The walking routes to Rome are lined with picturesque olive groves and emerald oak forests, historically guiding pilgrims to the Eternal City. Your custom tailored tour combines the majesty of the countryside with the charms of the secluded hilltop towns around the Italian regions of Umbria and Lazio. Hike the trails that circle hidden crater lakes, discover an enchanting vineyard situated in an antique stone farmhouse and nourish your body and mind with a refreshing dip in the ancient thermal...
Assisi – Arrive in Rome and Transfer to Assisi with an Introductory Tour
The Umbrian plains spread across the landscape from the base of Monte Subasio. Woods rise along the slopes to the peak above the marbled city of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Your private transfer will meet you at Fiumicino Airport in Rome and escort you north into the region of Umbria and the entrance of the hillside town. Assisi stands at an elevation of 1,300 feet above sea level and looks out over the meadows in view of the regional capital, and former rival, Perugia. Check-in to comforts of your hotel located in a 13th-century Benedictine nunnery. The original cellars have been refurbished to contain a luxury spa, easily accessed for your relaxation after a full day of trekking through the wonders of the region.
Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby keen to introduce you to the charms of Assisi, beginning with the picturesque castle of Rocca Maggiore. The old cobblestone road leads to the top of the hillside and the walls of the storybook fortress. Cardinal Albornoz patronized the structure in the 14th-century, and the main wall extends from the castle entrance to the tower to offer pristine panoramas of the landscape. A tunnel connects the tower to the castle, along with a recessed wall once used to protect sentries from imposing armies. Costumed figures inside the castle walls showcase the typical clothing of nobility in the region during the 14th-century.
Assisi – Trek along the Vale of Spoleto to Discover Town of Spello
Assisi – Enjoy a Day at Leisure around the Landscape and Town of Gubbio
Orvieto - Explore the Perugia and the Town of Panicale en route to Orvieto
Orvieto – Traverse the Ancient Streets of Orvieto and the Etruscan Tombs
Montefiascone – Follow Via Francigena For Panoramic Views and Villages
Viterbo – Visit the Papal Summer Residence and Thermal Baths of Lazio
Vetralla – Relish the Landscape of Lazio and Enjoy a Pasta Making Class
Rome – Travel to Rome for an All Day Urban Hike Tour of the Eternal City
Rome – Depart for Home
- Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and merchants on the ancient route from Assisi to Rome known as Via Francigena
- Relax in ancient thermal baths open to the countryside that offers refreshing waters and a pristine view
- Delight in the regional wine of a private vineyard located along an extinct volcano’s crater
- Relish the urban hiking tours of famous Italian cities to discover the historical streets, elegant architecture, and unparalleled artistry
- Listen to your private cooking instructor for lessons on how to prepare traditional regional pasta dishes
- Bask in the refreshing aromas and picturesque marvels of the Italian countryside while hiking countless trails
- Visit ancient catacombs winding beneath preserved Medieval cities
- Explore fascinating historical abbeys and churches throughout Umbrian and Lazio
The hills and valleys of Italy brim with emerald forests and remarkable lakes that are framed by the rolling hills and mountains along the horizon. Your 10-day trek through the countryside will take you to the towns and cities of a decadent past all connected by the pilgrimage route known as the Via Francigena. Whether a history enthusiast or hiking fanatic, nature-lover or architectural fan, you will quickly uncover the wonders of the countryside between Assisi and Rome. Your active journey will begin with your arrival at Fiumicino Airport in Rome. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and escort you north to the remarkable city of Assisi. The historical city climbs the hillside and shines a rosy hue in the late afternoon sun as you enjoy an introductory tour of Assisi to embrace the views and experience the culture.
Venture next through the valley and oak forests to visit the village of Spello. Enjoy the Renaissance frescoes and relaxed atmosphere of the town before you return to Assisi for the night. Your guide will then lead you on a remarkable tour of the St. Francis Basilica before you hike six miles to the preserved Medieval town of Gubbio, located along Monte Ingino. Travel next to Orvieto by way of the stunning city of Perugia, the capital of Umbria. Wander the winding streets and enjoy the unique mixture of vibrant student life and historical architecture before you settle in Orvieto. Discover the more than 2,000 years of history around Orvieto during your 10-mile tour of the city atop the plateau, in the Etruscan catacombs, and through the woodlands to the edge of Lake Bolsena.
You will next travel along the wildflowers and olive groves that sprout around the trails that lead to Montefiascone. Enjoy an introductory tour of the town before you venture to a celebrated local vineyard for a fabulous wine tour. Continue and explore the trails around Viterbo, along with the grand architecture of a town that once housed popes and noblemen. Outside of town, you will visit the Bagnaccio Terme, natural thermal baths that help refresh your muscles after the long days of hiking. The trails of the next day will lead you through Cimini Regional Park to the Medieval town of Vetralla.
Once in town, your private chef will greet you and introduce you to the staples of pasta making, along with the traditional flavors of the regional cuisine. Next, visit the town of Sutri to see the Roman amphitheater en route to Rome. Once in the Eternal City, embark on an urban hike and traverse the famous monuments around the historical city center, from the Colosseum to St. Peter’s Square. Your private transfer will escort you from the hotel to Fiumicino Airport for your flight home, but you could always extend your stay and trek the trails of the Cinque Terre or relax on the shores of Sicily.
$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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