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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Northern Way from La Verna to Assisi

Stage 6 - from Pietralunga to Gubbio

From Pietralunga to Gubbio, where Francis was received as a pilgrim at the beginning of his new path of life.

A leg of approximately 26 km on secondary roads and mule tracks. The uphill and downhill stretches are not challenging. The first stretch is in the silence of the mountain valleys, while the second part is all on flat ground as far as Gubbio. The trail is dotted with hermitages, abbeys and little villages.
From
Pietralunga
To
Gubbio
Distance
26,2 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 651
Loss of altitude
- 712
Surface
gravel road-tarmac
Road Sign
yes (yellow tau and vertical and horizontal yellow-blue signs)
Travel time
7 hours
Water sources
yes
Resting areas
yes
Degree of difficulty
 
medium
Along St Francis' Way there are different ways of shortening this leg of the journey, while the churches and abbeys, even if closed, offer the possibility to stop and rest in the shade of the trees. You can walk without difficulty through the forests and open meadows, which offer sweeping views of the surrounding hills, and then cross the forest of conifers. The trail continues on along a tarmac road and, suddenly, the splendid plain around Gubbio opens up, where the horizontal lines of the fields cross the vertical lines of the poplars along the irrigation channels.
Once you reach the locality of Loreto, the landscape changes: the silent forests give way to the cultivated fields and the villages. You will reach a tree-lined panoramic viewpoint next to the church of San Giovanni Battista (usually closed, but the kind caretaker lives opposite the church).
You continue on downhill, until you reach the locality of Abbadia di Piazza, where you carry on along a secondary road, alongside which there are majestic oak trees. From here, a long stretch in the sun and on the tarmac begins and you will come across the new "Fonte del Pellegrino" (Fountain of the Pilgrim), a gift to wayfarers from the Parish Church of San Venanzio in Sermonte - Rione del Piano - in the Diocese of Gubbio. Your arrival in Gubbio is a reward for your efforts, not only because of the beauty of the place, but because of the strong bond that unites St Francis to the town.
The Way ends in front of the church of St Francis, where there is an endearing statue of Francis and the wolf, in memory of the miraculous taming of the ferocious beast by the Saint. If you can spend a day in Gubbio, it is worthwhile walking around the town circuit known as the Path of "Fratello Lupo" (Brother Wolf), which allows pilgrims to visit the Franciscan places in the town, the "second home" of the Saint from Assisi.
What you should know before departure
Sources
There are numerous water fountains along the way. Always remember to fill your water bottle.
Intermediate legs
You can shorten this leg of the journey by stopping at the Locality of San Benedetto Vecchio, the locality of Loreto and in the area of Gubbio.
Suggestions
If you want to have enough time to visit Gubbio, set out very early in the morning. Remember to take food and water for lunch along the way. Be careful in summer while on the last stretch in the sun from the Locality of Raggio to Gubbio: take a sun hat and avoid the hottest hours along this stretch. We recommend that you have the maps of the trail with you.
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Tourist Service Associate
Address: Via della Repubblica 15 - 06024 Gubbio
Phone: 075 9220693
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