Day 1: BENVENUTI! Arrival at Arezzo train station transfer to Chiusi della Verna
Today you will be met by our representative that will accompany you to the town of Chiusi della Verna( 1h drive) just below La Verna Sanctuary This land was given to St. Francis in 1213 by a pious nobleman, Count Orlando, and the Saint at once built some mud huts here for a select group of his followers. He found that La Verna was a perfect spot for meditation .
Special Event of the Day: the visit to the Monastery (1.2km from the town) and the walk around it in the beech tree forest.
Day 2: Chiusi della Verna – La Verna – Pieve Santo Stefano 16.2km +350 m ( +1 alternative walk)
Highlights of the Day: Views of the forested Apennine mountains, La Verna Sanctuary, the views from Monte Calvano, the Pieve “Diary Museum”
Walk Details: The level is moderate - there are some ascents at the beginning to get to the Sanctuary and to climb to Monte Calvano, the first 8km have some ascents then it will be a gradual descent to the Tiber valley where Pieve Santo Stefano lies. The town boasts an interesting collection of Diary and Memoirs of common people, in a way framing a picture of the recent history of the pre and post war Italy
Day 3: Pieve Santo Stefano – Pian della Capanna 20.8km +855m ( + other 2 alternative walks)
Highlights of the Day: Views of the countryside, the Apeninne mountains, and the beautiful medieval Hermitage of Cerbaiolo.
Walk Details: The level is moderate to difficult – Exit the village heading south then take the road to the Hermitage of Cerbaiolo, a wide gravel road that will take you up to the Via Maggio mountain pass (8km), then get to another very panoramic dirt track 4k below the pass that will take you to the Alpe della Luna reserve with stunning views of the Upper Tiber Valley.
Day 4: Pian della Capanna – Calla - Acquitrina - Sansepolcro 17.5km +244m ( + 1 alternative walk)
Highlights of the Day: the forests of Alpe della Luna, the Resurrection of the Christ by Piero della Francesca in Sansepolcro
Walk Details: From the Pian della Capanna hut we will walk gradually to the valley through the beech tree and oak tree forests onto dirt roads and footpaths
Day 5: Sansepolcro – Montecasale- Sansepolcro 13.9km +618m a gradual ascent to the val d’Afra with a pretty steep climb to the area of Montecasale Hermitage a site with lots of legends bound to the presence of Francis, as an alternative there is a gradual minor asphalt road leading to the Hermitage. The walk then will take you up to the ridge that marks the bounduaries between Umbria and Tuscany then descends down to the valley where the town of Sansepolcro
Day 6: Sansepolcro-Città di Castello 21.9km +58m (alternative hilly route available)
Highlights of the Day: The Tiber views, the old town of Città di Castello, the Burri Museums, the Pinacoteca in town.
Walk Details: The level is easy, the walk stretches practically in the flatlands.Today we will take the easy way to Città di Castello by following minor roads to get to Umbria, a minor gravel road and asphalt will take you to the village of Selci and then a footpath of a Tiber’s tributary will make you get to the Tiber River path that will take us straight to the first Umbrian town through poplar tree lined roads and robinia woods.
Day 7: Città di Castello, Ciao Ciao!End of tour after breakfast. Bus connections to Arezzo railway station, in Arezzo there are trains available to reach Rome or Firenze