In Italy’s “Green Heart,” sophisticated cuisine and natural beauty share the stage with medieval grandeur.
Spring has sprung in the Umbrian hills, and there’s no mystery why they call this the “Green Heart of Italy.” From the lush farmland at your hilltop agriturismo to the sea of grapevines below Titignano’s medieval winery (where you savored a multicourse lunch of local delicacies), you’ve seen enough shades of green to fill an entire paintbox! Today you’re tracing St. Francis’s steps through the countryside outside Valfabbrica. Crest one last ridge, and the Basilica of St. Francis gleams like a beacon on the hilltop ahead, with silvery-green olive groves rising to meet it. Crossing a graceful arched bridge, you climb past walls draped with flowering rosemary, up through the ancient town gate, and into the fabled streets of Assisi to continue your walking tour.
- Savor a multi-course lunch complemented by a wine tasting at a DOC-certified vineyard in lovely Titignano, sampling delectable local meats, cheeses, breads, and biscotti.
- Stroll the charming pedestrian center of ancient Orvieto, browsing ceramic shops, touring its 13th-century cathedral, or simply relaxing and enjoying a gelato.
- Stay in a 17th-century country house still graced with original details like terracotta floors, large wooden beams, and rustic stone walls.
- Follow the Franciscan Trail as it ascends through oak forest and pastures on its way to the spectacular hilltop town of Assisi.
Podere le Corone
Perched on a hillside overlooking a picturesque valley, the Podere le Corone is a peaceful 17th-century country house and working family farm, with a panoramic outdoor pool. The farm is surrounded by acres of ancient olive groves. Authentic and charming, un-air conditioned guest rooms feature antique terracotta floors, large wooden beams, and stone walls. The on-site restaurant serves a blend of Umbrian and Sicilian home-style cuisine featuring family recipes and the farm’s award-winning olive oil.
San Crispino Residenza d Epoca
This historical mansion in the heart of the pedestrian center of Assisi is accessed through its 14th-century stone archway. Occupying a medieval complex surrounded by tranquil grounds and manicured gardens with views of Assisi, the residence offers just seven air conditioned, fully renovated, individually decorated guest rooms. Spacious and elegant, the rooms blend original architecture with fine furnishings, fabrics and antiques. In addition to attentive service, a free shuttle is available to the spa of its nearby sister property with a full treatment menu. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
This elegant property in the historical center of Spoleto was originally constructed in the mid-1500s. The Palazzo Dragoni incorporates the preexisting pre-Roman structure and is now an intimate hotel with just 14 rooms. Inside, gracious and refined common areas highlight its aristocratic heritage with classic décor, artwork, and Oriental rugs. Air conditioned, individually decorated guest rooms incorporate original architectural details along with antiques, pastel colors, and warm fabrics, all with a view of Monteluco Hill in the Spoleto Valley. A breakfast of homemade delicacies is served on the main floor of the residence, along with splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
This historic property, centrally located and set off of a quiet side street, is just steps from Orvieto’s Duomo and other sights and local restaurants. Its 17 rooms and common areas are tastefully decorated with fanciful contemporary paintings, wood sculptures and mosaics by local artist Livio Orazio Valentini. All rooms have a private marble bath with hairdryer, satellite television, minibar and telephone. Some rooms look out toward Orvieto’s famous Duomo. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. A/C is available.
|12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and use of a handheld GPS unit|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next at no additional charge.)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Wine tasting.|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
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