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

Stage 9 - from Arrone to Ceselli

From Arrone to Ceselli, walking back along the Nera river through fortified villages, towers and abbeys.

This relaxing leg of the journey is 15 km long and is useful for relaxing your weary muscles and preparing yourself for the uphill climb to Spoleto. You will walk on flat ground along the valley of the Nera River, the bends of which have been compared, according to local legends, to the coils of a dragon. Along the ancient communication routes, watched over by the hillside castles, you will walk through the greenery of nature.
14,635 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 336
Loss of altitude
- 300
tarmac-dirt road
Road Sign
yes (yellow blue signs indicating Francesco's Way)
Travel time
5 hours
Water sources
yes (Arrone, Ferentillo, Colleponte, Ceselli)
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
The St Francis Way starts from the collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta in Arrone and is a pleasant walk along the narrow valley of the Nera river. You proceed on flat ground, with the rocky outcrops of the mountains sloping down to the valley on the right and the clear waters of the river on the left. In the distance, Ferentillo appears with its two castles, Precetto and Materella, which face each other from the mountains of Sant'Angelo and Gabbio. The little village is worth stopping at in order to visit the unusual "Museum of Mummies” situated in the crypt of the church of Santo Stefano.
It is said that, among the mummies, the bodies of two oriental pilgrims who were transiting through Umbria are preserved. After leaving the village, you walk along the valley until, on the mountainside on the other side of the river, you notice the abbey of San Pietro in Valle, with its impressive bell tower. For those who have time, it is definitely worth making a detour to see this place. The abbey contains exceptionally beautiful works of art. Quite soon, you will reach Ceselli, which stands on a gentle hillside beyond the river.
What you should know before departure
There are water fountains in Arrone, Ferentillo, Colleponte, Ceselli. Remember to fill your water bottle with at least 1.5 litres of water in the summer.
Intermediate legs 
There are resting areas where you can stop and take a regenerative break or find accommodation and shorten this leg of the journey.
Along the route, there is the unusual and surprising “Museum of Mummies" in Ferentillo. The Abbey of San Pietro in Valle is about 4 km from the path and is a treasure chest of works of art, from the ancient Roman sarcophaguses to the series of frescoes and the works of art from the Lombard period. 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 Office of Valnerina
Address: Via G. da Chiavano, 2 - 06043 Cascia (PG)
Phone: 0743 71401 / 0743 76630
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