Walking Holiday in Umbria: the green heart of Italy

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Walking Holiday in Umbria: the green heart of Italy

Distance: 42 km.

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Meals: Breakfasts

Accomodation: Hotels

Price: From 516€ per person

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If you think you already know everything about Italy, we suggest you immerse yourself in a journey through the history and the best preserved treasures of the country on the hiking trail through Umbria: the green heart of Italy. You will walk through plains and over mountains on a cultural journey to the town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. 

Umbria is one of the twenty Italian regions, but of all of them, it is the only one that is not located on the maritime or land borders of the country. This characteristic that makes it special, along with, and thanks to the remoteness that it preserves from any port, its tradition has been preserved much better than in other regions.

You will start your trip in Montefalco, highlighted by its vineyards, especially by the famous Rosso di Montefalco wine and its Sagrantino designation of origin you will get to know Spello, recognized for the production of extra virgin olive oil and located at the foot of Mount Subasio, from where you can see your final destination: Assisi. 

Along the route, you’ll have stunning views of the Apennine mountains, mostly covered in forests and used as a defensive barrier during World War II.

At the end of this tour you will be able to complete another of our Italian hiking routes. 

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

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    Arrival in Montefalco

    Today you will arrive in Montefalco, at the highest part of the Umbria region and very close to the River Clitunno, the latter responsible for the region being known as 'the green heart of Italy'.

    From the hill, you will have views towards extensive vineyards and you can even see the town of Assisi, the finishing point of your hiking trail.

    If you have time during the day, we suggest taking a walk through the town centre and exploring its historic quarter, getting to know some of its many Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque churches. And if you still have hours left, visit the Municipal Museum, located in its most famous church, the Church of San Francisco.

    Overnight: Hotel Degli Affreschi - Montefalco


    From Montefalco to Bevagna

    During today, you will walk down rural and dirt trails towards vineyards and olive groves that will take you to Bevagna, an ancient medieval village still surrounded by historical walls, highlighted by its monumental riches from Roman times.

    You will advance along the banks of the Rio Clitunno just before entering this small and flat village with a noted wine tradition. When you are there, be sure to get to know the Town Museum, visit the churches of San Silvestre and San Miguel Archangel, both from the 12th century and, of course, to know some of the many monuments that characterize it.

    If you have the opportunity to be there in June, you're likely to catch the popular Mercato delle Gaite, a popular medieval festival held in June.

    Length: 12 km.

    Overnight: Palazzo Brunamonte - Bevagna


    From Bevagna to Spello

    Your destination today is one of the Italian villages with the greatest floral tradition: Spello. Along the way you will find endless fields, as well as the riverbank, where you will have to advance until you start to see the Apennine mountains in the background with Spello and Assisi on their slopes.

    This town has been celebrating the Flower Festival for more than 150 years and has more than ten medieval churches and Roman ruins that will make you want to enjoy an entire afternoon of Italian culture and history once you finish your walk.

    Length: 16 km.

    Overnight: La Bastiglia - Spello


    From Spello to Assisi

    Today you will arrive in Assisi, the land of Italy's most important saint, Saint Francis of Assisi. You will walk from Spello through an extensive valley, always with mountains that accompany you around and wonderful views of the surrounding area.

    As a curious fact, we would tell you that in Assisi, in addition to St. Francis, Santa Clara de Assisi, founder of the Clarissa Order of nuns, was also born there.

    Once in Assisi, visit the Basilica of St. Francis, as well as the tomb of the saint and enjoy all the art you will find there. St. Francis of Assisi is remembered for being a lover of nature and for being one of the legends of his life his preaching to birds.

    We also suggest you take a walk around the city and visit its most outstanding churches. Meet the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest of the churches that are preserved; St. Mary of the Angels Church; The Cathedral of St. Rufino and the Church of Santa Clara, whose Gothic interior you will love.

    Length: 14 km.

    Overnight: Giotto Hotel & Spa - Assisi


    Return from Assisi

    Today you finish your hiking route and you must return from Assisi to Perugia or to Rome.*

    *Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities of the hiking trail through Umbria: the green heart of Italy.

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    General information 

    All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort. 

    Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.


    When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.

    All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

    Individual rooms

    Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

    Where am I going to stay?

    All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:

    Accomodation in Montefalco - Hotel Degli Affreschi

    Accomodation in Montefalco

    Accomodation in Bevagna - Palazzo Brunamonte

    Accomodation in Bevagna

    Accomodation in Spello - La Bastiglia

    Accomodation in Spello

    Accomodation in Assisi - Giotto Hotel & Spa

    Accomodation in Assisi

    Included services

    Accommodation in hotels.

    Rooms with private bathroom.

    Meal plan of your choice.

    Complete itinerary of your trekking route in Umbria: the green heart of Italy.

    Baggage transfer.

    24 hours Telephone assistance on route.


    Additional services

    Additional single room: to consult.

    Extra nights (breakfast included): to consult.

    Transfer from Foligno to Montefalco: to consult.

    Travel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    Cancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.

    If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts. 



    What is the best time of year to travel on this route?

    This route is available between April and October. Spring and the beginning of autumn are the best times to explore Umbria: the green heart of Italy.

    How do I get to the starting point?

    The best way to get to Montefalco is via Umbria Airport, in the province of Perugia, or from Rome Airport.

    If you arrive at Umbria Airport, you can take a bus to the city centre and then a train to Foligno. If you arrive at Rome Airport, take a train to the city centre and take another train to Foligno there. 

    From Foligno, we can arrange a private transfer to Montefalco for you. Please let us know your arrival time in advance. 

    When you want to return from Assisi, you should head to the train station in the city centre. From there, you can take a train to Perugia or to Rome and then a bus to the respective airport. 

    Please note that to Perugia Airport you also have a direct bus from the centre of Assisi.

    Can I travel alone?

    Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

    Please note that for security reasons, some of the routes are not suitable for solo use.

    This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.

    When can I start my trail?

    You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.

    Does this route have an accompanying guide?

    All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.

    What does the full route itinerary contain?

    The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.

    You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.

    The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.

    It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.



    What should I consider to prepare physically?

    Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails. 

    Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

    People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

    Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route. 

    How far in advance should I make the reservation?

    There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season. 

    Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs. 

    What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

    For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

    Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary. 

    Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

    For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash. 

    How does the baggage transfer work between stages?

    Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

    Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

    Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.

    Should I take out travel insurance?

    To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

    To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.



    Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

    Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.

    Can I sleep alone in a room?

    Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller. 

    Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

    When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?

    We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance. 

    The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.

    Am I going to share a room with strangers?

    No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.

    Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?

    All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot. 

    When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.

    What kind of accommodation do you book?

    All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.

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