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

Stage 8A - Alternative route through Perugia - from Valfabbrica to Perugia

From Valfabbrica to Perugia, an alternative route for visiting one of the most beautiful cities of art, where Francis was held captive.

This is an interesting alternative for visiting the city of Perugia, where St Francis' existential change began, during the year of his imprisonment. Today, the city offers numerous events, museums and monuments to visit.
29,2 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 1010
Loss of altitude
- 830
gravel road-tarmac
Road Sign
yes (yellow tau and vertical and horizontal yellow-blue signs)
Travel time
10 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
Going to Perugia, capital city of the Umbria Region, allows you to discover one of Umbria's most beautiful cities of art. Here, the modernity and vitality of the city coexist with the proud medieval past, which left behind it absolute artistic and architectural masterpieces. From Valfabbrica, the journey is mainly on tarmac road, between the fields of olive trees and various residential areas. You begin with a gradual, smooth uphill stretch towards Monte Verde: step by step, the view opens up onto the narrow valley of Valfabbrica.
First you reach Pianello, where you can stop for refreshment, and then you continue on to the castle of Ripa. You cross the village lengthways until you get to the Panoramic viewpoint over the little Piazzetta del Montarone, from which you can recognize Assisi and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. You continue on along the tarmac road, touching the residential areas of Lidarono, Ponte Valleceppi and Pretola. From the tower of Pretola the long and challenging climb begins, taking you to the area of the Templar church of San Bevignate and then into the Acropolis of Perugia.
What you should know before departure
There are water fountains in the various inhabited areas that you cross through (Valfabbrica, Pianello, Ripa, Ponte Valleceppi, Pretola, Perugia).
Intermediate stages
The route is about 29 km long, it is mainly on tarmac road and there are numerous residential areas along the way. There are resting areas.
It is a simple route, but keep in mind that the uphill climb to the Acropolis of Perugia is challenging. The beauty of the city rewards you for your efforts. Along the way, there is the Templar church of San Bevignate (see the opening hours here http://turismo.comune.perugia.it/poi/complesso-templare-di-san-bevignate). 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
Phone: 075 5736458 - 075 5772686 - Fax  075 5720988
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Stage 8

From Valfabbrica to Assisi

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Stage 8A

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Stage 8B

From Perugia to Assisi

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