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Discover Umbria on foot with a Cicerone guidebook

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12 May 2014
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9781852847111
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Walking in Umbria

by Gillian Price
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook describes 40 walks in Umbria, among the ancient towns of Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto and Norcia. Known as the 'green heart' of Italy, the region of Umbria is home to hills reaching up to the Apennines and Sibillini mountains, as well as ancient villages, Roman and Etruscan ruins, dense woodland and nature reserves.

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Description

Umbria – the ‘green heart’ of Italy – is a region of rolling hills and woodlands that lies just north of Rome and south-east of Florence, bordering Tuscany and the Sibillini. Providing inspiration to writers and painters over the centuries, this area also offers walkers hundreds of kilometres of waymarked paths to enjoy from the spring right through to the autumn.

Routes set off from such charming Umbrian towns as Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto and Norcia, passing through meadows and forests and onto rocky, rugged hills.

Umbria is like an undiscovered Tuscany - its landscapes and towns are just as beautiful but prices are lower and you are likely to have the footpaths to yourself. This is the first English-language guide to the whole region.

  • 40 graded day walks for a wide range of abilities
  • lots of information about the region’s culture and history
  • useful glossary and contact information for accommodation providers across the region
  • Activities
    Walking
  • Seasons
    Spring to autumn, but year-round is possible - except for mountainous areas in winter where snow is common.
  • Centres
    Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Norcia, Spoleto, Orvieto, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Umbertide, Montone
  • Difficulty
    Walks are graded 1-3, from easy to difficult.
  • Must See
    Assisi, Lago Trasimeno and its islands, Spoleto and its famous aqueduct bridge, Monte Cucco, Piano Grande di Castelluccio and Norcia in the Sibillini, wonderful Valnerina and its railway line, Monte Tezio over the upper Tiber valley, glorious Orvieto and the medieval way from Lago Bolsena, medieval Gubbio.

June 2017

Walk 15
p83 some waymarks are reportedly missing on the descent to the chapel so take care. Don't hesitate to turn back if you're uncertain about the way to go.

January 2017

For the Sibillini walks, check the Facebook page of the park http://www.facebook.com/pages/parco-dei-monti-sibillini/61831404807

November 2016

VERY IMPORTANT:

Chapter 6 around Norcia and the Sibillini mountains: The area has undergone extensive damage due to recent earthquakes and walkers should avoid these areas for the time being. 

Chapter 5 - Walks 30-34. The Valnerina: This area has also undergone extensive damage due to recent earthquakes and walkers should avoid these areas for the time being. 


Other updates:
Walk 23: the Ponte Romano is being repaired but a new bridge nearby allows you to do the walk

Walk 28: Ponte delle Torri is currently closed so slot into the walk at San Pietro.
(Thanks to Linda Baker)

August 2016

Warning from the Italian Mountain Rescue:
In the wake of the disastrous earthquake on August 24, continuing earth tremors have caused rockfalls and path damage in the Sibillini mountains. Walkers are advised to check locally before embarking on walks and for the time being avoid canyons and ridges routes.

Contents

Contents
Introduction
A potted history
Plants and flowers
Wildlife
Getting there
Local transport
Information
When to go
Accommodation
Culinary delights
What to take
Maps
Dos and don’ts
Emergencies
Using this guide
1 Alta Val Tiberina, Gubbio and Monte Cucco
Walk 1 Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
Walk 2 Monte Falcone
Walk 3 Rocca d’Aries
Walk 4 Monte Tezio
Walk 5 Monte Foce
Walk 6 Above Gubbio
Walk 7 Monte Cucco
Walk 8 Val di Rio Freddo
2 Lago Trasimeno and environs
Walk 9 Tuoro and Monte Gualandro
Walk 10 Passignano Ridge
Walk 11 Isola Maggiore
Walk 12 Isola Polvese
Walk 13 Montemelino and Montesperello
Walk 14 Paciano and Monte Pausillo
Walk 15 Monte Arale
3 Orvieto and Todi
Walk 16 Orvieto ring walk
Walk 17 Orvieto Aqueduct loop
Walk 18 Orvieto to Bolsena
Walk 19 Titignano Loop
Walk 20 Titignano to Roccaccia
Walk 21 Civitella del Lago
Walk 22 Todi and the River Tiber
Walk 23 Vasciano–Montenero
4 Assisi and around
Walk 24 Bettona–Collemancio
Walk 25 Monte Subasio
Walk 26 Spello and Monte Pietrolungo
Walk 27 Bevagna to Montefalco
5 Spoleto and the Valnerina
Walk 28 Spoleto and Monteluco
Walk 29 Giro dei Condotti
Walk 30 Spoleto to Sant’Anatolia di Narco
Walk 31 Valnerina
Walk 32 Monte Coscerno
Walk 33 Roccaporena to Cascia
Walk 34 Monte Meraviglia
6 Norcia and the Sibillini
Walk 35 Preci and Sant’Eutizio
Walk 36 Campi to Norcia
Walk 37 Monte Patino
Walk 38 Monte delle Rose
Walk 39 Piano Grande di Castelluccio
Walk 40 Dogana Loop
 
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Italian-English Glossary
Appendix C Useful contacts
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