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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Southern Way from Roma to Assisi

Stage 14 - from Foligno to Assisi

From Foligno to Assisi: the great day of arrival at your destination.

The final destination of the journey is the Basilica of St Francis. Here, in front of the tomb of the Poor Man, the long journey comes to an end.
From
Foligno
To
Assisi
Distance
20 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 504
Loss of altitude
- 372
Surface
gravel road-tarmac
Road Sign
yes (vertical and horizontal yellow-blue signs)
Travel time
5 hours
Water sources
yes
Resting areas
yes
Degree of difficulty
 
easy
Although the idea of your arrival drives you to accelerate your pace, we recommend that you slow down to enjoy the last part of your journey to the full. Setting off from the Cathedral of Foligno and crossing Piazza San Giacomo, with the church of the same name dedicated to the patron saint of pilgrims, you continue on and go past the bridge over the Topino river. After a stretch of approximately 6 km on secondary roads, you enter Spello, going through the monumental Consular gate. It is worth stopping off at the little town, with its wealth of works of art. From Spello, you can decide whether to tackle the hiking trail, which is more difficult, but almost entirely in the woods of the regional park of Monte Subasio, or to take the pleasant walk across the hillside. To follow the latter option, you leave the town through Porta Montanara and then you walk serenely across the slopes of Monte Subasio along the Via degli Ulivi.
There is only one uphill climb, which is easy, and then, in Assisi, the footsteps of St Francis join those of St Clare. In fact, you reach the Basilica of St Clare first and then that of St Francis. Lastly, the reward for your journey will be when you stop in the shade of the Lower Basilica, in front of the tomb of St Francis. The path continues downhill towards the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, inside which there is the Porziuncola, the place where the first Franciscan community emerged. There are numerous places of St Francis of Assisi here and in the surrounding areas, so you need to stay at least a day in order to have time to visit them and meditate.
What you should know before departure
Sources 
There are water fountains in Foligno, Spello, Maestà di Mascicone, Assisi. Remember to fill your water bottle with at least 1.5 litres of water in the summer.
Intermediate stages 
There are resting areas where you can stop and take a regenerative break or find accommodation and shorten this leg of the journey.
Suggestions
Although on the one hand, the desire to reach Assisi and end your journey is understandable, we invite you to slow your pace and stop at Spello, where a visit to the Baglioni chapel with the frescoes by Pintoricchio is a must. We recommend that you have the maps of the trail with you. Simplified maps can be downloaded by clicking on the online map. Remember to always have a small supply of food with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, something energy-giving in general).
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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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