If Tuscany is the heart of Italy, Umbria is its soul. This small, landlocked province is a magical, Medieval, fairytale land full of intrigue, romance and good food. It often undeservingly plays second fiddle to its more venerated neighbour Tuscany. Yet, it enjoys much the same alluring landscapes, produces mouthwatering creations out of its kitchens and offers supreme conditions. Perfect, no?

Like a well-used quilt Umbria’s landscape is a patchwork of mossy green and tan brown, golden hues and muted orange dotted with gnarly olive bushes and wavy river valleys. They don’t call it the Green Heart of Italy for nothing.

Umbria boasts a huge collection of masterpieces of all kinds, architectural and canvass, and prides itself on its rich artistic heritage. You’ll see Perugia’s Roman edifices of all descriptions reflecting its thousands of years of history, gaze up at Assisi’s frescos by masters and roam Spello’s museums and churches filled wall to wall with Peruginos, Raphaels and Gozzolis.

This new and exciting walking tour of Umbria might just save the best for last with a dramatic finish in Norcia. One of the most unique villages in Umbria, set amid the lumpy Monti Sibillini and on a fault line, Norcia is an ornate breath of fresh air from the quintessential Medieval hilltop village.
If you’re seeking an authentic Italian experience oozing culture and relaxation then let us introduce you to Umbria, we think you’ll get along just swimmingly.

Location

Perugia

Perugia, Perugia, Province of Perugia, Italy

Day 1

Assisi

Assisi, Province of Perugia, Italy

Day 2

Spello

Spello, Province of Perugia, Italy

Day 3

Bevagna

Bevagna, Province of Perugia, Italy

Day 4

Spoleto

Spoleto, Province of Perugia, Italy

Day 5+6

Norcia

Norcia, Province of Perugia, Italy

Day 7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights lodging
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Walking guided tour of Bevagna
Private wine tasting
Luggage transfers and necessary transfers during the tour
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed maps & GPS instructions
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Specifics

TRIP DATES

Can start any date between March and November
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights, with 6 days of walking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Perugia / Norcia

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate. Hiking: average 4 to 6 hours each day. You spend two nights in one location, so you can take time off from walking if you wish.

TERRAIN

1 day flat, 2 days gently rolling, 3 days are moderately rolling with some hills.

COST

Casual/B&B Accommodation: US $1,520
Single Supplement: US $410

Classic Accommodation: US $1,760
Single Supplement: US $520

Luxe Accommodation: US $2,640
Single Supplement: US $645

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Getting There Perugia is your arrival city. There are several departures each day from Roma Termini train station to Perugia; the journey is direct and takes about 2h40. Your information package will provide information about getting to the tour start. The trip finishes in Norcia. Buses from Norcia to Spoleto run approximately 6 times a day. The bus takes about 1 hour. Your hotel in Norcia can assist you with timetables or arrange a taxi for you back to the train station in Spoleto; this should cost around 65 euros and take 45 minutes. From Spoleto train station, you can reach Rome Termini train station in 1h40.

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Day 1

Arrival in Perugia

Your tour starts in the beautifully preserved Medieval town of Perugia. Among the countless attractions the main sights are the Fontana Maggiore, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Cathedral and the ancient Rocca Paolina. Here you have the opportunity to take a cooking lesson and enjoy dinner with a professional Italian chef. Please ask our office for more details.

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Day 2

Walk from Perugia to Assisi

This is known as the Peace walk. along the same path that Saint Francis took. You will leave Perugia passing by the beautiful 15th century Basilica di San Pietro and the Hypogeum of the Volumni, one of the most important monuments of Etruria, a monumental catacomb dated between the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. If you wish to shorten the walk, we can transfer you to Ponte San Giovanni. In  Assisi, discover the hometown of St. Francis, Italy’s patron Saint and founder of one of the world’s largest monastic orders. The town itself is tiered with pink stone set in a verdant valley with sacred Mt.Subasio as a backdrop. You’ll have the chance to visit the important monuments here with lots of excellent restaurants to choose from.
Hiking Distance: 17 km; 200 m or 24 km, elevation gain 200 m.*

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Day 3

Spello

Today you will walk from Assisi along a forest path to the hidden hermitage where Saint Francis retreated and then over Monte Subasio with beautiful panoramic views. Arrival in the afternoon to the quaint village of Spello, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Umbria. The belvedere offers a magnificent view of the valley and a Roman amphitheater. Spello is filled with interesting shops and galleries. There are 100 churches including Santa Maria Maggiore which houses the three stunning Pinturicchio frescos.
Hiking Distance: 15 km, elevation gain 450 m.*

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Day 4

Bevagna

This morning, you will make your way to Bevagna passing through peaceful and beautiful orchards and vineyards. This afternoon, enjoy an included private walking tour where a local guide will reveal secret treasures of Bevagna. In Piazza Silvestri, you will visit the Gothic Palace of the Consuls, and the churches of St. Sylvester. One of the most interesting monuments are the ruins of a temple of the 2nd century A.C, the Roman theatre and the impressive remains of mosaics representing marine animals belonging to a thermal baths building. For dinner, we recommend a favorite enoteca built over the remains of an old oil-mill of the Xll century where you can taste the best wines of the region.
Hiking Distance: 15 km, elevation gain minimal.*

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Day 5

Spoleto

Today, there is a morning option to climb to Montefalco with a beautiful vista of vineyard and olive groves. We have included a wine tasting at a small family owned winery to discover the dry red Sagrantino wine, one of the finest expressions of Italian wine making. From Montefalco you can continue on to Trevi by foot, or take a bus if you prefer. Trevi is a beautiful Umbrian hill town with a small cobblestone medieval center. Visit the church of St. Emiliano from the 12th century and the Pinacoteca lodged in the Town Hall, where you can admire a Madonna by Pinturicchio and a Coronation of Mary by Spagna. Learn more about olive oil, from the planting to the processing in the interesting Museo della Civiltà dell’ Olivo. Short 10 minute train ride to Spoleto.
Hiking Distance: 20 km, elevation gain 260 m.*

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Day 6

Spoleto

Spoleto has been described as “the most romantic city in Italy”. Visit the upper town in the morning, its Roman theatre, Piazza del Mercato and the Duomo, the loveliest Renaissance and Romanesque façade in Umbria framed by hanging gardens, and the art museum Pinacoteca. In the afternoon, enjoy a loop walk in the beautiful and peaceful countryside crossing the dramatic medieval aqueduct, Ponte delle Torri and going up to the small village of Monteluco where breathtaking views await you.
Hiking Distance: 10 km, elevation gain 400 m.*

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Day 7

Norcia

Transfer in the morning to the beautiful medieval village of Preci located near Monti Sibillini National Park. Walk along a peaceful and ancient path to the majestic abbey of San Eutizio, a lovely sanctuary built around a 5th-century oratory & pass through the ancient village of Campi on the flank on Mount Macchialunga. On arrival in Norcia, famous for its Prosciutto and “charcuteries”, take time to explore this delightful walled town with its central Piazza San Benedetto and other monuments. Treat yourself this evening and try one of Norcia’s specialities, tagliolini with Norcia Black Truffles.
Hiking Distance: 17 km, elevation gain 700 m.*

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Day 8

Departure Day

Enjoy your last morning in Norcia before continuing on to your next adventure.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Casual/B&B

Hotel Morlacchi, Perugia

The Albergo Morlacchi is a pleasant family hotel located in the historical center of Perugia. Originally an 18th century building, the hotel been restored with modern facilities.


Hotel Berti, Assisi

Hotel Berti is a simple and comfortable family-run hotel located inside the medieval town. The hotel occupies a 15th century building with a delightful garden.


La Luna Nel Borgo, Spello

La Luna nel Borgo is a charming guest inn located in the historic center of Spello. The house is very comfortable with parquet floors, wrought iron beds and air conditioning.


La Corte de’ Vasari, Bevagna

This charming inn is our latest find in Bevagna, with comfortable rooms with a warm welcome. It’s highly recommended by guests who stay here.


Hotel Clitunno, Spoleto

This charming 3 star hotel has been recently renovated; it features beautiful wooden beams, tile floors and antique furniture. It is located in the center of Spoleto next to the theatre and the Cathedral.


Hotel Da Benito, Norcia (Classic)

The 3-star Hotel Da Benito is located less than 50 meters away from the picturesque square of Saint Benedect. The hotel has been completely renovated and offers pleasant rooms.


Classic

Hotel Fortuna, Perugia

Situated in the historical town centre, the 3-star Hotel Fortuna is a renovated palazzo from the 13th century. It is elegantly furnished and boasts enchanting views of the medieval city centre.


Hotel Umbra, Assisi

A charming and small family run 3-star hotel tucked away in the quiet medieval backstreets that lead onto the Piazza del Commune. It boasts a delightful restaurant that serves Umbrian specialties.


Albergo Del Teatro, Spello

This elegant, peaceful 3-star hotel is situated in the historical centre of Spello. The 18th century building and the spacious covered terrace provide beautiful views of the Umbrian countryside.


Palazzo Brunamonti, Bevagna

A charming 3-star hotel, once a noble house belonging to the poetess Lady Brunamonti. Restaurants are steps away.


Hotel San Luca, Spoleto

This 4-star hotel is one of the top hotels in Spoleto and a traveler favourite. “The family-owned San Luca is a splendid small hotel—very polished, very sophisticated, yet exuding great personal warmth and friendliness.” Karen Brown Guides


Hotel Da Benito, Norcia

The 3-star Hotel Da Benito is located less than 50 meters away from the picturesque square of Saint Benedect. The hotel has been completely renovated and offers pleasant rooms.


Luxe

Sina Brufani, Perugia

This 5-star hilltop palace, situated within the historical centre of Perugia, is a member of the Small Leading Hotels of the World. Guests have included Prince Albert of Monaco and the Queen Mother. This historic hotel offers elegantly appointed rooms, all equipped with modern amenities.


Residenza d’Epoca San Crispino, Assisi

In the very heart of Assisi, just a few meters from St. Clare’s square, you can enjoy a superb panoramic view over the green Umbrian countryside. The suites of this Medieval complex have been exquisitely furnished to reflect its harmonious combination of modern charm and classic heritage.


Hotel Palazzo Bocci, Spello

Located in the old town centre of Spello the 4-star Hotel Palazzo Bocci is a renovated 17th Century building within charming surroundings. Discover its hanging garden, the spectacular Hall of Frescoes and beautifully appointed rooms.


L’Orto degli Angeli, Bevagna

Located in the historic centre of Bevagna, this intimate inn exudes the genuine warmth of a private home, yet offers the comfort and sophistication of a fine hotel. It’s truly a rare jewel.


Palazzo Leti Residenza d’Epoca, Spoleto

Palazzo Leti is an historical residence brought back to life and to its original ancient beauty after a long and careful restoration. The historical residence consists of 12 rooms, all of which are decorated with warm and lightly colored fabrics.


Palazzo Seneca, Norcia

Palazzo Seneca occupies a 16th Century palace located 50 meters from Norcia’s historic centre. Along with all modern comforts and a contemporary sense of style and design, the hotel features a private garden and a charming library with authentic rare books.


Trip starting at
USD $1,520

Trip Reviews

May 10, 2021

“We have just returned from our tour of Umbria and cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was! We were very satisfied and pleased with the routes chosen, the accommodations, all aspects of the tour… We would not hesitate to make another trip if able. This trip exceeded our expectations in all ways. Thank you so much.”

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