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Olive Groves, Vineyards & Abbeys

Umbria, Italy’s ‘mystical heart’
Starting point:

Hotel Tre Esse in Assisi for two nights.

Day 1
Explore Assisi

You begin in the timeless and spiritual atmosphere of Assisi, famed for its remarkable Basilica di San Francesco. Spend your first day exploring the town and its remarkable basilica, with an option to reach a remote hermitage overlooking Assisi.

Day 2
Assisi to Bevagna: 18km, 5hrs

Today, you are transferred to Cannara from where you walk across the plain and over hills of olive groves and vineyards to reach Bevagna, widely admired as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Your accommodation for one night is the Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti.

Day 3
Bevagna to Spoleto: 10km, 3hrs

Leaving Bevagna, you enter hillier landscapes, where olive groves gradually give way to vineyards, before reaching hill-top Montefalco, known as ‘the balcony of Umbria’ for its fabulous panoramic views. This is a delightful place to stop for a lunch of earthy Umbrian cuisine (famed for its use of black truffles), accompanied by one of the renowned local varieties of robust red wine – Sagrantino or Rosso di Montefalco.
You will surely have time to visit one of the many cantine here, for a free olive and wine-tasting before being transferred to Spoleto, one of Italy’s finest hill-towns, where you stay two nights at the family-run Hotel Clitunno.

Day 4
Circular walk via Monteluco le Aie: 9km, 3.5hrs

You can spend the day exploring Spoleto or walking. The focal point of the town is the fan-shaped Piazza del Duomo, site of the magnificent 12th-century cathedral. Other important monuments that you should not miss include the Roman theatre, the 14th-century aqueduct and the Romanesque church of Sant Eufemia. If you wish to explore the surrounding countryside, you can follow our suggested circular route that skirts beneath the Rocca, before crossing the medieval aqueduct to reach Monteluco le Aie.

Day 5
Spoleto to San Pietro in Valle: 18km, 5.5hrs

The day begins with a transfer to the scenic of Force delle Porelle, from where you head through abandoned hamlets and ancient woodland, amid haunting and beautiful surroundings. From the hamlet of Le Cese you descend along a farm lane via Pontuglia towards the valley floor at Ceselli. Continue along leafy paths near the River Nera to reach Macenano and then the Abbazia di San Pietro in the Valnerina (‘valley of the black river’). You stay at the Abbazia di San Pietro for two nights.

Day 6
Circualr walk via Umbriano: 8km, 3hrs
Linear walk to Ferentillo, return by bus: 9km, 3.5hrs

To explore the Valnerina a little further, we suggest that you walk along the strada bianca next to the evocative, tree-lined Nera. The river earned its name because of the darkness of its narrow valley framed by craggy slopes, and as the valley is so peaceful and unspoiled, it makes the perfect setting for the abbey. Your target is Umbriano, where you could have lunch before walking back; or continue to Ferentillo and catch the bus back (pay locally).

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