Cammino of St Francis: Assisi to Spoleto

This six-day walk is the first section of the Cammino of St Francis. It follows the official pilgrim route, a regularly marked trail that weaves through the hills and farmlands of Central Italy, from Assisi, home of St Francis, to Spoleto through some of the most beautiful country in the region.

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This first section starts in the beautiful town of Assisi, the home of St Francis.  The trail contours along the foothills of the Apennine Mountains with spectacular views over the Vale of Umbria, winding through classic Umbria countryside of farmlands and olives groves.  You visit some of the best-preserved hill-top towns in the region that date from Roman times when the valley was crossed by the Via Flaminia, a trade route that linked the capital with the Adriatic Sea.  You finish  in the remarkable town of Spoleto, crossing over the Ponte delle Torri brdige, one of the marvels of medieval engineering.  

This independent walk is the first 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 highlights of this five day walk include extraordinary Assisi, a centre of international pilgrimage which contains some of the finest art in Europe, including the celebrated fresco cycle by Giotto that revolutionised Western art; the spectacular views along the way as the path contours along the hills looking out across the farmlands and towns in the valley; the beautiful hill-towns you’ll stay in; the fine Umbrian cuisine, based on fresh local produce and accompanied by some of the finest wine produced in the Central Italy.

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The walks

The walks

The walks follow clear, well-marked trails mostly along unsealed country lanes over undulating hills.  There are two longer walks at the beginning (16 and 19 kms) as well as a long section of asphalt on Day 2, where the trail dips down from the hills and crosses through Foligno, a fascinating town on the plains.  This a Grade 3 walk.

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 is in centrally-located, historical family-run, centrally located 2-star and 3-star hotels.  They are comfortable and welcoming.  All rooms have en suite bathrooms.

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.  Umbriancuisine 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 6 day/5 night walk on the high road from Assisi to Spoleto

  • Cost


    per person
  • Five 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 transfer of baggage between hotels
  • 24 hour backup from local manager

Cost Options

$2000 b&b per person

Single supplement:  $800


** Please note a high season surcharge may apply.

Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)




“We had an excellent walk and loved all three stages of the Cammino. 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.”

– Pat L, 2019

2. Central Italy: Cammino of St Francis Section 1, Umbria 1, Assisi to Spoleto

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