Assisi to Rieti

Stage 3 of 5


10 days


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11.1 min | 16.9km average | 20.8 max


128.6 min |454.8m average | 1121.9 max


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The trip begins in Assisi, home of St Francis, and will lead you on a captivating tour of Umbria and parts of Lazio. This section of the tour includes a stop at Rieti, the site of the ‘Miracle of Wine’ where St Francis miraculously doubled the crop of local vineyards in the 13 Century. So, it only makes sense that you sit back and enjoy a wonderful Colli della Sabina D.O.C. wine.

Basilica di Francesco di Assisi

Basilica di Francesco di Assisi

This UNESCO World Heritage site is the main church of the Roman Catholic order in Assisi. Built on a hill, the Basilica is made up of two churches (upper and lower) and a crypt with the remains of notable clergy members. The upper church is an impressive example of the Gothic style in Italy. The decoration and frescoes demonstrated the outstanding development of Italian Art over the centuries.

Santa Maria Assunta

Santa Maria Assunta, Rieti

This stunning cathedral is located in the town of Rieti. It is now a national monument, in honour of its stunning mix of mediaeval and Baroque styles. Be sure to visit the beautiful mosaics inside the cathedral and wonder at the mix of architectural styles that define one of Italy’s most beautiful religious sites.

Cascata della Marmore

Cascata della Marmore

The tallest man-made waterfall in the world, this fall’s story starts with the Ancient Romans. They built dams and canals to control the water supply in the area and to drain the swamps there, creating more land for agricultural purposes. The construction of the waterfall itself was ordered by Pope Pius VI in order to avoid flooding issues.

Assisi to Rieti

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Arrive into Assisi, the birthplace and final resting place of St Francis. This town is full of stories and connections to St Francis and well worth exploring. Here, you will experience a sense of peacefulness, not only at the Basilica of San Francesco but also throughout the town. Take some time to embrace this peacefulness with a coffee or wine in a quiet square



19 km


Take a scenic walk past orchards of olive groves and country houses as you weave your way to the hillside town of Spello. Explore this charming ancient town with its mediaeval gateways, Roman ruins, and many churches. Sample the local cuisine and treat yourself to a hearty lunch of gnocchi! A short walk later, you will arrive in Foligno, your stop for the night. Destroyed during World War II, the town has been lovingly restored to its old mediaeval charm. This is where the first printed edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy was printed.



20 km


More olive groves and forests await you today on your road to Trevi. Enjoy the town’s quiet streets and get a bite to eat in one of the local cafés or restaurants while admiring the view of the valley below. Take in the panoramic vista of the olive-laden valley below as you walk, with mountains looming in the distance and Trevi perched on its hilltop setting. It is easy to see why Trevi is known as the ‘capital’ of olive oil production. Admire the Fonti del Clitunno Park with its spring-fed canals and swans before entering Campello sul Clitunno. Taste the homemade local cuisine at one of the fantastic restaurants here.



11.1 km


With Mount Reviglioso behind you, walk through the valley along the Marroggia River into Spoleto. It’s a short walk to the town, so you will have plenty of time and energy left to discover this exquisite spot. Spoleto is the home of a restored Roman Amphitheatre now used to host concerts and ballet performances, the 4th-Century World Heritage site of the Basilica of San Salvatore, and the 15th Century fortress Rocca Albornoziana. When following the St Francis Way you simply must visit the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta. Here you can see its most prized treasure: an original signed letter by St Francis to Brother Leo.



20.1 km


Leaving Spoleto you will come to a magnificent viewing point just below the fortress that provides an awe-inspiring vista worthy of a photo. Cross a 13th Century bridge from Spoleto to Monteluco over the Tessino River. Climb through the woods to Monteluco where St Francis sought solitude to meditate in the caves. In this town, there is a Franciscan convent as well as a café for a break. Be sure to visit the Oratorio that has been built over where St Francis lived. Take the path down to the Nera River Valley which greets you with incredible views as you descend to Pontuglia. The sleepy village of Ceselli is surrounded by green hills and has a beautiful piazza with benches where you can take a break and inhale the fresh air of the forest. Head to Macenano, in the Parco Fluvial del Nera, for a lovely evening meal freshly prepared in the local restaurant.



11.2 km


Have a sleep in today to take advantage of your shorter walking day. With forested mountains to one side and meadows to the other, wander down to Precetto to admire the impressive remains of a castle perched high on the hilltop. For something a bit different, visit the Museum of Mummies where you can view naturally mummified bodies – some still with hair and teeth. You can also admire the 16th Century frescos that were discovered in the crypt. Peer across the olive groves on the mountainside as you arrive into Arrone (your stop for tonight). Follow the narrow steep streets up to explore what is left of this town’s mediaeval castle.



13.4 km


Today you will visit the Cascata delle Marmore. These falls were created by the Romans in 271 BC to divert water from the Velino River and drain the swamps around Reiti. In the 15th Century canals were also built to deal with flooding caused by the diversion. In the late 19th Century the power of the falls was harnessed for hydroelectricity, resulting in the falls being switched off at certain times of the day. Follow a path along the canal of Fiume Velino to the picturesque town of Piediluco which means “at the foot of the mountain”. Why not take a boat trip on the lake or if you are feeling energetic climb up to explore the ruins of Rocca di Piediluco?



20.8 km


Head along the lakeshore to the hilltop town of Labro. You are now entering the region of Lazio, home to the Eternal City of Rome. Have an early morning coffee break in Labro and admire the views back down over the lake. Wander through forests and meadows and past churches to the Faggio Dan Francesco beech tree, one of the world’s oldest living trees, which is said to have bent to protect St Francis during a storm. From here, your walk is downhill to Poggio Bustone, your stop for the night. This well-preserved and picturesque town is perched above the Rieti Valley, allowing for some spectacular views. St Francis also had two important spiritual experiences here. Firstly he was forgiven for his sins by the Archangel Gabriel, and secondly, he had a premonition of the future where he would have followers from all over the world. If you have the energy you may also want to visit the Convento San Giacomo where St Francis stayed and you can visit the Grotto of Revelation.



19.6 km


Rolling hills await you on your journey to Santuario La Foresta. It is here that St Francis stayed a number of times when he was ill towards the end of his life. With many people flocking to the area, the local vineyards soon realised that their livelihoods were being destroyed by all the people consuming the grapes and so appealed to St Francis to do something. He requested they bring the remaining grapes to the church’s winepress and to their amazement the winepress produced double the juice of the previous year’s crop. This became known as the ‘Miracle of the Wine’. Rieti can trace its routes to the 9th Century BC. During World War II the town was partially destroyed but thankfully much of the mediaeval walls remain. On the riverfront is the Chiesa di San Francesco with frescos depicting the life of St Francis.





After breakfast, we bid you farewell or welcome you to the next and final stage of the St Francis Way. Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral is an awe-inspiring sight in a country known for beautiful churches, and is simply a must-see. While in town, relax in peaceful surroundings and take in the beauty of this historic place by enjoying the local food and wine.

How to Get There

Getting to Assisi, Italy

It is easiest to get to Assisi via Perugia Airport. Perugia is connected to a number of major cities across Europe, including London Stansted and London Heathrow.

Fly into Perugia

From Perugia Airport, it is only a 15 minute taxi ride to the tranquil Assisi, which will cost around €30.

    Getting home from Rieti, Italy

    At the end of your Camino, it is easiest to fly out of one of the airports in Rome, Ciampino or Fiumicino. while European budget airlines fly into Rome Ciampino.

    Fly home from Rome Ciampino

    From Rieti, get the bus to Roma Tiburtina bus station. Then, switch to a bus heading for Ciampino airport. This takes just over 3 hours.

      Fly home from Rome Fiumicino

      From Rieti, get the bus to Passo Corese – Autostazione in Fiano Romano. Transfer to the train station at Fara Sabina-Montelib and head for the airport. This takes just over 2 hours.

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