- Discover Italy's 'Green Heart': deep lush forests, majestic lakes, impressive limestone gorges, rare flora and fauna in the Subasio Natural Park
- World-famous Assisi, jewel in the Umbrian crown, and ancient Spello, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Italy
- Exceptionally friendly hotels with panoramic swimming pools
- Superb regional cuisine: highly prized black truffles, the finest of olive oils, famous Sagrantino wines
This 8-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 explore the upper slopes of the 'bald mountain' Monte Subasio with stunning mountains vistas. You can discover the secluded hermitages of St Francis, pass the great Abbey at Sassovivo and wander the ruins of Campello Alto.
The walking is beautifully unhurried, retracing in part the trail St Francis took on his final visit to Assisi in 1226. 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: Assisi 'the town of St Francis' with its UNESCO-listed basilica; 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 amphitheater and aqueduct.
The hotels we've chosen are special too. From Renaissance-style palaces in Assisi and 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
Additional Tour Details
||Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.
||Foligno railway station 17:15 (pick up); transport to hotel, 30 min, provided.
||Spoleto railway station 10:57 (transfer provided, 25 mins)
||Rail Rome Termini to Foligno 15:35/17:15. Pick up at 17:15, and transfer to hotel, 30 mins. Return: Rail Spoleto to Rome Termini 10:57/12:35.
||Standard rail: prices starting from $83 per person, round trip.
First Class rail : from $120 per person, round trip.
||Add $39 per night.
||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.
||**** (5 nights), *** (3 nights)