• LaVerna "the hard rock / 'Twixt Arno and the Tyber
  • The "Holy Valley" of Casentino
  • Santa Croce
  • Jesus' resurrection by Piero della Francesca

The Way of St Francis from Florence to Assisi

The Way of St. Francis from Florence to Assisi

From Florence to the Holy Mountain of La Verna and Assisi

Guaranteed departures 2019

T4Mc: Full itinerary, from Florence to Assisi 1-15 Sept (290 km/181 mi, 13 legs / 14 nights / 15 days)

T4Fp: Part 1, from Florence to La Verna 1-7 Sept (95 km/59 mi, 5 legs / 6 nights / 7 days)

T4Up: Part 2, from La Verna to Assisi 6-15 Sept (185 km/116 mi, 8 legs / 9 nights / 10 days)

  • The hiking itinerary covers 290 km (181 mi) between Florence and Assisi, following traditional Franciscan trails that Francis himself walked.
  • 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 Francis’ Basilica, it is necessary to walk at least from Pietralunga to Assisi.

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.

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PROGRAMME (full itinerary)

Day 1. Gathering of the participants in the hotel in Florence. 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: Florence-Pontassieve (22 Km/13.8 mi, medium-easy). We leave Florence behind by the ancient route “Strada dei Sette Ponti”, across the hills overlooking the Arno. We pass by Settignano, famous for its beautiful villas. Through olive groves and vineyards, along the river bank and over the hills we reach the fortified Medicean town of Pontassieve.

Day 3. Stage 2: Pontassieve-Consuma (19 Km/11.8 mi, very hard). We climb the hills of Chianti Rufina, covered with vines. We continue into the forest that surrounds the Abbey of Vallombrosa to reach the Consuma Pass.

Day 4. Stage 3: Consuma-Stia (16 Km/10 mi, medium). We begin the trekking across the Casentinesi Mountains, through forests of oaks, chestnuts, pines and firs. We get down to the upper Arno Valley and the sunny town of Stia.

Day 5. Stage 4: Stia-Badia Prataglia (21 Km/13 mi, hard). Climb into the forests of the National Park up to Camaldoli Hermitage, which we take time to visit. Through firs and beech-trees forests, we get over the highest point of our route (1354m/4440ft) before going down to Badia Prataglia.

Day 6. Stage 5: Badia Prataglia-La Verna (17 Km/10.6 mi, very hard). Another hard but rewarding walk across the mountains. We start uphill then over the ridge. A long descent leads to Frassineta and Rimbocchi, in the “Holy Valley” of Casentino. We finally climb towards Mount Penne to reach “the hard rock, ‘Twixt Arno and the Tyber” and the Sanctuary of La Verna. Here ends Part 1. of the walk and begins Part 2.

Day 7. Stage 6: La Verna-Passo Viamaggio (26 Km/16.3 mi, hard). We start with a pleasant walk downhill. As we reach the bottom of Upper Valtiberina, we take time in Pieve Santo Stefano. Passing by the Hermitage of Cerbaiolo, we climb to Passo Viamaggio.

Day 8. Stage 7: Passo Viamaggio-Sansepolcro (24 Km/15 mi, medium). We climb a peak to get into the Nature Reserve “Alpe della Luna”. Across the highland and over the ridge, we walk towards the Hermitage of Montecasale, where we meet the franciscan friars. We finally go down into the valley and the beautiful medieval town of Sansepolcro.

Day 9. Stage 8: Sansepolcro-Le Burgne (16 Km/10 mi, medium). After the tough mountain trails, we enjoy a flat stretch across the Anghiari Plane. We get to Citerna, a beautiful medieval village on the hilltop. Down and up again to get to the top of the next hill. A wonderful view over the green country rewards our efforts.

Day 10. Stage 10: Le Burgne-Città di Castello (15 Km/9.1 mi, medium). Up and down the hills on the western side of Valtiberina, we pass by the former Hermitage of Buonriposo and get down to the banks of the Tyber and to Città di Castello, the first beautiful art city of Umbria on our route.

Day 11. Stage 10: Città di Castello-Pietralunga (30 Km/18.7 mi, medium). This long though not too tough leg begins with an almost flat stretch across the countryside. We then climb into the low mountains that announce the Apennines. We get over Passo Candeggio and begin our gradual descent to the ancient village of Pieve di Saddi. Down and up the hills, across woods and country, we get to the medieval little town Pietralunga.

Day 12. Stage 11: Pietralunga-Gubbio (26 Km/16.3 mi, medium). Our way continues through the woods of Mount Spesce. Then, we walk down to the plane and finally reach Gubbio, the beautiful “stoney town” at the foot of Mount Ingino, below the Sanctuary of St. Ubaldo.

Day 13. Stage 12: Gubbio-Biscina (22 Km/13.8 mi, medium). The last two legs of our walk towards Assisi are considered as the earliest “Franciscan trail”. From the Vittorina chapel, where the famous episode of the wolf took place, we walk across the plane. We than climb into the hills that surround Valdichiascio, enjoying breath-taking views: we spot the Castle of Biscina (today’s destination) and Mount Subasio (tomorrow’s). Along the up-and-down path, we visit the chapel of Madonna delle Ripe, the Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto and Caprignone. We finally climb up to Biscina.

Day 14. Stage 13: Biscina-Assisi (27 Km/16.9 mi, medium). Another long but rewarding leg. Down and up over the hills, we reach the dam on River Chiascio and the historical Barcaccia Farm. A flat stretch in and out of Valfabbrica, the only town along the way, follows. We then get over on last hill and catch the first glimpses of Assisi: first its massive castle then the Basilica of St. Francis. Cross the River Tescio on an ancient bridge and climb through the “sacred woods” up to the Basilica and the pilgrim’s office “statio peregrinorum” to obtain our well-     deserved certificate (“Testimonium”).

Day 15. Time off in Assisi. After breakfast, end of the arrangements or continuation of the tour towards Rome.

 

Price per person

T4Mc: Full itinerary, from Florence to Assisi (290 km/181 mi, 13 legs / 14 nights / 15 days)
1-15 Sept

  • € 2,100.00 in single room
  • € 1,780.00 in double/triple room
  • “We’re a party” discount (4 persons or more): € 100.00

T4Fp: Part 1, from Florence to La Verna (95 km/59 mi, 5 legs / 6 nights / 7 days)
1-7 Sept

  • € 980.00 in single room
  • € 830.00 in double/triple room
  • “We’re a party” discount (4 persons or more): € 40,00

T4Up: Part 2, from La Verna to Assisi (185 km/116 mi, 8 legs / 9 nights / 10 days)
6-15 Sept

  • € 1,340.00 in single room
  • € 1,130.00 in double/triple room
  • “We’re a party” discount (4 persons or more) : € 40,00

“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.

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ARRANGEMENTS
• 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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