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

Stage 8 - from Valfabbrica to Assisi

From Valfabbrica to Assisi: the great day has arrived. The journey comes to an end in front of the tomb of St Francis in the Basilica dedicated to him.

After the long days of walking, of effort and joy, uphill and downhill, the journey to Assisi in the footsteps of St Francis is coming to an end. This leg of the journey requires a final effort in order to tackle the uphill and downhill stretches.
From
Valfabbrica
To
Gubbio
Distance
14,5 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 579
Loss of altitude
- 515
Surface
gravel road-tarmac
Road Sign
yes (yellow tau and yellow blue signs indicating Francesco's Way)
Travel time
5 hours
Water sources
yes
Resting areas
yes
Degree of difficulty
 
easy
The route starts in the silence of the hills and woods, and then from Pieve San Niccolò the landscape opens up over the valleys with olive groves and vineyards. The first stretch is in the forest and you will have to tackle a few challenging uphill areas in the woods. This leg of the journey is a compendium of the route covered: uphill and downhill stretches, some quite steep, but the nearness of Assisi brings new energy to your legs. Suddenly, you will notice the harmonious and majestic Sacred Convent and the Basilica of St Francis as one with the city of Assisi.
This is one of the most beautiful moments of the journey, which foretells the joy of your arrival. Once you reach Assisi on foot, in the locality of Ponte de Galli, there is the lower point of access to the Bosco di San Francesco (Forest of St Francis) of the FAI (Italy's National Trust – make an offer to enter), which you can cross as an alternative to the uphill tarmac road. You enter Assisi from Porta San Giacomo, through which the pilgrims left the town on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
The majestic façade of the Basilica of St Francis, when lit up by the sun, is the first reward of the journey. The great moment has come: you only need to reach the Saint's tomb. Here, in the soft everlasting light, pilgrims can gather their thoughts in prayer and meditate about the journey they have been on. Next to the entrance to the Lower Basilica, there is the Statio Peregrinorum, where you can collect your well-deserved Testimonium (for those who have travelled 100 km on foot or 200 km by bike) or the Chartula Peregrini, which will allow you to remember your journey forever.
What you should know before departure
Sources 
The only water fountains are at Pieve San Niccolò, next to the cemetery. Remember to fill your water bottle with at least 1.5 litres of water in the summer.
Intermediate legs
This is a short leg, but not one to be underestimated. The only residential area before Assisi is that of Pieve San Niccolò.
Suggestions
The Statio Peregrinorum, where you can collect the certificates of the journey, is open in the morning and in the afternoon. For the opening hours, go to Testimonium Viae Francisci. Enjoy every moment of your journey - you are almost there (and this is valid for the entire journey of the St Francis' Way).
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Tourist Information Office of Assisi
Address: Piazza del Comune - 06081 Assisi
Phone: 075 8138680 - 075 8138681 - Fax 075 8138686
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