Walking in Umbria
40 walks in the 'Green Heart' of Italy
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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.
SeasonsSpring to autumn, but year-round is possible - except for mountainous areas in winter where snow is common.
CentresPerugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Norcia, Spoleto, Orvieto, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Umbertide, Montone
DifficultyWalks are graded 1-3, from easy to difficult.
Must SeeAssisi, 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.
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.
A potted history
Plants and flowers
When to go
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 1
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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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.View Articles and Books by Gillian Price