Italy : Umbria

Undiscovered Villages of Umbria Walk

Trip code: W07UR 4.5 (2 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

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SUMMARY

  • Italy's 'green heart': boundless olives groves, verdant vineyards, flower filled towns, panoramic medieval villages
  • Follow in the footsteps of St Francis along the ancient pilgrimage trail
  • UNESCO Assisi, spectacular Spoleto, medieval Bevagna, stunning Montefalco - the balcony of Umbria
  • Impressive limestone gorges, rare flora and fauna in the Monte Subasio Natural Park

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers on days 4 and 5

TRIP DESCRIPTION

This 7-night linear trip is a fantastic mix of wonderfully scenic walking, historic towns and panoramic hilltop villages. The walks follow a mix of quiet country lanes, paths and trails, using in part the St Francis' Way - so called after the route the saint took on his final visit to Assisi in 1226 - and the 'Sentiero degli Ulivi', the Olive Grove Trail. Along the way, admire the stunning valley vistas from the slopes of the 'bald mountain' Monte Subasio, discover the secluded hermitage of St Francis nestled amongst ancient oak forest, pass through olive groves that date as far back as Roman times and wander around the evocative centro storico of the walled town of Bevagna.

You stay in beautiful medieval towns including Assisi, 'the town of St Francis' with its UNESCO-listed basilica; flower bedecked Spello, which lies on the other side of Mount Subasio from Assisi, and Spoleto - the town of the amphitheatre and aqueduct. The walking is beautifully unhurried, leaving you plenty of time for independent exploration of these lesser known Umbrian gems.

Food of the region is rustic and often called 'cucina povera'. Expect to try strangozzi pasta served with black truffles or a spicy tomato sauce, followed by simple grilled local meats and then a slice of pecorino cheese washed down with some of the superb Sagrantino di Montefalco wines. For a picnic lunch why not try the Umbrian staple, the porchetta sandwich - roast pig stuffed with herbs.

Terrain

The routes and paths you follow are generally well maintained. As there are frequent ascents and descents which are steep in places, you need to be reasonably fit and confident. Walking boots are essential and walking poles are recommended.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Assisi

Explore the UNESCO St Francis' basilica and the town's many other sights.

You stay at Hotel Porta Nuova.

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Hotel Porta Nuova, Assisi

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Located a stone's throw from Porta Nuova - one of the main medieval gates into Assisi's Old Town - the family run Hotel Porta Nuova comes with a contemporary design and modern, well appointed bedrooms. There is a lounge and panoramic terrace on the first floor, where you can relax with a drink whilst admiring the rolling, verdant Umbrian hills.

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Day 2: Assisi to Spello (12km/7.5mi or 16km/9.9mi)

Set off across the olive grove clad slopes of Monte Subasio, enjoying the gorgeous view below. If doing the longer option, pause at the Hermitage of St Francis, the saint's historic retreat, before traversing a mountain trail to Spello, the town of flowers, famous for its annual Infiorita festival when the streets are carpeted in colourful floral mosaics. The shorter version follows the Via degli Ulivi through the foothills of Monte Subasio with stunning valley views as you go.

You stay at Albergo il Cacciatore.

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Albergo il Cacciatore, Spello

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A warm welcome is guaranteed at the Albergo il Cacciatore (the hunter!) as the hotel has been in the same family for over 50 years. Located in Spello's Old Town, there's a lovely terrace with an amazing, far reaching view over the valley. Bedrooms here are airy and spacious with a traditional Italian design.

Day 3: At Spello - Collepino loop walk (14km/8.7mi)

Follow a beautiful path along a Roman aqueduct to the cobbled streets of the hilltop, pink hued village of Collepino. Then it's a panoramic downhill walk through olive groves back to Spello.

You stay at Albergo il Cacciatore.

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Albergo il Cacciatore, Spello

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A warm welcome is guaranteed at the Albergo il Cacciatore (the hunter!) as the hotel has been in the same family for over 50 years. Located in Spello's Old Town, there's a lovely terrace with an amazing, far reaching view over the valley. Bedrooms here are airy and spacious with a traditional Italian design.

Day 4: Spello/Sassovivo to Trevi (18km/11.2mi)

We take you (20 mins) to the perfectly restored Benedictine abbey of Sassovivo, then walk on the appropriately named Sentiero degli Ulivi through woodland and olive groves to the hilltop village of Roviglieto, before descending to Trevi for a picture-postcard view of this Roman gem on the slopes of Monte Serano. Discover this old theatre town with remnants of the Mura Romana (Roman Wall) and Mura Medieval (Medieval Wall) still encircling the town.

You stay at Hotel Antica Dimorra alla Rocca.

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Hotel Antica Dimorra alla Rocca, Trevi

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The Antica Dimora alla Rocca is housed in 4 different historic buildings which date back to 1650, built by an aristocrat for his eldest son. The buildings have been restored and renovated to a high standard. The decor keeps with the elegance and architecture of 17th century, the rooms feel grand and luxurious with frescoed ceilings.

The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast which in good weather can be taken on the terrace. The hotel has a small pool and terrace where you can catch the late sun in the afternoon.

Day 5: At Trevi - Bevagna to Montefalco Walk (9km/5.6mi)

A transfer this morning (25 mins) to the walled town of Bevagna, home to the 13th century Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, the golden theatre and Roman temple and baths. Explore this lovely town then make your way through a patchwork of olive groves and vineyards to the hilltop wine village of Montefalco. Wander round its medieval streets, admire the superb views and enjoy wine tasting in one of the many Sagrantino wineries. Transfer and overnight in Trevi.

You stay at Hotel Antica Dimorra alla Rocca.

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Hotel Antica Dimorra alla Rocca, Trevi

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The Antica Dimora alla Rocca is housed in 4 different historic buildings which date back to 1650, built by an aristocrat for his eldest son. The buildings have been restored and renovated to a high standard. The decor keeps with the elegance and architecture of 17th century, the rooms feel grand and luxurious with frescoed ceilings.

The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast which in good weather can be taken on the terrace. The hotel has a small pool and terrace where you can catch the late sun in the afternoon.

Day 6: Trevi to Poreta (12km/7.5mi)

Join the ancient St Francis' Trail to amble along to the hillside with stunning views of the valley of Spoleto to the church of Madonna di San Arcangelo. Pass the secretive Eremo Francescano (Convento Pissignano) before heading to the tiny medieval village of Poreta, with the ruins of its 10th century castle still standing guard.

You stay at Agriturismo Borgo della Marmotta.

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Agriturismo Borgo della Marmotta, Poreta

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Borgo della Marmotta is not just a hotel. Borgo means 'village' in Italian and this wonderful location is more like a hamlet than a hotel. In fact, the hotel has been built by restoring the buildings that were left unoccupied from a 17th century village. Located next to the tiny hamlet of Poreta, the restoration has breathed new life into the tiny village restoring the granary, the stables, the mill and even the sheep barn - now home to the hotel's restaurant - to create a luxurious, relaxing retreat in the beautiful Umbrian countryside.

Today the hotel offers airy rooms, a swimming pool, lovely grounds and a terrace with wonderful views.

Day 7: Poreta to Spoleto (14km/8.7mi)

Pick up the St Francis' Trail as you make your way through olive groves and tiny medieval villages to Spoleto. Stroll along the impressive 14th century viaduct that bridges the valley to enjoy the spectacular views and discover the town's Roman arch, Roman theatre and 12th century Duomo.

You stay at Hotel dei Duchi.

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Hotel dei Duchi, Spoleto

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Boasting a prime location in the centre of Spoleto's historic centre, the Hotel dei Duchi panoramocally gazes out over the town's Anacajani Park, the Roman theatre and St Agatha's monastery. Inside, the hotel is stylish and modern, with a lounge and terrace - which benefit from the lovely views - bar and 2 restaurants. Bedrooms at the Hotel dei Duchi are contemporary and comfortable, with views over the valley, the garden or the Roman theatre.

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Day 8: Leave Spoleto

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Canada Roma, Rome.

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Hotel Canada Roma, Rome

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The 3 star Hotel Canada Roma is centrally located near the main railway station, making it an excellent base from which to explore Rome. Each room is ensuite and has been lovingly decorated in an elegant Italian style complete with vintage furniture. Rooms come with tea and coffee maker as well as air conditioning and safe.
This well appointed hotel also boasts a bar for pre dinner drinks and nibbles, as well as an external courtyard where you can savour a drink under the stars.

Room upgrades: Deluxe and junior suite
Deluxe rooms are larger with a more stately decor.
Junior suites have a separate living room.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $489.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $489.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Room upgrades available
TRAVEL DETAILS

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

REVIEWS

The holiday was great. Loved the flexibility of Headwater for allowing us to spend extra time in Rome. The walks were very good wrt length, difficulty, maps, navigation etc. I noticed during the holiday there were different hotel options and next time I might focus a bit more on which ones. Having said that, we got a good range of places to stay and the B&B basis worked perfectly for us (except in Porteta) which is in the middle on nowhere and therefore the restaurant being open was rather crucial.

James Turner, 9 May 2024

 

Although it was quite expensive vacation for us we had a lovely holiday which was, overall very well organised by Headwater who were always available when we were unsure about any aspects of the journey.

Diana Bird, 8 Apr 2024

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from $2075

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