Umbria

Walking the Way of St Francis

Pilgrim routes are popular these days and many people walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, but few have heard of walking the Way of St Francis. Rupert Parker walks the route from Le Marche to Umbria.

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Perugia Pearl of Umbria

Perugia is the capital of Umbria and one of the best preserved of the region’s hill towns. The walls are still intact, encircling the medieval centre and you can easily spend a few days here exploring its steep streets.No wonder why they call it Perugia Pearl of Umbria

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Foligno. Still undiscovered in Umbria

Early evening and the ancient Palazzo Candiotti in Folingno has a big smile on her face. It’s just like old times. A proper baroque banquet. The Festa d’Oro e di Vento no less, with 250 guests commemorating the 70th anniversary of the modern Quintana joust. I can almost feel this grand old dame sighing in contentment in her Sunday best. If I didn’t know better, I would think I’d been teleported back to the 17th century.

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Walking Holiday in Le Marche

Our first evening briefing in the lounge of Hotel Leone was preceded by wine and nibbles, so naturally, on the pretext of looking to store much needed energy for the next day’s trek, the majority of my nibbles were gratefully received . After all, you don’t go on a walking holiday in Le Marche trekking the mighty Sibillini national park with hunger pains, that would be foolish wouldn’t it?

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