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On Foot Holidays - Umbria

On Foot Holidays - Umbria

On Foot Holidays - Umbria Overview

A seven-night self-guided hike from Spoleto to the Sabine Hills, ending at the Abbey of Farfa, near Rome.

Spoleto, the Sabine Hills, the Way of Saint Francis and the Duchy

A remarkable extended walk down the spine of Italy from Spoleto, just south of Assisi, to the abbey of Farfa, at the southern tip of the Sabine Hills, this route is designed for the more experienced walker. It goes through the territory of the old Duchy of Spoleto, which was founded by the Lombards in the 6th century AD. Its destination, the abbey, was founded by Duke Faraold II of Spoleto in the 7th century. Faraold went into seclusion at the end of his life at an abbey he also founded, San Pietro in Valle, where he is buried - and where you can stay (upgrade - night 2). Much of the first few days uses the Via Francigena, so Saint Francis is never far away in the churches and shrines you pass.

From the medieval town of Spoleto, with its cathedral, fortress, ancient streets and sophisticated streetlife, your walk leads you (after a short lift at the start) over the hills to the pretty Val Nerina at Ferentillo; onward over vine-clad hills to the lake at Piediluco, the last remnant of the lake that once filled the whole of the Rieti Plain. Stay at hilltop Labro in one of two beautifully restored village houses, before crossing the Plain to the Sabine Hills at Greccio, where Saint Francis is believed to have invented the Christmas Nativity scene, and whose cell you can visit. Cross the hills to Cottanello, then through Casperia (staying in a palazzetto) to Mompeo, where our route advisor Stefano and his family will be ready to greet you. The final day to the abbey of Farfa completes your pilgrimage - and you may be lucky enough to get a hilltop glimpse of the dome of Saint Peter's in Rome, forty miles away. You can also add a night or two in Rome at our favourite B&B.

Seven, six, five and four night versions of this holiday are also available. See the On Foot Holidays website for details of prices and dates.

On Foot Holidays website: Umbria

Reviews of this holiday

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Marc J, 6 Oct 2021
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This was already our sixth walking holiday with On Foot Holidays. Just as with the others, this walk down central Italy ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Coco, 5 Oct 2021
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As always with on foot holidays the trip was well organized. The hosts were very pleasant , friendly and very helpful. The ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by AR092020, 9 Oct 2020
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A wonderful week walking through a quiet corner of Umbria. Brambles, cowbells, wine and hilltop villages. read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Kakwafalls, 27 Nov 2019
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This walking tour was magnificent. It is not on the beaten track and that is part of why it is magnificent. We walked up ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Tiramisu , 7 Nov 2019
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Glorious self guided walking holiday from Spoleto to Mompeo staying in farm stays, b&bs, hotels. Warm welcomes, delicious ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Andy, 13 May 2019
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A week of quiet, beautiful walking through villages, meadows, woods, hills and valleys with the knowledge that a lovely ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Gasman, 14 Oct 2018
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This was a walking tour of Unbria and we had an excellent time which was aided by the very good accommodation and organisatio... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by GEE, 4 Dec 2017
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We had only passed through this region of Italy previously and so we were very rewarded on our self-guided walk with spectacular ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Utah traveller , 7 Oct 2017
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Seven days walking in the Sabine Hills in Umbria, amidst medieval villages, old Roman villas, ancient olive groves, wild ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Kelly, 17 Aug 2017
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This excursion was a final celebration of a two- year battle with breast cancer. I decided I couldn't let cancer and the ... read more

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On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Marc J, 6 Oct 2021
Traveller rating:

This was already our sixth walking holiday with On Foot Holidays. Just as with the others, this walk down central Italy ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Umbria by Coco, 5 Oct 2021
Traveller rating:

As always with on foot holidays the trip was well organized. The hosts were very pleasant , friendly and very helpful. The ... read more