St Francis of Assisi is revered in Italian culture and for hundreds of years, people have travelled pilgrim trails through the incredible countryside of Umbria to walk in this venerated saints footsteps. Umbria is the neighbour of Tuscany, only not so full of tourists. Here you will follow the pilgrim trail to some of the most exceptional hilltop towns in Italy, walking through undulating countryside filled with sunflower fields, vineyards and ancient olive groves. This is a landscape to inspire, a breathtaking wonderland that makes you want to reach for a paintbrush, even if you are not a painter!
The St Francis Trail cuts right through Assisi from the north to the south. Starting in the north you will walk through quieter landscapes from Città di Castello to Assisi, exploring ancient towns and delightful villages as you follow the strade bianche (white gravel paths) through northern Umbria. On the southern section, you will walk from Assisi to Spoleto. The landscapes are charming and bursting with colour, but it is the towns that are the stars on this section, with beautiful Spello and the enchanting Spoleto stealing the show.