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Walking in Umbria Short Break

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  • 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.
This short break offers a mix of easy and easy to moderate walks following routes through the Umbrian countryside, staying in hand-picked accommodations in historical and very appealing towns. It will be of particular interest to those who love architecture, art (oh those frescoes!), the delicious local cuisine (oh those truffles!) and of course, world-class wines. It also includes some walks on the famed Way of St Francis pilgrimage route and finishes in St Francis's birthplace Assisi. The walking distances are manageable with the longest walk being 16kms (10mi). It's perfect for anyone who walks regularly and wants to explore at their own pace. It’s best ahead of time to do some practice walks including distances like those you will experience on the trip whilst carrying your day bag. If time allows, then we’d suggest adding an additional day at the end of the trip in historic Assisi to soak up the atmosphere of this important pilgrimage stop on the Way of St Francis, and rejuvenate before continuing with onward travel.

Tour Type:

Slower Adventures | Where walking and cycling meet easy-going exploring, our Slower Adventures are the perfect combination. Most days are filled with picturesque journeys with some free time to dive into the destination and experience the people, local food and culture as you go.


Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie
  • Wine
  • Short Break

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘easy to moderate’ overall with walking days of up to 16kms (10 mi). None of the walks are particularly hilly. The walk on day 2 is the longest on the tour, and is just shy of 16kms in distance. On day 4 there are two walks and we have based the trip grading and distances on the easier option. If you choose to take the longer and harder walking option this day, this is a moderate graded walk. This trip is suitable for those with a good level of fitness and it is advisable that you have had previous walking experience. Most of the route follows either gravel or dirt tracks and trails, and you will also be walking on quiet rural roads.  It’s best ahead of time to do some practice walks including ascents and descents like those you will experience on the trip whilst carrying your day bag. 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 routes are waymarked in some areas, especially when you are walking on the Way of St Francis, but not in others. However, we provide the Macs Adventure Smartphone App making it simple to follow the route using a smartphone. Rest assured that by downloading the route maps in our app, that this will continue to work even in areas without any mobile or internet reception. For extra reassurance there are turn-by-turn route notes within the app too for the majority of walks.


Stay in charming small hotels, guesthouses and agriturismos. We carefully select small and friendly accommodation that offers great value, so you enjoy every minute. All ae located in glorious settings, be it a town, a hamlet, or rolling countryside.

Additional Nights

Many of our walkers choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available in Umbria. If time allows, then we would recommend adding an additional night at the end of the tour in Assisi to further explore this iconic city.

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.


The delicious Umbrian food and wine is undoubtedly a highlight of this holiday.

Breakfast is included each morning and normally consists of a traditional European style continental breakfast or buffet breakfast that often includes coffee, tea, yoghurt, granola, meat, cheese, and baked goods. In some cases, a hot dish (eggs, pancakes, etc.) will be served or offered á la carte. 

Lunches and dinners are not included in this trip. We recommend finding cafés or restaurants located in the towns or along the walking route, or to purchase snacks and a picnic lunch to bring along on the walks from local supermarkets and markets. Alternatively, most accommodations will be happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants. Further details can be found within your information pack and the Macs Adventure Smartphone App.

  • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels, guesthouses and agriturismos on a twin share basis
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfers as per your itinerary
  • Transfers as per your itinerary including from Foligno Train Station to Montefalco on day 1
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • All your trip documents including a detailed information pack provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • Telephone support from our offices and local partners in the event of a problem
  • Travel insurance (required) and personal equipment
  • Travel from tour finishing point
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, and snacks
  • Public transport (e.g train fares)
  • Tourist taxes (charged locally at hotels)
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

This tour is available to start anytime between April to October.

Peak Season Availability

Umbria is a popular destination, so we suggest booking as soon as possible to ensure availability for specific dates.

Time of Year

The springs months of April, May and June offer warm sunshine, fewer crowds, and pleasant walking conditions. May is when most wildflowers are coming into bloom. The autumn months of September and October are also a favourable time of year, boasting cooler weather and a striking landscape made up of autumnal colours. June, July and August are good months to go but can be very hot for walking and therefore aren’t best suited for everyone. You will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, rest in the shade during the height of the heat of the day, and carry a lot of water (additional weight) with you. You also need to ensure you dress appropriately and have sun protection with you including a sun hat that protects your head and neck, and high factor sun tan cream. The towns and villages are buzzing at this time of year which is great to see. It's worth noting that the later in the year you choose to travel the higher the likelihood of rain (October-March is when the rainfall is more likely). Also before Easter and in late October some local shops, and restaurants may have reduced opening times or have closed for the winter.

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 in and out of Umbria Airport 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.

Rome has two airports. From Fiumicino Airport take a train to the central station Roma Termini (taking about 30 minutes). From Ciampino Airport there’s a bus to Roma Termini. From here board a train to Foligno, which takes approximately 2 hours 30.

An included transfer will be arranged for you from Foligno Train Station to Montefalco (20 minutes). Please let us know what time you would like your transfer as soon as possible after you have booked.

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

Getting from the End

Since Assisi Train Station is located about 3 kms 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 Umbria Airport in Perugia or either of the Rome Airports are easily accessible. It will take only 20 minutes to Perugia and just over 2 hours to get to Rome, not taking into account the shuttles to the airports from the centre of both cities (see getting to the start for further information about these).

It is also possible to get a direct bus (E007) from the centre of Assisi to Umbria Airport. It runs twice daily (morning and evening service) and takes about 50 minutes.

Luggage Transfer

One bag of up to 20kg per person will be transferred from each accommodation to the next.

At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase.  Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person.  It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.

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.

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.

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Day 1 Arrive in Montefalco and overnight Day 2 Walk Montefalco to Bevagna 6 miles / 10 km Day 3 Walk Bevagna to Spello 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Walk Spello to Assisi 8 miles / 12 km Day 5 Onward journey from Assisi

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