Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

From $1612 per person

****# Based on 39 customer reviews
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  • Discover Italy's 'Green Heart': deep lush forests, impressive limestone gorges, rare flora and fauna in the Monte Subasio Natural Park
  • World-famous Assisi, jewel in the Umbrian crown; Spello, one of Italy's best preserved Mediaeval towns
  • Exceptionally friendly hotels with panoramic swimming pools
  • Superb regional cuisine: highly prized black truffles, the finest of olive oils, famous Sagrantino wines

What's included?

  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs every two days from 30 Sep '16 to 14 Oct '16
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 81%
  • Headwater wine service
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

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This self-guided eight night walking holiday follows a circular loop, exploring the rich rolling countryside of the Assisi Valley, one of the most beautiful corners of Italy and the true 'green heart' of the country. It's a sun-drenched region of deep lush forests, impressive limestone gorges, majestic lakes and stunning mediaeval villages seemingly unchanged over the years. The views are simply superb!

The walking is beautifully unhurried, re-tracing in part the trail St Francis took on his last visit to the town in 1226 and taking in the sacred woodland that for years has been tendered and cared for by the Franciscan monks. It's a rural route, brimming with rare flora and fauna, along ancient forest tracks, through centuries old forests and passing olive groves dating back to Roman times.

The places we've selected for you to stay in are special too. In Assisi, Signor Piampiano's friendly hotel is ideally located just minutes from the historic centre, and boasts a panoramic pool and spa facilities. You also stay in a prestigious 4 Star countryside retreat in the heart of the Monte Subasio Natural Park and in Le Silve, the hotel grounds are spread over 230 hectares of spectacular countryside - true escapism! In mediaeval Spello, you'll stay in a magnificent C17 former mill, crammed with numerous works of art and a wine cellar packed with over 900 bottles!

The paths you follow are generally waymarked and well maintained, taking you through mostly shaded woodland. As there are frequent ascents and descents, you need to be reasonably fit and confident. Walking boots are essential and walking poles are recommended.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Spello

Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 - Spello to Assisi 11km/7mi/4hr or 16km/10mi/5hr

The shorter, lower route takes you through lush Umbrian countryside, with its distinctive dark green cypresses and silver-coloured olive trees. The longer, more challenging route takes you via the sacred 'Eremo delle Carceri', St Francis' famous hermitage where he used to pray and talk to the birds.

Day 3 - At Assisi

Today you have a full day to explore the ancient town of Assisi. The basilica, and its magnificent C13 Giotto frescoes is a must before ambling up Via San Francesco to the beautiful Piazza del Comune to visit the well-preserved temple of Minerva.

Day 4 - Assisi to Satriano 17km/10.5mi/4.5hr

Today's route skirts the mediaeval centre of Assisi. You have the option to visit the Rocca Maggiore - Assisi's well-preserved castle offers excellent views over the Valle Umbra - before heading out along the unspoiled Francescan trail, tracing backwards St Francis' steps on his last journey to the town. You'll pass the north side of Monte Subasio across gentle hillsides and through green valleys dotted with isolated farms, monasteries and watchtowers before winding down to Satriano, in the heart of the Monte Subasio Natural Park, and your home for the next two nights.

Day 5 - At Satriano

At an altitude of 800m above sea level, the views from your secluded hotel afford a fabulous 360o panorama of the tranquil natural park and surrounding Apennine Mountains. You've literally hundreds of forest trails on your doorstep criss-crossing Monte Subasio - we provide route notes so you can explore!

Day 6 Satriano to Le Silve 14km/9mi/4.5hr

You'll set off this morning along pine scented forest trails before winding slightly uphill along the Marchetto River. You'll continue along former drover's tracks, passing meadows carpeted with colourful flowers, orchids, edelweiss and wild tulips, enjoying lovely gorge views. You cross the gorge via the Ponte del Marchetto, or Wolves Bridge - if you're 'lucky' you may catch the rare sight of a wolf! You'll enjoy pure luxury for the next two nights on the Silve di Armenzano estate.

Day 7 - At Le Silve

You almost feel as though you have the world to yourself as you explore the wonderfully wild surroundings of this 230-hectare estate! There are over 20kms of well-marked walking paths and trails winding around St Francis' 'magical' Subasio Mountain and surrounding valleys. Have a swim in the deck-level saltwater pool, and perhaps end the day with a relaxing sauna or afternoon tea in the exquisite tea-room. A guided tour of the estate can be organised through the hotel with photography stations for local wildlife also available.

Day 8 - Le Silve to Spello 14km/8.5mi/4.5hr

Today's route follows the lower eastern slopes of Monte Subasio, passing through the restored hamlet of San Giovanni. Then up to the Rifugio Madonna della Spella for panoramic views of the open pasture land before descending through oak and centuries old olive groves to finish in charming Spello, one of the finest preserved mediaeval towns in the region.

Day 9 - Leave Spello


For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Chianti Classic Walk

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

La Bastiglia, Spello   (4 star)

La Bastiglia, Spello

The Hotel La Bastiglia boasts a beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Subasio, the enchanted mountain of Saint Francis. Originally an ancient mill the hotel has been lovingly restored and transformed into an unforgettable place to stay. There are 33 rooms divided into three categories, many overlooking the typical Umbrian landscape of cypress trees and olive groves. The restaurant serves a mix of ancient recipes and modern creations using the freshest ingredients. On display inside the hotel there is a collection of ceramics, antique furniture and important paintings from the private collection of Schifano and Norberto.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning

Hotel La Terrazza, Assisi   (3 Star)

Hotel La Terrazza, Assisi

Located just a short walk from the main city gate into Assisi's historical centre, the 3* Hotel La Terrazza boasts beautiful views over the Assisi Valley, which runs between Foligno and Perugia and is known for its varied scenery and natural colours.

The hotel itself is built from the local pastel coloured stone from Monte Subasio and is run by the affable Sig Piampiano - who is from Assisi and an expert on the area. Each of the hotel's 40 rooms is comfortable and well-appointed; in addition the rooms in the new annexe building feature a replica of the paintings that can be seen in the town's famous basilica!

The hotel also benefits from a panoramic outdoor pool and spa facilities - ideal to help you unwind after a hard day's sightseeing!

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

La Tavola dei Cavalieri, Satriano   (4 acorn)

La Tavola dei Cavalieri, Satriano

La Tavola dei Cavalieri is a fully restored mediaeval hamlet situated in 18 hectares of completely uncontaminated Umbrian countryside, close to Assisi. The 'Borgo' is found at 800m above sea level, and looks out across the lush green valley and dense woodland as far as La Rocca - the ancient fortress of Assisi. The surrounding territory is that of the Natural Park of Monte Subasio.

The hotel accommodation is made up of 12 comfortable double rooms, each with ensuite facilities and furnished in a traditional style with wooden beams, terracotta and wrought iron furniture. The hotel is also a working organic farm and they cultivate their own crops, as well as rearing their own animals. Most of these ingredients are served in the hotel restaurant. The area is the perfect place for peace and relaxation or long country walks in the surrounding forests.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television

Le Silve, Armenzano   (4 star)

Le Silve , Armenzano

Built on a natural terrace, in the foothills of the Mount Subasio Natural Park the Hotel Le Silve offers you a truly unforgettable stay in a cozy and serene atmosphere. Situated among the green elds and peaceful surrounding woodlands that are inhabited solely by deer, wild boar, horses and other wild animals. You can walk freely around the 230 hectares of private estate discovering the hotel's 3 swimming pools - including saltwater pool - tennis courts, table tennis and a whole network of waymarked trails for you to follow.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning

Hotel dei Priori, Assisi   (3 star)

Hotel Del Prioiri - Assisi

Location! Location! New Hotel for 2016, situated in central Assisi just off the main square. Ideal position for immediate visits of the town, nearby cafe's and good local restaurants. Set in the historical center in a 16th-century palace, this refined hotel is less than a minute's walk from a bus stop, a 3-minute walk from the Basilica di Santa Chiara and a 5-minute walk from Assisi Cathedral. The warm, elegant rooms have period furnishings and come with free Wi-Fi and TVs and some have ceiling frescoes too! Generous buffet local produce breakfast is provided. The hotel also runs a cozy restaurant with Gothic arches and a cafe bar.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Astoria Garden, Rome   ((3 star))

Hotel Astoria Garden, Rome

The 3-star Hotel Astoria Garden has a most unusual feature: an internal garden complete with banana and orange trees! Centrally located near the main railway station, but in a quiet residential street, this is a really good base from which to explore. There are 34 rooms, all air-conditioned and recently refurbished. They have telephone, television, and ensuite bathrooms.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Hotel Fortuna, Perugia   (3 star)

Hotel Fortuna, Perugia

The traditional 3-star Hotel Fortuna is set right in the heart of the historic city. The building itself dates to the 14th century and was tastefully renovated in the early 1990's. There are still some original features - look out for the arched windows downstairs. All rooms are en suite with satellite TV, telephone, minibar and radio. There is a roof garden terrace - great views over the city and a bar/ lounge area. The hotel has also recently added a gym

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Travel options

Transfers included from Foligno train station at 17:15, and back to Foligno train station at 10:00.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Hodgetts on 23/09/2016

*****
The walks were well described and excellently waymarked, though we thought that certain sections were 2 boot+ especially with high humidity in hot weather. This is true of the continuous climb out of Spello on the high level route to Assisi, and the ascent to the Rifugio on the last day,which is ludicrously timed in the walk notes at 45 minutes. The CAI estimate is 70 and we did it in 80. The accommodation in Assisi is out of town but this allows for a truly super pool. Sadly the Tavola may not survive as the need for small investment was clear but not forthcoming. Victor and Filippo are lovely and super helpful but 3 power cuts in one day could have been avoided by investing in a small back-up generator. Also there are only the two of them - we heard that the day we left Filippo was stung on the mouth by a hornet - which meant no chef. It is worth noting also that without a car you are stuck at La Tavola with nothing to do if it rains - and boy can it rain! La Bastiglia and Le Silve are great, the latter is out of this world for views and food. We would seriously recommend an extra day at the start of the holiday to acclimatise and also to spend a day in Spello which is spectacularly beautiful and otherwise largely missed on the normal schedule. We fell in love with Umbria, which is Italy as you really don't expect - green, lush and verdant. The craft beers are superb - who knew the Italians were so into it. One range called Monasterio di San Biagio is brewed by the Agriturismo which runs La Tavola. Finally the Umbrian people were friendly, helpful and endlessly welcoming.

Reviewed by Ms Pilgrim on 21/06/2016

*****
We felt the weather played an important part in the conditions we experienced which made the walks more challenging. It is a beautiful area and the second half of the holiday was particularly beautiful and quite isolated. This holiday offers a mixed experience of history, nature and good food and wine. Any problems we encountered were minor and I felt that St Francis must have been a tough guy with his Forbes and sandals!

Reviewed by Mrs Keeley on 03/06/2016

***#.
Very enjoyable week in a lovely part of Italy. We found the walks varied and interesting, though more challenging overall than the 2 boot rating - particularly the first and last day's walking, which involved some long and fairly steep ascents and some difficult descents (not just because of the rain - a lot of sustained scrabbling down loose chippings which was very tough on the knees). The walking instructions were overall accurate and easy to follow, though part of one route - from Assissa - was closed, and obviously had been for some time (we were not told about this before setting off) and on the final day at several points on the walk to Spello we got briefly lost due to the lack of clarity in the instructions. The hotels varied - Le Silve was oustanding in terms of location, accomodation, food and service, with La Tavola not far behind. Le Terazza is a bit far out of town - we would have liked to have stayed in Assissi - but we found the restaurant, food and service there fine. The food (particularly for vegetarians) and service at La Bastiglia was poor - fortunately when we returned to spend an extra night in Spello the restaurant was closed so were were booked into another much better restaurant - 'The Wine Drinker'. Late May is a good time to walk in Umbria, lots of wild flowers and new growth and not too hot.

Reviewed by Mr Horsfall on 01/11/2015

***#.
We thought this was upper two boot level, but very enjoyable walking

Reviewed by Ms Spencer on 27/09/2015

*****
we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves though the level of the first walk (the longer route) seemed to be harder tan 2 boots especially given the temperature. In view of the steep ascents/descents on parts of this walk it might be helpful to suggest sticks as essential. We spent 4 nights in total at the hotel in Spello and for 2 of those nights we were unhappy with one of the beds which was a sofa bed and not really suitable for an adult. We were very tired on our first night so put up with it but when we asked for this to be changed on our return there were no staff able to change the bedding until the following day. This wasn't satisfactory. Two of the nights we spent at this hotel were on wednesdays which meant we ate at a different restaurant; this may have been just as well as the menu(which was short) didn't alter on the 2 nights we ate there.

Reviewed by Mr Masters on 21/09/2015

***#.
Beautiful area with well chosen hotels that have excellent cuisine and wines. The Italian signposting system for footpaths is not consistently good, so walkers need to be alert.

Reviewed by Mrs Walker on 19/08/2015

*****
A fantastic holiday in a beautiful area of Italy. So great to look forward to a refreshing swim in the hotel pool at the end of each day's walking, and feeling we have earned our glass of Prosecco and delicious meal. Always lovely to receive a warm welcome at the hotels and find our room and luggage ready and waiting for us.

Reviewed by Pro Campbell on 12/07/2015

*****
Walking in the Footsteps of St Francis was a gem of a walking holiday and we felt thoroughly refreshed by it . The walking was well paced and the guide notes excellent. The National Park was stunning with a variety of scenery and the two places we stayed in the park were absolutely gorgeous. Assisi was also a lovely city to visit. It was our first time holidaying with Headwater and we are already planning our next.

Reviewed by Mr Ford on 07/07/2015

*****
Footsteps of St Francis (Self-Guided) This was our first holiday with Headwater having previously used other well-known leading walking tours companies. We couldn’t fault the organization of Headwater both in the UK and the local rep Vlad. The walk notes were clear and precise without being to wordy. The amendment that Vlad recommended for the last day following the Roman Aqueduct was superb and good finish to the walking programme The hotels were excellent the only slight downside was the Assisi hotel La Terraza where it was a 1Km outside of the town, the food there was good but certainly not up to the same standards as the other 3 hotels. La Tavola dei Cavali at Satriano was an absolute delight it was welcoming, peaceful and gave us a most relaxing stay. the only noise was the sound of bees and birds. Le Silve di Armenzano was also a delight with a most welcoming drink of cold water immediately on arrival after a very hot day of walking, a wonderful location to watch the setting sun whilst having dinner La Bastiglia at Spello our hotel for the start and finish nights met the same standard as the previous two hotels with wonderful views from the Terrace. We are already looking at other possible Headwater Holidays Mike & Jean Ford July 2015

Reviewed by Mrs Alsop on 28/06/2015

*****
It is an excellent format - two nights in each place is just right and the distances and terrain were sufficiently challenging for us to feel we deserved the increasingly good food as we progressed through the walk.

Reviewed by Mr Brown on 13/06/2015

***#.
Walking around Assisi there is great countryside with wonderful views in a very quiet area. Eating a picnic at about 1000m at Refugio Maddonna della Spella with great views all around was a wonderful reward for the strenuous walk to get there.

Reviewed by Mrs Carrington-Bro on 08/06/2015

*****
We had a wonderful week away, we enjoyed being able to sightsee in Assisi and then to escape into the beautiful countryside where we saw hardly any walkers and few cars. We thought that the 2 boot grading was accurate, there were some uphills that made us feel that we had deserved our dinner - there were only a couple of stretches of steepish downhill. This was our first self guided walking holiday and we found the notes and map provided excellent - we were glad that we took our rep's advice of an alternative route on the last day - going to Collapino and having lunch at the Taverna di Silvestro and then following the path of the Roman aqueduct back to Spello - a really good end to the walk. The scenery along all of the route was pretty but the last morning was spectacular with a wonderful panoramic view. The hotels were well chosen and we enjoyed the variety between them. La Terraza was not in the same league as the other 3, but the staff were very friendly and whilst the food was not 'gormet' it felt 'honest', we would have preferred to stay right in Assisi but appreciate the appeal of a swimming pool and also delivering suitcases to the middle of Assisi would probably pose a challenge for the Headwater rep. We dined extremely well at our other 3 hotels and particularly enjoyed our stay at Le Silve with its tranquil setting and lovely views. Our top tip for packed lunches is the Bottega dei Sapori in Assisi's main square where our sandwiches were made to order with delicious ingredients from the owner's farm. Our only regret was that we didn't have time to add on a day to the holiday and visit Perugia. Ann and Nigel Carrington Brook

Reviewed by Mr Mitchell on 28/10/2014

*****
A most enjoyable week, blessed with good weather and walking of a well-chosen standard. Good accommodation.

Reviewed by Mrs Love-Fordham on 13/10/2014

***#.
This is our fourth Headwater trip. Our favorite trips in order are: 1) Alps 2) Dordogne 3) Amalfi Coast and 4) this one. All of the others have been 5 star plus. I don't even know how to rate this one. There were so many highs and lows that it is hard to average them. The hotels, Le Silve and Le Case, are spectacular and took care of every need. I can't say enough good about them. The food was exceptional in all hotels except the Assisi hotel where you eat in a nondescript big undecorated basement room. The hiking was perfect and challenging, but the trip notes were unenthusiastic and lacked the usual Headwater info bites and optional side trips - so we made our own side trips. The trip notes need some important updates - we did not get lost, but others did multiple times and their confusion was understandable. We had awesome trip mates that we had not met prior to the trip. The highlights of the trip were: 1) Being in Assisi for the Feast of St. Francis and being present for the parade and seeing the Prime Minister of Italy, 2) Vistas from the Rifuggio de Madonna (they rival what we saw in the Alps), 3) Le Silve and Le Case hotels were amazing places of rest and solitude. I think this trip had the potential of being my very favorite, but needs the kind of attention that Headwater is so great at on other vacations.

Reviewed by Mr Sillett on 11/10/2014

*****
Wonderful holiday, with fantastic food and wine and one absolutely amazing hotel (Le Silve). Good two boot walking, especially on the first and last days. If you like walking in Italy you will love this holiday.

Reviewed by Mrs Barker on 23/09/2014

***#.
Overall the holiday was as expected, we have been with you before. We do enjoy the holiday. Having said that, the hotel in Assisi was poor, the basement restaurant was soulless. I appreciate that it was probably chosen because it had a swimming pool. We would rather have stayed in a more upmarket hotel in the centre of Assisi rather than the outskirts with the swimming pool, and our 18 year old is in agreement. We could've looked around Assisi in the evening, and the rest day was spent looking around the churches, so not much time to lie by a pool. A more comfortable hotel with nicer food would've been appreciated! A choice would be nice. The pool at La Tavola was impossible to sit by due to the flies, not sure whether that was due to pigs close by or the earlier summer weather causing an increase in fly population.

Reviewed by Mr Caffyn on 08/09/2014

***#.
Efficient but lacks character..

Reviewed by Mrs Robinson on 05/09/2014

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Ask more questions regarding the walks prior to booking.e.g places to take refreshment. Ensure that you understand the walking levels, as although we were able to complete the walks fairly easily we noticed a number of people having to be transported due to the physical demands. Be prepared for isolation at two of the hotels as they were in remote situations. If you like walking in forests and almost total solitude this is the holiday for you. We hardly met anyone on all walks.

Reviewed by Ms Harris on 09/07/2014

*****
Excellent service, tailored to us at very last minute. Wonderful hotels (with exception of the Assissi hotel which was nowhere near the quality of the others).terrific walks. We had fewer rests days which suited us - a days rest on day 2 felt too soon so we didn't and assiss is very very touristy though beautiful. We are already looking at our next holiday with you (and we always travel independetly so that's a big sign of our enjoyment).

Reviewed by Mr Thompson-Ashby on 28/06/2014

*****
This was our first holiday with Headwater so we had no expectations on the grade of walk. As it turned out we coped very well, although our first day's walk to Assisi (the longer option) was tough, but we managed! The route notes were generally good, although they do need regular revision, as some signs etc. had been changed or removed. We did not lose our way, but less experienced walkers could have done so. The hotels were all good and some excellent. We particularly loved La Taviola for the way the staff went that extra mile to make us welcome and gave us a packed lunch without us asking for it, although the room we were given could hardly be describe as 'superior'. Our tour guide by his own admission seemed ready for a change. His briefing was perfunctory, but he was kind enough to lend us his walking poles. The walks were well designed - absolutely beautiful wildflowers and we didn't meet a single other traveller. Overall, a splendid holiday with good weather, a fabulous sense of history and pilgrimage plus great accommodation.

Reviewed by Mrs Oram on 20/06/2014

*****
Mt Subasio is a wonderful area in which to walk and the routes ensure good variety of walking. Spello is a lovely town (and Albergo Bastiglia a comfortable hotel with excellent food) to use as a base for further local travel (e.g. Perugia) and for relaxing pre/post the holiday. The hotel at Assisi was very welcoming, but location is not great (neither in town nor out & on a busy road).

Reviewed by Mr Propert on 24/05/2014

***#.
Before you book, it would be useful to know the days when meals are not available. For example, at Spello the food is highly rated (an attraction for us) but we had two Wednesdays there, had had to walk the entire length of the town, returning in rain one evening, to get our alternative meal. It was good - but frankly, it is too far. At Assissi, it would be better to make it more clear that while you enjoy a brief tour of the town on the high route, you then have quite a trek out to the hotel. And the food here, is simply poor - but I guess choices are limited. We upgrade everything - and at la Tavola the food was excellent, but our upgrade room (10) was dire - it was not an upgrade! And it is really time to update the notes - we did not get lost, but bits are horrendous - ruts and mud, and things like benches 'from which to contemplate' - but broken down. Our next holiday with you is in Germany - why oh why do you not do more there??
Headwater response:
Dear Mr Propert, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire and for your constructive comments. Your feedback has been passed on to the programme manager and our local rep. Following on from your comments improvement have been put into place. We now provide a taxi to transfer customers to and from dinner in Spello when required. Unfortunately due to the unusually poor weather over the winter some of the routes were still quite muddy when you travelled out in early May. However this will remedy itself as the weather improves over spring. All route notes have now been checked and are up to date. We would like to apologise that you were given the incorrect room on arrival to the La Tavola the reservation team are sorry for this oversight and have assured us that this was a one off incident. A refund will be issued immediately. We would like to thank you for travelling with Headwater this summer and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Headwater Customer Service team

Reviewed by Mrs Harland on 11/10/2013

*****
We had an excellent holiday with everything very well sorted by Headwater. Our only real complaint was with the hotel in Spello who were not helpful. We were tired from travelling and there was no one really to welcome us or to tell us when dinner was served or give us a drink until 20.00hrs when the staff had finished their dinner. Head waiter was rude and off hand after he discovered we were Headwater guests but the food was good. La Tavola and La Silve were wonderful and couldn't have been better, at both hotels we were so well looked after and the food was delicious. We would have liked to have a had a 3rd night at La Silve as there was no room at Spello on our return so we had to go on to Perugia but this wasn't suggested by your agent.

Reviewed by Mrs Weipers on 11/10/2013

***#.
Beautiful vistas of the Heart of Italy are your reward for the few 'lung busters' en route. Umbria is less developed than its neighbours but all the more perfect for it.

Reviewed by Mr Compton on 07/10/2013

*****
Excellent meet and greet, great walking and good food.

Reviewed by Mr Greef on 02/10/2013

*****
Excellent walking, really good hotels and food

Reviewed by Mr Fowler on 16/09/2013

*****
We had a really good holiday, would say you need to be a reasonable walker as it is a fairly strenuous trail, but well worth the effort. Looking forward to doing something similar

Reviewed by Mr Learmont on 28/08/2013

*****
Excellent combination of choice accommodation; natural scenary for walking and opportunities for cultural visits.

Reviewed by Mr Murdoch on 19/08/2013

*****
We have just returned from a walking holiday in Umbria, having had an amazing experience, which has left us feeling revitalised and relaxed. The walks were all really beautiful and off the beaten track and despite the August heat many of the tracks were through shaded woodland. The notes and maps were clear and easy to follow and the only time we managed to lose our way was through our own misunderstanding. The hotels were in great locations, very welcoming and friendly, comfortable and the food was delicious. Our local rep Javier was always smiling, supportive and helpful. He knows the area like the back of his hand and is always there with interesting information. His motto should be Nothing is too much trouble. We are both well travelled and have booked through other similar companies previously and would highly recommend Headwater. We are already wondering which one of their walking or activity holidays we will book next. Thank you Headwater and especially Javier. Steve and Andrea Murdoch

Reviewed by Mr Finn on 28/07/2013

***#.
An enjoyable trip deep in the Umbrian countryside with some fine local food and wine amidst some spectacular views.If you do decide to go walking in Italy in July and August make sure you start your walks early i.e 8.30 am - take plenty of water 2.5 litres a day at least IMO - adequate sunscreen ,insect repellent as the weather will get very hot from 10-11 am.

Reviewed by Mr Jackson on 19/05/2013

*****
A wonderful holiday - we wished that it could have been longer, offering more walking days. Our rep (Javier) was particularly good, with an impressive knowledge of the area & checking the routes daily during bad weather.

Reviewed by Mr Woolstone on 10/10/2012

*****
An excellent holiday. Javier, the representative was outstanding in his concern, good cheer and attention to detail. He went the extra kilometre and more. The walking was spectacular and the hotels were equally as good. Everything abroad went perfectly & was almost always 5*. The only slight drawback was Headwater's efficiency in the UK where we had to ring back on two occasions when calls were not returned and we had to chase up non-delivery of tickets as time was getting short. (And not sure about the sea view room listed on our itinerary as we were over 100 miles from the Med!)

Reviewed by Dr Knight on 10/10/2012

*****
V enjoyable holiday. The rep Javier was outstanding. Walking instructions were good but distance estimates were out (according to our GPS) by as much as 100% so when a hut and shrine stated to be 800 metres is actually 1.6km (or 600 v 1200km) this creates doubts. Advice on what grid reference the maps use would help and if not on Garmin a lat/long for critical points would help. We got lost on Monte Subasio on day one where path was indistinct and could not get grid ref for map. We got back due to realising we were too low and therefore heading up hill under a powerline to hit the correct track. Extra 2 days in Assisi well worth it to walk Monte Subasio summit, see more of Assisi, San Damiano, Rivotorto and Commonwealth War Cemetery plus Santa Maria deglia Angeli

Reviewed by Mrs Walker on 29/09/2012

*****
Excellent holiday with good walking and friendly comfortable hotels. Would highly recommend it. Good food (some very good) at all the hotels. Jaiver the local rep was excellent. Very efficient and unobtrusive. Please pass on our thanks to him.

Reviewed by Mr Billing on 10/09/2012

*****
A great holiday. Amazing scenery, wonderful hotels with lovely food and drink and a rep who really did welcome us and made sure we had the best possible experience.

Reviewed by Mrs Morgan on 01/09/2012

*****
A fantastic experience of Italy.

Reviewed by Mr Blunt on 23/07/2012

*****
Very good value for money, although more expensive than some other Headwater walks. The routes were challenging and scenic; we were constantly rewarded with great views, flora and fauna. We especially enjoyed the contrasting experience of visiting Spello and Assisi. There is so much to see and treasure. The hotels are exceptionally good; at the agroturismo in Satriano and Le Silve we really didn't want to stray very far as the locations are so gorgeous. Javier, was very impressive and knew the location very well indeed. He has built up a good rapport with the hotels and this really adds enhances the experience.

Reviewed by Ms Benton on 16/06/2012

*****
A superb holiday. One of the best Headwater walking holidays we've had.

Reviewed by Mr Allen on 16/06/2012

***#.
One of the best --- Javier was by far the best rep we have had in all our many headwater holidays over the past 30 years or so

Departure dates & prices

September 2015 departuresTour only 
Sep 20$2126
Sep 22$2126
Sep 24$2126
Sep 26$2126
Sep 28$2126
Sep 30$2126
Child (any date, see notes)$1328 
October 2015 departuresTour only 
Oct 2$1934
Oct 4$1934
Oct 6$1934
Oct 8$1934
Oct 10$1934
Oct 12$1934
Oct 14$1934
Child (any date, see notes)$1328 
May 2016 departuresTour only 
May 3$1746
May 5$1746
May 7$1746
May 9$1746
May 11$1746
May 13$1746
May 15$1746
May 17$1746
May 19$1746
May 21$1746
May 23$1746
May 25$1746
May 27$1746
May 29$1746
May 31$1746
Child (any date, see notes)$1328 
June 2016 departuresTour only 
Jun 2$1746
Jun 4$1746
Jun 6$1746
Jun 8$1746
Jun 10$1746
Jun 12$1746
Jun 14$1746
Jun 16$1746
Jun 18$1746
Jun 20$1746
Jun 22$1746
Jun 24$1746
Jun 26$1746
Jun 28$1746
Jun 30$1746
Child (any date, see notes)$1328 
July 2016 departuresTour only 
Jul 2$1884
Jul 4$1884
Jul 6$1884
Jul 8$1884
Jul 10$1884
Jul 12$1884
Jul 14$1884
Jul 16$1884
Jul 18$1884
Jul 20$1884
Jul 22$1884
Jul 24$1884
Jul 26$1884
Jul 28$1884
Jul 30$1884
Child (any date, see notes)$1328 
August 2016 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$1884
Aug 3$1884
Aug 5$1884
Aug 7$1884
Aug 9$1884
Aug 11$1884
Aug 13$1884
Aug 15$1884
Aug 17$1884
Aug 19$1884
Aug 21$1884
Aug 23$1884
Aug 25$1884
Aug 27$1884
Aug 29$1884
Aug 31$1884
Child (any date, see notes)$1328 
September 2016 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$1884
Sep 4$1884
Sep 6$1884
Sep 8$1884
Sep 10$1783
Sep 12$1783
Sep 14$1783
Sep 16$1783
Sep 18$1783
Sep 20$1783
Sep 22$1783
Sep 24$1783
Sep 26$1783
Sep 28$1783
Sep 30$1783
Child (any date, see notes)$1328 
October 2016 departuresTour only 
Oct 2$1612
Oct 4$1612
Oct 6$1612
Oct 8$1612
Oct 10$1612
Child (any date, see notes)$1328 

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.

Departures

every two days from 30 Sep '16 to 14 Oct '16, for 9 days (8 nights). This holiday departs every 2 days, however non-standard arrivals and altered itineraries may be possible - please call for prices.

Meals

All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Foligno train station at 17:15, and back to Foligno train station at 10:00.

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