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

Stage 3 - from Pietralunga to Gubbio

The third leg of the St Francis’ Way takes you through nature from Pietralunga to Gubbio.

This leg goes from Pietralunga to Gubbio, a relatively short distance with only two somewhat more arduous stretches. It’s an ideal route to enjoy nature and to recover from the strenuous efforts of the day before.
27 Km
Height differences
450 meters
Road sign
Recommended Bike
hybrid, gravel, ebike
Water sources
yes (Pietralunga, Mocaiana, Gubbio)
Degree of difficulty
You set out from the centre of the quiet town of Pietralunga on a relatively short and not especially difficult ride, great for recovering from the previous day’s strenuous efforts, especially considering the hard work that awaits you tomorrow! There are only two difficult stretches to overcome on the Pietralunga – Gubbio road. One is a gradual 3 km climb right after leaving Pietralunga and the other is 12 km further on, a very steep ascent that is less than a kilometre long. The rest of the route is over paved roads with very little traffic surrounded by verdant nature along the foot of the Apennines.
When you get to Mocaiana turn left and then walk alongside your bike until you rejoin the main road, then follow it all the way into the heart of Gubbio, which you can already admire from afar long before you arrive. Once you have passed the ancient Roman amphitheatre you will soon reach the main Piazza Quaranta Martiri, which is home to the old Church of St Francis, the end destination of this leg of the journey. From here you can reach the higher centre of town either on foot or your bike to admire the setting of medieval splendour, the magnificent architecture of buildings like the Palazzo dei Consoli, the town’s symbol and home to the Pinoteca picture gallery and the Archaeological museum, Palazzo Beni, Palazzo del Bargello and its famous fountain, and the Palazzo of the Capitano del Popolo. Gubbio was the site of an important episode in the life of St Francis. It was just outside of town, some scholars believe, where the first Franciscan convent was built and where the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria now stands, that Francis encountered and spoke with the wolf.
What you should know before departure
There are sources of water at Pietralunga, where you will be able to get a supply of water for the leg of the journey, and Mocaiana. Although the stage is short and develops in rather cool places 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.
The route is a relatively easy one and the only difficulties you’ll encounter are at the beginning, easy to overcome with rested legs still full of strength. That said, pace yourself, as the subsequent days’ routes are far more arduous. Enjoy the beauty of nature along the way and the breathtaking views of Gubbio, which you will spot in the distance many kilometres before you actually arrive. 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 Gubbio
Address: Via della Repubblica, 15 - 06024 Gubbio
Phone: 0759220693 - Fax 0759273409
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