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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Roman Way from La Verna to Roma

Stage 8 - from Trevi to Monteluco

This leg of the Roman Way starts among the olive trees of Trevi and, after passing Spoleto, goes up to Monteluco.

This leg will take you from Trevi to Monteluco, a place much loved by Francis, one of spirituality and great natural beauty. Along the way you can stop at the Fonti di Clitunno springs and the city of Spoleto, before the 7 kilometre climb at the end.
From
Trevi
To
Monteluco
Distance
30 Km
Height differences
800 meters
Surface
tarmac
Road Sign
No
Recommended Bike
hyrid, gravel, ebike
Water sources
yes (Trevi, Spoleto, Monteluco)

Degree of difficulty
 
  challenging
After Assisi, the journey along the Roman Way touches on another sacred place, a town imbued with great spirituality: Monteluco, where Francis lived for a brief period in 1218. He founded a primitive monastery there at the edge of the holy woods, where today you will find the Monteluco sanctuary.
Compared to the relatively easy stretches of the previous days, this leg is a more strenuous one, especially the 7 kilometre climb up to Montefalco. It is, however, a short leg of only 30 km and the climb is a gradual one with gradients of no more than 6-7%, so at a steady pace with the right gears you’ll be able to conquer the “summit” without too much of an effort. Any fatigue will be washed away by the great views along the ascent and the beautiful little town you get to.
The leg starts out in the centre of Trevi, with lovely views of the Umbrian valley below. The first stretch is downhill along a panoramic road through olive groves of rare beauty towards Bovara. Once in the valley and after crossing the Via Flaminia, you will be on the Assisi-Spoleto cycle path, which you can follow, far from traffic, into the centre of Spoleto. Take a little detour along the way and stop to enjoy the mysticism of the ancient Tempio del Clitunno and the water of the Fonti del Clitunno springs, both places that are well worth a short break.
Spoleto is one of central Italy’s most beautiful towns which, alongside clearly Roman landmarks, has held on to much of its medieval layout and atmosphere. Spend some time strolling through the centre, relax and store up some strength to face the final ascent to Monteluco, which begins at the spot where you’ll find the lovely church of San Pietro, just outside of the city’s boundaries.
What you should know before departure
Sources
There are sources of water at Trevi, where you will be able to get a supply of water for the leg of the journey, and Spoleto. On hot days make sure you fill your bottles up with plenty of water in Spoleto, as you still have a strenuous climb to face before the day is done. The climb is over shaded roads so the heat is bearable even in summer.
Intermediate stages
Spoleto is the ideal rest stop of this leg, for the beauty you should spend some time enjoying, but also because it is right at the feet of the Monteluco climb, therefore perfect for recharging your batteries before the ascent.
Suggestions
The day’s route is similar in structure to those of the past few legs, an easy ride over flat land and downhill stretches, to a final ascent. In this case, however, the final climb is longer and therefore harder than the previous ones. Pace yourself. The gradients are not especially steep, so use the right gears from the start and maybe even take a few breaks along the way up to be able to reach the top even if you are not especially fit. Don't forget to take a small food supply with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, mineral salts if it's very hot). Avoid eating too much before you start the last climb.
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Public Information and Tourist Office Spoleto
Address: Piazza della Libertà, 7 - 06049 Spoleto
Phone: 0743218620 – 0743218621; fax 0743218641
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