SELF GUIDED INDEPENDENT WALKING TOUR
This wonderful 7 day walk takes you through forests, across farmlands, past olive groves and staying in some of the most gorgeous and interesting towns with some of the finest art in central Italy, staying in excellent 4-star hotels along the way.
Staying in superior accommodation (4-star hotels) this walk follows paths that have linked the towns for centuries, this walking tour in Umbria takes you through the ‘Vale of Umbria’, the green heart of Italy, visiting each day some of the greatest works of the Italian Renaissance: including the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi; Pinturrichio’s masterpieces in Spello, Gozzoli and Perugino’s sumptuous frescoes in Montefalco and Filippo Lippi’s superlative frescoes in the Spoleto cathedral.
Leaving the treasures of Assisi through forest along a stone path that dates from the time of St Francis, you arrive five days later in aristocratic Spoleto, entering the town over the 13th century bridge the Ponte delle Torre, one of the marvels of medieval engineering (200 metres long and 100 metres high). At the end of the tour, you will be transfer to Spoleto railway station (with direct connections to Rome and Florence).
On the way you will visit an enchanting hill town, perched above the Vale of Umbria, a tranquil farming town with extraordinary Roman remains; another hill town famous for its red wine and rich artistic heritage, and Spoleto, one of the most interesting towns of central Italy which, for three weeks at the end of June and beginning of July, is the seat of Italy’s most celebrated arts festivals.
This a great Grade 3 walk. The walks mainly follow unsealed country roads passing through farmlands and vineyards, although there are a couple of sections where you will need to have a good sense of orientation. The walks range from 8 to 21 kilometres (3 to 6 hours). The first walk on Day 2 is probably the most challenging with a steep climb at the beginning (the views on the top of Mt Subasio are your reward) however there shorter option with less climbing is included in the notes. Day 5 walk (21 kms) can also be shortened.
Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available and the accommodation is one of the highlights of this walk: including centrally-located, 4-star hotels in recently restored historical buildings that are themselves part of the history of the towns and a beautifully restored country estate with a swimming pool and its own olive groves and vineyards.
You are walking through one of the food and wine regions of Italy – famous for its Sagrantino red wine; ‘norcineria’ (sausages and cold cuts); lentils; truffles and…. chocolate. Generous breakfasts are included each day (you’ll need them for your walks). With notice, the hotels will be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk. Dinners are not included in the standard however, if you select the ‘Dinners option’ (which we strongly recommend) this will include 3 course meals in some of the best restaurants in the area. The dinner option also means you’ll have a guaranteed booking each night.