Via di Francesco – From La Verna to Assisi

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Via di Francesco – Full trail from La Verna to Assisi 

The St Francis trail is not a pilgrimage route in the proper sense of the term. As a matter of fact, until a few years ago there were never pilgrims retracing St Francis steps. This trail simply links the places that were important in St Francis life.
Francesco, known for his humble and simple way of life, is nonetheless a revolutionary figure in the history of Christianity; in a time when the Church of Rome was the center of the Papacy’s temporal power – and known to amass huge riches, conspire duplicitous plots and abide corruption, he preached poverty and fraternal love towards every creature of this world.
The example set by St Francis’ life and a message was probably the inspiration for the new Pope to chose to be called Francis I.
You will start in La Verna Monasterythe place where St Francis is supposed to have received the « Stigmata » and end in Assisi, where he is buried. Along the way, you will pass several smaller monasteries and abbeys where the Saint stayed while travelling, as well as where legend says he accomplished miracles such as the taming of a ferocious wolf in Gubbio.

  • 12 Days
  • Age 15+
  • Via di Francesco

Highlights

  • La Verna Monastery
  • Sansepolcro & Piero della Francesca
  • Gubbio
  • Assisi
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How does it work

We transfer your luggage

Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.

We book your hotels

We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels or b&b or country Inns.

We supply detailed route notes and maps

At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, or French and GPS maps

Departure:La Verna
Destination:Assisi
Included:
  • 12 nights (in 3 stars accomodation)
  • All breakfast (dinners on demand)
  • Emergency number 24/7
  • Gps files availabe
  • Luggage transfer
  • Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”
  • Road book & maps
Excluded:
  • Dinners
  • Tips
  • Wine tasting

Map

Via di Francesco from La Verna to Assisi

Tour Plan

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Day 1: La Verna Monastery

You can reach the Abbey by a direct bus from Arezzo (summer) or by car. It stands in its severe beauty in a rugged scenery in the Casentino mountains. The mystic ambience that radiates from the place makes a great start to this walk. Spend the night in the simple, but comfortable rooms of the monastery.

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Distance 13 km

Day 2: La Verna - Pieve Santo Stefano

Entirely on trails, the walk is pleasant with ups and downs. The first part is among thick woods, but later the road climbs a ridge with open valleys on both sides. The scenery, beautifully severe, mellows and becomes more pleasant. Pieve Santo Stefano is a charming little town; in the cathedral and in the communal palace you can admire terracottas by Della Robbia. An outstanding collection of personal journals can be found in the Communal archives.

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Distance 25 km

Day 3: Pieve Santo Stefano - Pian della Capanna (Germagnano)

A day in a pristine landscape among woods and narrow valleys . The walk is mostly on dirt roads that, however can be very muddy in case of rain. A short detour allows to visit the Eremo del Cerbaiolo, many times destroyed and rebuilt keeping in mind the original simplicity. Pian della Capanna is where you can meet your driver, if you wish to shorten the walk to 19 Km.

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Distance 18 km

Day 4: Pian della Capanna - San Sepolcro

A fairly long day that enfolds mainly in the woods, pine woods to start with, then beautiful oak trees. When the woods open up you can enjoy beautiful views of the valley. San Sepolcro is an interesting little town that, according to a legend, owns its name and foundation to two monks returning from Gerusalem. Do not miss the paintings of Piero della Francesca in the civic museums.

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Distance 15 km

Day 5: San Sepolcro - Monterchi

To adapt it to average walker capabilities we decided to cut in two this stage and stop in a farmhouse near Monterchi. A short detour will take you to the centre of this charming little town where the famous fresco by Piero Della Francesca, “La Madonna del parto” can be admired.

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Distance 18 km

Day 6: Monterchi - Città di Castello

The trail goes trough woods and green valleys, with beautiful views on the Tevere Valley and the typical Umbrian landscape, reaching the Eremo del Buon Riposo, where St. Francesco used to stop. The final destination is Città di Castello, where San Francesco, has been hosted and homeland to one of the biggest modern Italian artists: Alberto Burri, whose work can be seen in the two city museums. Don't miss the Museo Diocesano where is kept the Canoscio treasure, one of the most ancient liturgical patrimony, attributed to paleochristian age.

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Distance 31 km

Day 7: Città di Castello - Pietralunga

With possible transfer from Pieve a Saddi (Km 20km). Today's stage is very long, but there are no accommodations along the way. If you think 31km are too much for you, the owner of the hotel in Pietralunga will kindly come and pick you up about midway.

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Distance 16 km

Day 8: Pietralunga - Mocaiana

Today the trail meanders among soft hills, skirts a nice lake and starts descending toward the plain. In order to take an intermediate stop, you will spend the night in a nice agriturismo on the way.

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Distance 12 km

Day 9: Mocaiana - Gubbio

Gubbio is one of the most beautiful towns of Umbria. It has kept intact its medieval atmosphere with narrow cobbled streets, art craft workshops and a superb communal palace. Avoid being there on the 15th of May unless you really enjoy the crowd and want to take part in one of the craziest medieval festivals in Italy; The Ceri Festival.

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Distance 22 km

Day 10: Gubbio - Castello di Biscina

A tiring day full of ups and downs, ending near an ancient castle that overlooks the Chiascio valley. The castle is an imposing ruin that can be freely visited.

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Distance 18 km

Day 11: Biscina - Valfabbrica

A fairly easy day that unfolds, mostly downhill, along the Chiascio valley. Unfortunately, this valley has been spoiled by the construction of a large dam which has then proved unusable because badly built. The view of the meandering river from the surrounding hill is still striking. Valfabbrica is a lively little town where you can stop for a cappuccino before reaching your hotel outside town along the trail.

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Distance 12 km

Day 12: Valfabbrica - Assisi

The beginning is a bit tough then it becomes easier. Rolling hills and thick woods and an amazing arrival with a breathtaking view of Assisi. While in the first part the landscape is still rugged and sparsely inhabited, the southern slopes are covered by the first olive groves. Spend the night in a charming "locanda" in the centre of town a few meters from the Basilica.

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Eremo loop 3 hours

Day 13: Assisi - Assisi

A relaxing day. If you want to walk you can have a 3 hours loop Have a brisk departure by climbing to the Eremo delle Carceri, S. Francis peaceful retreat. At the top of the trail 500 meters from the Eremo there is a nice picnic spot with tables and benches. Otherwise just visit Assisi, which has a lot more to offer than the St Francis Basilica, although the Giotto’s frescos are superb.

    A rest day can be taken either in San Sepolcro, Città di Castello or Gubbio

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