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.