The way of Saint Francis: from Citta’ di Castello to Assisi
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: 7 days
Departure: march - october; during other months tour is available on request
Price: 460,00 eur p.p. in dbl room / 556,00 eur in sgl room / 666,00 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 Citta’di Castello
- meals not mentioned; supplement for 3 dinners – 75,00 eur (only breakfast available in Valfabbrica)
- 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 Citta' di Castello
Arrival at your hotel in the old centre of Città di Castello, a town situated in the Upper Tiber Valley and surrounded by a green landscape of rolling hills. It is a town bubbling with life and an important economical centre of the valley.
Città di Castello - Pietralunga
After breakfast you will be taken by vehicle to Moun Sasso to begin a beautiful walk through Umbrian hills. Of particular interest today is Pieve de Saddi, one of the earliest Christian communities in the Upper Tiber Valley. Your walk today finishes at Pietralunga, a small town built on a hilltop. At the main square you can see the remains of the Longobard castle
Pietralunga - Gubbio
Today another spectacular walk awaits you. You will pass the Abbey of San Benedetto and will climb and descend to reach the high plain of Gubbio, where the town itself is built proudly on the slopes of Monte Ingino. Gubbio not only offers fascinating cultural sights, but is also a lively town with small shops, excellent restaurants and cosy squares. Gubbio is closely linked with the life of St. Francis, who came here as a beggar. He found shelter in this town thanks to his friend the textile merchant Spadalunga, who not only gave him a place to sleep but clothes to dress himself. This simple straight dress became the prototype of the Franciscan tunic. The church and monastery of St. Francis is built on the site of Spadalunga’s house. You will stay in a hotel near the church of St. Francis.
Gubbio - Biscina
This stage of the ‘Sentiero della Pace’ leads to the castle of Biscina. In the beginning a steep climb brings you out of the valley of Gubbio. Today you will have a beautiful scenery and you will pass the small church of Caprignone, the hermitage of S.Pietro in Vigneto and the chapel Madonna delle Ripe. Today’s walk ends at a holiday farm near the Castle of Biscina.
Biscina - Valfabbrica
Today you will walk again up and down the hills between Assisi and Gubbio. You will pass the small churches of Sambuco and Coccorano and walking along the Chiascio River you will arrive at Vallfabbrica where you will stay tonight.
Valfabbrica - Assisi
This last walk through forest and olive groves will bring you to Assisi. From afar you will already see the castle and the basilica of St. Francis. Near the bridge Ponte Croce, you can make a short detour and walk in the ‘Forest of St. Francis’ with the small church of St.Croce, the ‘Ponte dei Galli’ (the bridge where is said that Charles the Great passed) and an old mill. A last steep climb and you will pass through the town gate known as Porta S.Giacomo. Descending from here you will have an astounding view of the upper church of St.Francis. On the way to your hotel you will cross the town centre, passing the most famous Franciscan monuments. On request you can stay in a religious house.
departure after breakfast or continuing the Via di S.Francesco