Cammino of St Francis: Assisi to Rome

Following established pilgrim routes, this marvellous long distance walks takes you through the green heart of Italy. The 258 km itinerary can be broken up into three separate one-week walks. In the spirit of the long-distance pilgrimage, we have sought to keep the costs down.

In 1209, Francis and his posse of bare-footed disciples walked from Assisi to Rome to confront the not-so-innocent Pope Innocent III.  This beautiful nineteen-day walk recreates this journey, starting in Assisi, passing through vineyards and art towns of the Vale Umbria; the forests and rivers of the Nerina Valley and the undulating hills of northern Lazio before finishing on the steps of St Peter’s basilica in the heart of Rome.

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No saint speaks to the modern mind like St Francis, the patron saint of Italy, his love of nature and his messages of freedom, fraternity and modesty still resonating across the centuries.  St Francis was also a great walker, indeed, his career began with a long walk from Assisi to Rome: this marvellous walk follows this route.

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The trail takes you through some of most striking and varied countryside in central Italy: the olive groves, vineyards and farmlands of the Valle Umbra (between Assisi and Spoleto); the hills, forests, rivers and lakes of the Valnerina (between Spoleto and Rieti); and the fertile plains of northern Lazio, with their memories of ancient Rome, barbarian invasions, Renaissance princes and prelates (between Rieti and Rome) finishing in the centre of the ‘Eternal City’ itself.  Along the way, you’ll visit extraordinary towns, villages and monasteries with long and rich histories, many of which have changed little since the time St Francis.

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Although not a ‘hike’ the routes includes some steep climbs and some long days and requires a good level of fitness.  You walk along of mixture of unsealed country lanes and mountain trails with some stretches of asphalt, particularly entering and leaving the larger towns (although we have sought to keep this to a minimum).

Why have Hidden Italy organise your walk? 

The quality of the food and accommodation: Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available, including several castles, several 4-star hotels and some lovely family-run 'agriturismo'.  Safety: Hidden Italy notes are updated annually and are complemented by a downloadable app that includes maps, GPS tracks, an alert function (if you stray off the track) and an emergency function.  24-hour back-up from experienced, local staff.

“We had an excellent walk and loved all three stages of the Assisi to Rome itinerary. The people were very hospitable in the main, the views were spectacular just about every day, and the food and accommodation you lined up was first class.  I would recommend it to anyone thinking of walking in Italy.”  Patrick L, April 2019

“We walked the Cammino last year and used Hidden Italy to set up our lodging, some meals and pack-ahead. They were great, always available for help by phone to their Italian office when "stuff" happened (it always does!) and in general, well worth the expense.  Sure, you can do everything yourself but we found we really enjoyed and benefited the deep support and local knowledge that Simon Tancred at Hidden Italy & his team can bring to our experience.”  Sam, Sept 2019

“We have just completed the self-guided 17-day St Francis of Assisi walk and it was fantastic! Everything organised by Hidden Italy was perfect.... beautiful meals, accommodation, luggage transfers, clear directions, telephone support from Anna in Italy and the most spectacular Umbrian countryside!”  Sara L, October 2019

“We have just come to the end of our walk and we have loved it all the way.”  Julie A,  May 2019

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With a total length of 258 kilometres, the Cammino can be completed in 19 days, if you wanted to do the whole route in one go.  Your accommodation and meals will be organised for you each day, and your bags moved each morning from one hotel to the next so you will only need to carry a day pack. 

However, the Cammino can be broken up into three distinct one-week itineraries, that can be complete independently and in any combination:

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.

Section 1: Assisi to Spoleto

Section 1:  Assisi to Spoleto

6 days, 70 kilometres:  The  first section of the Way of St Francis, this walk takes you across the beautiful Valle Umbra from the stunning art of Assisi to elegant Spoleto, passing through olive groves, vineyards, farmland and some of the most interesting towns in Umbria.  Click here for details.

Section 2: Spoleto to Rieti

Section 2:  Spoleto to Rieti

7 days, 86 kilometres:  The second section of the Way of St Francis, this walk takes you from Spoleto over Monteluco and into the Nera River Valley, a remote area of steep wooded valleys and upland villages surrounded by high mountains.  It following well-marked trails through forests, along river valleys and past lakes to Rieti, home of the Sabines and an ancient rival of Rome. Click here for details.

Section 3: Rieti to Rome

Section 3:  Rieti to Rome

8 days, 104 kilometres:  The final section of the Way of St Francis takes you along marked trails through the foothills of the Appenines and across fertile plains and farmlands to Rome, the Eternal City.  On the last day you follow a cycle path/greenway beside the Tiber River to to the steps of St Peters Basilica in the Vatican City.  Click here for details.

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A 17 day long-distance walk from Assisi to Rome

  • Cost


    per person

• 16 nights accommodation
• All breakfasts and dinners (alla carte)
• Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
• Maps and detailed walking instructions
• Bags transferred each morning from hotel to hotel
• 24 hour backup from our operations manager

Cost Options

Full walk Assisi to Rome (17 days/16 nights):  $4150 with dinners included p/p

Single supplement:  $1500


It is possible to break up the Cammino of St Francis into three separate walks:

Section 1,  Assisi to Spoleto (6 days/5 nights):  $1450 with dinners included per person

Section 2,  Spoleto to Rieti (7 days/6 nights):  $1350 with dinners included per person

Section 3,  Rieti to Rome (8 days/7 nights):  $1500 with dinners included per person

Single supplement per Section:  $550.


5% discount applies when booking for a group 4 or more



We walked it last year and used Hidden Italy. They were great. Sure, you can do everything yourself but we found we really enjoyed and benefited from the deep support and local knowledge that Simon Tancred & his team can bring to our experience.

– Sam H, 2019

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