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Undiscovered Umbria Walk

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This 9-night linear trip – an extended version of the 7 night Hidden Umbria Walk – is a fantastic mix of scenic walking, medieval towns and panoramic hilltop villages. Along the way, admire the stunning valley vistas from the slopes of Monte Subasio, discover the secluded hermitage of St Francis nestled amongst ancient oak forest, and explore some of the lesser known but stunningly beautiful medieval towns that dot the sun drenched Umbrian landscape.

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All about the Undiscovered Umbria Walk.

This 9-night linear trip is a fantastic mix of wonderfully scenic walking, historic towns and panoramic hilltop villages. The walks follow a mix of quiet country lanes, paths and trails, using in part the St Francis’ Way – so called after the route the saint took on his final visit to Assisi in 1226 – and the ‘Sentiero degli Ulivi’, the Olive Grove Trail. Along the way, admire the stunning valley vistas from the slopes of the ‘bald mountain’ Monte Subasio, discover the secluded hermitage of St Francis nestled amongst ancient oak forest, pass through olive groves that date as far back as Roman times and wander around the evocative centro storico of the walled town of Bevagna.
You stay in beautiful medieval towns including Assisi, ‘the town of St Francis’ with its UNESCO-listed basilica; flower bedecked Spello, which lies on the other side of Mount Subasio from Assisi; Montefalco, the famous wine village standing on its hill overlooking the Umbrian plain and Spoleto – the town of the amphitheatre and aqueduct. The walking is beautifully unhurried, leaving you plenty of time for independent exploration of these lesser known Umbrian gems.
The hotels we’ve chosen are special too, ranging from a Renaissance-style palace in Assisi to a beautifully converted castle and convent in Campello Alto. Food of the region is rustic and often called ‘cucina povera’. Expect to try strangozzi pasta 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 of the superb Sagrantino di Montefalco wines. For a picnic lunch why not try the Umbrian staple, the porchetta sandwich – roast pig stuffed with herbs.

  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Assisi

    Settle into your gorgeous **** hotel in the centre of Assisi’s historical centre.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: At Assisi (10km/6mi/3.5hr or 12km/7.5mi/4hr)

    Choose between a city walk, taking in the UNESCO St Francis’ basilica and the town’s many other sights, or walk through woodland to the Hermitage of St Francis, the saint’s historic retreat, where a small oratory has been dedicated to his memory. Descend back to Assisi.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Assisi to Spello 11km/7mi/3hr or 18km/11mi/6hr

    Set off across the olive grove clad slopes of Monte Subasio, enjoying the gorgeous view below. The longer option takes you on a mountain trail past the Abbey of San Benedetto to Spello. The shorter, easier route continues through olive groves and vineyards to Spello, the town of flowers, famous for its annual Infiorita festival when the streets are carpeted in colourful floral mosaics.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Spello to Foligno (14km/9mi/4.5hr or 20km/12.5mi/6hr)

    Follow a beautiful path along a Roman aqueduct to the cobbled streets of the hilltop, pink hued village of Collepino. Then it’s downhill through olive groves back to Spello before taking a train to Foligno. Alternatively, continue along the historic St Francis’ Trail all the way to Foligno.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Foligno to Bevagna (13km/8mi/3hr)

    There’s ample time to discover the ancient market town of Foligno with its Romanesque cathedral, evocative Trinci Palace and many museums. Then walk along the Topino river across the lush valley, with gorgeous views of Montefalco, to the walled town of Bevagna, home to the 13th century Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, the golden theatre and Roman temple and baths.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Bevagna to Montefalco (9km/5.5mi/3hr)

    Make your way through a patchwork of olive groves and vineyards to the hilltop wine village of Montefalco. Wander round its medieval streets, admire the superb views and enjoy wine tasting in one of the many Sagrantino wineries.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Montefalco to Trevi (13km/8.5mi/4hr)

    Set off on the lower flanks of Mount Serano, with expansive views over the fertile plain of the Clitunno river. Head uphill through olive groves to Trevi, known as the Italian capital of olive oil. Discover this old theatre town with remnants of the Mura Romana (Roman Wall) and Mura Medieval (Medieval Wall) still encircling the town. Pick up and transfer to Campello Alto, where you spend the night.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Trevi to Campello Alto (11km/7mi/4hr)

    Transfer back to Trevi. Then join the ancient St Francis’ Trail to amble along to the hillside church of Madonna di San Arcangelo. Pass the secretive Eremo Francescano (Convento Pissignano) before heading to your hotel in the pretty village of Campello Alto.

  9. Day 9 Day 9: Campello Alto to Spoleto (18km/11mi/5.5hr)

    Pick up the St Francis’ Trail as you make your way through olive groves and tiny medieval villages to Spoleto. Discover the town’s Roman arch, 12th century Duomo and 14th century viaduct.

  10. Day 10 Day 10: Leave Spoleto
Where you stay
Hotel Fontebella Palace
Situated in central Assisi just a stone’s throw from the UNESCO basilica, the Hotel Fontebella Palace is a fantastic melange of different historical periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to the 17th century, with each room having been beautifully renovated to preserve and respect the building’s historic origins. Admire the public lounges, the astmospheric wine bar and the fireplace room with the original coat of arms still proudly displayed on the walls. The hotel also comes with a lovely garden, and there are exquisite views from here over the beautiful Umbrian valley. Headwater customers are allocated the classic rooms with valley view at the Hotel Fontebella Palace. The hotel’s restaurant, Il Frantoio, is just a short walk from the main building and also benefits from those stunning views as well as a beautiful rose garden. There are over 300 wines in its cellar. The restaurant specialises in traditional Umbrian cuisine.
Albergo La Bastiglia
La Bastiglia Hotel boasts a beautiful setting in the centre of Spoleto’s historical centre, overlooking the Umbrian valley. Originally an ancient mill, the hotel has been lovingly restored and transformed, with facilities including a wellness centre, panoramic swimming pool and excellent restaurant which 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.
Villa Metelli
The beautiful Villa Metelli is just a short walk from both Foligno’s train station and the town’s charming centro storico. It is elegantly furnished with individually designed bedrooms, whilst still retaining the charm of its Art Nouveau origins. There’s also a tranquil garden with palm trees to relax in, as well as 2 cafe bars.
Villa dei Platani
Hotel Villa dei Platani in Foligno’s centro storico is a liberty style villa dating back to 1928. The rooms are stylish and very modern, with all the comforts you’d expect from a 4* hotel. The hotel also benefits from a garden, a roof top terrace and a wellness centre.
Residenza Orto degli Angeli
The Residenza Orto degli Angeli is an elegant 18th palazzo that has been brought back to life as a charming hotel. Each room is named after a different angel, and is fitted with antique furniture and antiquities. The Residenza has a lovely garden with wisteria, lavender, jasmine, clematis and roses. The Residenza is an optional upgrade to the standard tour. Headwater customers are allocated a suite here.
Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti
The Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti is a former nobleman’s house that has been lovingly converted into a hotel. It retains its vaulted ceilings and intricate frescoes in the public rooms, whilst the bedrooms still have their original wooden beams. The rooms here are very spacious and traditional with wrought iron beds and antique furniture, and are all ensuite.
Hotel degli Affreschi
The Hotel degli Affreschi is just a stone’s throw from Montefalco’s main square, and takes its name from the 6 large frescoes that adorn the walls in the entrance hall. Rooms here are modern in style and comfort, whilst the breakfast room boasts its original 12th century stone wall niches. The hotel has a fantastic terrace with jacuzzi where there are stunning views over the Valle Umbra. Headwater customers are allocated the superior rooms with valley views here.
Relais Borgo Campello
The Relais Borgo Campello is a stunningly restored 10th-15th century castle and convent, with further rooms located in other outbuildings and houses within the tiny village of Campello Alto. There are simply gorgeous views from the terrace, where you’ll also find the pretty kitchen garden. Other facilities include a spa with indoor pool, restaurant and bar, whilst the former stalls now house a tavern with an antique billiards table. Headwater customers are allocated the deluxe rooms here, which are located in both the castle and the convent.
Hotel Charleston
The Hotel Charleston is housed in a 17th century building in Spoleto’s historical centre, next to the Modern and Contemporary Arts Museum. It retains the wooden beams and brickwork floors from the original building, whilst its bedrooms are individually decorated, and come with exposed wooden beams on the ceilings. The hotel benefits from a guests’ bar and lounge – where you’ll find the original fire place – sauna and reading room as well as a charming outdoor terrace. Headwater customers are allocated the superior rooms here.
Hotel San Luca
In spite of its villa feel, the beautiful Hotel San Luca is actually a former tannery dating back to the 19th century. Family run, with great attention to detail, there is a homely lounge to relax in along with gardens to soak up the Umbrian sun. Rooms here are well appointed with all the modern comforts, and ensuite marble bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the shady courtyard over the summer months.
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