Cammino of St Francis: Assisi to Rome
Following established pilgrim routes, this marvellous long distance walks takes you through the green heart of Italy. The 258 km itinerary can be broken up into three separate one-week walks. In the spirit of the long-distance pilgrimage, we have sought to keep the costs down.
In 1209, Francis and his posse of bare-footed disciples walked from Assisi to Rome to confront the not-so-innocent Pope Innocent III. This beautiful nineteen-day walk recreates this journey, starting in Assisi, passing through vineyards and art towns of the Vale Umbria; the forests and rivers of the Nerina Valley and the undulating hills of northern Lazio before finishing on the steps of St Peter’s basilica in the heart of Rome.
No saint speaks to the modern mind like St Francis, the patron saint of Italy, his love of nature and his messages of freedom, fraternity and modesty still resonating across the centuries. St Francis was also a great walker, indeed, his career began with a long walk from Assisi to Rome: this marvellous walk follows this route.
The trail takes you through some of most striking and varied countryside in central Italy: the olive groves, vineyards and farmlands of the Valle Umbra (between Assisi and Spoleto); the hills, forests, rivers and lakes of the Valnerina (between Spoleto and Rieti); and the fertile plains of northern Lazio, with their memories of ancient Rome, barbarian invasions, Renaissance princes and prelates (between Rieti and Rome) finishing in the centre of the ‘Eternal City’ itself. Along the way, you’ll visit extraordinary towns, villages and monasteries with long and rich histories, many of which have changed little since the time St Francis.
Although not a ‘hike’ the routes includes some steep climbs and some long days and requires a good level of fitness. You walk along of mixture of unsealed country lanes and mountain trails with some stretches of asphalt, particularly entering and leaving the larger towns (although we have sought to keep this to a minimum).
With a total length of 258 kilometres, the Cammino can be completed in 19 days, if you wanted to do the whole route in one go. Your accommodation and meals will be organised for you each day, and your bags moved each morning from one hotel to the next so you will only need to carry a day pack.
However, the Cammino can be broken up into three distinct one-week itineraries, that can be complete independently and in any combination:
Section 1: Assisi to Spoleto
6 days, 70 kilometres: The first section of the Way of St Francis, this walk takes you across the beautiful Valle Umbra from the stunning art of Assisi to elegant Spoleto, passing through olive groves, vineyards, farmland and some of the most interesting towns in Umbria. Click here for details.
Section 2: Spoleto to Rieti
7 days, 86 kilometres: The second section of the Way of St Francis, this walk takes you from Spoleto over Monteluco and into the Nera River Valley, a remote area of steep wooded valleys and upland villages surrounded by high mountains. It following well-marked trails through forests, along river valleys and past lakes to Rieti, home of the Sabines and an ancient rival of Rome. Click here for details.
Section 3: Rieti to Rome
8 days, 104 kilometres: The final section of the Way of St Francis takes you along marked trails through the foothills of the Appenines and across fertile plains and farmlands to Rome, the Eternal City. On the last day you follow a cycle path/greenway beside the Tiber River to to the steps of St Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. Click here for details.
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A 17 day long-distance walk from Assisi to Rome
• 16 nights accommodation
• All breakfasts and dinners (alla carte)
• Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
• Maps and detailed walking instructions
• Bags transferred each morning from hotel to hotel
• 24 hour backup from our operations manager
Full walk Assisi to Rome (17 days/16 nights): $4000 with dinners included per person
Single supplement: $1500.
It is possible to break up the Cammino of St Francis into three separate walks:
Section 1, Assisi to Spoleto (6 days/5 nights): $1400 with dinners included per person
Section 2, Spoleto to Rieti (7 days/6 nights): $1300 with dinners included per person
Section 3, Rieti to Rome (8 days/7 nights): $1450 with dinners included per person
Single supplement per Section: $550.
We walked it last year and used Hidden Italy. They were great. Sure, you can do everything yourself but we found we really enjoyed and benefited the deep support and local knowledge that Simon Tancred & his team can bring to our experience.
– Sam H, 2019
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