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Walks in the Umbrian Hills

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This 7-night linear trip is a great mix of wonderfully scenic walking and historic hilltop towns. Starting in Spello, spend time wandering the narrow cobbled streets of one of Italy’s best preserved medieval 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.

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All about the Walks in the Umbrian Hills.

This 7-night linear trip is a great mix of wonderfully scenic walking and historic hilltop towns. Starting in Spello, spend time wandering the narrow cobbled streets of one of Italy’s best preserved medieval 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.

  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Spello

    Arrive at your hotel, in time for your first evening meal. (Staying at the Albergo Bastiglia, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Spello

    Spend time wondering the narrow cobbled streets of Spello’s medieval centre, filled with artisan shops and colourful flower boxes. (Staying at the Albergo Bastiglia, Half Board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 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)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 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)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 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 )

  6. Day 6 Day 6 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 )

  7. Day 7 Day 7 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 )

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Spoleto
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.
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