Walking in Umbria

40 walks in the 'Green Heart' of Italy

By Gillian Price

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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.



Spring to autumn, but year-round is possible - except for mountainous areas in winter where snow is common.


Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Norcia, Spoleto, Orvieto, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Umbertide, Montone


Walks are graded 1-3, from easy to difficult.
Must See

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.
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15 Jul 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook by Italian walking expert Gillian Price describes 40 varied day walks in the region of Umbria, taking in the towns of Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto and Norcia. The walks range from 2.5km to 19km in length, the majority of the routes are circular, and several wonderful traverses have been included, with the return to the start point always possible by public transport.

    This guidebook also includes lots of practical information about recommended gear and maps to take and tips on local food, wildlife and culture, as well as useful tourist, accommodation and transport information and a brief Italian-English glossary.

    Set between Rome and Florence, the region is dotted with UNESCO World Heritage towns. The landscape, like that of neighbouring Tuscany, is one of rolling hills and deep woodlands, without the crowds of other well-known holiday regions in Italy. Walks cross flower meadows, wander down river valleys and also climb onto rugged hills and Apennine mountains, visiting Roman and Etruscan ruins as well as myriad ancient villages.

  • Contents

    A potted history
    Plants and flowers
    Getting there
    Local transport
    When to go
    Culinary delights
    What to take
    Dos and don’ts
    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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  • Reviews
    Without the guides we would simply have not been able to do some of the most tremendous walks in Europe.


    Many thanks and well done. I can't believe how much work you must put into these guides and I just want to say how much we have appreciated it. Without the guides we would simply have not been able to do some of the most tremendous walks in Europe.

    Many thanks,

    Graham S

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Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountains and flatter bits of Italy. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written outstanding Cicerone guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica and Corfu. An adamant promoter of public transport to minimise environmental impact, Gillian belongs to Mountain Wilderness and is an active member of the Venice branch of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.

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