Umbria 2 walking tour

The second leg of the ‘Cammino of St Francis’, this beautiful seven day walk takes you far from the madding crowd to explore the ‘green heart of Italy’, following well-marked trails through forests, along river valleys and past lakes to Rieti, home of the Sabines and an ancient rival of Rome.

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Leaving Spoleto via the 13th century Ponte delle Torri bridge, you finish a week later, staying in an elegant 4-star hotel overlooking the main square in Rieti.  Along the way, you will visit some extraordinary places including one of central Italy’s finest abbeys (founded in the 8th century); one of Europe’s highest waterfalls (created by the Romans in the 3rd century BC); some gorgeous hilltop villages that date from the Dark Ages; a dreamy lake that is home to the Italian rowing team and a thousand year old tree believed to have been blessed by St Francis himself.  

This independent walk is the second section of the Cammino of St Francis - click here for details.  In the spirit of the long-distance pilgrimage, we have sought to keep the costs down.


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The most memorable feature of this itinerary, though, is the peaceful, unspoilt nature you walk through: the evergreen forests of the Monteluco National Park, the meadows along the banks of the Nera River, the lake shores and the woods overlooking Rieti.  While the trails are good and the markings regular and clear, there are some long sections and a couple of steep climbs so you’ll need to have a good level of fitness.  This is a Grade 4 walk (click here for details).

The walks

The walks

The walks follow clear and well-marked trails and much of the walk passes along river flats and over undulating farmlands, however, there are several long days (18 kms or over) and some long climbs (on Day 2 and on Day 5) although with notice these walks can be shortened.  This is a Grade 4 walk (click here for details).

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

The accommodation

The accommodation

In the spirit of the long-distance pilgrimage, we have sought to keep the costs down.  The accommodation in between is the best available in each places including a 4-star hotel, asimple family-run agriturismo, a private apartment and modern lake-side hotel.  All the accommodation is clean, comfortable and welcoming and each room has an en suite bathroom.

The food

The food

You are walking through one of the more celebrated food and wine regions of Italy - famous for its Sagrantino red wine; 'norcineria' (sausages and cold cuts); lentils; truffles and.... chocolate.  Umbrian cuisine is dominated by olive oil, which features in everything from roast pork to its luxurious truffle dishes, the pride of the region.  Local dishes, as a result, are simple and tasty, putting the accent on the excellent quality of the raw materials.  You only need three things to make good Umbrian food: a fire or oven, local produce and plenty of time.

Generous breakfasts are included each day (you'll need them for your walks).  Hidden Italy will provide you with a curated list with descriptions and locations of three to four restaurants for each town/village you visit (from fancy to more relaxed).  This information will be on the Hidden Italy walking App and you will be able to book your meals directly through the App.

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

To confirm the booking, a deposit of 25% of the total booking cost is required within 7 days of the issue of the invoice.  Please note that in the event of customer cancellation, deposits are refunded, less a cancellation fee of $500 per person per tour.  Click here for full T&C’s

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A 7 day/6 night walk from Spoleto to Rieti

  • Cost


    per person
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts included
  • Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Hidden Italy App with GPS to complement the roadbook
  • Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • 24 hour backup from local manager

Cost Options

$1900 B&B only per person

Single supplement:  $800

** Please note a high season surcharge may apply.

Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)




“We have just completed the Cammino 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 countryside

– Sara-Jane L, 2019

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