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

Stage 3 - from Sansepolcro to Citerna

From Sansepolcro to Citerna, the landscape becomes more gentle and the Umbrian countryside begins.

A short leg of the journey, without any unevenness between Tuscany and Umbria.
You can take advantage of the day to visit Sansepolcro or Citerna, places historically linked to the pilgrim routes, reaching the town of Citerna in less than four hours, which is where your journey through the land of St. Francis begins: Umbria.
12,17 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 300
Loss of altitude
- 175
gravel road-tarmac
Road Sign
yes (vertical red-white sign with black Tau on yellow background, yellow tau and vertical and horizontal yellow-blue signs)
Travel time
4 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
Sculpted on the door of the Cathedral of Sansepolcro is the traditional image of the pilgrim, with a stick and knapsack, as if to create a bond of continuity, over the centuries, between the ancient and the modern spiritual travellers. This route lasts approximately 4 hours, mainly on flat ground between the cultivated fields and ancient country houses. Moving away from the town, you need to watch out for the traffic, but in less than 3 km you will be walking along country roads to reach the land of St. Francis: Umbria. The uphill slopes become less steep and the landscape becomes gentler.
The Village of Citerna, which is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, stands on a hill in the Upper Tiber Valley and has the characteristics of a fortification functioning as a watchtower.
Places worth visiting in the old town centre are: the church-museum dedicated to St. Francis (ask someone to tell you the mysterious story of the discovery of the Madonna di Donatello); the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, in which you will find the precious Crucifixion by Pomarancio and a Madonna with Child of the Della Robbia school; a visit to the unusual medieval walkway within the walls is a must.
What you should know before departure
There are water sources (Sansepolcro, Gricignano, Fighille, Citerna). Remember to fill your water bottle with at least 1.5 litres of water in the summer.
Intermediate legs
A short stage of the journey that crosses little residential areas, where you can find accommodation and dining facilities.
This part of the journey is easy on your legs. You can use part of the day to visit Sansepolcro or Citerna. We recommend that you carry the maps of the trail with you.
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Office IAT of Città di Castello
Address: Corso Cavour 5 - 06012 Città di Castello
Phone: 075 8554922  -  Fax. 075 8529314
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Stage 2

From Pieve Santo Stefano to La Verna

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Stage 3

From Sansepolcro to Citerna

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Stage 4

From Citerna to Città di Castello

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