Day 1: Arrival in Perugia. Spend some exploring the preserved medieval town; the main sights n are the Fontana Maggiore, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Cathedral and the ancient Rocca Paolina. You'll have the option to take a cooking course and enjoy dinner with a professional Italian chef. Please ask our office for more details.
Overnight in Perugia.
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. 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.
Day 3: 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.
Overnight in Spello.
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.
Overnight in Bevagna.
Day 5: Today, there is a morning option to climb to Montefalco with a beautiful vista of vineyard and olive grooves. 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.
Overnight in 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. Overnight in Spoleto.
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.
Overnight in Norcia.
Departure at your leisure in the morning.