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Medieval Umbria

an 8 day walking tour

This tour offers the right combination of visiting 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. The tour starts in the beautiful and fascinating town of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio and finishes� in Spoleto, a very special town� with many squares, lovely little streets, shops with local delicacies and handicrafts, restaurants and a lot of sights to visit.

Programme of the walks:

Day 1 arrival to Assisi

Your hotel is in the new part of town, 900 meters from the historical center. The hotel has rooms with air-conditioning and private facilities, a free car park, a bar, restaurant, spa center and swimming pool with nice view over the valley.

Day 2 Assisi:

On the first walking day you can choose to do a cultural town walk in Assisi, a longer or shorter walk in the surrounding hills.

The 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 (470m a.s.l.). From here you will walk through a tangle of little alleys and medieval squares. You will pass the remains of an amphitheatre, the medieval castle (506m a.s.l.), 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 (310m a.s.l.). After your visit of this monastery you can choose to go back to your hotel or to continue your walk downhill to the village of S.Maria degli Angel (210m a.s.l.) to visit the impressive basilica. From here the local bus will bring you back to Assisi.�Walking time�� 3 – 4 ½� hours

The longer walk through the hills around Assisi starts from the Porta Cappuccini town gate (470m a.s.l.). From here you walk along the walking path 51 till 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 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 center of Assisi to walk back to your hotel. Distance: about 19 km �Walking time 5 ½� hours

The shorter walk through the national park of Mount Subasio�

This is a beautiful walk in the shad of the woods of Mount Subasio. From the Porta Cappuccini town gates you walk up to the spring ‘Fonte Maddalena’ (810m a.s.l.) on Monte Subasio. You then descend to the hamlet of Costa di Trex (570m a.s.l.) and along the walking path 51 you will reach again Assisi. �Distance: about 12 km;�Walking time about : 4 ore

Day 3 Assisi-Spello:

There are two routes to go 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 a.s.l. 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 the woods and then through olive groves. �Walking time: 6 hours (about 17 km)

The lower route follows the slopes of MountSubasio and involves less climbing, but it is also a beautiful walk through olive groves with astounding views.�Spello is built on the slopes of MountSubasio.� 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 fresco’s by Pinturicchio in the church S.Maria Maggiore. Distance: 12 km;�Walking time: 3 hours�

Day 4 Spello – Bevagna:

You will leave the hills for a while now and will descend into the valley ‘Valle Umbra’ . Walking on quiet little country roads you will arrive in 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 2km of 13th �to 14th century town walls which surround most of Bevagna. The heart of this town is the square, ‘Piazza Silvestri’, with its beautiful fountain and two Romanesque churches. Don’t forget to visit the mosaic of a former Roman baths. Your hotel is in the historical center of the village. Distance: about 16 km;�Walking time: 4 hours�

Day 5 Bevagna- Montefalco:

Here you will again be walking through a slightly hilly landscape, but the olive groves soon make make way for vineyards. The hills surrounding Montefalco are famous for the production of excellent wines: Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco. To reach the town you have to climb, because� Montefalco is –predictable- built on a hilltop. The town is also known as the balcony (‘ringhiera’) of Umbria, because of its beautiful panorama. The St. Francis church is now a fine� museum which housing, among other things, frescoes by the Florentine painter Benozzo Gozzoli. Don’t forget to taste some of the delicious wine in one of the many wine bars. Distance: about 14 km;�Walking time: 4 hours

Day 6 Montefalco –Trevi:

On the way to Trevi� (420m a.s.l.), on the lower flank of Mt.�Serano overlooking the wide plain of the Clitunno river, your route crosses the fertile valley with its various waterways. Trevi is also called the capital of olive oil and indeed you will notice that the slopes of the surrounding mountains are covered 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 historical center of the town. Distance: 13 km; �Walking time: 4 hours

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 have an option for a walk with more or less differences in altitude. The one with more differences will follow mostly the Roman Way (The way of St.Francis) a pilgrimage walking trail which crosses Umbria from the north to the south. Distance: 12 km; walking time:� 5 hrs�

On Sundays this walk isn’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 till Spoleto. �In Spoleto there is a lot 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. Spoleto is also a very pleasant place just to wander around the friendly little shopping streets with cozy restaurants and bars. Distance: 15 km; walking time: 5 hrs�

Day 8: departure after breakfast

Transfer

If you have to pick up your car in Assisi. You can take the train to Assisi and then with the city bus you go to the hotel. Or you can take a taxi (about 65,00-70,00 Euro) We can also organize a transfer before 9.15 in the morning (40,00 Euro)

Standard Hotels

In Assisi a good ** star hotel (possibility to upgrade to *** hotel) and in the other town *** star hotels

Deluxe Hotels

**** star hotels or Residence d´Epoca

 

Level of difficulty **: moderate; walks in hilly countryside without too much climbing and descent; duration of the walks 4-6 hours a day; 12 - 18 km (an average of 3-4 km an hour). On some days you can choose between lighter/shorter  and more heavy / longer walks.

 

Period:

Individuals:: daily all the year round  (best period April - June  / end of August - October)

 

Number of Participants:

Individuals: 1 or more people 

 

Included in the tour:

· 7 overnight stays with breakfast

· 7 dinners if booked for half board version

· luggage transportation

· route instructions (in English, Italian,German or Dutch) and maps

· 7 days emergency support hotline

· route briefing on evening of arrival (only Assisi-Spoleto version)

· tour information

· train ticket Campello-Spoleto or on Sunday’s transfer to starting point of your walk in Campello

 

Not included in the price:

  • Local tourist taxes ( to be paid in the hotel)
  • Transfer return Assisi at the end of the tour

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