Trekking itineraries in the Monte Subasio Natural Park
Path and itineraries amidst greenery and history: discover the most authentic Umbria in the Monte Subasio Natural Park.
Fascinating paths into pristine nature; vivid, intense colours; the animals roaming free and wild through these valleys: you will find all this and much more in the Monte Subasio Natural Park, Umbria's most famous mountain range. This land, since the 10th century, has been immersed in a sacred and mystical air. It is not surprising that even Saint Francis chose the peace of this place to found his monastic order.
One of the locations worth visiting within the park is without doubt the town of Spello, a concentrate of traces of the Roman era and beyond, which also boasts beautiful bathhouses and renaissance churches. Just outside the historic centre, one encounters the typical scents of Mediterranean vegetation, coming across olive trees and fertile fields interrupted only by ancient urban centres and sanctuaries, such as the one dedicated to the Madonna della Spella, located at nearly 1000 metres of altitude and dating from the year 1080.
We also recommend visiting Valtopina, a small town located on the river Topino, not far from the important Flaminia road and thus a strategic point for the ancient Romans. The castles of Poggio, Serra, and Gallano, instead, date from the Middle Ages, as is also the case with the fortresses of Torre di Capodacqua and Fortezza del Calestro.
Not far from Valtopina we find Piano della Pieve, an ideal location for walks amidst a florid vegetation. Here we find evocative gorges dug out by the river and an ideal destination for lovers of canyoning.
We thus arrive to the park's queen, the city of Assisi. The hometown of the Franciscan cult has a lot to offer visitors: history and art itineraries, but also relaxation and wellness activities. Not far from the centre, after all, it is possible to enjoy the magic of the countryside without giving up comfort and service.
An absolute must-see is the Eremo delle Carceri, one of the area's most precious spiritual destinations, a hermitage surrounded by caves and meditative corners. The building is hidden behind a thick vegetation of enormous beech trees.
We end our proposed itinerary in Nocera Umbra, known for its thermal waters and protected by impressive defensive walls. Here, amidst valleys and rolling hills, the water springs are located near bottling industries, and every summer there is a festival celebrating all this bounty.