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Italy: Umbria & Assisi
per person, double occupancy
In Italy’s “Green Heart,” sophisticated cuisine and natural beauty share the stage with medieval grandeur.
Oh, the glory of the Umbrian hills! There’s no mystery why they call this the “Green Heart of Italy.” From the lush farmland at your agriturismo to the sea of grapevines along the aptly named Il Cammino dei Borghi Silenti—the Way of the Silent Villages—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.
- Walk Il Cammino dei Borghi Silenti—the Way of the Silent Villages—past endless olive groves and vineyards, with splendid views of the Amerini Mountains.
- 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.
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.
Situated in the charming Umbrian village of Morre, the Agriturismo Cerqueti has been run by the Mecarelli family since its debut in 2014. Their renovated stone farmhouse and their onsite olive oil production reflect the deep traditions of the region. During your stay, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool and enjoy the intimate atmosphere of this six-room agriturismo. At mealtime, savor local dishes thoughtfully prepared with ingredients from the property, from vegetables and meats to fruit and jams. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Palazzo Leti Residenza d’Epoca
An entrance through a Renaissance garden that opens at one side to the Tessino gorge announces the air of enchantment that pervades this beautifully restored 13th-century palace of the Leti family. Views of the gorge and the green Monteluco hills are the focal point of most of the air conditioned guest rooms, though a few overlook a medieval alley that has a charm all its own. Each room boasts handsome period furnishings and rich fabrics, as well as welcoming couches and armchairs in the larger rooms and exposed beams, granite hearths, and vaulted ceilings throughout. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
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.
|10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 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 transportation (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to travel 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.|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|