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ASSISI & VESCIA:  BETWEEN FORESTS; FIELDS AND SANCTUARIES

 

This walking tour is starting in the Middle Age city of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio. Many monuments have been erected here in honour of the saints Francis and Clare. In Assisi you will make a town walk and a walk through the hills around Assisi. On the fourth day you leave the town and a walk to Vescia. First the route will take you to Spello, a friendly typical Umbrian town, which is situated against the slopes of Monte Subasio. Spello is a little, quiet town with a ting tangle of small streets colourfully decorated with plants and flowers. After your visit of the medieval centre you continue your walk to the village of Vescia. The following days you will make some nice walks in an area where the numerous castles and defended villages speak of its troubled past while today, the presence of numerous springs of fresh mineral water, the unspoilt natural beauty, together with its historical-artistic patrimony render it very interesting to visit. You will stay in a B&B in an olive oil mill (frantoio).  

 

 

 

Programme in short:

Day 1 arrival Assisi

Day 2 town walk in Assisi

Day 3 walk through the hills around Assisi

Day 4 walk to the medieval town of Spello and to Vescia

Day 5 transfer to the sanctuary Madonna delle Grazie at Rasiglia and walking back to Vescia

Day 6 ring walk through the hills around Vescia passing the small waterfalls of the Menotre and the abbey of Sassovivo

Day 7 transfer to the station of Foligno of back to Assisi to pick up your car and departure

 

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1

Arrival at Assisi

Your overnight stay will be in a hotel with a swimming pool close (1000 m.) to the historical centre of Assisi.

 

Day 2

The town walk in Assisi

This town walk will take you round the most important cultural monuments of Assisi, which are mostly connected with the lives of the saints Francis and Clare, who were born in Assisi. You will pass the medieval castle (506m a.s.l.), the basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva and the basilica of St. Clare, finally walking down to the monastery of S. Damiano (310m a.s.l.). 

Walking time: 3 hours of 4 1/2 hours

 

Day 3

The longer walk through the hills around Assisi 

Today's walk starts from the Porta Cappuccini town gate (470m a.s.l.). From here you walk up to the spring ‘Fonte Maddalena’ (810m a.s.l.) on Monte Subasio. You then descend to the hamlets of Costa di Trex (570m a.s.l.) and Ponte Grande. Your route will then bring you back to Assisi through gentle, rolling countryside. 

Walking time; 5½ hours (18 km)

 

The shorter walk through the national park of Mount Subasio:

This is a beautiful walk in the shade of the woods of Mount Subasio. From the Porta Cappuccini town gates you walk up to the spring ‘Fonte Maddalena’ (810m a.s.l.) on Monte Subasio. You climb some more and then descend to the Hermitage Eremo delle Carceri (830m a.s.l.), where S.Francis and his companions prayed and meditated in the woods. After your visit a trail brings you to Viole and along quiet country roads you walk back to Assisi.

Walking time: 4 ore (12 km / 7,5 miles)

 

Day 4

 

 

From Assisi to Spello and Vescia

The route follows the slopes of Mount Subasio. There are not many differences in altitude and it is a nice walk through olive groves with magnificent views over the valley and its small towns like Bevagna and Montefalco.  Like Assisi Spello has a medieval character, but also its Roman features are well preserved in the town gates Porta Venere and Porta Consolare, the remains of the Roman Teatre and the mosaics of an Roman Villa. Worthwhile to visit are also the colourful frescoes of the church Santa Maria Maggiore made by the painter Pinturicchio. After your visit of Spello you continue your walk through a slight hilly landscape with olive groves till you reach Vescia. Your B&B is situated in the town centre

Walking time: 5½ hrs (18 km)

 

Day 5

Walking along the Menotre river

After breakfast you will have a transfer by vehicle to the church Madonna delle Grazie of the 15th century, 1 km outside Rasiglia.  From here your walk through a mystic area with a rich history and a beautiful landscape full of waterways and springs.  The abundance of water in the inner channel of Rasiglia was used to develop the economy and led to the formation of numerous mills and small factories dependent of water like grain mills, wool factories mills and dyers who performed the processing of fabrics. In modern times two hydroelectric power stations were built.  During your walk the course of the river Menotre will be your guideline through an area characterized by santuaries, remains of castles and typical medieval villages.   

Walking time: 5 hours (16 km)

 

Day 6

A circular walk from Vescia to the Abbey of Sassovivo

Today’s walk will take you to the abbey of Sassovivo (11th century), a Benedictine monastery in an ancient Oakwood. It has a lovely Romanesque cloister with a double order of 128 small helicoidal columns with capitals having lily decorations and mosaic tassels. You return back to Vescia across the hills covered with olive groves and along the small waterfalls of Altolina river.

Walking time: 5 hours (14 km)

 

Day 7

Departure

After breakfast you will be brought to the station of  Foligno or will have a transfer to Assisi to pick up your car at the starting hotel.

 

 

This tour includes:

  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast in a good ** (upgrading is possible) and a B&B in an olive oil mill 

  • 6 x dinner if booked for the half board version

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route notes (in Dutch, English or Italian) and maps 

  • 2 x  transfer

  • local back-up service

  • route briefing in hotel of arrival

  • tour information

 

Period

every day from the 1st April until the beginning of November

Level 2 / 3

moderate. Walks in a hilly country side or middle mountains. Not too many differences in altitude. Walks of 4-6 hours  a day /12-20 km (an average of 3/4 km an hour)

Price p.p. 2017

per person double room sharing     € 330,00

single room     € 395,00

travelling alone    € 445,00

3rd person in triple p.p.     € 205,00

half board supplement   € 110,00