Via di Francesco in Italy Via di Francesco from Assisi to Rieti | 1 week

Walking or Cycling
9 Nights
135 km
Medium +
Time To Go:
April to October
7 nights from €776

Via di Francesco from Assisi to Rieti in 1 week

The Via di Francesco from Assisi to Rieti takes you through the heart of Italy in one week and is inspired by the life of St Francis of Assisi.

Assisi is the birthplace of some saints of the Catholic Church and is most famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis. There are many religious sites and points of interest in the beautiful townland of Assisi. There are many beautiful and old churches to visit and also there are two medieval castles dominating the town that are well worth a visit.

If you have an extra day, we recommend staying in Assisi to soak in the religious history of this unique town.

This walk will take you through the incredible Valle Umbra, passing through olive groves, vineyards, farmland, and some of the best-preserved Roman towns in Italy.

You will experience some stunning, striking, and varied countryside in central Italy. The trail then brings you to the Monteluco National Park and the woods overlooking the city of Rieti.

You will be then into the green heart of Italy through forests and river valleys and ending up in the town of Rieti.

Rieti is an iron age town that is considered to be in the exact centre of Italy. This town is full of history and ancient monuments and sites including the Rieti Cathedral (over a thousand years old) and the Bishops Palace which was built in the 1200s.

The Via di Francesco from Assisi to Rieti trail is more suited to those with experience hiking as many parts of this trail will be challenging. However, challenging the trails will be, the rewards are stunning mountain views and unrivalled panoramas of the Italian countryside.

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Map of the Via di Francesco from Assisi to Rieti in 1 week

Itineary of the Via di Francesco from Assisi to Rieti in 1 week

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

You arrive in Assisi.
20 km

From Assisi, you will start your St Francis Way journey at Porta Perlici or Porta Cappuccini, walking up to Eremo delle Carceri (800m). After that, you will continue down the western flank of Mount Subasio, past the former monastery of San Benedetto al Subasio (740m) and Sasso Rosso (830m), a rock offering breathtaking views of Valle Umbra. You will then continue down and up again past Mount Pietrolungo. The trail then goes down among some trees and olive groves, taking you to just outside the walls of Spello. Wander the streets of this beautiful medieval town and continue on the flat bottom of the valley on country roads up to the outskirts and into the centre of Foligno (235m), your stop for the night.

20 km
Campello sul Clitunno
Campello sul Clitunno

Today you will start your St Francis Way walk along the straight road to San’Eraclio (230m), then on a country road surrounded by olive trees, a little above the valley, on your way to the village of Matigge (280m). You will pass quaint little villages and churches before taking a short steep trail up to the convent of San Martino and the panoramic road taking walkers to the beautiful medieval town of Trevi (410m). Downhill out of town, you will pass the convent of Madonna delle Lacrime and the church of Croce di Bovara. For the last part of the day, you will descend to the town of Campello sul Clitunno in the valley of the Marroggia river.

12 km

From picturesque Campello sul Clitunno you will continue your journey on the St Francis Way. After following a local road for a little while, you will join the main road briefly, passing a couple of small villages then turning onto a dirt trail descending amid olive trees to the elegant village of Poreta (340m) and up to its castle (450m). Walking up and down over the countryside, between the valley and the mountains, you will pass Bazzano Superiore (570m), Bazzano Inferiore (360m) and Eggi (350m), at the extreme corner of the Valle Spoletana. Your stop for the night is Spoleto (390m) where you should visit its beautiful cathedral.

16 km

Today, you should start by getting to Rocca d’Albornoz, at the top of the town, and across the spectacular Ponte delle Torri. A steep trail takes you up to the Franciscan sanctuary of Monteluco (780m). You will walk across woods and meadows to get to the pass of Forca delle Porelle (911m), then cross lush forests to reach the other side of the mountain. Downhill into the province of Terni, you will pass the ghost-village of Sensati and the community of Le Cese further down. You will continue downhill past the rural village of Nevi and the renovated Pontuglia on your way to Ceselli (270m) and Valtiberina.

15 km

Leaving Ceselli, you will start by crossing the bridge over the River Nera to follow a country road between the river and the mountains. The first village on your way is Colleponte, with Macenano on the opposite side of the bridge. A dirt road will take you then to Precetto (250m), with Ferentillo just across the river; here the narrow valley opens up into a small plane. Another dirt road follows the river down to Arrone (230m).

13 km

Today you have a short walking day ahead. After a short walk to Castel di Lago, you will continue following river on a pleasant country road, down to the edge of Collestatte Piano (220m). You will now be close to the bottom side of the impressive Marmore Waterfalls, a man-made waterfall created by the Romans and the tallest in Europe. A steep trail in the woods will take you to the top side and the village of Marmore (380m). A short walk will take you to the banks of the River Velino, that feeds the falls; you will then walk upstream on a smooth trail taking you to Lake Piediluco; you will be able to see the village, on the opposite side of this small but very beautiful lake. You will continue along the lake banks to the little town of Piediluco (380m).

22 km
Poggio Bustone
Poggio Bustone

Today, you will begin by crossing the regional border with Lazio, into the province of Rieti. The St Francis Way trail climbs up to Labro (630m), a medieval village, perfectly preserved, topped by a castle overlooking the lake: you have begun the crossing over the flanks of the Reatini mountain range: the next village is Morro Reatino (740m), then you will start climbing a mountain road, with spectacular views of ‘Valle Santa’, leading to the St Francis Beech-tree (1100m) and the little chapel of Saint Francis. From there you will descend across meadows and woods to the shepherds hamlet of Cepparo (850m) and continue across woods and along the flanks of Mount Rosato to the Sanctuary of Poggio Bustone (818m).

17 km

You can start today’s walk by hiking an extra stretch of about 2 km up to the rustic chapel of Sacro Speco (1000m) and back to the sanctuary. The path will take you first into the little town of Poggio Bustone, just below the sanctuary, and into the country and woods hanging on the mountainside. You will then pass the village of San Liberato and the historic town of Cantalice, hanging on the rocks (700m). Descending gradually, you will reach first the sanctuary of San Felice all’acqua (580m), with its miraculous spring, and then continue in the woods down and up again to the sanctuary of La Foresta (510m). A downhill walk will take you finally to Rieti (405m).

The pretty town of Rieti preserves in its small historical centre many artistic beauties well worth visiting. The main monuments are concentrated in the two main squares, Piazza Battisti and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (the ancient Roman Forum). Among the many sights to visit we suggest: The Palazzo Comunale and Civic Museum; the Cathedral of the Assumption, with its characteristic Romanesque bell tower and Baroque style; the Baptistry and Diocesan Museum, rich in works of art, garments and property belonging to the Diocese of Rieti; the Bishop’s Palace, a grandiose monument where you will find the Diocesan Art gallery; the Bishop’s Arch, a bridge built by Boniface VIII and famous for its daring architecture; the medieval city walls with their intact gates and towers. Another must-see is ‘underground of Rieti’, where you will find the viaduct built by the Romans in the 3rd century BC to raise the Via Salaria, the ancient salt route and protect it from flooding due to the river Velino.


Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.


How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.


Rome Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport 204km: Take the train (Leonardo Express, €14) from the airport to Rome Termini Train Station, which takes about 30 minutes.

Rome Ciampino Airport 189km: There are 2 options for getting from Ciampino Airport to Rome Termini Train Station. (A) Take a 5min shuttle bus to Ciampino Train Station and then a train to Rome Termini Station, which takes about 15 minutes. OR (B) Take a 40min bus (Terravision – €4) from the airport. Bus info:


Rome Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport 109km: Take the train (Leonardo Express, €14) to the airport from Rome Termini Train Station, which takes about 30 minutes.

Rome Ciampino Airport 94km: There are 2 options for getting to Ciampino Airport from Rome Termini Train Station. (A) Take a train from Rome Termini Station to Ciampino Train Station which takes about 15mins and then take a 5min shuttle bus to the airport. OR (B) Take a 40min bus (Terravision – €4) to the airport. Bus info:

  • Rome Termini: (Option A) take the train from Rieti, which takes about 2 hours. Train info:

(Option B) Take a bus from Rieti to Tiburtina Station which takes 1hr 40 and costs €4.20 one-way, and then take the local train (€8) Info:

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

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Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

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Specialist: Juanma
Juanma grew up near Vigo and moved to Ireland just 2 days after his graduation. his passion is discovering new places around the world on his bike. He has walked the Via Francig...
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