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A Walk from Spello to Spoleto

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This inn to inn walking tour is a great combination of wonderfully scenic walking and hilltop medieval towns. You’ll follow a combination of trails and country paths through this ancient pilgrimage route.  In some sections following the iconic St Francis Way. In other sections, following the ‘Sentiero degli Ulivi’, the Olive Grove Trail. Along the way marvel at the great Abbey at Sassovivo and explore the ruins of Campello Alto.

  • Reviews 6 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
All about the A Walk from Spello to Spoleto.

This inn to inn walking tour is a great combination of wonderfully scenic walking and hilltop medieval towns. You’ll follow a combination of trails and country paths through this ancient pilgrimage route.  In some sections following the iconic St Francis Way. In other sections, following the ‘Sentiero degli Ulivi’, the Olive Grove Trail. Along the way marvel at the great Abbey at Sassovivo and explore the ruins of Campello Alto.

This is relaxed walking at its best, on a back country route filled with rare plant life and abundant animal life. The trail passes through olive groves dating back to Roman times where you’ll find inspiration on the same pilgrimage trails used for centuries. The local Franciscan monks have lovingly taken care and tended to the paths through old forest and sacred woodland.

Stopovers are in hilltop medieval villages: pretty Spello, which lies on the other side of Mount Subasio from Assisi; Trevi, overlooking the plains of Campello; Poreta, a tiny village with a fascinating hilltop castle and church, and ending with a stay in Spoleto – with a renowned amphitheatre and aqueduct.

The accommodations we’ve chosen are ideal. From a Renaissance-style converted palace in Trevi to a stylish renovated ‘agriturismo’ in Poreta. Cuisine of the region is traditional, often called ‘cucina povera’ for its rustic nature. The area’s go to pasta dish is Stongozzi, served with black truffles or a spicy tomato sauce, followed by delicious grilled meats and a slice of pecorino cheese all washed down with some superb local wines.  Red from Torgiano or Sagrantino di Montefalco are just a couple of options. For a packed lunch, try the Umbrian specialty, a porchetta sandwich – roast pork stuffed with fresh herbs.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel, in a mix of *** and **** hotels
  • 3 Days Walking
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Spello

    Arrive at your hotel, where you’ll stay for your first night. (Staying at the Albergo Bastiglia, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Spello/Sassovivo to Trevi 16km/10mi/5hr

    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 the Hotel Antica Dimora, Half Board with wine included)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 At Trevi

    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 the Hotel Antica Dimora, Half Board with wine included)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Trevi to Poreta 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr

    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 )

  5. Day 5 Day 5 At Poreta

    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 )

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Poreta to Spoleto 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr

    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 )

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Leave Spoleto
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Where you stay
Albergo La Bastiglia Hotel
The La Bastiglia Hotel boasts a beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Subasio, the enchanted mountain of Saint Francis. Originally an ancient mill the hotel has been lovingly restored and transformed into an unforgettable place to stay. There are 33 rooms divided into three categories, many overlooking the typical Umbrian landscape of cypress trees and olive groves. The restaurant serves a mix of ancient recipes and modern creations using the freshest ingredients. On display inside the hotel there is a collection of ceramics, antique furniture and important paintings from the private collection of Schifano and Norberto.
Hotel Antica Dimora
The Antica Dimora is housed in a building which dates back to 1650, built by an aristocrat for his eldest son. The building has been restored and renovated to a high standard. The decor keeps with the elegance and architecture of C17, the rooms feel grand and luxurious with frescoed ceilings and all have air con and minibar. The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast which in good weather can be taken on the terrace, dinner is a gourmet affair, a 4 course menu mixing the best of Umbrian and Mediterranean food, all matched with wine (included). The hotel has a small pool and terrace where you can catch the late sun in the afternoon.
Borgo della Marmotta
Borgo della Marmotta is not just a hotel. Borgo means ‘town’ in Italian and this wonderful location is more like a mini town than a hotel. In fact, the hotel has been built by restoring the buildings that were left unoccupied from a C17 village. Located next to the tiny hamlet of Poreta, the restoration has breathed new life into the tiny village restoring the Granary, the Square, the stables, the mill and the great outdoor courts. To create a luxurious, relaxing retreat in the beautiful Umbrian countryside. Today the hotel offers lovely airy rooms, a swimming pool, nice grounds and a terrace with wonderful views. The hotel’s restaurant offers an a la carte menu showcasing regional cuisine.
Castello di Poreta
As an alternative to the Borgo della Marmotta, stays can be taken at the Castello di Poreta. Offering stunning views of the Umbrian countryside the C14 Castello di Poreta stands above the vale of Spoleto at an altitude of 470 metres. The castle has been restored to create a rustic atmospheric hotel. The hotel rooms have a chique modern touch, and all have air con. The hotel restaurants serves local specialites and in good weather dinner can be taken on a terrace with a view. Wine is included with your dinner and a packed lunch is provided for the day when you leave the hotel.
Hotel Charleston
Completely renovated in 2011, Hotel Charleston is set in a 17th-century building in Spoleto’s historical centre, next to the Modern and Contemporary Arts Museum. Its elegant, individually-decorated rooms feature a modern design. Wi-Fi is free in all public areas. Rooms are individually decorated, and come with exposed wooden beams on the ceilings. Each is equipped with a minibar, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A buffet breakfast is available each morning, and is served out on the terrace in warm weather.
Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals included.

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.

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.

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 15.5km (9.8miles).
No. of days Walking: 3
Terrain: The paths you follow are generally waymarked and well maintained. As there are frequent ascents and descents, you need to be reasonably fit and confident.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 10/09/2019
5/5

Mrs Ryde

well organised, very enjoyable, it took the stress out of all the potential difficulties. We had a great time: everyone was super helpful, altering or adding or varying our activities as we needed.

Reviewed On 17/07/2019
5/5

Mrs Merricks

My husband and I loved our Umbrian Spello to Spoleto self-guided walking tour with Headwater! Morgan did an excellent job finalizing all the details and being patient with all of my questions. Glyn was such a kind, helpful, and comforting guide once we arrived and throughout our journey and the unexpected heat wave. The accommodations and food were amazing and we would not have been able to find them on our own. And the walk itself was well-planned and absolutely beautiful--just what we were hoping for getting out in the countryside and away from the touristy places. I'm already looking into planning another with our whole family. Thank you, Headwater!

Reviewed On 18/10/2018
5/5

Mr Mcmillan

This was our fourth holiday with Headwater and we enjoyed it very much. As with previous holidays, Headwater organised everything with great care and attention and the maps and directions were good. Our reps, Luke and Eleanor were delightful. Umbria is a beautiful region and the walking was good and varied. It was quite challenging in places but the rewards were many, with lots of good views over the hills and valleys. We were pleased to be there in September as the temperatures were comfortable and we heard that it can get very hot in the summer months. The Borgo della Marmotta in Poretta was a particularly good hotel. Lovely setting, lots of places to sit inside and out and a beautiful, albeit very cold swimming pool! The food and welcome were excellent. On our free day in Trevi we took the train to Spoleto to enjoy a bit of extra time exploring the Roman theatre and the other sights. We found it very interesting and enjoyed a good lunch in the square. Overall it was a really good holiday and we enjoyed visiting some of Umbria's hilltop towns. We came home feeling very energised. Thank you Headwater, we are looking forward to our next holiday with you.

Reviewed On 10/09/2018
5/5

Mr Lillywhite

Your holiday was ideal given my busy schedule, all the arrangements (train, accommodation, baggage transfer) worked well. All the hotels were in excellent locations, varying from the centre of historic towns, to high up on the hillside with spectacular views. Evening meals were excellent, though breakfasts were a bit thin in most places, but that seemed to be the norm for the area.

Reviewed On 07/09/2018
4/5

Mr Clough

peter was very helpful in coping with rearranging transfers after our original flight was cancelled. The hotels were excellent.

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