Day 1 - Spoleto
Day 1 - Spoleto 
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£870.00 (2017)
7 nights
(7B&B, 4 evening meals, 1 picnic)
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Umbria (Italy)
Umbria, St Francis and the Dukes of Spoleto
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A seven-night self-guided hike from Spoleto to the Sabine Hills, ending at the Abbey of Farfa.  


Spoleto, the Sabine Hills, the Way of Saint Francis and the Duchy


A remarkable extended walk down the spine of Italy from Spoleto, just south of Assisi, to the abbey of Farfa, at the southern tip of the Sabine Hills, this is a longer version of our much-loved "Sabine Hills" route and is designed for the more experienced walker.  It goes through the territory of the old Duchy of Spoleto, which was founded by the Lombards in the 6th century AD.  Its destination, the abbey, was founded by Duke Faraold II of Spoleto in the 7th century.  Much of the first few days uses the Via Francigena, so Saint Francis is never far away in the churches and shrines you pass.


Grade: Medium-hard or medium


From the medieval town of Spoleto, with its cathedral, fortress, ancient streets and sophisticated streetlife, your walk leads you (after a short lift at the start) over the hills to the pretty Val Nerina at Ferentillo;  onward over vine-clad hills to the lake at Piediluco, the last remnant of the lake that once filled the whole of the Rieti Plain. Stay at hilltop Labro in one of two beautifully restored village houses, before crossing the Plain to the Sabine Hills at Greccio, where Saint Francis is believed to have invented the Christmas Nativity scene, and whose cell you can visit. Cross the hills, through Cottanello, then on to Casperia (staying in a palazzetto) and finally two nights in Mompeo, where our route advisor Stefano and his family will be ready to greet you.  The last day to the abbey of Farfa completes your pilgrimage - and you may be lucky enough to get a hilltop glimpse of the dome of Saint Peter's in Rome, forty miles away.  You can also add a night or two in Rome at our favourite B&B. Walked by On Foot staff Simon and Debbie, and in part by the rest! 


Standard option (as per "Itinerary"): 7 nights, though you could extend your stay (and walking) with a night in Misciani (lovely agriturismo with pool) and in Rome, or with extra nights anywhere along the route.  


Shorter Options:

6 nights - one night only in Mompeo

5 nights -  Spoleto to Casperia


For 5 or 4 night options look also at our Sabine Hills route


Self-Guiding introduction by Stefano Fassone(subject to his availability) - accompanying you on your first one or two walking days, or guiding services for whole walking route.  See "Prices".

  • Medieval Spoleto and the acqueduct
  • The lake of Piediluco and hilltop Labro
  • The fortified villages of Sabina
  • Wooded hills and high pastures
  • The palazzetta in Casperia
  • A Roman villa and one of the oldest olive trees in central Italy!
  • The Abbey of Farfa (closed on Mondays, though)

WE RECOMMEND:  Extra nights in Spoleto, Labro, Casperia (see below for cookery course), optional night in Misciani to relax by the pool, ditto in Mompeo with Stefano and Elisabeth, and nights in Rome.


At La Toretta in Casperia, you can stay an extra day learning to prepare a traditional 4 course meal with an antipasto, a primo, secondo and contorno, and dolce!  The primo is always pasta made from scratch (no machines) so slow pasta making which is a lot of fun and a workout; with the fresh pasta you would then make stuffed ravioli, or fettucine or pasta alla chitarra, with a light fresh sauce. As members of the slow food movement they try to provide organic products with no food miles (or kilometres), which would therefore vary according to season; a light meat course would be served after the pasta with  local veg, and usually daughter Jennifer's award winning tiramisù for desert. They serve good quality wines from Lazio with the meal, always D.O.C.  These cooking lessons are offered with a minimum of 4 participants, but you can normally join a group if necessary (supplement from €85 per person, including lesson, full 4 course dinner, wines and an after-dinner liqueur; courses subject to availability and participating numbers - minimum of 4).

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Elisabeth de Coster & Stefano Fassone


Elisabeth and her partner Stefano (and their children Marit and Theo) live and work on an organic agriturismo close to the Gorge of Farfa, for which they have recently obtained national protection. Their own house was formerly a shepherd’s cottage built over the remains of a Roman Villa.