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 food and wine regions of Italy - famous for its Sagrantino red wine; 'norcineria' (sausages and cold cuts); lentils; truffles and.... chocolate.  The key to Umbrian is it’s seasonality and freshness, using only the best local ingredients.  With notice, the hotels will be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk.

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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A 6-day walk on the high road from Assisi to Spoleto

  • Cost


    per person

• Five 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

Cost Options

$1630 with dinners included p/p  (there is no breakfast only option for this tour)

Single supplement:  $650


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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