A Walk from Spello to Spoleto

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This 6-night linear trip is a great mix of wonderfully scenic walking and historic hilltop towns. The walks follow a mix of paths and trails, partly on the St Francis Way, partly on the 'Sentiero degli Ulivi', the Olive Grove Trail. Along the way you pass the great Abbey at Sassovivo and wander the ruins of Campello Alto.

Albergo La Bastiglia Hotel (4 star)
The La Bastiglia Hotel boasts a beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Subasio, the enchanted mountain of Saint Francis. Originally an ancient mill the hotel has been lovingly restored and transformed into an unforgettable place to stay. There are 33 rooms divided into three categories, many overlooking the typical Umbrian landscape of cypress trees and olive groves. The restaurant serves a mix of ancient recipes and modern creations using the freshest ingredients. On display inside the hotel there is a collection of ceramics, antique furniture and important paintings from the private collection of Schifano and Norberto.

Hotel Antica Dimora (4 star)
The Antica Dimora is housed in a building which dates back to 1650, built by an aristocrat for his eldest son. The building has been restored and renovated to a high standard. The decor keeps with the elegance and architecture of C17, the rooms feel grand and luxurious with frescoed ceilings and all have air con and minibar. The hotel offers a large buffet breakfast which in good weather can be taken on the terrace, dinner is a gourmet affair, a 4 course menu mixing the best of Umbrian and Mediterranean food, all matched with wine (included). The hotel has a small pool and terrace where you can catch the late sun in the afternoon.

Borgo della Marmotta (3 star)
Borgo della Marmotta is not just a hotel. Borgo means 'town' in Italian and this wonderful location is more like a mini town than a hotel. In fact, the hotel has been built by restoring the buildings that were left unoccupied from a C17 village. Located next to the tiny hamlet of Poreta, the restoration has breathed new life into the tiny village restoring the Granary, the Square, the stables, the mill and the great outdoor courts. To create a luxurious, relaxing retreat in the beautiful Umbrian countryside. Today the hotel offers lovely airy rooms, a swimming pool, nice grounds and a terrace with wonderful views. The hotel's restaurant offers an a la carte menu showcasing regional cuisine.

Castello di Poreta (3 star)
Offering stunning views of the Umbrian countryside the C14 Castello di Poreta stands above the vale of Spoleto at an altitude of 470 metres. The castle has been restored to create a rustic atmospheric hotel. The hotel rooms have a chique modern touch, and all have air con. The hotel restaurants serves local specialites and in good weather dinner can be taken on a terrace with a view. Wine is included with your dinner and a packed lunch is provided for the day when you leave the hotel.

Hotel Charleston (3 star)
Completely renovated in 2011, Hotel Charleston is set in a 17th-century building in Spoleto's historical centre, next to the Modern and Contemporary Arts Museum. Its elegant, individually-decorated rooms feature a modern design. Wi-Fi is free in all public areas. Rooms are individually decorated, and come with exposed wooden beams on the ceilings. Each is equipped with a minibar, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A buffet breakfast is available each morning, and is served out on the terrace in warm weather.

British Airways Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino 08:30/12:00 then rail Rome Termini to Foligno 15:35/17:15 and transfer to hotel 30 minutes. Return: Transfer to Spoleto station 10 minutes then rail Spoleto to Rome Termini 10:57/12:35 then British Airways Rome Fiumicino to Heathrow 17:30/19:10.
All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals
Single Supplement
Add 25 per person per night for sole occupancy of a double room.
Destinations visited
  • Europe
  • Italy
  • Umbria
  • Trevi
  • Self Guided
  • Walking
Day 1 Arrive in Spello
Arrive at your hotel, where you'll stay for your first night. (Staying at the Albergo Bastiglia, Half Board)

Day 2 Spello/Sassovivo to Trevi 16km/10mi/5hr
A short transfer this morning - then follow the Sentiero degli Ulivi, the Olive Grove Trail, that connects Spoleto to Assisi. Spend time at the beautifully-restored cloistered Abbey of Santa Croce di Sassovivo and continue through woodland and olive groves to the hilltop village of Roviglieto - the highest settlement on the trail at 700m. Descend to Trevi for a picture-postcard view of this Roman gem on the slopes of Monte Serano. You'll stay here for two nights, and enjoy dinner (included) under the church tower in the atmospheric Piazza della Rocca. (Staying at the Hotel Antica Dimora, Half Board with wine included)

Day 3 At Trevi
Explore this old theatre town with remnants of the Mura Romana (Roman Wall) and Mura Medieval (Medieval Wall) still encircling the town. The Teatro Clitunno is still one of the town's most important gathering places. Visit the Olive Oil Museum, housed in an ex-convent, and stroll around the main square, home to the C14 Palazzo Comunale. (Staying at the Hotel Antica Dimora, Half Board with wine included)

Day 4 Trevi to Poreta 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr
On the shared Olive Trail and Francesco Way, amble along to the hillside church of Madonna di San Arcangelo. Pass the secretive Eremo Francescano (Convento Pissignano) and explore the ruins of C10 Castello di Campello Alto. Then meander down to Poreta and your hotel for the next two nights, where dinner is included in the converted stables. (Staying at the Borgo della Marmotta, Half Board )

Day 5 At Poreta
Borgo della Marmotta is a perfect place to unwind for a day or two. Relax on a lounger by the pool with a good book, soak up the sun in the hotel gardens, or pamper yourself with one of the wellness sessions. Or follow small country roads down to the village of Campello sul Clitunno and visit the Roman Springs and temple of Clitunno. (Staying at the Borgo della Marmotta, Half Board )

Day 6 Poreta to Spoleto 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr
Pass through the typically Umbrian villages of Santa Maria Reggiano, Bazzano and Eggi. From Eggi, the St Francis Way leads you along back lanes to the bustling town of Spoleto. Or take the old Olive Trail high up onto the former railway line that used to run from Spoleto to Norcia. Cross the 60m-high Cortaccione Viaduct for a superb view back over your week's walking. (Staying at the Hotel Charleston, Breakfast only )

Day 7 Leave Spoleto

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Why Headwater?

In 1985, Richard and Christine Bass made the life-changing decision to turn a passion into a business and thus Headwater was born at their kitchen table.

The first Headwater tours were launched in summer 1986 and modestly comprised three holidays in the Upper Loire Valley in France: a canoeing holiday and two self-guided walking holidays.

Their vision for Headwater was clear, right from the start. Richard and Christine wanted to offer their customers exactly what they loved in a holiday – family-run, friendly hotels, an authentic experience of a region, including culture, cuisine and fine wines, and above all a fantastic level of personal service, with staff on hand in resort to help and guide as required.

After a successful 10 years specialising in France, Headwater launched a new Great Walks in Europe brochure in 1995, offering a selection of hand-picked guided walking holidays in eight countries. As a result of the phenomenal success of this, a year later the first self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Italy were launched.

In 1999, Richard and Christine decided to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labour, and sold Headwater – but not before ensuring it was in the safest of hands to continue their legacy.

Today, they enjoy taking customers (new and loyal) on journeys on foot or by bike throughout 18 countries worldwide. Whilst they have embraced modern technology and changing times since 1985, Richard and Christine’s ethos remains key to all of their holidays and they consider it their mission to ensure that the same detail, knowledge and passion goes into delivering each and every trip.

With more than 32 years’ experience, their collection now includes 59 self-guided and 12 guided walking holidays and 62 cycling holidays. Their canoeing holiday in the Dordogne remains as popular as ever, as well as their choice of winter snow holidays (cross-country skiing and winter walking) that run between December and April in Austria and Norway.

They are particularly proud of their Headwater-employed representatives (reps) who are on-hand in 15 regions in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Bavaria. Burgundy is their longest-standing “repped region” – Richard and Christine researched the holidays and they have been running them since 1992. Their reps provide 24-hour support in resort including: briefing you on arrival, transporting your luggage from hotel to hotel, offering a ‘Wine Service’ where they collect any bottles you’ve purchased en route and transport them to your final hotel for you, and giving you tips and advice and sharing their knowledge of the local area, the routes, the best views and generally helping you to make the most of your trip. Each year, before the season starts, the reps have an in-depth training session at Headwater HQ to make sure they’re ready for the summer ahead.

Their newest addition to the Headwater portfolio is a selection of single-centre activity holidays in Brittany and the Dordogne, France and Catalunya, Spain. These are ideal for multi-generational families and groups – take a look below for some Headwater inspiration.


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