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The Via di Francesco - Roman Way from La Verna to Roma

Stage 6 - from Perugia to Assisi

The last leg of the Roman Way, one of the most mystical and beautiful of them all, goes from Perugia to Assisi

The sixth and final leg of the Roman Way takes you from Perugia to Assisi over a short and easy route. It is one of the loveliest and most meaningful stretches of the entire trip, steeped in spirituality and beauty.
From
Perugia
To
Assisi, Basilica di San Francesco
Distance
25 Km
Height differences
300 meters
Surface
tarmac - dirt road
Road Sign
No
Recommended Bike
hybrid, gravel, ebike
Water sources
yes (Perugia, Ponte Valleceppi, Bastia, Assisi)
 
Degree of difficulty
 
  easy
The sixth leg of the Roman Way goes from Perugia to Assisi, the city of St Francis, and is one of the loveliest stretches of the entire journey, both for the emotional impact of making it to Assisi and for the artistic and cultural beauty you’ll encounter along the way. Today’s route is short and quite easy, it’s a great chance to recover after all the hard pedalling of the past few days. It will get you to Assisi without too much of an effort as you enjoy this beautiful part of Umbria. Today’s route is under 30 kilometres long and begins from the historical centre of Perugia, down Via dal Pozzo. The road becomes very steep after the church of San Bevignate and leads to Casaglia, and then further downhill to Ponte Valleceppi, where you pick up the cycle path along the Tiber.
From here you will travel over dirt and paved roads without traffic, along the same route those walking the St Francis’ Way cover, until you reach Bastia, from where, in the distance, you can already glimpse a beautiful view of Assisi rising on the slopes of Mt. Subasio. When you get to the feet of the city you will climb upwards over the via mattonata, or brick footpath, to avoid traffic. Stay on your bike for as long as you can, then get off to walk the last bit that leads to the Lower Basilica, the point of arrival of the St Francis’ Way. If you feel very fit by this point, so you might consider continuing upwards to the top of Mt Subasio to the Eremo delle Carceri hermitage, a beautiful spot with gorgeous views of the valley below. To get there you will need to have the energy to face a few kilometres of steep uphill riding over a gradient in excess of 10%. You really do need to be fit.
What you should know before departure
Sources
There are sources of water at Perugia, where you will be able to get a supply of water for the leg of the journey, Ponte Valleceppi, shortly after departure, Bastia and Assisi. The leg of the journey is short, but in the summer, we advise you to travel with two water bottles or a water reservoir.
Intermediate stages
The leg of the journey is short and probably does not require intermediate stop-offs, also because, at this point, you will be overwhelmed by the desire to reach Assisi.

Suggestions
The Perugia to Assisi ride is one of the easiest of the entire journey, so our only advice - aside from being careful in the traffic leaving Perugia and during the steep downhill slide to Casaglia on paved road - is to enjoy it. You enter Assisi on a lovely footpath laid with bricks, the via mattonata, to avoid traffic, but do be careful of the pedestrians. The last few metres, just before the Lower Basilica, are on foot.
As always don't forget to take a small food supply with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, mineral salts if it's very hot).
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Public Information and Tourist Office Assisi
Piazza del Comune - 06081 Assisi
Phone: 0758138680 / 0758138681 - Fax 0758138686
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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