This 6-night linear trip is a great mix of wonderfully scenic walking and historic hilltop towns. The walks follow a mix of paths and trails, partly on the St Francis Way, partly on the 'Sentiero degli Ulivi', the Olive Grove Trail. Along the way you pass the great Abbey at Sassovivo and wander the ruins of Campello Alto.
The walking is beautifully unhurried, it's a rural route brimming with rare flora and fauna, passing through olive groves dating back to Roman times. Stroll along pilgrimage trails through centuries-old forest and sacred woodland that has for years been tended and cared for by the Franciscan monks.
You stay in beautiful medieval towns: pretty Spello, which lies on the other side of Mount Subasio from Assisi; Trevi, standing on its hill overlooking the plains of Campello; Poreta, a tiny village with a restored hilltop castle and church, and finishing in Spoleto - the town of the amphitheatre and aqueduct.
The hotels we've chosen are special too. From Renaissance-style palace in Trevi to a chic renovated farmhouse in Poreta. Food of the region is rustic, often called 'cucina povera'. The most typical pasta dish is Stongozzi, served with black truffles or a spicy tomato sauce, followed by simple grilled local meats and then a slice of pecorino cheese washed down with some superb wines. Sagrantino di Montefalco or red from Torgiano are just a sample. For a picnic lunch why not try the Umbrian staple, the porchetta sandwich - roast pig stuffed with herbs.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 5 evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Foligno railway station 17:15 (pick up); transport to hotel, 30 min, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Foligno railway station 10:41 (transfer provided, 25 mins)|
|Rail Options||Rail Rome Termini to Foligno 15:35/17:15. Pick up at 17:15, and transfer to hotel, 30 mins. Return: Rail Foligno to Rome Termini 10:41/12:35.|
|Rail Supplement||Standard rail: prices starting from $83 per person, round trip. First Class rail : from $120 per person, round trip.|
|Singles||Add $39 per night.|
|Other details||Inquire for child prices. Room upgrade: Prices from $19 per person, per night, based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Assisi, Perugia, Spello or Rome. Prices from $84 per person per night, B&B, based on 2 sharing.|
|Hotels||**** (3 nights) *** (3 nights)|