Umbria Walking holidays: 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.
7 night tour: £725 per person, £150 single supplement – if staying in La Terrazza cost is £745.00
9 night tour: £845 per person, £170 single supplement.
Supplement for 4 dinners – Spello, Assisi, Balciano and Spoleto – £85.00
Daily departures from the 15th March to 15th November. 7 night/8 day tour cannot be booked to start on a Sunday.
9 night/10 day tour cannot be booked to start on a Saturday. This is because Restaurant il Tartufaro is closed on Tuesdays.
Terrain, level of difficulty ***
For walkers with experience. Routes through middle/high level hilly landscapes with some steep climbs. Daily distances between 11 and 22 km. An average of 3 km an hour. You will walk on footpaths, mountain tracks, forest trails and occasionally on roads.
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).
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. Overnight Assisi. Longer route 6 hours /17,5 km / shorter route 3 hours /12 km
Day 3: Assisi to Balciano
Today you walk through the Mounts of Subasio National Park along the Franciscan walking path 51. A highlight is the Fosso del Marchetto, a mini canyon. Walking through forest and olive groves you will reach your hotel, where you can enjoy a swim in the swimming pool. Overnight Balciano. Distance 19km, 6 hours walking
Day 4: Balciano to Vescia
From the hotel you descend in the valley of the Topino river. Then you leave this valley climbing up to the castle il Poggio and the you descend to the village of Capodacqua. One last uphill climb with beautiful views on the surrounding hills and Monte Subasio and the it goes downhill to Vescia. Your overnight stay is in a real ancient olive oil mill (Frantoio), where excellent olive oils are produced. You will have dinner in a local restaurant close by. Walking time: 6 hours (19 km)
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 Spoleto – (either hotel Charlston or Clittuno). 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 Assisi and Spoleto and we will provide circular walks in each place. Ask for details.
Night 1 Hotel Il Cacciatore www.ilcacciatorehotel.com
Night 4 Hotel il Tartufaro www.tartufaro.it
Night 5 Il Borgo del Fattore www.luigitega.it
Night 6 Agriturismo La Pintura www.lapintura.it
Night 7 Albergo Fontanelle www.albergofontanelle.it
Night 8 & 9 Hotel Charleston *** www.hotelcharleston.it