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St Francis Way from La Verna to Assisi

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  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2 (2 Days are longer than a Level 2 tour)
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily 1st April to 31st October
  • Location: Chiusi della Verna
Tour Details

A fabulous walking holiday in Italy following in the footsteps of St Francis on one of his many journeys around the Apennines. On the hiking tour along the St Francis Way, you shall walk from Chiusi della Verna to Assisi. From his sanctuary in the forested Apennines, you follow footpaths and trails through the mountains of the Upper Tiber valley, passing several interesting medieval villages.  Walking through the typical landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria, through shady forests, olive groves, vineyards and orchards and of course fields of wheat and barley so often illustrated in photos of this region.  During this ten-night tour, you will experience not only stunning landscapes but also a region full of cultural and historical interest. Whether this is a religious pilgrimage for you or if you are interested only in an enjoyable walk then this is the trip for you.

Starting Location

Chiusi della Verna

Price Includes

  • 10 Nights bed and 9 breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners (Nights1,3,4,5,7,9)
  • 3 star hotels in larger towns
  • Agriturismo (farms) and Inns in smaller locations
  • Luggage transfers
  • Information Pack
  • GPS Files on request
  • Routes and Maps
  • Transfer according to program
  • Smart Phone App

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Season supplements
  • Extra nights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance to attractions
Trip Info

Route Characteristics

On this trip, you will cross several hamlets and some larger villages where access roads will be tarmac. Some walks will be on Strada Bianca (white roads). You will follow well-marked trails, old donkey trails and roads. Walking poles/sticks may come in handy.

Accommodation – Subject to Change

A mixture of very nice 3 star hotels, guest houses and farmhouses. Night 9 in Valfabbrica does not include breakfast but there are several bars in which you can buy breakfast locally.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Chiusi della Verna

During the day arrive at Chiusi della Verna. If you arrive early enough and have some time you can visit the Franciscan Sanctuary in the afternoon. The Sanctuary is normally open every day of the year and in the summer months into the evening. You can find some details at www.laverna.it/en/

Day 2Chiusi della Verna to Caprese Michelangelo 8.1 miles 13km 456/820m up/down 4 hours walking time.

Today you shall walk along the edge of the Catenaia Alps between the Arno and Tiber valleys. Today you shall come across many stunning views, in particular, those looking over the Casentino and Valtiberina valleys are impressive. Your destination today, Caprese Michelangelo is actually the birthplace of the renowned Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Day 3Caprese Michelangelo to Ponte alla Piera 10 miles 16 km, 593/588m up/down 5 hours walking time.

Before setting off today why not visit the Michelangelo Museum. Today’s walk takes you along paths, trails and dirt roads along the Valtiberina valley enjoying more breath-taking views.

Day 4Locanda del Viandante to Anghiari 6.2 miles 10 km,248/447 km, 4 hours walking time.

Your destination today Anghiari is an interesting town characterised by its 13th-century town walls. It really is a medieval jewel of the region. The town was established mainly due to its strategic position overlooking the flat valley below. The flat valley underneath the village was the location of the Battle of Anghiari in 1440. Then Florentine troops won the battle against the army from Milano.

Before reaching Anghiari though you have a wonderful walk crossing castle topped hills, ancient parish churches and medieval villages and hamlets. The landscape really is stunning, looking west it’s easy to recognise the Alpe di Poti mountain chain, in the north the Alpe di Catenaia, towards the south the flat plain of the Tiber river and east the Alpe della Luna. Once you arrive in Anghiari visit this amazing medieval hamlet and have a drink in “Giardini del Vicario” at Piazza del Popolo. It’s a lovely cafè-wine bar with a wonderful view over the valley.

Day 5Transfer to Sansepolcro. Walk from Sansepolcro to Citerna 10 miles 16km, 322/170m up/down, 5 hours walking time.

After breakfast, you shall have a short transfer to Sansepolcro. It is worth spending a short while to explore this medieval town before starting your walk. It dates from the 9th century and has a number of interesting buildings. During the 2nd world war, it was saved from destruction by the efforts of a Tony Clarke who was a British officer of the Royal Horse Artillery who managed to halt the Allied artillery attack in order to save the Piero della Francesca’s fresco. After your short visit, your walk is a long promenade in the valley, following the course of the Tiber River. The itinerary links the two most important towns of Valtiberina. Along the route, you shall pass some lovely country houses.

Day 6 Citerna to Città di Castello 12.5 miles 20 km, 705/903m up/down 7 hours walking time

Today you continue to follow the river Tiber, the route crosses one of most cultivated valleys in Italy (Valtiberina). The most important and famous product cultivated here is tobacco which is used for the production of Tuscan cigars. Today’s walk is completely flat and runs along country roads or paths parallel to the river, fields and pastures alternate with forested sections of poplars and willows. You shall also see much birdlife here such as Kestrel, Montagu’s Harrier, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Night-Heron and Moorhen.

Day 7Morning transfer. Walk from Campanile to Pietralunga 9.3 miles 15 km, 614/655m, 5 hours walking time.

After breakfast you have a short transfer, then you shall start walking through the nice wooded area to Pietralunga, a rural village at 566m of altitude. The old town with its steep narrow streets, the church of Madonna dei Rimedi and Pieve di Urbino really are worth a visit.

Day 8Pietralunga to Mocaiana, transfer to Gubbio 11.2 miles 18 km, 547/712 km, 5 hours walking time.

Today you head out from Pietralunga, where you walk through a scenic landscape passing the monasteries of San Pietro and San Benedetto. The abbey of San Benedetto, dates back to 12th century and was once an important place for pilgrims to visit. The final stretch to Gubbio is by taxi. The town of Gubbio is worth an extensive visit. It is one of the most beautifully preserved Medieval towns, with impressive buildings and Churches. In Gubbio, many traditional festivities are honoured still today. The must-see places are the Cathedral with many paintings from 16th century artists, Dukes Palace built in the 15th century, St. Ubaldo’s House, the ancient tower house where the Gubbio’s patron saint used to live and the Piazza Grand with its fabulous panoramic views to name but a few of the many highlights.

Day 9Gubbio to Valfabbrica 14.3 miles 23 km, 336m up/down 7 hours walking.

Today’s walk is quite long, along with the hills which separate Gubbio from Valfabbrica. The route offers breath-taking views towards the Mt. Sibillini.  It is possible to shorten the walk by taking a transfer. (about 2km). It is a very nice walk through the lovely countryside in the heart of Umbria. Continue through a beautiful valley on the Sentiero Francescano to Valfabbrica.

Day 10Valfabbrica to Assisi  8.1 miles 13 km, 578/498 up/down, 4 hours walking time.

The last walk and is a beautiful one along Umbria’ hills starting from Valfabbrica, a quiet town which was an important fortress in the middle age. The towns towers and part of the fortified walls are still well preserved. At the end of slopes, you can enjoy the landscape around you with woods, fields, country houses, parish churches with the Apennine peaks overpowering above. Assisi appears at the middle of the walk when you are in a wonderful panoramic point over the edge of the hills. A Highlights of Assisi are the St James Gate, the town of Assisi, the Upper and Lower Basilica and the tomb.

Day 11Departure

Departure after breakfast.

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How to get there

Fly to Rome, Florence and Pisa airports. There are several trains per day from all 3 destinations, going to Arezzo, where you change train to Bibbiena and then a bus to Chiusi della Verna.

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