Trasimeno, rete da pesca
Castiglione del Lago, la rocca
Castiglione del lago, cammino di ronda
Castiglione del Lago, rocca e Palazzo della Corgna
Castiglione del Lago, visita
Oasi La Valle, inanellamento uccelli
Trasimeno, gita sul lago
Bosco San Francesco, la basilica San Francesco sullo sfondo
Visita a Palazzo trinci, Foligno
7 DAYS – from SATURDAY 16TH TO FRIDAY 22ND OF SEPTEMBER 2017
FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE UMBRI, FROM THE SPRINGS OF THE TIBER RIVER TO THOSE OF CLITUNNO
“The Umbria you would not expect” could be the subheading of this trip. Reading the travel plan, you will clearly understand why we decided to enrich our Italy Itineraries’ list with Umbria region, better known for its hamlets, olive trees and good food. This unusual itinerary is the result of a collaboration with Gabriele Salari, environmental journalist and author of two books dedicated to Umbria and another one on the hidden naturalistic paradises in Italy. This itinerary brings us along Umbria’s waterways, even though it starts in Romagna, precisely at the thermal springs of Bagno di Romagna, next to the border with Tuscany. On the hillslides of Mount Fumaiolo, we will discover the spring of the river Tiber, surrounded by a beech forest. Lake Trasimeno will offer birdwatching opportunities, ancient Romans waterworks and a pleasant boat trip with local fishermen reaching the little islands. We will then continue to explore Umbria’s waterways and history following the Roman aqueduct from Collepino to Spello, ending up to the springs of Clitunno, which were sacred to ancient Romans. We will also have the chance to admire the authenticity and architectural value of Bevagna, Assisi, Spello and Spoleto, among other smaller but not less evocative hamlets. Last but not least, exclusive little moments such as a medieval dinner inside an antique palace will add even more value to this unexpected experience.
TRAVEL PLAN 2017
DAY 1: CESENA – BAGNO DI ROMAGNA
Meeting at Cesena railway station with the guide and the driver.
Transfer to Bagno di Romagna and hotel check-in. The accommodation offers an old thermal spring inside, which was discovered by ancient Umbri.
Tour of the village and of the town museum. Almost not affected by the decades of development, Bagno di Romagna is very authentic, with views of Medieval and Renaissance taste.
The day ends with relaxing in the hotel’s thermal pool, dinner (on your own) and overnight stay
DAY 2: Bagno di Romagna – Tiber springs – Castiglione del Lago – Passignano del Trasimeno
The morning starts reaching Mount Fumaiolo. Around its 1,268 metres-high peak we will find the springs of Tiber, running then through Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio and finally flowing into the Tyrrhenian Sea. The hillsides of Monte Fumaiolo give also birth to Savio and Marecchia rivers.
After visiting Tiber springs, transfer to Castiglione del Lago, located on a calcareous rock headland.
Lunch (on your own).
Visit to the Castle and Palazzo della Corgna, the most important palace in Castiglione del Lago and most relevant museum in the area, presenting several rooms decorated with Renaissance frescos by Pomarancio.
Arrival in Passignano del Trasimeno and hotel check in.
Dinner (not included) and overnight stay.
DAY 3: PASSIGNANO DEL TRASIMENO (TRASIMENO LAKE)
The day is dedicated to exploring Trasimeno Lake, a true natural paradise where birdwatchers observe herons, ducks, cormorants and grebes.
We will share the experience of birdwatching inside the Oasi La Valle, where you can also admire the waterworks built by the ancient Romans.
The surrounding area is distinguished by hills and forests together with sunflowers and corn fields and olive trees and vineyards.
The fishermen will bring us on a boat trip, giving a demonstration of fishing in the lake.
Visit of Isola Polvese and Isola Maggiore and their meaningful historical and artistic landscapes.
Lunch (not included) on Isola Maggiore, and then back to the hotel for dinner (not included) and overnight stay.
DAY 4 : PASSIGNANO DEL TRASIMENO – BEVAGNA – ASSISI
In the morning we leave for Bevagna, a tipical Medieval town surrounded by ancient walls.
After visiting the town, autonomous lunch and transfer to Assisi, passing through Rasiglia, a very small village in the mountains next to Foligno crossed by several waterways: the Menotre’s waters run here through water works, thanks to which the town is rich in waterfalls and streams.
Arrival in Assisi and accommodation in a farm.
NB: if the weather is favourable, instead of Rasiglia we will admire the lavender fields in Cannara, visiting a plant nursery and stopping in a winery for a tasting of Sagrantino di Montefalco.
DAY 5: ASSISI
The day is dedicated to the well-known Roman town of Assisi, symbol of peace and birthplace of one of the world’s most loved and venerated saint: San Francesco, who was born in Assisi in 1182.
We will visit the Forest of San Francesco, Basilica di San Francesco, the underground Roman town and the Roman thermal baths.
Lunch is on you own.
Dinner is in the farm and the evening sees an exclusive concert from the contemporary singer-songwriter Massimo Liberatori. Overnight stay.
DAY 6: ASSISI – MONTE SUBASIO – ASSISI
In the morning we leave for Collepino, a small village next to Spello and in the middle of Subasio Park, at an altitude of 600 meters.
Visit of the Medieval castle and stroll along the Roman aqueduct from Collepino to Spello, around 5 kilometers.
Visit of Spello and lunch (not included). Located between Assisi and Foligno on a rock spur of Monte Subasio, Spello is one of the best place in the area for admiring ancient Roman architecture: the ancient walls, the ruins of the theater, amphitheater, thermae and the original gates (Consolare, Urbica and Venere). Transfer to Foligno, with a unique opportunity to visit Palazzo Trinci, which presents the wonderful frescoes by Gentile da Fabriano from the 15th century, and to enjoy a Medieval dinner inside the palace.
Back to Assisi and overnight stay.
DAY 7: ASSISI – CLITUNNO – SPOLETO – DEPARTURE
In the morning, visiting the springs of Clitunno, a true naturalistic delight, and a small Roman temple.
Tour of Spoleto, including ruins and architecture from different ages .
Transfer to the railway station and departure.
Transportation: small vehicles such as minibus will be used. The tour guide is an Italian archaeologist who speaks English and French. Local guides will be included when necessary.
Climate: being located on hills and mountains, Umbria presents different types of weather according to the area. Usually, winters are cold and the temperature goes under 0 degrees. Summers are hot but not dramatically, with an average temperature of 25 degrees.
Overnight stays: Hotel Terme Sant’Agnese in Bagno di Romagna; Hotel Kursal in Passignano del Lago; Le Mandrie Agriturismo in Assisi (or similar accommodations if not available).
Formalities: Not-Italian participants can ask for entrance formality in Italy.
PRICES PER PERSON From Cesena to Spoleto
€ 1.840 basic with 10-11 participants
€ 1.690 basic with 12-14 participants
– trains: on demand
– single room surcharge € 250
– travel insurance (including healthcare and medical
expenses reimboursement, luggage, injuries, “zero-risks”): € 61
– individual management cost € 80
– extra overnight in Cesena or Spoleto on demand
– cancellation insurance
(inclusive of the travel insurance) 4,5%
– integration of travel insurance
(in order to raise from €15.000 to €55.000 medical
expenses reimboursement and from €750
to €1.500 luggage reimboursement) €45
For bookings made at least 90 days before the departure, and confirmed by the deposit fee transfer, integration of travel insurance and cancellation insurance will be granted with no extra costs.
Prices per person includes: welcoming and transfers from and to the hotel/railway station, minibus transfers, overnight stays as described, breakfast, two dinners as described in the plan, tickets to museums and sites, local guides where necessary, a private concert, Italian tour guide, travel homage.
Prices per person do not include: tourist taxes, meals (excluded two dinners as described), drinks, tips, mandatory insurance, optional insurance, personal expenses, extras, anything not mentioned.
– local services prices are in euros, therefore they are not subject to currency adjustments.
– for technical and organisational reasons, during the booking phase or later the travel itself could be subject to changes, maintaining the original plan as close as possible.
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