St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello
St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello

St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello

7 days

Arezzo, Italy

Follow the footsteps of St. Francis on one of Italy’s most special pilgrimages

During the obscure times of the Middle Ages, an enlightened man walked along the ridges and valleys of the Apennines, looking for God’s signs in nature and talking to people about peace, humility, and togetherness. He was Francis of Assisi, a mystical person who fascinates us still today and whose charisma and philosophy are respected the world over. The St. Francis Way – Chiusi ti Città di Castello Tour is a pilgrimage that follows his footsteps.

On this trip you will follow the paths Saint Francis covered during his frequent pilgrimages between the area of La Verna (where he received “the stigmata”), and that of Città di Castello. Discover the traces of his passage, such as Franciscan hermitages, chapels, and crosses as you walk through the stunning landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria; shady forests, orchards, olive groves and fields of wheat and barley await.

Apart from amazing natural and religious places, along the “Franciscan path” you will visit towns and villages of great history and culture and you will have many occasions to taste the renowned cuisine of this region. Get in touch with nature, with yourself, and with St. Francis on this life-changing journey.

Highlights of the St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello

Walk where St. Francis walked in the Middle Ages, enlightened by God’s signs in nature and sharing a message of peace.
Cross the wild slopes of the Apennines and walk through some of the most magical forests in Italy.
Stop in medieval towns like Anghiari, which resemble their original forms in a way that denies the passage of time.
Stay the night in small, comfortable family-run accommodations with friendly hosts.

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7 days
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St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello

The St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Chiusi della Verna

Arrive in Chiusi della Verna. If you arrive early enough, you can visit the Franciscan Sanctuary in the afternoon. The Sanctuary is open every day of the year from 06:30 to 19:30 hrs (22:00 hrs in summer)

NOTE: To enter the Sanctuary, you need to cover your chest and arms and wear trousers/skirts to the knee.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Chiusi della Verna
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Walk Chiusi to Caprese Michelangelo

Walk along the edge of the Catenaia “Alps” between the Arno and Tiber valleys. During the day, enjoy the many panoramic points overlooking the Casentino and Valtiberina valley. The scenery will make you want to stop and stare! Tonight, stay in Caprese Michelangelo.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Caprese Michelangelo
Distance: 4 hours, 13km, 456m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Walk to Ponte alla Piera

After the sights at the 13th-century church of St. John the Baptist, where Michelangelo was baptized, walk on paths and dirt roads along the Valtiberina Valley enjoying breathtaking views. You will cross several hamlets and some larger villages where access roads have been asphalted. Here, with the majestic trees and high-altitude landscapes, you will find the enchanted nature of the Canticle of the Creatures of St. Francis.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Ponte alla Piera
Distance: 5 hours, 16km, 593m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Walk to Anghiari

Walk through the countryside surrounding Anghiari and cross castle-topped hills, ancient parish churches, and medieval villages and hamlets. The landscape is beautiful and the vast views are amazing; looking west it’s easy to recognise the imposing Alpe di Poti mountain chain, in the north the Alpe di Catenaia, towards south the flat plain of the Tiber River and east the Alpe della Luna.

Once you arrive in Anghiari, visit this amazing medieval hamlet and have a drink in “Giardini del Vicario” at Piazza del Popolo. It’s a lovely cafè-wine bar with a wonderful view over the valley.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Anghiari
Distance: 4 hours, 10km, 248m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Transfer to Sansepolcro & Walk to Citerna

A short morning transfer will take you to Sansepolcro. Today’s walk is a long promenade in the valley, following the course of the Tiber River. The itinerary links the two most important towns of Valtiberina; leaving the centre of Sansepolcro you can immerse yourself in this rich countryside and spend many hours among corn, wheat, and tobacco fields, pastures, and country houses.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Citerna
Distance: 5 hours, 16km, 322m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Walk to Città di Castello

Following the Tiber River, the itinerary crosses one of the most cultivated valleys in Italy (Valtiberina). The most important and famous product is tobacco used for the production of Tuscan cigars. Today’s walk is completely flat and runs along country roads or paths parallel to the river; fields and pastures alternate with preserved bank vegetation with poplars and willows. In this area it is easy to see many birds of prey or water birds such as Kestrel, Montagu’s Harrier, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Night Heron and Moorhen. Once you arrive tonight, find a nice terrace to have a celebratory drink and dinner on!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Citta di Castello
Distance: 5/7 hours, 16/20km, 705m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Arrivederci Città di Castello!

The tour comes to a close after breakfast unless you’ve booked additional days. Safe travels!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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St. Francis Way – Chiusi to Città di Castello Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Tuscany and Umbria is always run as a private tour for your group only and the pricing depends on the season, as well as the type of rooms you require.

Prices below are per person.

Departures on April 1st - June 25th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $950 USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $795 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $675 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $595 USD

Departures on June 26th - September 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $975 USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $825 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $675 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $595 USD

Departures on October 1st - 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $950 USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $795 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $675 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $595 USD
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Accommodation on the St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello tour

This tour is based in hotels and B&Bs. Hotels on this trip are 2-3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Letizia ★★★

This hotel is very charming, but the hospitality is almost outshone by the restaurant, which cooks delicious local dishes with ingredients from their own garden.

Albergo Ristorante La Buca di Michelangelo ★★★

This beautiful hotel/restaurant is located in a cozy street close to all the highlights of the town.

B&B Locanda del Viandante ★★★

This B&B is charming, with a stone exterior and wide lawn out front. The rooms are spacious and offer lots of natural light and the traditional furniture is a nice touch.

Hotel La Meridiana ★★★

This hotel boasts a million-dollar views in one of the most beautiful towns on the route. The hotel itself is stunning, with a castle-like exterior and imposing presence.

Country House Le Rasse ★★★

Take a splash in the outdoor pool at this small but thoughtful farmhouse stay. Set on a 25-hectare farm in Tuscany, you just might spot wild boars, pheasants, and hares outside.

Hotel Le Mura in Città di Castello ★★★

Hotel Le Mura offers spacious rooms with WiFi, air conditioning, and a TV. Expect pleasant views of the city centre from your room.

What’s Included in the St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transfer is included on this trip. Your transfer to Sansepolcro on Day 5 is also included. When you travel with public transport you will take your luggage with you. Travel from and to the airport is not included but can be added as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Information kit
  • St. Francis' Way Passport
  • 24/7 emergency support phone line

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, internet and laundry
  • Meals note previously mentioned as included
  • Visas if required
  • Guide services
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Single occupancy upgrades

Frequently Asked Questions about St. Francis Way - Chiusi to Città di Castello

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. The length of the walks varies from 13km to 23 km per day. Ascents can be up to 705 metres, but long walks can be shortened with taxi transfers if desired. Fit walkers will be able to get the most out of this tour.

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