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Olive Groves, Vineyards & Abbeys

Umbria, Italy’s ‘mystical heart’
Besides earthy cuisine and robust wines, Umbria boasts evocative landscapes. Explore astounding Assisi, Romanesque churches and abbeys, lush countryside and little-known mountains on this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday on which your luggage is transported.
Olive Groves, Vineyards & Abbeys . 7 nights
Olive Groves, Vineyards & Abbeys . 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in Umbria

Rounded green hills, Romanesque churches veiled by cypresses, and the slight haziness which softens the scenery further, lend an undeniable romance to Umbria. This serene land of saints – St Francis was one of many to be born here – is rewarding walking country, not only because of the views, but also because of the timeless, medieval towns and villages which seemingly crown every undulation.
With tranquil churches, secret hermitages and wayside chapels dotted along ancient trails, there is an almost  mystical quality to this beautiful part of Umbria. From the world-renowned medieval town of Assisi, a hugely rewarding and fascinating walk leads you across the Valle Umbra, with rolling vineyards, olive groves and idyllic hill-top towns steeped in history. Summers are long, but higher up the air is fresh, and the green meadows are filled with spectacular flowers in May and June.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for flowers is April and May.
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  • Arrival in Assisi
    Night 1: at Fontebella Palace Hotel (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Assisi
    Use our self-guided walking tour to discover this timeless and spiritual town, which is famed for its remarkable Basilica di San Francesco.
    Explore Assisi
  • Assisi to Bevagna: 16.5km, 6.5hrs; ascent 395m/descent 370m
    After a transfer to Cannara, 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.
    The route from Assisi to Bevagna
  • Bevagna to Spoleto: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent 315m/descent 65m
    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 San Luca.
    Walk through the vineyards on the route from Bevagna to Spoleto
  • Circular walk from Spoleto: 13.5km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 1015m; shorter option: 11km, 5.5hrs
    Our suggested circular route explores the remote hills surrounding Spoleto. It leads uphill from the far side of the impressive, 14th-century Ponte delle Torri aqueduct (take a taxi to this point for a shorter walk) to ultimately reach the holy mountain of Monteluco, where you can visit the small monastery and sacred grove. On your return, it is well worth taking time to explore Spoleto. Its focal point 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 and the Romanesque church of Sant Eufemia.
    Spoleto's Roman theatre
  • Spoleto to San Pietro in Valle: 17.5km, 7hrs; ascent 560m/descent 1080m
    The day begins with a transfer to the scenic pass of Forca 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 towards the valley floor. Continue along leafy paths near the River Nera to reach the Abbazia di San Pietro in the Valnerina (‘valley of the black river’). You stay at the Abbazia di San Pietro for two nights.
  • Out-and-back walk to Umbriano: 8km, 3hrs; ascent 225m/descent 345m
    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).


You stay in four welcoming hotels, each with its own distinctive character.

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 11 April 2020 - 27 June 2020 & 28 August 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start any day except Sunday or Monday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    11 - 29 Apr 2020 £895 £390
    30 Apr - 21 May 2020 £915 £395
    22 May - 20 Jun 2020 £945 £405
    28 Aug - 4 Oct 2020 £945 £405
    5 - 24 Oct 2020 £915 £395
    3rd & 4th person discount -£90
    Single traveller supplement £90

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Fontebella Palace Hotel, Assisi
    Superior with valley view: 11 Apr - 27 Jun 2020 £16
    Superior with valley view: 28 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £16

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Fontebella Palace Hotel, Assisi (B&B) Double room Single room
    11 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £96 £176
    14 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £66 £118
    01 May - 03 May 2020 £96 £176
    04 May - 27 Jun 2020 £66 £118
    28 Aug - 01 Oct 2020 £66 £118
    02 Oct - 04 Oct 2020 £96 £177
    05 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £66 £118
    Hotel San Luca, Spoleto (B&B) Double room Single room
    11 Apr - 27 Jun 2020 £58 £96
    28 Aug - 30 Aug 2020 not available not available
    31 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £58 £96
    Abbazia San Pietro in Valle, San Pietro in Valle (with dinner) Double room Single room
    11 Apr - 27 Jun 2020 £128 £170
    28 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £128 £170
    Perugia, Rome

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
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    Bristol - Rome Fiumicino easyJet 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
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    Glasgow - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
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    Liverpool - Rome Fiumicino Blue Air 
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    Gatwick - Rome Fiumicino British Airways,  easyJet,  Vueling 
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    Heathrow - Rome Fiumicino Alitalia,  British Airways 
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    Luton - Rome Fiumicino easyJet 
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    Stansted - Perugia Ryanair 
    Stansted - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Manchester - Rome Fiumicino British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Vueling 
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    Newcastle - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
    Newcastle - Rome Fiumicino (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Perugia

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Perugia airport to hotel (0h30) £32 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Perugia airport (1h) £68 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Rome (Ciampano & Fiumicino)

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Rome Termini to Assisi (2h15), taxi Assisi to hotel (0h15) £24 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Terni station (0h45), rail Terni to Rome Termini (1h30) £48 1230
What is included
  • 7 nights

  • 2 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on Days 2, 3 & 5

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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