The way of Saint Francis: from La Verna to Citta’ di Castello
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: 575,00 eur p.p. in dbl room / 690,00 eur in sgl room / 860,00 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; HB supplement (5 dinners) – 140,00 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 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. On request you can start the tour in the monastery of La Verna.
La Verna – Pieve Santo Stefano
After breakfast you will be taken by vehicle to La Verna Abbey, built upon the mountain bearing the same name. At La Verna Saint Francis received the signs of the stigmata. After your visit of the abbey you will start your first walk of this tour, climbing to the top of mount Calvano (1250 a.s.l.) from where you will have a magnificent view over the valley of Pieve Santo Stefano. You will then begin your descent to this town. Overnight in Pieve Santo Stefano.
Pieve Santo Stefano – Eremo di Cerbaiolo – Montagna
Today’ s walk leads you to the hermitage ‘eremo di Cerbaiolo’ , the pass ‘Valico di Viamaggio’ and the mountain village Montagna. Leaving Pieve Santo Stefano the route climbs towards the hermitage. It was a dreary and abandoned place when Francis and his companions stayed here in 1216, but two years later the first Franciscan monks came to live here and restored the hermitage. The route continues climbing to the Valico di Viamaggio from which you reach the top of Monte Verde. You descend towards the village of Montagna. Here you will be picked up and brought by taxi to Sansepolcro. You will stay in the centre of town. On request you can stay in the monastery of Montecasale about 6 km outside Sansepolcro, in this case your walk will be longer.
Montagna- hermitage Montecasale– Sansepolcro
After breakfast transfer back to Montagna. You will walk through woodland with occasional clearings, from which you can enjoy amazing views over the surrounding hills and mountains. Your descent continues to the monastery of Montecasale, where was once a tavern for pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. Francis stayed here several times and praised the silence of this place. Then you will continue the descent until you will reach Sansepolcro. You will stay again in the centre of the town.
Sansepolcro – Monterchi - Celle
Today’s walk is shorter and with less climbing and descent. Leaving Sansepolcro you cross the fertile Tiber valley and after the hamlet of Bastia you enter the region of Umbria. The terrain becomes hilly and the route climbs through the woods to the town gate of Citerna, a small medieval town, which is listed as one of the most beautiful villages (borghi) of Italy. Then the route takes you to Monterchi, visit of the town and then a last climb through olive groves till your farmhouse with restaurant.
Celle – Città di Castello
After breakfast you will start the last walk of this tour to Città di Castello. You will walk through a hilly landscape with oak woods and fields. Just before arriving in Città di Castello you will pass the hermitage of Buon Riposo, built on the spot where St. Francis stayed in a cave during his journeys to La Verna. Now it is private property. The last descent will take you past Villa Montesca, where Maria Montessori taught teachers her education method, across the bridge over the Tiber and into the centre of Città di Castello.
departure after breakfast or continuing the Via di S.Francesco till Assisi