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Hilltop town of Spello


  • Walk through Umbria, the green heart of Italy, from Spoleto to Assisi.
  • Stay in the remarkable hilltop towns of Montefalco and Spello.
  • Full-bodied Sagrantino wines and the rich earthiness of tartufo (truffles).
  • Assisi, the birthplace of Italy’s premier saint, St Francis.
  • An unspoiled region of old-world traditions and architectural treasures.

Walk through Umbria, the green heart of Italy, from the visually stunning hill top town of Spoleto, to the birthplace of St Francis, Assisi.

Umbria’s old-world traditions have been kept alive due to this region having no sea or country borders and whilst the towns you visit are vibrant and fun, there is also a sense of tradition with many ancient architectural and artistic treasures to behold.

From Spoleto you can see your final destination, Assisi, perched on Mount Subasio with the sweeping plains below. Begin to get excited about what comes between: constant views to the Apennine Mountains, Etruscan, Roman and medieval history galore and pretty towns offering exquisite cuisine and wines.

(Some photos are accredited to Copyright Regione Umbria)

Day 1: Arrive in Spoleto and overnight

The beautiful and ancient town of Spoleto is easily accessible and only a 2 hour train ride away from Rome. It traces its beginnings back to pre-Roman times and is rich in architectural treasures, including its Roman amphitheatre, the Basilica of San Salvatore, dating from the 4th century (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the immense 11th century Rocca Albornoziana fortress.

Be sure to arrive early if you can and take advantage of sightseeing opportunities before embarking on your first day of walking in Umbria tomorrow. It’s possible to see Assisi the town at the end of your trail, all the way from Spoleto on a clear day!

Overnight: Spoleto

Day 2: Walk Spoleto to Poreta

At times you will be walking along the Way of St Francis, a walking trail that stretches from Florence to Rome and named after St Francis of Assisi. This trail links places and paths important in the life of this beloved saint and the sections that you follow during this tour are certainly some of the highlights.

Today walk out of Spoleto on the St Francis Way through the pretty countryside with plenty of olive groves and meadows on view. Follow trails past Monte Giove, then through a wooded area before walking into the tiny hamlet of Poreta and to your accommodation for tonight, the Borgo della Marmotta.

Walk: 15 km

Overnight:  Poreta

Day 3: Walk Poreta to Trevi

Walk into the Umbrian countryside, with constant views of the Apennine Mountains on your right and wide and sweeping valley views to your left. It is possible to see Montefalco, tomorrow’s destination from here.

You will then begin to see Trevi in the distance as it is a hill top town standing at about 400m. Upon arriving we recommend exploring its quiet medieval streets, ancient walls and 20 churches! Have a cold drink in one of its piazzas and admire the view of the valley below. You can visit the tourist office and find information on a walking tour of Trevi and its sights, called “Trevi Footsteps”.

Walk: 13 km

Overnight: Trevi

Day 4: Transfer to the hill top town of Montefalco. Free time to explore.

An included transfer brings you from Trevi to Montefalco, known as the “balcony of Umbria” because of its lofty position overlooking the plain below which is covered with vineyards. This town is the centre of the Sagrantino wine region, as testified by the beautiful frescoes painted by Benozzo Gozzoli in the apse of St. Francis Church.

A 12th century town, 5 gates lead to paths up into the central piazza. There is plenty to see here and you will have a whole day to browse, perhaps starting with the Museo di San Francesco, which is part of the St Francis Church and where you can admire many fresco paintings from the Renaissance.

Round off your day with a glass of Sagrantino wine on the terrace of a restaurant which surrounds the main piazza.

Overnight: Montefalco

Day 5: Walk Montefalco to Bevagna

Today make your way down from Montefalco to the valley and walk down  mostly rural roads (and the occasional dirt track) with fields of sunflowers (in season), vineyards, olive groves and pretty farmland.

Then walk along the riverside path of the Fuime Clitunno for a while before reaching Bevagna, a medieval walled town that is distinguished for its abundance of monuments and its well-known gastronomic and wine traditions.

Some essential sights to see here are the San Michele Arcangelo and San Silvestro, two Romanesque churches that face each other across the lovely medieval main square, Piazza Silvestri. Make sure to enter the Museo di Bevagna where you can see an amazing marine-themed Roman mosaic and the Francesco Tort Theatre. Bevagna is a charming and delightful town and one of Umbria’s well-kept secrets.

As Bevagna has excellent local cuisine enjoy dinner this evening in one of the many excellent restaurants. There is one actually situated in the basement of the Roman Theatre!

Walk: 12 km

Overnight: Bevagna

Day 6: Walk Bevagna to Spello

Leave historic Bevagna behind and make your way through bountiful farmland to Spello. Again you will walk along a quiet riverside path for a while before following rural roads and tracks all the way into Spello. The Apennine Mountains are in view on the horizon and you can see both Spello and Assisi in the distance.

Spello is a charming and vibrant town built on the slopes of Monte Subasio. Originally a Roman settlement and famous for its flower festival that has been held for over 150 years, Spello also has 2 dozen medieval churches and the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre on the north side of the town.

Walk: 16km

Overnight: Spello

Day 7: Walk Spello to Assisi

Today you have 2 choices. You can either take an easier route to Assisi or a more challenging one. The easier route takes you alongside the  valley with higher ground to your right and the harder route takes you further up the hillside close to Monte Civitelle with breath-taking views from the rock promontories.  

Assisi gets closer and closer as you walk and you can admire its very dramatic position on a rocky promontory. This city is steeped in the spirit of its most prominent and well-known resident, St Francis.

Consider an extra day here as there is so much to see; the Basilica di San Francesco, being the most famous. The lower Romanesque level holds St Francis’s tomb and you can also visit the Chapel of the Relics which houses his sandals and tunic. The Upper Basilica has a high altar with frescoes by Giotto and Cavallini adorning the walls of the Gothic-style nave.

Walk: 14 or 17 km

Overnight: Assisi

Day 8: Onward journey

Take your onward journeys by train to Perugia (20-30 mins), or Rome (2H30-3H).


7 Nights in good quality 3* and 4* hotels and 1 countryside resort. You can add on extra nights in any of the overnight locations on this tour.

The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. However we may use alternatives of a similar standard should the dates you request not be available.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers , although there is a supplement due to the fact that some of the costs (such as transfers) are not shared. Single rooms are available on request and a supplement is payable.


A breakfast will be provided by your accommodation every morning. Usually they are buffet-style or continental breakfasts. Dinners are not included, however there are options to dine out in any of the towns, and villages (apart from Poreta where you can dine in the accommodation’s restaurant). 

Lunch is  also not included, but you can find small stores in which to purchase items for a picnic lunch, or your accommodation can possibly make a picnic lunch if you ask in advance.  In your route notes we give advice on where you can eat/pick up lunch.




Hotel dei Duchi

This hotel is within a short walk of Spoleto’s main sights. Nestled in a park, is has 49 comfortable rooms, a lovely reception area and a terrace with fantastic views.




Borgo della Marmotta

Borgo della Marmotta

This very tasteful countryside resort offers 11 beautiful rooms, an outdoor pool, amazing hospitality and a restaurant serving meals that reflect Umbrian traditions.




Hotel Antica Dimora Alla Rocca

This charming hotel is located in the old quarter of Trevi, offering 39 spacious rooms, an outdoor pool and a sun terrace.




Hotel Degli Affreschi

Situated in the heart of Montefalco and just a 2 minute walk from the main piazza, the rooms here are modern and comfortable with views over the sweeping plain below.




Palazzo Brunamonte

Located on one of Bevagna’s narrow medieval streets and in an historic building, this hotel offers spacious rooms with vaulted ceilings all with antique furnishings.




La Bastiglia

With 33 comfortable rooms, all with panoramic views and some with a private terrace you are sure to enjoy your stay at this 4* hotel.




Giotto Hotel & Spa

This hotel has some of the most amazing views in Assisi and offers a traditional warm welcome, creative cuisine in its restaurant, a spa club and rooms decorated in typical Umbrian style.


You can start this walking tour anytime between April and October.  Please bear in mind that July and August can be very hot for walking. We therefore advise that if you choose to walk during these months that you begin the walks very early in the morning, so to avoid the midday heat.

Availability in Spoleto is challenging around the times of the Festival di Spoleto which is held each year around the first 2 weeks of July. There may also be a supplement to pay if you wish to go during this time.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


The route is waymarked in places especially when you are walking on the Way of St Francis, but there are also many places where it is not waymarked. We provide you with detailed turn-by-turn route notes and maps and you will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘easy to moderate’ overall, as the terrain is not that hilly. You should be in good physical fitness to fully enjoy the walking on this tour. Most of the route follows either gravel or dirt tracks and trails, and you will also be walking on quiet rural roads. You’ll be walking an average of 14 km each day, with one free day in Montefalco.  When you walk from Spello to Assisi there is an easier or more challenging option. Should you wish to skip a walk between towns then you will be responsible for taking a taxi or bus (if possible) to the next place.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 

Getting to Spoleto

You can fly into Umbria Airport in Perugia or either of the Rome Airports. Flights into and out of Perugia are limited, however there is a flight out of London and other smaller European airports.

From Umbria Airport you can take a shuttle bus to the city centre and then board a train to Spoleto which takes approximately 1H. From Rome Airport, take a train to the city centre and then board another train to Spoleto, which takes approximately 1H30.

Please check the Trenitalia website for timetable planning. Another useful website is Go Euro.

Getting from Assisi

Since Assisi Train Station is located about 3km from central Assisi you will need to take either a bus or taxi to get to it. Once at the train station, Assisi is on the main train line between Perugia and Rome, therefore both airports are easily accessible. It will take only 20 minutes to Perugia and just over 2H to get to Rome, not taking into account the shuttles to the airports from the centre of both cities. However it is also possible to get a direct bus (E422) from the centre of Assisi to Perugia Airport. It runs twice daily and takes about 30 mins. For more information check the Bus Italia website.


  • 7 Nights in good quality 3 and 4* hotels and a countryside resort
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfer from Trevi to Montefalco on Day 4
  • Information Pack, maps, route notes, GPX tracks, access to our smartphone app
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support


  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Spoleto
  • Travel from Assisi
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment


  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Solo Walker Supplement

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded ‘easy to moderate’ overall, as the terrain is only a bit hilly. You should therefore be in good physical fitness to fully enjoy the walking on this tour.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular. Availability in Spoleto is very difficult around the times of the Spoleto Music Festival held each year around the first 2 weeks of July.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, and dependent on when you are travelling; waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. Our info packs have a list of all equipment to bring on your walk.

When is the best time of year?

If you prefer to walk in cooler months then April, May, June and September/October will be perfect for you. The autumnal colours are spectacular in Umbria. The summer months (July, August) can be very hot. We advise that if you want to travel during these months that you start out on your walks early, so avoiding the midday heat.

Exceeded all our expectations!


This trip was thoughtfully and extremely well organized. Staff at Macs were very helpful and responsive to our questions. It was the perfect trip to get us started on walking tours!




It doesn't get better!


Our second trip with Mac's and equally happy as with our first trip to Amalfi. Excellent route descriptions as too some jewels of accommodation in keeping with the character of the adventure and location. Excellent communication at the planning stage too! Our third adventure with Mac's in some 4-5 weeks time. Ireland beckons!


Saltspring Island - Canada


This was a great walk for the spring!


There was a small section closed off but we persevered and made it.

The pilgrim



Umbria Walk


Organisation of the walk was great. Everything went to plan. Transfer driver was very accommodating. We stayed in the Hotel Charleston [fair and basic accommodation - probably least pleasing of all hotels. Breakfast was good.] for 2 nights as no available accommodation in Poreta. Hotel Antica Dimora alla Rocca in Trevi [beautiful, very ornate - breakfast was great - best on the trail. Dinner at this hotel was great.] Hotel Oro Rosso, Montefalco located right on the Main Street of the historic town - perfect location, nice, spacious room, nice rooftop sitting area, good dinner served at hotel - good prices.] Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti, Bevagna - good too. La Bastiglia, Spello was simply beautiful - a nightmare to find, not in the centre of town but on outskirts...but, beautiful terrace views from our room - the pool was green. Probably the best room of all of the hotels we stayed in.] Assisi's Giotto Hotel and Spa's room was small but there was a window. Also, not in town - a bit out of the way, but close to Basilica. For walkers, on a Friday and keep the passport for the St Franciscan Way Walk, there is a mass dedicated to pilgrims at 6:30pm. Go to concierge's office at the Basilica to get your passport signed, they take your details and you get a special mention during mass. For other locations, hotels will stamp your passport and/or the tourist information offices in each town. Now, in terms of walking instructions. BE AWARE! This is not an easy walk. The first three days are purely uphill and then downhill. The roads/tracks are really hard on your feet. The white gravel stones are hard to walk on. follow the blue and yellow markers of the St Franciscan Walk. The first set of instructions on leaving Spoleto are incorrect and out of date - after earthquake two years ago closed paths. I will write specific feedback for each day's walk in the blogs there. Overall, a challenging walk. Views were amazing. Use your walking poles - at least for first three days.

Deb Soccio

Melbourne Australia


A diverse and interesting walk


Good range of landscapes and cultural interest. Nice touch to include Montefalco. All the little hilltop towns were lovely, along with the larger Spoleto and Assisi. Umbria is well worth visiting at a slow pace. Walking is just the way to do it.


Victoria, Australia


Umbria: Trails to Assisi

4.4 5


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