Italy: Sun-drenched Umbria

Self-Guided Walking Tour, Italy: Sun-drenched UmbriaSelf-Guided Walking Tour, Italy: Sun-drenched Umbria

Italy

Sun-drenched Umbria

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This Self-Guided Walking Adventure ambles through Italy’s unspoiled “green heart,” a fertile region of olive groves and vineyards not yet overrun by visitors, although it offers some of the best eating experiences and local wines in the world. Your journey here will carry you deep into history, from Etruscan and Roman ruins to important medieval and Renaissance sites. Don’t miss the St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, or the impressive Minerva Temple in the town’s classic Piazza del Comune. Walk the Franciscan trail to Monte Subasio National Park and the town of Satriano, where nearby footpaths take you through pasturelands, oak forests, deep gorges, and villages where encounters with local residents spice up your day. Stroll within the ancient walls of Spello, one of the region’s best-preserved medieval towns. HeadwaterRelax at family-run hotels and sample black truffles, fresh olive oils, and delicious Umbrian specialties paired with superb local vintages like the region’s acclaimed Orvietos.

 

Activity Level
Moderate;
9-10 miles daily
Meet
Foligno, Italy
Depart
Foligno, Italy
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Self-Guided Walking 
9 days, 8 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast and dinner daily; beverages not Included
  • All accommodations (with private bathrooms) while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW and Headwater staff
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Season
2+ travelers
Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
2014
May 3 - June 30
$1,919
$294
$0
July 2 - Sept 8
$2,047
$294
$0
Sept 10 - 30
$1,958
$294
$0
Oct 2 - 14
$1,789
$294
$0
2015
May 3 - June 30
$2,015
$309
$0
July 2 - Sept 8
$2,149
$309
$0
Sept 10 - 30
$2,056
$309
$0
Oct 2- 14
$1,878
$309
$0

*Price is based on per person, double occupancy.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Spello
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2
Assisi
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3
Assisi
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4
Santa Maria di Lignano
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5
Satriano
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6
Armenzano
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7
Armenzano
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8
Spello
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9
Spello
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Day 1

Spello

Arrive in Spello

We meet you at Foligno train station and take you (5 mins) to your hotel in time for dinner.

La Bastiglia

Spello, Italy

Located in a former 16th-century grain mill in the walled medieval town of Spello, this elegant hotel boasts a wide terrace with panoramic views overlooking the Chiona Valley. Spacious guest rooms have traditional décor and most overlook the cypress and olive groves below. With a Michelin-starred restaurant, prestigious wine cellar, and small heated swimming pool, all within a few minutes' walk from the center of the ancient town.

Day 2

Assisi

Spello to Assisi 11km/7mi/4hr or 16km/10mi/5hr

The shorter, lower route takes you through lush Umb rian countryside— with its distinctive dark green cypresses and silver-colored olive trees— whilst the longer, more challenging route takes you via the sacred ‘Er emo delle Carceri’—St Francis’ famous hermitage where he used to pray and talk to the birds.

Hotel La Terrazza

Assisi, Italy

An expansive hotel just a short walk from the center of Assisi sits in olive groves overlooking the Umbrian valley and nearby Mount Subasio. Guestrooms are stylish and modern with tile floors, white walls, and invitingly colored fabrics and artwork. A large outdoor pool is surrounded by chaise lounges and a wide lawn. The hotel’s restaurant serves local specialties either in the dining room or, weather permitting, poolside.

Day 3

Assisi

At Assisi

A full day to explore the ancient town of Assisi. The basilica, and its magnificent C13 Giotto frescoes is a must before ambling up Via San Francesco to the beautiful Piazza del Comune to visit the well preserved temple of Minerva.

Hotel La Terrazza

Assisi, Italy

An expansive hotel just a short walk from the center of Assisi sits in olive groves overlooking the Umbrian valley and nearby Mount Subasio. Guestrooms are stylish and modern with tile floors, white walls, and invitingly colored fabrics and artwork. A large outdoor pool is surrounded by chaise lounges and a wide lawn. The hotel’s restaurant serves local specialties either in the dining room or, weather permitting, poolside.

Day 4

Santa Maria di Lignano

Assisi to Satriano 16.5km/10mi/4.5hr

Today’s route skirts the mediaeval center of Assisi —option to visit the Rocca Maggiore, Assisi’s well preserved castle offering excellent views over the Valle Umbra—before heading out along the unspoiled France scan trail, tracing backwards St Francis’ steps on his last journey to the town. You’ll pass the north side of Monte Subasio through gentle hillsides and green valleys dotted with isolated farms, monasteries and watchtowers before winding down to Satriano, in the heart of the Monte Subasio natural park, and home for the next 2 nights.

La Tavola dei Cavalieri

Santa Maria di Lignano, Italy

This hotel (and working organic farm) is part of a carefully restored medieval hamlet surrounded by the Natural Park of Monte Subasio on the outskirts of Assisi. Comfortable rooms have traditional décor with wooden beams, terra-cotta floors, and wrought iron furniture. Its restaurant features local specialties made from its own farm and gardens.

Day 5

Satriano

At Santriano

At an altitude of 800m above sea level, the views from your hotel afford a fabulous 360° panorama of the tranquil natural park and surrounding Apennine Mountains. You’ve literally hundreds of forest trails on your doorstep crisscrossing Monte Subasio.

La Tavola dei Cavalieri

Santa Maria di Lignano, Italy

This hotel (and working organic farm) is part of a carefully restored medieval hamlet surrounded by the Natural Park of Monte Subasio on the outskirts of Assisi. Comfortable rooms have traditional décor with wooden beams, terra-cotta floors, and wrought iron furniture. Its restaurant features local specialties made from its own farm and gardens.

Day 6

Armenzano

Satriano to Le Silve 14km/9mi/4.5hr

You’ll set off this morning along pine scented forest trails before winding slightly uphill along the Marchetto River. You’ll continue a long former drover’s tracks, passing meadows carpeted with colorful flowers—orchids, edelweiss and wild tulips—enjoying lovely gorge views. You cross the gorge via the Ponte del Marchetto, or Wolves Bridge—if you’re ‘lucky’ you may catch the rare sight of a wolf! You’ll enjoy pure luxury for the next 2 nights on the Silve di Armenzano estate.

Hotel Le Silve

Armenzano, Italy

Built on a natural terrace in the foothills of the Nature Park of Mount Subasio, the hotel is in a truly unforgettable and serene setting of hills, fields, and forest. Individually decorated rooms incorporate exposed beams, stone walls, and terra-cotta with oriental rugs and elegant furnishings. Amenities include 3 swimming pools (including one saltwater), tennis courts, and an extensive network of marked walking trails.

Day 7

Armenzano

At Le Silve

You almost feel as though you have the world to yourself as you explore the wonderfully wild surroundings of this 230-hectare estate! There are over 20kms of well-marked walking paths and trails winding around St Francis’ “magical” Subasio Mountain and surrounding valleys. Have a swim in the new deck-level saltwater pool, and perhaps end the day with a relaxing sauna or afternoon tea in the exquisite tea-room. A guided tour of the estate can be organized through the hotel with photography stations for local wildlife.

Hotel Le Silve

Armenzano, Italy

Built on a natural terrace in the foothills of the Nature Park of Mount Subasio, the hotel is in a truly unforgettable and serene setting of hills, fields, and forest. Individually decorated rooms incorporate exposed beams, stone walls, and terra-cotta with oriental rugs and elegant furnishings. Amenities include 3 swimming pools (including one saltwater), tennis courts, and an extensive network of marked walking trails.

Day 8

Spello

Le Silve to Spello 14km/9mi/4.5hr

Today’s route follows the lower eastern slopes of Monte Subasio, passing through the restored hamlet of San Giovanni. Then up to the Rifugio di Madonna della Spella for panoramic views on the open pastureland before descending through oak and centuries-old olive groves to finish in charming Spello, one of the finest preserved mediaeval towns in the region.

La Bastiglia

Spello, Italy

Located in a former 16th-century grain mill in the walled medieval town of Spello, this elegant hotel boasts a wide terrace with panoramic views overlooking the Chiona Valley. Spacious guest rooms have traditional décor and most overlook the cypress and olive groves below. With a Michelin-starred restaurant, prestigious wine cellar, and small heated swimming pool, all within a few minutes' walk from the center of the ancient town.

Day 9

Spello

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guest Comments

M. Zuckerman, Pennsylvania, October 2013

The hikes were perfect for us: challenging enough to be fun, but not so hard that we suffered. It was also fun to figure out the directions, sort of like a scavenger hunt.

G. Cormack, Washington, September 2013

The adventure that we experienced was beyond what I could have expected. Truly beautiful and exciting.

S. Williams, Alberta, Canada, June 2011

Excellent maps and directions provided. Fantastic hiking, food and accommodation. Spello is magical!

M. Vazquez, Colorado, May 2012

The self-guided walking tour was just what I wanted. I was able to really experience the Umbrian countryside and culture and do it at my own pace. Walking the trails was so peaceful, with beautiful vistas and wildflowers and lovely birdsong. The trip was just what I was looking for.

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