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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Being far from the standard tourist trails, the food is excellent local fare: fresh, seasonal and lovingly prepared. The signature dish is deboned, slow-roasted suckling pig. The Umbrians are Italy’s most passionate hunters, and fresh game is cherished. You are in truffle country, both black and white (tartufo nero and bianco) are popular, eaten most commonly on pasta or shaved over scrambled eggs or roasted meat. A generous breakfast is included each day in the tour cost. The dinner option includes a three course meal.
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.
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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A 7-day walk from Spoleto to Rieti
- Six nights accommodation
- All breakfasts and dinners (3 courses)
- Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- Maps and detailed walking instructions
- Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
- 24 hour backup from local manager
$1420 with dinners included p/p (there is no breakfast only option for this tour)
Single supplement: $600
5% discount applies when booking for a group 4 or more
“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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