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

Stage 8B - Alternative route through Perugia - from Perugia to Assisi

From Perugia to Assisi, the “Perfect Joy” leg is the last part of the journey.

The last 25 km leading first to Santa Maria degli Angeli, the place of the first Franciscan community, and then to Assisi, to conclude the journey at the tomb of St Francis inside the Basilica of St Francis.
25,37 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 400
Loss of altitude
- 510
gravel road-tarmac
Road sign
yes (yellow tau and yellow blue signs indicating Francesco's Way)
Travel time
8 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
The journey takes you through densely inhabited areas, although the charm of the invocation remains. In fact, on the way from Perugia to Santa Maria degli Angeli, St Francis explained to Friar Leone what the “perfect joy” was and how to achieve it. Also along this stretch of the journey, the “Peace March”, conceived by Aldo Capitini in 1961, takes place.
The route starts from the old town centre of Perugia and descends towards the valley. Once you have reached Ponte San Giovanni, after a stretch along the Tiber river, you continue along a tarmac road and partly on a dirt road until you reach Santa Maria degli Angeli. A visit to the places in which the presence of the Poverello d'Assisi (Poor man of Assisi) and the Order of Friars Minor can still be felt is a must. From the basilica, you take the Strada mattonata (Brick road). From here, we can see our destination: the Basilica of St Francis. The Brick Road continues on and, after a flight of steps, you turn left in order to reach Porta San Pietro and Assisi. After crossing the square you will get to the Basilica of St Francis, where the journey comes to an end in front of the tomb of St Francis.
What you should know before departure
The sources of water are present in Perugia, Ponte San Giovanni, Bastiola, Bastia, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi.
Intermediate stages
The route takes you mainly through inhabited areas.
Long stretches are not covered in vegetation and in spring / summer always take your sun hat, sunscreen and a good supply of water. We recommend that you have the maps of the trail with you.
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Tourist Information Office of Perugia Assisi
Address: Piazza del Comune - 06081 Assisi
Phone: 075 8138680 - 075 8138681 - Fax 075 8138686
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