Umbria Classic, a superior walking tour

This wonderful 7 day walk takes you through forests, across farmlands, past olive groves and staying in some of the most gorgeous and interesting towns with some of the finest art in central Italy, staying in excellent 4-star hotels along the way.

Staying in superior accommodation this walk follows paths that have linked the towns for centuries, this walking tour in Umbria takes you through the 'Vale of Umbria', the green heart of Italy, visiting each day some of the greatest works of the Italian Renaissance: including the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi; Pinturrichio's masterpieces in Spello, Gozzoli and Perugino's sumptuous frescoes in Montefalco and Filippo Lippi's superlative frescoes in the Spoleto cathedral.

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Leaving the treasures of Assisi through forest along a stone path that dates from the time of St Francis, you arrive five days later in aristocratic Spoleto, entering the town over the 13th century bridge the Ponte delle Torre, one of the marvels of medieval engineering (200 metres long and 100 metres high). At the end of the tour, you will be transfer to Spoleto railway station (with direct connections to Rome and Florence).

On the way you will visit an enchanting hill town, perched above the Vale of Umbria, a tranquil farming town with extraordinary Roman remains; another hill town famous for its red wine and rich artistic heritage, and Spoleto, one of the most interesting towns of central Italy which, for three weeks at the end of June and beginning of July, is the seat of Italy's most celebrated arts festivals.

The walks

The walks

This a great Grade 3 walk (click here for details).  The walks mainly follow unsealed country roads passing thdough farmlands and vineyards, although there are a couple of sections where you will need to have a good sense of orientation. The walks range from 8 to 21 kilometres (3 to 6 hours).  The first walk on Day 2 is probably the most challenging with a steep climb at the beginning (the views on the top of Mt Subasio are your reward) however there  shorter option with less clmibing is included in the notes.  Day 5 walk (21 kms) can be shortened with an night in an excellent 4-star hotel along the way.

The self-guided itineraries are rewalked and the notes updated each year.

The accommodation

The accommodation

Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available and the accommodation is one of the highlights of this walk:  including centrally-located hotels in recently restored historical buildings that are themselves part of the history of the towns and a beautifully restored country estate with a swimming pool and its own olive groves and vineyards.

The food

The food

You are walking through one of the food and wine regions of Itsly - famous for its Sagrantino red wine; 'norcineria' (sausages and cold cuts); lentils; truffles and.... chocolate.  Generous breakfasts are included each day (you'll need them for your walks).  With notice, the hotels wil be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk.  Dinners are not included in the standard however, if you select the 'Dinners option' (which we strongly recommend) this will include 3 course meals in some of the best restaurants in the area.  The dinner option also means you'll have a guaranteed booking each night.

Support on the walk:

Support on the walk:

To guide you through this wonderful walk, you will receive:  the Hidden Italy roadbook (an eighty-page A5 booklet that includes comprehensive daily walking notes accompanied by detailed maps, updated and revised each year);  access to the exclusive Hidden Italy App to complement the roadbook (the App is downloadable to Apple and Android devices and features information about the routes: maps, GPS tracks, altimetric profiles, etc; GPS navigation on all the routes; an alert function if you stray off the track; and an emergency function);  twenty-four-hour phone support from our Florence-based Operations Manager.

Booking conditions:

We require a $500 per person non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking.  Should government COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent the tour from operating, the tour will be rescheduled.  In the event the new dates are not suitable, you will have the option of a credit note for the amount paid which can be used towards future tours or a full refund, minus the deposit which will be held as credit for future tours.  Click here for full T&C’s

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This 7 day walking tour can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.

  • Cost


    per person
  • six nights accommodation
  • all breakfasts
  • reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • maps and detailed walking instructions
  • daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • transfer to Spoleto railway station (with direct connections to Rome and Florence)
  • 24 hour backup from local manager

Cost Options

$1990 B&B only p/p


$2200 with dinners included p/p

Single supplement:  $650


Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)




"We both greatly enjoyed the Umbria trip. There were too many highlights to list, we enjoyed all the places we visited on the walk, the accommodation was excellent and it was great to escape the crowds of Florence!"

– Simon M, Umbria walking tours

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