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Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

  • 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
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1625
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 11 May '17 to 14 Oct '17
  • 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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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, the Hotel Fontebella Palace is ideally located just minutes from the historic centre. 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!

Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

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 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 16km/10mi/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 Armenzano 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 Armenzano

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 - Armenzano to Spello 14km/9mi/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. Alternatively from the Rifugio Madonna della Spella you can take a different route, to the village of Collepino, stop for a truffle based lunch and then carry on the easy Roman Aqueduct walk back to Spello.

Day 9 - Leave Spello

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)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Room Deluxe Room Junior Suite Deluxe Junior Suite
03/05/2017 - 14/10/2017 £14 £30 £44 £80

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. Superior rooms are larger, and have a small balcony and bathroom with shower. Deluxe rooms are larger with a balcony and bathroom with a bath. The Junior Suite includes a Jacuzzi in the bedroom and a panoramic terrace with solarium. The Deluxe Junior Suite can accommodate up to five people and has a private panoramic terrace with table, chairs and sun loungers and a Jacuzzi for 2 people.

Dates Double Single
03/05/2017 - 14/10/2017 £80 £106

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Prices are per person per night including evening meal.
Bed and Breakfast prices are available on request.

Hotel Fontebella Palace, Assisi (4 star)

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Hotel Fontebella features a period, renaissance style throughout the establishment and enjoys an exquisite view of a beautiful Umbrian valley. Free WiFi is available throughout. Hot tubs and sauna available.You can choose different kinds of views, over the Umbrian Valley or over Assisi city centre.

Buffet breakfast is served in the Sala degli Archi, decorated with beautiful brick arches, perfectly preserved throughout the centuries. On site you will find Restaurant Il Frantoio, which is mentioned in the Michelin guide. It has over 300 wines in its cellar, and specialises in truffle dishes and homemade pasta.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior room with valley view
05/05/2017 - 30/10/2017 £20

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. Superior rooms offer more space and a view of the Umbrian Valley.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

La Tavola dei Cavalieri, Satriano (4 acorn)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Room Deluxe Room Suite
03/05/2017 - 14/10/2017 £12 £16 £20

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Superior rooms are larger and have their own private entrance and views of the valley. The room is furnished with period furniture.
The Deluxe rooms are in the 'Casa Padronale' (Manor) and are very spacious with the possibility of adding extra beds (ideal for families). The panoramic view and the exquisite tea corner make this room even more attractive.
Junior Suites are located in the original barn which has been converted tastefully with modern comforts without losing its original features. They are very spacious with a separate lounge and tea corner and they all have their own private entrance.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Le Silve, Armenzano (4 star)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Comfort Room Deluxe Room
03/05/2017 - 14/10/2017 £20 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

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)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Single room Double/Twin room Graden View room Junior suite
16/03/2017 - 15/07/2017 £110 £74 £88 £148
16/07/2017 - 05/09/2017 £98 £62 £76 £120
06/09/2017 - 31/10/2017 £110 £74 £88 £148

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast.
Single rooms are single bedded rooms.

Hotel Fortuna, Perugia (3 star)

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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

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

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.

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.


Mr Bayliss
29/09/2016

On arriving in our first hotel in Spello the views from our bedroom window took our breathe away. The whole Holiday was full of wonderful views, great food,and lovely accommodation. This alongside some challenging walks which made us feel alive and happy to be in such an unspoilt place like Umbria. Definitely recommend this walking holiday in the Footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi.


Mr Hodgetts
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 ... read more 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.


Mrs Greenland
19/09/2016

I found the walking varied and challenging at times but the outstanding scenery and peace and location of hotels made the effort worth while. An unforgettable experience.


Ms Pilgrim
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!


Mrs Keeley
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 - ... read morewas 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.


Mr Horsfall
01/11/2015

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


Ms Spencer
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 nigh... read moret 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.


Mr Masters
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.


Mrs Walker
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.


Pro Campbell
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.


Mr Ford
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 ... read moreslight 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


Mrs Alsop
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.




Mr Brown
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.


Mrs Carrington-Bro
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... read more 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


Mr Mitchell
28/10/2014

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


Mrs Love-Fordham
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 ... read morebasement 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.


Mr Sillett
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.


Mrs Barker
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 ... read morearound 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.


Mr Caffyn
08/09/2014

Efficient but lacks character..


Mrs Robinson
05/09/2014

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.


Ms Harris
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).


Mr Thompson-Ashby
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 w... read moreay 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.


Mrs Oram
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).


Mr Propert
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. A... read morend 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


Mrs Weipers
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.


Mrs Harland
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 be... read moretter, 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.


Mr Compton
07/10/2013

Excellent meet and greet, great walking and good food.


Mr Greef
02/10/2013

Excellent walking, really good hotels and food


Mr Fowler
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


Mr Learmont
28/08/2013

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


Mr Murdoch
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... read more 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


Mr Finn
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.
























































Mr Jackson
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.


Dr Knight
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. W... read moree 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


Mr Woolstone
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.... read more (And not sure about the sea view room listed on our itinerary as we were over 100 miles from the Med!)


Mrs Walker
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.


Mr Billing
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.


Mrs Morgan
01/09/2012

A fantastic experience of Italy.


Mr Blunt
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, w... read moreas 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.


Mr Allen
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


Ms Benton
16/06/2012

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

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Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 3rd May 2017 to 14th Oct 2017, for 8 nights.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals

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