- 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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.