Cammino of St Francis: Assisi to Spoleto
This six-day walk is the first section of the Cammino of St Francis. It follows the official pilgrim route, a regularly marked trail that weaves through the hills and farmlands of Central Italy, from Assisi, home of St Francis, to Spoleto through some of the most beautiful country in the region.
This first section starts in the beautiful town of Assisi, the home of St Francis. The trail contours along the foothills of the Apennine Mountains with spectacular views over the Vale of Umbria, winding through classic Umbria countryside of farmlands and olives groves. You visit some of the best-preserved hill-top towns in the region that date from Roman times when the valley was crossed by the Via Flaminia, a trade route that linked the capital with the Adriatic Sea. You finish in the remarkable town of Spoleto, crossing over the Ponte delle Torri brdige, one of the marvels of medieval engineering.
This independent walk is the first section of the Cammino of St Francis - click here for details. In the spirit of the long-distance pilgrimage, we have sought to keep the costs down.
The highlights of this five day walk include extraordinary Assisi, a centre of international pilgrimage which contains some of the finest art in Europe, including the celebrated fresco cycle by Giotto that revolutionised Western art; the spectacular views along the way as the path contours along the hills looking out across the farmlands and towns in the valley; the beautiful hill-towns you’ll stay in; the fine Umbrian cuisine, based on fresh local produce and accompanied by some of the finest wine produced in the Central Italy.
The walks follow clear, well-marked trails mostly along unsealed country lanes over undulating hills. There are two longer walks at the beginning (16 and 19 kms) as well as a long section of asphalt on Day 2, where the trail dips down from the hills and crosses through Foligno, a fascinating town on the plains. This a Grade 3 walk.
The self-guided itineraries are rewalked and the notes updated each year.
In the spirit of the long-distance pilgrimage, we have sought to keep the costs down. The accommodation is in centrally-located, historical family-run, centrally located 2-star and 3-star hotels. They are comfortable and welcoming. All rooms have en suite bathrooms.
You are walking through one of the food and wine regions of Italy - famous for its Sagrantino red wine; 'norcineria' (sausages and cold cuts); lentils; truffles and.... chocolate. The key to Umbrian is it’s seasonality and freshness, using only the best local ingredients. With notice, the hotels will be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk.
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A 6-day walk on the high road from Assisi to Spoleto
• Five nights accommodation
• All breakfasts and dinners (3 courses)
• Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
• Maps and detailed walking instructions
• Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
• 24 hour backup from local manager
$1400 with dinners included (there is no breakfast only option for this tour)
Single supplement: $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