- 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.
Take a short break in Umbria, walking through Italy’s “green heart” and following trails to the birthplace of St Francis, Assisi.
From Montefalco 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, history galore and pretty towns offering exquisite cuisine and wines.
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.
(Some photos are accredited to Copyright Regione Umbria)
Day 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.
Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: Onward journey
Take your onward journeys by train to Perugia (20-30 mins), or Rome (2H30-3H).
4 Nights in good quality 3* and 4* hotels.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. You can add on extra nights in any of the overnight locations on this tour.
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.
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 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, where you will receive a warm welcome.
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.
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. 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 Montefalco
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 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.
- 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 Foligno
- 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.
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.