Umbria, Italy 2015

Spoleto, the Sabine Hills, the Way of Saint Francis and the Duchy

A remarkable extended walk down the spine of Italy from Spoleto, just south of Assisi, to the abbey of Farfa, at the southern tip of the Sabine Hills. 

From the medieval town of Spoleto, we headed over the hills to the Val Nerina at Ferentillo;  onward past vine-clad pastures to the lake at Piediluco, the last remnant of a stretch of water that once filled the whole of the Rieti Plain. We stayed in Labro, before crossing the Plain to the Sabine Hills at Greccio, where Saint Francis is believed to have invented the Christmas Nativity scene. Then after crossing the hills, through Cottanello, then Casperia, to Mauro and Ornella’s “real” Agriturismo and to finish off, two nights in Mompeo.