Italy 09:31 – 19 December 2018

The St. Francis Way | Italy’s Cammino

5 or 7 Night Walking Holiday in Italy

Following the Footsteps of St Francis

A Walking Holiday Through the Green Heart of Italy

Starting in Gubbio where St. Francis tamed the Wolf and walking to Assisi, the city of Peace, where St. Francis conceived his ideal of humanity living in harmony with nature.

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Summary

  • Price Shown is for the 5 Night Itinerary
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  • GPS Self Guided
  • Set your Own Pace & Itinerary
  • Maps & Detailed Itineraries
  • On Walk Luggage Transfers

Statistics

  • Minimum Total Distance - 33½ miles | 3 Days | 15h
  • Maximum Daily Walk - 22 Km / 13½ miles | 5½ hrs
  • 3 Optional Walks
  • Moderate Difficulty
  • 7 Night Itinerary - 2 Nights Gubbio; 3 Nights Assisi
  • 5 Night Itinerary - 1 Night Gubbio; 2 Nights Assisi

Day by day

Lace up your boots and journey to the hermitages, castles and ancient woodlands that inspired St. Francis' love of nature and all its creatures.

Day 1: PETAL WALK in Gubbio | Madonna della Cima

A glorious walk encompassing the 'funivia' (chair lift), Monte Inginoand and the wonderful medieval city of Gubbio.

Gubbio was home to St Francis when he left Assisi seeking to live a more simple life. Gubbio is where St Francis tamed a local wolf that was terrorising the local population.

Highlights

Gubbio Petal Walk ★Gubbio Chair Lift ★Gubbio

Statistics

16Km/10miles | 5 hours | 👟👟👟

Accommodation

Hotel Relais Ducale, Gubbio, Umbria

Walking through this ancient hillside town, it is easy to imagine times past. Every building echos history.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Gubbio to Biscina

Passing by the little church of Vittorina and following a narrow straight road across the flat countryside. The trail continues uphill amongst the oak woods to Valdichiascio (650m);

Over 'white' roads and trails, you will pass by the Church of Caprignone before reaching Biscina (520m), an ancient castle with a nearby agriturismo. Your stay for tonight has two swimming pools and occupies a stunning location over looking the castle. Most of the home cooked food is grown locally. The accommodation is mostly large and roomy apartments.

Highlights

★Oak Woods ★Views & Vistas

Statistics

22 Km / 13½ miles | 5½ Hours

Accommodation

Agriturismo Tenuta di Biscina

Agriturismo Tenuta di Biscina, Serviced Apartments, 2 x Pools and on site restaurant serving traditional and homegrown food.

Day 3: Biscina to Valfabbrica

From the hilltop town of Biscina, overlooking the lake of Valfabbrica, you will follow a country road over the hills that surround the lake, passing by the Pieve di Coccorano (440m) and the dam.

The St Francis Way continues downhill to Barcaccia (270m), an ancient farmhouse where St. Francis rested. Just beyond the crossroads to Ripa and Perugia, is the bridge over the River Chiascio and on to Valfabbrica (290m).

Statistics

17.5 Km / 11 miles | 5½ Hours

Accommodation

Sui Passi di Francesco, Valfabbrica

Sui Passi di Francesco in Valfabbrica provides a wonderful resting place in private rooms with en suite facilities and popular restaurant on site. Breakfast is taken in the patisserie across the road.

Day 4: Valfabbrica to Assisi

Leave the little town of Valfabbrica on a quiet country road and up into the hills.

A 1 km diversion to Pieve San Nicolò (570m) is worthwhile.

Continue gently downhill through olive groves and vineyards. Look for Assisi in the distance. Continue through the woods to the ancient stone bridge over the River Tescio then to Ponte di Santa Croce (270m) at the foot of Mount Subasio. A steep road takes you to the Assisi town gate of Porta San Giacomo.

Highlights

★Approaching views of Assisi ★Olive groves and vineyards

Statistics

14.5 Km / 9 miles | 4h

Accommodation

Hotel Ideale, Assisi

"Rooms have incredible views and are very clean and modern. The staff were kind and helpful. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting this great part on Italy."

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: PETAL WALK in Assisi | The Basilica

The walk encompasses the Basilica and tomb of St Francis, the Cathedral of San Ruffino and can extended to take in the top of the town and the Rocca Maggiore.

Today is more about exploring the Town or just enjoy a rest day.

Highlights

★Assisi ★Basilica ★Tomb of St Francis

Statistics

9 Km / 6 miles | 2h to 4h

Accommodation

Hotel Ideale, Assisi

"The hotel is in a great location and is an easy walk to everything in Assisi."

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 6: PETAL WALK in Assisi | L’Eremo

Walk to the Hermitage of St Francis - Eremo delle Carceri - Carceri is from the Latin for isolated places or prisons and once you have walked to this beautiful and spiritual place you will understand how fitting this is.

You can see the cells where the Monks including St Francis slept; they are tiny. The walk up through the Trees is steep and through woodland, which keeps it shady. We recommend walking up through the woods and then walking back down via the road and pathways. There is a very good and reasonably priced restaurant on the way down. There are original drinking fountains along the route - some are no longer working, but once provided welcome relief to Pilgrims - of which there are many still visiting today.

Highlights

★Hermitage of St Francis

Statistics

8 Km / 5 miles | 3h to 5h

Accommodation

Hotel Ideale, Assisi

So close to this wonderful city. The city of Peace. It is said that Assisi is the second best known religious city in the world.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Journey Map

The Full Walk

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Similar to the better known Cammino di Santiago, The St Francis Way comprises many routes to reach Assisi.

You can walk from the North (La Verna) or the South (Rome).

The Inspired ITALY short itinerary - 5 or 7 nights - takes in some of the key places where St Francis lived and built his tradition. Places where the most famous legends were created around his life and actions, such as Gubbio and the story of the taming of the wild wolf.

The story of St Francis and the Wolf.

 

Price

$887 per person

Your adventure includes:

Your adventure includes:

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  • GPS & Map
  • Detailed Itinerary
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  • Main Luggage Transfers

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