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

Stage 9 - from Assisi to Foligno

From Assisi to Foligno: the walk towards Rome continues.

After having visited Assisi and meditated in the places St. Francis himself frequented, the road to Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica continues. Foligno is just 20 km from Assisi, and the route takes you through olive groves and Monte Subasio Park, with a stopover in Spello.
19,345 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 450
Loss of altitude
- 580
gravel road-tarmac
Road Sign
Travel time
6 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
From Assisi, the hometown of St Francis, we set off towards Rome, the heart of Italian Christianity and culture. Today’s final destination is Foligno. Start the walk at the Lower Basilica of St Francis towards the Basilica of Santa Chiara and then leave town through Porta Nuova. Continue along the same street through the new residential areas of Assisi and once you pass the Belvedere del Buon Ladrone you’ll be in the pristine nature of the woods of Mt. Subasio, to your left, and a landscape man embellished with olive trees to your right. The route is relatively flat and features secondary roads without traffic. When you get to the juncture with Via degli Olivi, turn left and pass two votive shrines on your left. A lovely trail with views of the Valley of Assisi begins here, and the route alternates between paved roads and dirt roads until you reach Maestà di Mascione, a shrine full of ex-votos, near a water fountain. Soon after you will enter Spello by the Porta Montanara. The town is well worth a visit for the lovely works of art it is home to. Once done, it’s time to continue to Foligno. The first portion takes you over paved roads used by few cars, but to enter Foligno you need to cross Viale Firenze, where there is always plenty of traffic. Continue onwards and cross the bridge over the Topino river to get to Piazza San Giacomo, where there is a church of the same name dedicated to the saint who protects pilgrims, and then on to Piazza della Repubblica, where a plaque commemorates the place where Francis once sold his father’s fabrics to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Church of San Damiano in Assisi.
What you should know before departure
There are water fountains in Assisi, loc. Maestà di Mascicone, Spello and Foligno. 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.
We suggest you slow down and stop in at Spello to see the magnificent Baglioni chapel graced with frescoes by Pinturicchio.
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 ofComprensorio Assisano
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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