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St Francis Way – Assisi to Rieti 3/4

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From Assisi, the spiritual centre of the St Francis Way, the trail takes you across southern Umbria, also known as ‘Bella Umbria’ (beautiful Umbria). In Saint Francis Way, the region reached as far as Rieti. From the flanks of Mount Subasio, overlooking the Tiber Valley and the Spoletan Valley, the Saint Francis Way takes walkers to many stunning art-cities such as Spello, Foligno, Trevi; across olive groves, open fields, forests and mountain passes with spectacular views.

In this section of the St Francis Way, you will walk through delightful medieval towns, many important points of Franciscan interest and the impressive Marmore Waterfalls, created by the Romans and one of the highest in Europe. Along the way, you will also get to visit the Sanctuary of Poggio Bustone, the oldest Franciscan settlement outside Assisi.

Your journey ends at the bronze statue of Saint Francis in the city of Rieti, considered the ‘mother of Rome’. In Rieti, don’t forget to request your St Francis Way pilgrimage certificate at the offices of Rieti Tourism Board.

Trip highlights

  • Start your journey in Assisi, home of St Francis
  • Discover stunning art-towns such as Spello, Foligno and Trevi
  • Be amazed by Marmore Waterfalls, one of Europe's greatest natural monuments
  • Get your St Francis Way pilgrim certificate in Rieti

1 Assisi

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Assisi is a small Umbrian town in central Italy, located 12 miles (19 km) east of Perugia at an elevation of 1,300 feet (400 meters). Assisi is the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi which is the patron saint of Italy, founder of the Franciscan order, and one of the most popular Catholic saints in history. Assisi’s main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, which contains the sacred relics of Saint Francis and beautiful frescoes of his life. There are also at least seven other churches well worth visiting for their history, beauty and connection with Saint Francis and his friend Clare. The town of Assisi with its Roman heritage, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines, has been a major Catholic pilgrimage destination for centuries and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.

2 Assisi to Foligno - 20km

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6h15 | +623m / -847m
From Assisi, you will start your St Francis Way journey at Porta Perlici or Porta Cappuccini, walking up to Eremo delle Carceri (800m). After that, you will continue down the western flank of Mount Subasio, past the former monastery of San Benedetto al Subasio (740m) and Sasso Rosso (830m), a rock offering breathtaking views of Valle Umbra. You will then continue down and up again past Mount Pietrolungo. The trail then goes down among some trees and olive groves, taking you to just outside the walls of Spello. Wander the streets of this beautiful medieval town and continue on the flat bottom of the valley on country roads up to the outskirts and into the centre of Foligno (235m), your stop for the night.

3 Foligno to Campello sul Clitunno - 20km

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6h15 | +214m / -221m
Today you will start your St Francis Way walk along the straight road to San’Eraclio (230m), then on a country road surrounded by olive trees, a little above the valley, on your way to the village of Matigge (280m). You will pass quaint little villages and churches before taking a short steep trail up to the convent of San Martino and the panoramic road taking walkers to the beautiful medieval town of Trevi (410m). Downhill out of town, you will pass the convent of Madonna delle Lacrime and the church of Croce di Bovara. Over the flanks of Mount Padrafitta you will head to an isolated Franciscan chapel (520m) overlooking Borgo San Benedetto. For the last part of the day, you will take a solitary mountain road among olive groves on your way to Castello di Campello (480m). You will be picked up at Campello Alto and taken to your accommodation for the night.

4 Campello sul Clitunno to Spoleto - 12km

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5h30 | +564m / -416m
From picturesque Campello you will continue your journey on the St Francis Way. After following a local road for a little while, you will join the main road briefly, passing a couple of small villages then turning onto a dirt trail descending amid olive trees to the elegant village of Poreta (340m) and up to its castle (450m). Walking up and down over the countryside, between the valley and the mountains, you will pass Bazzano Superiore (570m), Bazzano Inferiore (360m) and Eggi (350m), at the extreme corner of the Valle Spoletana. Your stop for the night is Spoleto (390m) where you should visit its beautiful cathedral.

5 Spoleto to Ceselli - 16km

4h30 | +1141m / -1221m
Today, you should start by getting to Rocca d’Albornoz, at the top of the town, and across the spectacular Ponte delle Torri. A steep trail takes you up to the Franciscan sanctuary of Monteluco (780m). You will walk across woods and meadows to get to the pass of Forca delle Porelle (911m), then cross lush forests to reach the other side of the mountain. Downhill into the province of Terni, you will pass the ghost-village of Sensati and the community of Le Cese further down. You will continue downhill past the rural village of Nevi and the renovated Pontuglia on your way to Ceselli (270m) and Valtiberina.

6 Ceselli to Arrone - 15km

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4h30 | +471m / -507m
Leaving Ceselli, you will start by crossing the bridge over the River Nera to follow a country road between the river and the mountains. The first village on your way is Colleponte, with Macenano on the opposite side of the bridge. A dirt road will take you then to Precetto (250m), with Ferentillo just across the river; here the narrow valley opens up into a small plane. Another dirt road follows the river down to Arrone (230m).

7 Arrone to Piediluco - 13km

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3h45 | +504m / -345m
Today you have a short walking day ahead. After a short walk to Castel di Lago, you will continue following river on a pleasant country road, down to the edge of Collestatte Piano (220m). You will now be close to the bottom side of the impressive Marmore Waterfalls, a man-made waterfall created by the Romans and the tallest in Europe. A steep trail in the woods will take you to the top side and the village of Marmore (380m). A short walk will take you to the banks of the River Velino, that feeds the falls; you will then walk upstream on a smooth trail taking you to Lake Piediluco; you will be able to see the village, on the opposite side of this small but very beautiful lake. You will continue along the lake banks to the little town of Piediluco (380m).

8 Piediluco to Poggio Bustone - 22km

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6h | +1205m / -893m
Today, you will begin by crossing the regional border with Lazio, into the province of Rieti. The St Francis Way trail climbs up to Labro (630m), a medieval village, perfectly preserved, topped by a castle overlooking the lake: you have begun the crossing over the flanks of the Reatini mountain range: the next village is Morro Reatino (740m), then you will start climbing a mountain road, with spectacular views of ‘Valle Santa’, leading to the St Francis Beech-tree (1100m) and the little chapel of Saint Francis. From there you will descend across meadows and woods to the shepherds hamlet of Cepparo (850m) and continue across woods and along the flanks of Mount Rosato to the Sanctuary of Poggio Bustone (818m).

9 Poggio Bustone to Rieti - 17km

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4h45 | +87m / -414m
You can start today’s walk by hiking an extra stretch of about 2 km up to the rustic chapel of Sacro Speco (1000m) and back to the sanctuary. The path will take you first into the little town of Poggio Bustone, just below the sanctuary, and into the country and woods hanging on the mountainside. You will then pass the village of San Liberato and the historic town of Cantalice, hanging on the rocks (700m). Descending gradually, you will reach first the sanctuary of San Felice all’acqua (580m), with its miraculous spring, and then continue in the woods down and up again to the sanctuary of La Foresta (510m). A downhill walk will take you finally to Rieti (405m).

10 Rieti

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The pretty town of Rieti preserves in its small historical centre many artistic beauties well worth visiting. The main monuments are concentrated in the two main squares, Piazza Battisti and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (the ancient Roman Forum). Among the many sights to visit we suggest: The Palazzo Comunale and Civic Museum; the Cathedral of the Assumption, with its characteristic Romanesque bell tower and Baroque style; the Baptistry and Diocesan Museum, rich in works of art, garments and property belonging to the Diocese of Rieti; the Bishop’s Palace, a grandiose monument where you will find the Diocesan Art gallery; the Bishop’s Arch, a bridge built by Boniface VIII and famous for its daring architecture; the medieval city walls with their intact gates and towers. Another must-see is ‘underground of Rieti’, where you will find the viaduct built by the Romans in the 3rd century BC to raise the Via Salaria, the ancient salt route and protect it from flooding due to the river Velino.

We have handpicked our hotels on the St Francis Way based on their character, facilities and comfort. You will usually arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon giving you plenty of time for a refreshing shower and a visit to the local village, or maybe just to unwind and relax yourself. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability. Hotel Upgrades are available in most cities and larger towns. Ask our team.

Assisi - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Foligno - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Campello sul Clitunno - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Spoleto - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Ceselli - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Arrone - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Piediluco - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Poggio Bustone - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Rieti - Standard

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the St Francis Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the trail.

Assisi Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Rieti Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Flying IN and OUT

Fly to and back from: Rome

Rome (Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino): Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino is Rome’s main airport, located about 15km west of Rome city centre and is served by virtually all airlines and is a major European and international hub connecting all continents.  Aer Lingus, British Airways, Jet2, Ryanair, Veuling, Alitalia offer direct connections daily to Rome Fiumicino from Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe.  Several American carriers also directly serve Rome Fiumicino from several US cities.  Airport infohttp://www.adr.it/fiumicino
Rome (Ciampino): Ciampino is a small airport but Ryanair serve most European destinations from here. The airport is about 10km south of Rome city centre.  Airport info http://www.ciampino-airport.info/

Transfers to and from the Airport

To the start of the walk in Assisi:

From Rome (Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino): Take the train (Leonardo Express, €14) from the airport to Rome Termini Train Station, which takes about 30 minutes.

From Rome (Ciampino): There are 2 options for getting from Ciampino Airport to Rome Termini Train Station. (A) Take a 5min shuttle bus to Ciampino Train Station and then a train to Rome Termini Station, which takes about 15 minutes. OR (B) Take a 40min bus (Terravision – €4) from the airport. Bus info: www.terravision.eu/rome_ciampino.html

From Rome Termini take the train to Assisi train station (2hrs 30) Train info www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en.

Back from Rieti:

To Rome: (Option A) Bus from Rieti station to Terni train station (Journey time approx. 40mins) Train from Terni to Roma Termini (1hr -1hr 30min). One-way from €9.50.  Train and Bus Information: www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en.

Alternatively, (Option B), take the local bus to Roma Tiburtina Station (€4.50 one-way/ journey time approx. 1hr 40mins). From here to Roma Termi take Metro B in the direction of Laurentina. (www.cotralspa.it).
Back from Rome:

To Rome (Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport): There is a shuttle train (Leonardo Express) to the airport from Rome Termini Station, which takes about 30 mins (€14)

To Rome (Ciampino Airport): From Rome Termini there are 2 options for getting to Ciampino Airport. (A) Take a 15min train to Ciampino Cittá and then a 5min shuttle bus to the airport. OR (B) Take a 45 min bus to the airport from the station. Bus info www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Ciampino/Servizi/Come_raggiungerci/Arrivo_bus.html

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation, all rooms en-suite. Price pp, half board.

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    €1375
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    €993

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What's Included

  • Half-board accommodation
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel
  • Holiday Pack including: walking notes, maps, practical information and pilgrim passports

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  • Airport transfers, hotel upgrades (when available)