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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Southern Way from Roma to Assisi

Stage 7 - from Poggio Bustone to Piediluco

From the Sanctuary of Poggio Bustone to Piediluco, to put your backpack down on the banks of the calm lake in Umbria.

Setting off from the sanctuary of Poggio Bustone, after 22 km you will reach the lake of Piediluco. This leg of the journey is challenging because of the steep uphill stretch to the Faggio di San Francesco d'Assisi (St Francis' Beech Tree). The beauty of the grand tree and of the landscapes over the valley are a reward for your efforts.
Poggio Bustone
22,041 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 940
Loss of altitude
- 1.370
dirt road-path-tarmac
Road Sign
yes (wooden signs indicating Francesco's Way, yellow-blue signs, horizontal CAI red and white signs, vertical and horizontal yellow-blue signs)
Travel time
8 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
After leaving the Holy Valley, you set off from the Sanctuary of Poggio Bustone to enter into Umbria. The difficulty of this leg of the journey is represented by the uphill climb, which is sometimes steep, to the St Francis' Beech Tree, but it is rewarded by the mightiness of the ancient tree, at the foot of which you can take a break. It is said that, in this place, the Poor Man was suddenly caught in a bad storm. So Francis sought shelter under a beech tree, which miraculously bent its branches as if it were an umbrella.
Beyond the historical reliability of this fact, it is true that after the long climb, a pilgrim cannot resist taking a rest at the foot of this grand tree, as is shown by the numerous objects left on its branches. As for the rest, the route takes you along pleasant trails and mule tracks accompanied by the splendid views of lakes Lungo and Ripasottile, on the Plain of Rieti. Along the route, the little village of Labro is an excellent place in which to stop and rest. High up and in the distance, the castle of Piediluco appears, while the route continues on flat ground towards the village. The Lake of Piediluco welcomes pilgrims and has been immortalized many times by the artists of the Grand Tour, while the Sanctuary preserves the memories of the passage of the Patron Saint of Italy and of ecology.
What you should know before departure
There are water fountains in Colle Rucciolo, Labro, Vocabolo Valle Spoletina, Piediluco. 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. There is a bar in the little village of Labro.
Crouching at the foot of the great “Faggio di San Francisco” is a must. The first stretch should be tackled at a slow pace, after which the route becomes easier. Labro is a little gem worthy of a visit. 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 and IAT Tourist Information in the Terni Area (Comprensorio Ternano)
Address: Via Cassian Bon, 4 - 05100 Terni
Phone: 0744 423047 - Fax 0744 427259
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