The way of Saint Francis: from Assisi to Spoleto
The daily itineraries pass through moderately mountainous country and hill terrain. On some days the amount of ascent and descent is quite considerable. Daily walking distances are between 15 and 28 km (with an average of 3 – 4 hours walking a day). This route requires a certain amount of experience and familiarity with mountain terrain. A good level of fitness for walking is necessary.
Duration: 6 days
Departure: march - october; during other months tour is available on request
Price: 390,00 eur p.p. in dbl room / 490,00 eur in sgl room / 550,00 eur for solo traveller
- overnights in hotels, B&B or country farms on BB basis
- 1 dinner
- maps and itineraries
- luggage transportation
- transfers as per program
- costs of transportation for getting to Assisi
- meals not mentioned; supplement for 4 dinners – 100,00 eur
- tourist tax where required – to be paid in cash on spot
- anything not mentioned under “the price includes”
***The itinerary is only indicative, detailed description and any other information will be available at the moment of confirmation.
individual arrival in Assisi
If you arrive in good time you can go for a cultural tour of Assisi. The route passes the Basilica di San Francesco, the house where he was born, the Basilica di Santa Chiara and the monastery of San Damiano. At the tourist information office you can get a Pilgrim’s Passport, which you can ask to be ink stamped at the Franciscan monuments: a nice reminder of your journey. Overnight in Assisi. On request you can stay in a religious house.
Assisi - Spello
Leave Assisi by the Porta Cappuccini arch and you will enter immediately into the woods of the Natural Park of Monte Subasio. A steep climb will take you to the hermitage ‘Eremo delle Carceri’ (830m), one of the places which best captures the ‘sense’ of the prayers of St. Francis, who used to retreat here with his most faithful companions to pray and meditate in the silence of the woods. From the hermitage you will descend towards Spello, passing the abbey of San Benedetto with its beautiful 11th century crypt. The descent continues and the woods become less and less dense and then give way to olive groves. The village of Spello clings to the hillside and was once a Roman castrum. Several Roman features remain, including three town gates, the remains of an amphitheatre and some beautiful mosaics. Don’t miss the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, with its beautiful Baglioni chapel and the church of S. Andrea.
Your accommodation is in a hotel in the old town centre.
Spello - Trevi
After breakfast you leave the town and walk along the valley to reach Foligno. Here you will find an impressive cathedral with two Romanesque façades (12th century); the 14th century Palazzo Trinci, which hosts both an archeological museum and an art gallery; and the Oratorio della Nunziatella (1494) with a fresco by Perugino. The Chiesa di San Francesco holds the remains of Beata Angela, a Franciscan mystic to whom St. Francis appeared in 1285.
Leaving Foligno you will also leave behind the sounds of the town, because at Sant Eraclio the route enters the olive groves once more. You will remain among olive trees from here to Trevi. Passing small hamlets and villages with narrow streets, a last climb will take you into Trevi, which dominates the valley from its hilltop position. It is worth visiting the church of Sant’ Emiliano and the church of San Francesco (13th century), which is now a museum with many local frescoes dated from the 13th to the 16th centuries. Your overnight stay is in a residence in the old town centre.
Trevi - Campello Alto
Today’s route isn’t very long, but involves plenty of uphill and downhill stretches on hills covered with olive groves and woods. You climb to an old Franciscan hermitage which now houses an enclosed order, then you descend through the olive groves before walking up to Campello Alto, at 514m above sea level. This is a fortified hill village built in 921 by Rovero di Champeause, baron of Burgundy. A last climb brings you to your hotel at 650m a.s.l.
Campello Alto - Spoleto
You descend to return to pick up the Way of St.Francis in Campello alto. If you think the today’s walk is too long Giuseppe, the owner of the hotel, will help you to shorten the route bringing you by car to Poreta. In Poreta you follow the lower route and walking through olive groves you will reach Osteria where there was once a hotel for pilgrims. A steep climb brings you to Bazzano superiore, then passing the remains of a castle you will come down to Bazzano inferiore. After a tiring climb in the woods you will emerge into the olive groves above Eggi, which is built on the top of a small hill and has a 14th century castle. A quiet country lane brings you to Spoleto – a proud medieval town, with a beautiful cathedral (il Duomo) and an impressive castle.
Overnight in Spoleto.
Departure after breakfast or continuing the Via di S. Francesco