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7 Days Italy Walking Tours and Wine Tasting

7 Days Italy Walking Tours and Wine Tasting

  • Assisi - Spello - Spoleto

Cooking Holidays in Italy

This walking tour offers the possibility to get to know the beautiful green and hilly Umbria in a different way, thanks to the perfect combination of walking in the natural environment, exploring around culturally interesting towns, and discovering the excellent wines and gastronomic traditions of the area. It is a culinary tour, involving gourmet meals with special dishes and produce typical to the local area. During this vacation, you will participate in two cooking classes.

Highlights

  • Wine tasting session
  • Hands-on cookery classes
  • Tasting of Umbrian local products and meals
  • Walking tours of Assisi, Spello, and Spoleto
  • Visits to the cultural attractions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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In Assisi, you will be accommodated in a country house close to Assisi centre (one and a half kilometer).

In Spello, you will stay at a hotel in the historical centre.

In Spoleto, you will be accommodated in a 4-star hotel.

This tour starts in medieval Assisi, a charming town offering tourists a wealth of tranquility and a lot to see. Take the time to properly explore the town on foot, and with the help of Ecologico Tours cultural route you will find yourself walking by impressive medieval monuments, town palaces, shops and fountains, such as the Fonte Oliviera. Leaving Assisi, you will walk to Spello, but before reaching this town built on the slopes of Monte Subasio, you will make a stop at a bio-winery to taste some wines of the Assisi Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C.) area. The tour finishes in Spoleto built on a hillside with most of the sites in the compact upper town offering a wonderful mix of treasures from Roman and Medieval times.

Day 1 - Arrival at the medieval town of Assisi

Arrive at your country house. This evening, you will have dinner, and if weather permitting, it will be served in the garden with a spectacular view on Basilica of Saint Francis and Assisi.

Day 2 - Assisi and cooking class

This morning, you can take the bus to the centre of Assisi or walk along the mattonata (brick road) of Assisi, which begins along the left side of the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and follows the remains of the ancient pilgrim way. This road was re-laid above with new bricks, each of which bears the name of its donor. In Assisi, you can choose to do a cultural town-walk or a short walk to Mount Subasio. The town walk will take you around the most important cultural monuments of Assisi. The shorter walk through the national park of Monte Subasio will take place in the shed of the woods of Monte Subasio and bring you to the spring Fonte Maddalena (810 meters above sea level).

You will then descend to the hamlet of Costa di Trex (570 meters above sea level), and along the walking path 51 you will come back to Assisi. In the afternoon, you will be awaited in your hotel for the cookery course, and it is time to learn some typical Umbrian dishes like torta al testo, frittatina al tartufo (truffle omelette), gnocchi fatto in casa, zuppa di legume (pulses soup), filetto al sagrantino (fillet in Sagrantino wine), scaloppine di maiale con vino bianco (escalope in white wine), torcolo / crostata con marmellata fatto in casa (home-made cakes). In the evening, you will taste the dishes you cooked during the cookery lesson.

Walking time: about four hours; distance covered: about 12 kilometers (7.4 miles).

Day 3 - Wines of the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C.) area

The route of today follows the slopes of Monte Subasio and will take you to Spello. It is a beautiful walk among olive groves and with great views of the Valle Umbra. Before you arrive at Spello, you will make a stop for a wine-tasting at a bio-winery in the Assisi Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C.) area. After your visit, you continue your walk to Spello. The splendidly intact town walls are draped around the historical centre, which has a number of monuments testifying the Roman era. Spello also has one of Umbrias major art attractions, the outstanding frescoes by Pinturicchio in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. You will stay in a hotel in the historical centre.

Walking time: four and a half hours or three and a half hours; distance covered 15 or 12 kilometers (9,3 or 7,4 miles).

Day 4 - Walking in the Monte Subasio National Park

Today, you take a ring route on Monte Subasio. Through olive groves and woods you will climb to the mountain. Then you descend to the hamlet Collepino at 600 meters above sea level. Here, you can make a stop to drink a coffee in the village bar. Then, you will walk back to Spello along the Roman aqueduct and will enjoy great views of Spello. The vegetation of the slopes of the Monte Subasio is divided into three belts: the lowest part has mainly olive groves, intermediate has wood vegetation comprehends broom, Turkey oak, minor oak, hornbeam, flowering ash, maple, beech and ilex; the third belt is formed by pastures up to the top. For the evening diner, you are expected in a restaurant / wine bar for tasting menu with bruschette, ham, salami and cheeses, a first course primo and a dolce combined with different wines.

Walking time: four hours; distance covered: about 11 and a half kilometers (7,1 miles).

Day 5 - Monteluco, the holy mountain

After breakfast, you say goodbye to Spello and take the train to Spoleto. Your walk starts from the Ponte delle Torri. The name is derived from lucus sacred woods, and signifies that in ancient times the mountain was considered a holy place. In the fifth century, the hermit Isaac from Antioch lived under Benedictine rule. Later, the Franciscans built here a monastery. The evergreen oak wood was always very important for the town and was therefore already a protected area in Roman times and during the middle ages. The list of animals living here includes porcupines, wild cats, badgers, and squirrels.

Walking time: three and a half hours; distance covered: 11 kilometers (6,8 miles) with 646 meters ascent and 730 meters descent.

Day 6 - Exploring Spoleto and cooking lesson

This morning, you have time to visit Spoleto. There is a lot to see like the duomo to be reached by a scenic stairway. Inside, there are beautiful frescoes of Filippo Lippi and Pinturicchio. Other sights worth a visit are the roman house, the San Salvatore church, the Romanesque San Ponziano church, the Rocca Albornoziana sitting on the hilltop above Spoleto, the bridge of the towers (Ponte delle Torri), the Tower dellOlio, the roman theater, and the archaeological museum. In the afternoon you have a cookery lesson in your 4-star hotel. You will prepare antipasto and primo. During diner, you will taste the dishes you cooked.

Day 7 - Departure

Today, you will have breakfast and depart.

  • In Assisi, you can choose to do a cultural town-walk or a short walk to Monte Subasio
  • Walking tour along the ring route on Monte Subasio
  • Walking tour from Monte Subasio to Spello along the Roman aqueduct
  • Walking tour in Monteluco in Spoleto
  • Walking tour of Monte Subasio and Spello
  • Paolo

    Paolo is an expert and meticulous technician, thanks to his years of work in a manufacturing company taking care of every aspect of the functional reliability and maintenance of the equipment. He has 'golden hands', as they say in Italian. He checks over, test rides and cleans the city bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes of Meravigliosa Umbria. If something breaks, needs repairing or simply isn't working quite as it should he manages to put everything right. Paolo loves the outdoors and has an in-depth knowledge of paths, tracks, roads and places in Umbria and in many other regions of Italy.

  • Cristiano

    An enthusiastic walker, who began planning and carrying out short excursions around the Perugia area when he was young. Today, as well as being a trusted member of our team, he is a voluntary guide for local walking groups and for the Club Alpino Italiano, for whom he is a hill walking escort. He accompanied many individuals and groups in the Sibillini mountains and in central Italy in general. Cristiano's passion for walking is combined with an insatiable curiosity for history and anthropology, which is reflected in his deep knowledge about the areas he crosses.

This vacation will take place in Umbria, Italy. You will visit the towns of Assisi, Spoleto, and Spello.

During this vacation, you will taste olive oil drizzled on toasted wood-baked bread, cheese boards including the local sheep cheese, platters of cold meats from Norcia, pasta wafting with the aroma of truffles, freshly baked pizza, and bread. All of this will be perfectly matched with glasses of excellent red and white wine, such as the Sagrantino di Montefalco and Grechetto di Assisi, famous all over the world for their quality.

  • 1 wine-tasting session
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 4 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Local back up service
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route briefing in your arrival hotel
  • Route instructions and maps

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Perugia San Francesco dAssisi Airport (PEG).