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Saint Francis Way, from Spoleto to Rieti
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Saint Francis Way, from Spoleto to Rieti
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Saint Francis Way, from Spoleto to Rieti

Saint Francis Way, from Spoleto to Rieti - 7 days

The historic path from Spoleto to Rieti takes you on the footsteps of St. Francis, the man that 800 years ago decided to embrace poverty, living in close contact with the animals and leading an errant life, trying to bring joy in other people’s lives. You will be able to feel his presence as you wander through the magnificent countryside, walking  through forests, fields, vineyards and olive groves, with always a medieval town on a hill in sight: the villages you visit on the way have maintained their own identity and it looks like the time has stood still. Last, but not least, this part of Italy is worldwide known for the endless variety of the local food, that will put your taste buds in heaven. The Via Francescana is mostly on so called Strade Bianche, gravel roads that meander through the hills. Further you walk along forest paths and cart tracks through fields. 


The tips of Valentina:

  • Walk inside the town centres of Spoleto and Arrone, ancient towns rich in history;
  • Stop to visit the monesteries, chapels and churches you will meet along your way;
  • Enjoy a variety of wonderful landscapes: wild, authentic countryside, the majestic Marmore Falls, Piediluco Lake 
route map
Day 1: Arrive in Spoleto
Day 2: From Spoleto to Ceselli, 15 km
Day 3: From Ceselli to Arrone, 15 km
Day 4: From Arrone to Piediluco, 13 km
Day 5: From Piediluco to Poggio Bustone, 19 km
Day 6: From Poggio Bustone to Santuario della Foresta (transfer to Rieti), 12 km
Day 7: Arrivederci Rieti!

Day 1:    Arrive in Spoleto

Arrive in Spoleto, check in at the hotel and then you’ll be able to recite your favorite poem in the Roman theatre, let the simple beauty  of the  San  Salvatore  Basilica  enchant  you,  or  celebrate the beginning of your journey with a nice dinner: the local pride is the black truffle, to be enjoyed on a bruschetta, or powdered on an omelette. 

Day 2:    From Spoleto to Ceselli, 15 km

Today’s  walk  is  quite  challenging,  but  it  is  definitely  worth  it: you  walk  on  well  beaten  paths  along  an  extremely  panoramic itinerary,  passing  an  ancient  water  mill  and  the  Franciscan Convent of Monteluco, immersed in the shady Umbrian woods.

Day 3:    From Ceselli to Arrone, 15 km

Today you walk along the Nera river and through several enchanting hamlets: from Ferentillo (famous for its mummies!) to Arrone, surrounded by ancient stone walls and surmounted by an imposing castle. A really beautiful itinerary, accompanied by the view of the mountain peaks surrounding the cultivated fields like a crown.   

Day 4:    From Arrone to Piediluco, 13 km

Today’s  walk  holds  several  surprises  of  rare  beauty:    from  the typical hamlets of the Valnerina Valley to the Marmore waterfall, among  the  highest  in  Europe  and  immersed  in  a  lovely  natural park.  And  finally,  the  Pediluco  Lake,  source  of  awe  and inspiration for artists and poets.   

Day 5:    From Piediluco to Poggio Bustone, 19 km

Another  great  panoramic  walk  though  woods  and  secondary roads:  among  the  great  views  you  can  enjoy  the  hamlet  of Lambro,  with  its  medieval  houses  perched  on  a  hill,  and  the rugged peaks of the Appennine Mountains.  

Day 6:    From Poggio Bustone to Santuario della Foresta (transfer to Rieti), 12 km

Your  final  walk  takes  you  in  the  North  of  Lazio,  towards  your final  destination:  along  your  way  you  find  the  village  of Cantalice,  developing  vertically  on  the  side  of  a  hill,  and  the Sanctuary “della Foresta”, where you can immerse  yourself  in  the  peaceful  atmosphere  and  admire  the beautiful frescoes before heading to Rieti via transfer.   

Day 7:    Arrivederci Rieti!

Our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked another service with us.

Hotel Charleston - Spoleto

Located in the historical town centre of Spoleto, this hotel fetaures newly refurbished rooms with wooden beam celing. Free Wi-Fi, minibar, satellite TV. The breakfast is OK and personnel is kind and friendly

Casa Vacanze Il Ruscello - Ceselli

This structure is an ideal choice for anyone looking for quiet and tranquillity. Surrounded by a vast garden with a pool, Il Ruscello offers both rooms and apartments: they all are simply decorated but spacious. The restaurant offers a varied menu, with homebaked desserts.

La Loggia sul Nera - Arrone

La Loggia sul Nera, right in the medieval heart of Arrone, features small apartments and rooms in a historical 19th Century building, with a view on the Nerina valley. The furniture in the common spaces is still the original one. Rooms are confortable and fresh, with a retrò flavour.

Hotel Ristorante Miralago - Piediluco

This modern looking hotel faces Piediluco Lake. Apart from a magnificent view, you will enjoy its simple, but functional and clean rooms. The hotel features a swimming pool, terrace, tv room. Big breakfast, friendly personnel.

B&B San Francesco - Poggio Bustone

Located right in the town centre, this small structure has its familiar and cozy atmosphere. The interior has been refurbished recently but the building preserves its pleasnt rustic feel. Rich breakfast, moreover the same ownership has a wine shop just around the corner

Hotel Cavour - Rieti

A four star hotel with a view on Rieti town centre and river Velino. Rooms are spacious enough and decorated with modern and colourful motifs, confortable baths. Various comfort services are available, such as satellite TV, Wi-Fi, gym.


practical info

The price includes:

· Nights in a double room in hotels ***, B&B and agriturismi

· One dinner

· Luggage transport between hotels

. Transfer Santuario della Foresta-Rieti

· Maps and detailed itinerary

· Medical-luggage insurance

· Telephone support 24 hours


The price not included:

· Journey to the place of arrival and departure

· Lunches and dinners, except where otherwise noted

· Visits and entrance fees - tips

· The gratuities

· Any taxes

· Anything not specified under "The price includes"


Additional services

You may require in addition to the services included in the fee:

· single supplement

· half board supplement


· Any transfer to get to the starting point or to return from the point of arrival, which can be quoted on request.



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