Our captivating hiking and cultural journey across the heart of Italy links two ancient capitals and a spectacular array of treasures, from extraordinary art and evocative archaeological sites to an artist’s palette of exquisite landscapes. We’ve crafted an insider’s experience of this glorious realm, discovering Etruscan tombs and the frescoes of Assisi in the golden hills of Umbria, the hilltop towns, vineyards, and sunflower fields of Le Marche, spectacular vistas in tiny San Marino, and the shimmering mosaics of Ravenna, home to eight World Heritage Sites. Our Trip Leaders’ passion for la cucina italiana is contagious, and our grand adventure features sumptuous meals and distinctive wines, including an unforgettable dining experience at La Bastiglia in enchanting Spello.
This is an outstanding, beautifully designed trip balanced between hikes in the morning and cultural activities in the afternoon with great restaurants for lunch and dinner. One of the best trips in my many, many trips in all parts of the world.
— Stan and Kathy M., Lake Oswego, OR
Rome / Sutri / Orvieto
After walking along the most famous of Roman roads, the Appian Way, you’ll head to Umbria to hike along the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage path from France to Rome, and explore Etruscan tombs and an astonishing Roman amphitheater carved from tufa rock. In unforgettable Orvieto, soaring a thousand feet above the valley floor, view the glorious façade of the Duomo and hike past hazelnut orchards near Lago di Bolsena.
Spello / Assisi
Our hike skirting the Tiber River leads to a hilltop restaurant where you’ll taste fine wines while admiring the breathtaking views. From Spello, a medieval walled hilltown hewn of pink stone, explore Assisi’s magnificent 13th and 14th century frescoes in the Basilica di San Francesco. A hike on Mt. Subasio in the footsteps of St. Francis grants a breathtaking panorama of golden Umbrian hills and towns.
Fabriano / Urbino / San Marino
In Le Marche, set between the sunny shores of the Adriatic and the 6,000-foot peaks of the Apennines, you’ll explore the Frasassi Caves, full of stalactites and stalagmites. Our hike along an old Roman road leads right into the walled town of Urbino, designated a World Heritage Site for its superb Renaissance art and architecture. The Republic of San Marino’s medieval streets reveal a timeless world, and a hike on Monte Titano offers spectacular vistas sweeping all the way to the sea.
Verucchio / Ravenna
In Emilia-Romagna, known for its Byzantine and Renaissance art, Romanesque churches, and fabulous food, you’ll hike to the hilltop town of Verucchio, then head to Ravenna, celebrated for its exquisite golden mosaics, the world’s crowning achievement of Byzantine art. Depart on Day 12 via Bologna.