse B+B where you can enjoy a swim in the swimming pool and if you wish ride one of their horses (if booked in advance).

Overnight and dinner Agritourismo Castelsenese.

Distance: 11 km, 4 hours walking

 

Day 4: Colfulignato to Vescia

A long and varied route – you descend to the Topino valley then climb up to a castle, il Poggio, before descending to the village of Capodacqua. After a final climb with fabulous views of Monte Subasio and the descent to Vescia where you stay in an ancient olive oil mill.Overnight in il Borgo del Fattore, dinner in local restaurant.

Distance: 21km, 6.5 hours walking

 

Day 5: Vescia to Manciano

A beautiful route amoung olive groves to the waterfalls of the Altolina and then to the 11th century Sassovivo Benedictine Abbey, notable for its magnificent cloister. Continue through woods to the hamlet of Roviglieto and then on to your Agritourismo in Manciano with its swimming pool.

Dinner and overnight Agritourismo La Pintura Distance

18 km, 6 hours walking.

 

Day 6: Mancianco to Trevi and then Campello Alto

Walk to Trevi on the flanks of Monte Serano, the olive oil capital.  Take time to visit the medieval centre and Duomo in Trevi before continuing along the Way of St Francis the Pilgrim route from La Verna to Rome.  You will arrive at the walled village of Campello Alto and there is one final climb to your hotel (or Giuseppe will pick you up from the village if you are too tired).

17 km / 5 hours walking.

Overnight and dinner Hotel La Fontanelle Campello Alto (restaurant famous for their black truffled recipes).

 

Day 7: Campello to Spoleto

Walk through olive groves along the mountain sides passing a chain of small villages like Bazzano and Eggi until you arrive at Spoleto, a lovely small town with its Cathedral containing frescoes by Filippo Lippi and Pinturicchio, a restored Roman house and Roman amphitheatre not forgetting the famous aquaduct, Ponte della Torri (bridge of the tower).It is possible to shorten the walk after breakfast with a transfer to Poreta.

Overnight and dinner Spoleto – (either hotel Charlston or Clittuno) dinner bed and breakfast.

18.5 km, 6 hours walking

 

Day 8: Check out and departure.

 

The 10-day/ 9 night tour:

The tour can be extended with two extra days. You can stay an extra night in Costa di Trex and Spoleto and we will provide circular walks in each place.  Ask for details.