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THE WAY OF FRANCESCO – NORTHERN WAY

From La Verna to Assisi

THE WAY OF FRANCESCO – NORTHERN WAY

€450 per person

COD. 60 / From La Verna to Assisi

The way of Francesco is a very suggestive naturalistic and spiritual itinerary that crosses Umbria, touching the most beautiful cities of the region, but above all the most important and significant Franciscan places. To live the way of Francis we propose two holiday opportunities, always with a final destination Assisi: the Via del Nord and the Via del Sud. The Via del Nord starts from the sanctuary of La Verna, in Tuscany, then cross Sansepolcro, enter Umbria and go through Città di Castello, Pietralunga and Gubbio before reaching the Sacro Convento di Assisi. A wild and challenging itinerary, which will make you discover little known places and roads, but that requires a good level of training to overcome some difficult climbs.

The itinerary starts in Tuscany, from the Sanctuary of La Verna, and enters in Umbria after passing Sansepolcro. It traces the path of Francis on foot for many kilometers, touching villages and Franciscan places of great beauty, such as Citerna, Città di Castello, Pieve de Saddi, Pietralunga, Gubbio, before reaching Assisi. The route is mostly developed on secondary roads, with very little traffic, to which are added some sections of bike path and short stretches of well-kept dirt road, therefore ideal to be faced with hybrid bikes. If you want, with one more day of travel, you can also enter the variant with passage to Perugia. The route follows in the footsteps of Francesco and is rather challenging. The planned stages, in fact, are not long, but almost every day you will have to face at least one or two climbs, even demanding. The advice, therefore, is to be prepared and with a good level of fitness to avoid finding yourself in difficulty during the holiday. The suggestions, the charm and the beauty of the touched places will repay you for the effort done, we are sure of it.

  • Route
    La Verna-Sansepolcro-Citerna-Città di Castello-Pietralunga-Gubbio-Valfabbrica-Assisi
  • Total kilometers
    170 km
  • Elevation gain
    2700 m
  • Road surface
    80% asphalt – 20% dirt
  • Included
    THE WAY OF FRANCESCO – NORTHERN WAY
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Day 1
Individual arrival in Assisi, city of Francesco, and visit of the city. Assisi is full of churches, museums and picturesque views, and is the ideal place to relax and admire its beauties, declared a world heritage by UNESCO, before leaving for your trip.
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Day 2 – La Verna-Sansepolcro (35 km)
Transfer in van early in the morning to reach the Sanctuary of La Verna, in Tuscany, from where the first stage begins. You can visit the picturesque sanctuary, nestled in the woods, before leaving by bike. The stage is easy also because the first 20 kilometers are almost all downhill. You will cross Pieve Santo Stefano, before skirting the Montedoglio lake and then arriving at Sansepolcro.
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Day 3 – Sansepolcro-Città di Castello (30 km)
You will leave Sansepolcro behind to pedal in the countryside between Tuscany and Umbria. The only climb of the day is that, quite steep, which will lead you to the village of Citerna. From here continue towards Città di Castello, taking full advantage of the dirt cycle path that runs along the Tiber river.
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Day 4 – Città di Castello-Pietralunga (30 km)
One of the most demanding stages of the entire northern route, with two ascents to be overcome. The first is long and regular, immersed in the woods, which alternating dirt and asphalt will lead you to Pieve de 'Saddi. The second is shorter, but steep, just before reaching Pietralunga, a small village in the green, ideal for relaxing and resting.
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Day 5 – Pietralunga-Gubbio (24 km)
Leaving Pietralunga behind you, you will cycle along roads immersed in the green Umbrian nature, almost completely without traffic. Even in this stage you will have to face two climbs, but not too demanding. The last kilometers before arriving in the heart of Gubbio will be completely flat.
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Day 6 – Gubbio-Valfabbrica (33 km)
Another stage that flows in the nature of the Umbrian Apennines and which will bring you closer to Assisi. Along the way you will have to face two climbs, which will give you wonderful views of the surrounding valleys before arriving in the small historical village of Valfabbrica.
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Day 7 – Valfabbrica-Assisi (22 km)
Assisi is now at the door and the few kilometers to go will allow you to get there easily. You will have to overcome only some ups and downs in the first part of the day, while the last kilometers, which alternate dirt and asphalt, flow into the Umbrian plain from where you can already see the unmistakable profile of Assisi. End of services. Departure scheduled in the afternoon.

TOUR LOCATION

HOW TO ARRIVE

By plane
"San Francesco d'Assisi" International Airport of Umbria Perugia - Sant'Egidio 15 km from the center of Assisi - Tel. +39 075 592 141
Ticket office: Tel. +39 075 592 1432/3 - Fax +39 075 692 9562 www.airport.umbria.it
By train
You can get to Assisi directly by train. Schedules and prices on the websites www.trenitalia.com. From the station you can reach the center by taxi or bus.
By car Depending on the places of departure there are various routes to reach Assisi quickly. Coming from the north (Milan, Florence), the best exit for Assisi on the A1 motorway is Valdichiana, from which the highway SS75bis enters Umbria from Lake Trasimeno and proceeds to Assisi. Coming from the south (Rome), always via the A1 motorway, the best exit to reach Assisi is that of Orte, and then continue on the SS204 (direction Terni) first, and the E45 highway, from Terni to Assisi, then. Driving along the A14 motorway, for those coming from the north the best way to reach Assisi is to leave the highway at the exit for Cesena and via the E45 highway reach first Città di Castello and then Assisi. For those coming from the south, the recommended exit is Civitanova Marche, from where you can use the new fast road SS77var to Foligno and then continue to Assisi.
Once the booking is complete, you will receive hotel vouchers and other booked services via e-mail. The gps of the tour, the road book, the list of hotels and all other useful information will also be provided by e-mail. Upon your arrival at the hotel you will find a travel kit consisting of a map of Umbria, a small gadget of Umbria & Bike, a paper format of the road book of each single  stage. In case you have also booked a bike rental, you will find them ready at the hotel on your arrival.

From € 450 in Hotel and Farmhouse

Duration: 7 days - 6 nights

Difficulty: ●●●●●

Type of holiday: Self guided individual

Departures: every day from 1/3 to 1/11

Recommended bicycle: Hybrid, ebike

The price includes:

6 nights with breakfast

Road book and informative material

Transfer from Assisi to La Verna

Insurance

The fee does not include:

Tourist tax where expected

Anything else not expressly understood

 Supplements:

Bike rental with helmet 115 €