Start: Assisi Finish: Assisi
Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate
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Tour code: W08UM
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Along the way, you explore the upper slopes of the 'bald mountain' Monte
Subasio with stunning mountains vistas. You can discover the secluded
hermitages of St Francis, pass the great Abbey at Sassovivo and wander the
ruins of Campello Alto.
Arrive at your hotel, where you'll stay for your first night. (Staying at Hotel Fontebella Palace, Breakfast only)
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Climb up Monte Subasio to the Hermitage of Asissi. Traversing a trail along the mountain you get unforgettable views of the Vale of Spoleto, before heading down into delightful Spello and your hotel for two nights. (Staying at Albergo La Bastiglia, Half Board)
Pink-stoned Spello is a well-preserved Roman town, with beautiful town walls, ruins of the old theatre and amphitheatre and thermal baths. Visit the church of Santa Maria Maggiore with its outstanding frescoes by Pinturicchio, the town's art gallery, annexed to the church, and the Palazzo Comunale Vecchio (Old Town Hall). Or perhaps take the train to Perugia the region's capital. (Staying at Albergo La Bastiglia, Half Board)
A short transfer this morning - Then follow the Sentiero degli Ulivi - the Olive Grove Trail - that connects Spoleto to Assisi. Spend time at the beautifully-restored cloistered Abbey of Santa Croce di Sassovivo and continue through woodland and olive groves to the hilltop village of Roviglieto - the highest settlement on the trail at 700m. Descend to Trevi for a picture-postcard view of this Roman gem on the slopes of Monte Serano. You'll stay here for two nights, and enjoy dinner (included) under the church tower in the atmospheric Piazza della Rocca. (Staying at Hotel Antica Dimora, Half Board with wine included)
Explore this old theatre town with remnants of the Mura Romana (Roman Wall) and Mura Medieval (Medieval Wall) still encircling the town. The Teatro Clitunno is still one of the town's most important gathering places. Visit the Olive Oil Museum, housed in an ex-convent, and stroll around the main square, home to the C14 Palazzo Comunale. (Staying at Hotel Antica Dimora, Half Board with wine included)
On the shared Olive Trail and Francesco Way, amble along to the hillside church of Madonna di San Arcangelo. Pass the secretive Eremo Francescano (Convento Pissignano) and explore the ruins of C10 Castello di Campello Alto. Then meander down to Poreta and your hotel for the next two nights, where dinner is included in the converted stables. (Staying at the Borgo della Marmotta, Half Board )
Borgo della Marmotta is a perfect place to unwind for a day or two. Relax on a lounger by the pool with a good book, soak up the sun in the hotel gardens, or pamper yourself with one of the wellness sessions. Or follow small country roads down to the village of Campello sul Clitunno and visit the Roman Springs and temple of Clitunno. (Staying at the Borgo della Marmotta, Half Board )
Pass through the typically Umbrian villages of Santa Maria Reggiano, Bazzano and Eggi. From Eggi, the St Francis Way leads you along back lanes to the bustling town of Spoleto. Or take the old Olive Trail high up onto the former railway line that used to run from Spoleto to Norcia. Cross the 60m-high Cortaccione Viaduct for a superb view back over your week's walking. (Staying at the Hotel Charleston, Breakfast only )
8 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners.
All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals.Umbria represents Italian home
cooking at its best and the region's cuisine reflects its landlocked
location. The distinctive taste of the region's olive oil and black and white
truffles flavour many of the dishes. The origins of many of the dishes derive
from thrift, for example, bruschetta comes from toasting stale bread,
covering it with olive oil and rubbing it with garlic. Similarly, crostini
are thin slices of toast with a smear of pate, usually made from chicken
liver, anchovies and capers. Cooked and cured meats also have a fantastic
reputation in the region. You will get to try many of these famous and
delicious antipasti, which will then be followed by a 'primo' (a first
course). In Umbria this is usually a pasta dish oozing with flavour. Wild
asaparagus is popular in the spring and truffles feature more strongly in
autumn. Secondi (second course) will then follow, the Umbrian preference is
for grilled meats. Rapidly grilled spatchcocked rabbit and guinea fowl remain
favourites. Desserts do not feature strongly on the Umbrian menu, cheese is
often the post dinner preference and you will find the option to dip them in
oil or honey.Meal times are usually later throughout the day (08:00-10:00 for
breakfast; 13:30-15:30 for lunch; 20:00-22:00 for dinner).Wine also has a
strong history in this region. It has been produced in Umbria since Etruscan
times, when vines were first planted. Possibly the most unusual wine of the
region is the Vernaccia di Cannara, a desert wine which is unlike any other
as it is red.
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