Umbria & Spoleto
Walk from the medieval town of Norcia to the bustling city of Spoleto • Enjoy one of the least-visited and most beautiful areas of Europe • Rounded peaks of the Monti Sibillini and the Piano Grande filled with flowers in spring • Superb medieval towns, Romanesque monasteries, shrines and frescoed churches • Elegant approach to the medieval city of Spoleto, via its arched 14C bridge
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You can extend in Spoleto, Norcia or Rome.
Umbria & Spoleto:
Umbria & Spoleto:
Woodland, sheep and mule tracks, dirt roads and ways over high open
grassland with wide views. In the Monti Sibillini the route includes
grassy ridges and well-made tracks on most ascents and descents. Some
steep, stony paths; Stick/pole advisable.
When to go
Start any day from 01 Apr to 24 Oct
** Norcia: medieval town walls (1292). Central piazza with church of St Benedict (480-543AD), 14C façade with remains of a Roman house in the crypt, 13C Palazzo Comunale and castle (1554) by Vignola.
* Cascia: church of San Antonio with outstanding frescoes by Nicola da Siena (1461) and Dormizio da Terni, 15C church of S. Maria with frescoes by Nicola da Siena and others.
* Roccaporena: modern Basilica of St Rita (1370-1447), patron saint of desperate causes.
** Gavelli and Caso:Frescoes by Lo Spagna (1450-1528).Restoration project-ATG Trust
* Scheggino: interesting medieval village with early 13C church with paintings by Lo Spagna.
*** Abbey of San Pietro in Valle: monastery dating from 5C, main church (850AD), 12C bell tower, frescoes from 12-15C, Roman decorative fragments and sarcophagi of 8C Lombard dukes.
** Spoleto: 14C Ponte delle Torri, 12C cathedral with frescoes by Fra Filippo Lippi. Important Romanesque churches San Salvatore and Sant'Eufemia.
Flights & Transport
Recommended Destination Airport: Rome
Trains depart every 30 mins from Rome Fiumicino airport to Rome Tiburtina train station, from where the last bus to Norcia leaves at 15:30 (arr. 18:30). There is also the 'Leonardo Express' train direct to Rome Termini train station. From Rome Ciampino airport there are buses (recomended) or trains to Termini station. Trains from Rome Termini to Spoleto take 1hr 30, with bus connection to Norcia. Last train/bus dep. Termini approx 18:45 (arr. Norcia 20:55). On your return Spoleto is the on main train line to Rome.
No. of nights with half board (dinner included):
-- Standard: 5 nights
-- Superior: 3 nights
Shortest / Longest days walk: 2.5 / 6.5 hrs