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The Way of St Francis from Assisi to Rieti

From Assisi to Rieti and the Holy Valley

TFS3: from 13 to 21 june (144 km, 89mi, 7 legs / 8 nights / 9 days)

  • The hiking itinerary covers 2144 Km (89 mi) between Assisi and Rieti, following the path of the “Via Francigena di San Francesco”, also known as “La Via di Roma”. This is one of the ancient pilgrimage routes to Rome, presumably the same followed by Francis of Assisi and his mates in 1212.
  • Walk “from door to door”, setting off from your hotel and reaching the new one directly on foot, at the end of each daily stage. 
  • Take the full journey or any part of it: in order to be entitled to the “Testimonium” certificate issued by St Peter’s Basilica, it is necessary to walk at least from Rieti to Rome.

Difficulty level of daily legs: from easy to challenging. See programme for details.

Personalized participation on request, starting and ending at your own chosen points.



Product Description

PROGRAMME from 13th to 21st june 2020

Day 1. Gathering of the participants in the hotel in Assisi. Meeting with the guide who escorts the group throughout the tour, welcome drink and preliminary briefing with distribution of the credentials and information package. The following day, start of the walk with the following itinerary.

Day 2. Stage 1: Assisi-Foligno (21 Km/13 mi, hard). Get across Mount Subasio, visiting the sanctuary of “Eremo delle Carceri” on the way. Take time to visit Spello, a beautiful medieval town; continue on flat land to reach our hotel in the thriving city of Foligno.

Day 3. Stage 2: Foligno-Campello (20 Km/13.8 mi, medium). We begin by walking a flat stretch down to the castle of Sant’Eraclio. Turn into the mountain side, covered with olive groves; the next town, Trevi, hanging over the valley, is well worth a visit; continue up and down the mountainside and arrive at our new hotel near Campello.

Day 4. Stage 3: Campello-Spoleto (20 Km/12.5 mi, medium). Up and down the mountainside amid olive groves, passing by little gems like Poreta and its castle, Bazzano and Eggi; arrive at one of the most important historical cities, rich of art treasures, of the entire route, Spoleto.

Day 5. Stage 4: Spoleto-Ferentillo (21 Km/13 mi, hard). We start from the massif castle (Rocca di Albornoz) and climb up to the “sacred” woods of Monteluco and the franciscan sanctuary “Eremo delle Grazie”. Cross the mountain and descend into the narrow valley of River Nera (Valnerina), passing by the neat little villages of Pontuglia and Ceselli; get across the river and follow it down to another lovely village, Precetto, where we will stop for the night.

Day 6. Stage 5: Ferentillo-Piediluco (22 Km/13.8 mi, medium-easy). Follow the bank of the Nera down to Arrone and Castel di Lago, then climb up the steep slopes by the monumental Marmore Waterfalls to get to the village of Marmore and onward to Lake Piediluco and our hotel.

Day 7. Stage 6: Piediluco-Poggio Bustone (21 Km/13 mi, hard). We begin by climbing up to the perfectly preserved feudal town of Labro, on a hilltop overlooking the lake. Onward to Morro Reatino and then up into the wild to reach the highest point of the route (1100m/3600 ft) and see the amazing “St Francis beech tree”; then down again to the rural village of Cepparo and on along the mountainside to the Franciscan sanctuary and the town of Poggio Bustone and finally our hotel.

Day 8. Stage 7: Poggio Bustone-Rieti (17 Km/10.6 mi, medium). We start by descending halfway down to the valley, then along the mountainside to the little village of San Liberato and then Cantalice, hanging on the rocks. Then gradually down to the sanctuary of La Foresta, and onward to another very important historical city, Rieti.

Day 9. Breakfast and end of services or fee day in Rieti for those continuing to the last section of the Way Rieti – Rome.

Price per person

TFS3: Assisi to Rieti (144 km, 89mi, 7 legs / 8 nights / 9 days)
13-21 june

  • € 1,240.00 Half Board in single room
  • € 1,050.00 Half Board in double/triple room

“We’re a party” discount (4 persons or more): € 50,00

“EARLY BOOKING” (reservation at least 4 months ahead): 3% discount

You can as well join/leave the group at any point along the itinerary: please consult our office for quotations and other details.

More info

• An expert guide, fluent in English and other languages, accompanies the group.
• Accommodation with half board (breakfast and dinner including drinks) and city tax.
• Rooms with en-suite services (toilet with shower or bath-tube) in hotels 2/4 stars or guesthouses of various types.
• Baggage transfer (one piece per person).
• “Pilgrim’s Kit” with credential, maps and roadbook.
• Travel insurance.


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