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St.Francis Way: Stage 5, Spoleto to Rieti
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St.Francis Way: Stage 5, Spoleto to Rieti

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St.Francis Way: Stage 5, Spoleto to Rieti

St.Francis Way: Stage 5, Spoleto to Rieti - 7 days

St.Francis Way: Stage 5, 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. In near villages and towns tarmac roads are unavoidable. Because the route passes through hilly terrain, you must consider that you will climb an occasional height.

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 Pediluco, 13 km
Day 5: Walk from Pediluco to Poggio Bustone, 19 km
Day 6: Walk from Poggio Bustone 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. 

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +646/-775 m

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. 

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +169/-209 m

Day 4:    From Arrone to Pediluco, 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. 

Distance: 13 km

Elevation gain: +328/-185 m

Day 5:    Walk from Pediluco to Poggio Bustone, 19 km

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

Distance: 19 km

Elevation gain: +890/-549 m

Day 6:    Walk from Poggio Bustone 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.

Distance: 12 km

Elevation gain: +395/-594 m

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 features 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.

Casa Vacanze Residence Fiocchi - Arrone

An old farmhouse, totally restored, right in the heart of the Nera river nature park, the house is located underneath the lovely medieval village of Arrone, in the Valnerina (the Nera valley), between the famous Marmore waterfalls and the lake of Piediluco, not far from Spoleto, easy to reach from every place. The Residence lies in a quiet place, it has 18 apartments of different kinds, each one of them was carefully furnished following the Franciscan style.They all have a kitchen, a private bath with hairdryer, colour TV, wifi connection, telephone, porch or balcony, a large garden, swimming pool and car park.

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

You can find more information in the "accommodation" section: we always select your accommodation for their character and comfort. You will always be booked in a private, en-suite room, with breakfast included. 

Luggage transfer (max. 20 kg)  from one hotel to the hotel is included in the price. 

Thanks to our special APP, you will be able to follow the track of the whole trip on your mobile phone, with no need for internet. GPS tracks are available on request.


What is included

  • 6 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • transfer Santuario Santa Maria della Foresta-Rieti
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
Is this trip for me?

This section of the Cammino di Francesco retains all the charm that distinguishes this itinerary: you follow in the footsteps of Francis through the lands he inhabited, across vibrant countryside, to be savored with all your senses

Choose this stretch if you wish to visit the splendid Spoleto and then arrive in Rieti, the capital of the fascinating Sabina region in Lazio. Along your path lie the Cascata delle Marmore, the Valnerina, Lake Piediluco, and other natural wonders.

It's a journey that requires a certain level of physical preparation – it's not particularly demanding in terms of elevation, but walking several kilometers each day can be challenging for those who haven't experienced a walking journey before.

S-Cape Countryside Travels srl
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50122 Firenze FI
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