Umbria: Trails to Assisi Short Break5 Days & 4 Nights 4.8 Read 5 reviews
- A walking short break in Italy’s green heart, Umbria
- Full-bodied Sagrantino wines and the rich earthiness of tartufo (truffles)
- Stay in the remarkable hilltop towns of Montefalco and Spello
- Assisi, the birthplace of Italy’s premier saint, St Francis
- An unspoiled region of old-world traditions and architectural treasures
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Foodie Adventures
- Wine, Whisky & More...
- Historical Journeys
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.
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.
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.
- 4 Nights in good quality 3* and 4* hotels
- 4 Breakfasts
- Baggage transfers
- Transfer from Foligno Train Station to Montefalco on Day 1
- Information Pack, maps, route notes, GPX tracks, access to our smartphone app
- 24-7 Emergency telephone support
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to starting point/from finish point
- Lunches & Dinners
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Additional nights before, during or after the walk
When To Go
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.
Getting to the Start
In order to get to Montefalco 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 Foligno which takes approximately 45 minutes. From Rome Airport, take a train to the city centre and then board another train to Foligno, which takes approximately 2H30.
An included transfer will be arranged for you from Foligno Train Station to Montefalco (20 mins). Please let us know what time you would like your transfer as soon as possible after you have booked.
Getting from the End
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 information packs have a list of all equipment to bring on your walk.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Montefalco and overnight
An included transfer brings you from Foligno Train Station to Montefalco (20 mins), 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.
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. 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.
Your stay here includes warm hospitality, comfort and many great suggestions on what to visit locally. Our rooms are modern and with all comforts and in the restaurant you can try good local recipes and wines like the famous Sagrantino.
Guests at “La Rocca” can expect a unique setting and relaxation, located in the centre of Montefalco. This big house, nicely restored and with a beautiful garden offers a peaceful haven in the heart of the green and enchanting Umbria. There are spacious terraces and bathrooms expertly decorated.
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. All the rooms are supplied with WiFi, a hairdryer, minibar, LED TV and air conditioning.
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!
Located on one of Bevagna’s narrow medieval streets and in an historic building, this hotel offers spacious and airy rooms with vaulted ceilings all with antique furnishings. In the Brunamonti you will find frescoed public areas, a reading area and a dining room where a daily breakfast is served.
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.
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 set in an ancient mill of seventeenth-century. Customers are welcomed as friends, and will find modern comforts within a traditional atmosphere.
This hotel has 23 spacious rooms, all sound-proofed and with air conditioning. Situated in the historical centre of Spello this hotel offers clasical comfort as it is located in a house from the 14th century. There is a lovely breakfast buffet to enjoy and a reading room, bar, and a peaceful garden.
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.
This 4* hotel enjoys a strategic position overlooking the Umbrian valley with panoramic restaurant, spa and conference center. Almost all rooms at the Giotto Hotel & Spa overlook the wonderful Umbrian Valley, a small part overlooks the characteristic medieval alleys of the historic city of Assisi. All rooms here are built with comfort, elegance, and practicality emphasized.
Hotel Fontebella a Renaissance style throughout and an exquisite view of the gorgeous Umbrian valley. Free WiFi is available throughout.All the rooms are air-conditioned and have a private bathrooms. Some room have views over the Umbrian Valley or over the Assisi city centre.A buffet breakfast is served in the Sala degli Archi, decorated with beautiful brick arches and on site you will also find the Restaurant Il Frantoio. It has over 300 wines in its cellar, and specialises in truffle dishes and homemade pasta.
Take your onward journeys by train to Perugia (20-30 mins), or Rome (2H30-3H).
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