Umbria self guided walking holiday, the North Valley
Description of Umbria self guided walking holiday, the North Valley
Unearth Umbria's Upper Tiber Valley on a walking holiday and you'll soon become enveloped in one of Italy's wildest and woodiest regions packed full of rural charm and delicious hearty fare.
Umbria's North Valley is criss-crossed with rugged paths flanked by trees where medieval towns and agricultural villages, featuring stone-built farmhouses, appear over hillsides to offer a warm welcome to walkers.
The relationship that local communities have with the land is entrenched in everything they do and you'll find a real sense of togetherness and respect for the surrounding natural environment as you encounter organic home cooking, just the way nature intended.
This week long Umbria walking holiday offers numerous tracks and trails to help you make the most of the surrounding landscapes with an average of 11kms per day starting from Citta’ di Castello and working upwards to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina for fabulous valley views and an introduction to the Slow Food revolution of central Italy.
Your Umbria walking holidays continue on the well-worn pilgrimage pathway that leads from Assisi into neighbouring Tuscany with wooded hillsides, such as the Valle del Niccone, and the intensely rich earth of the Valle del Nestore painting just a couple of rural scenes along the way.
An ascent takes to one of the region's premier agriturismo properties where lovingly-restored stone farmhouses provide accommodation as you settle in and watch the farmed alpacas as the sun sets.
Pausing for thought at Molino Vitelli gives you a chance to stretch your legs as well as finding out more about the local community, including visits to artisan workshops, organic wool makers and local arts and crafts markets. Meals will be taken at one of the excellent local wineries which always adds to the enjoyment of a good day spent exploring outdoors.
A choice of itineraries makes this Umbria walking holiday really unique with archaeological treasures, the summit of Monte Acuto and sustainable agriturismo accommodation allowing you to travel responsibly as you step back in time to a world of simple, seasonal pleasures.
The longest walking itinerary (17kms) is saved for your penultimate day in Umbria with the highly-regarded town of Montone providing a glimpse at life without cars as you book into charming hotel accommodation and settle in for an evening of insight with your knowledgeable host.
1 Reviews of Umbria self guided walking holiday, the North Valley
Reviewed on 01 Aug 2016 by Patty Grant
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
There is no way to choose one part that was most memorable or exciting because each day offered something special and unique to the holiday. The people, food, views, and experiences were all fantastic!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
~Prepare for some steep grades with loose stone on some trails. Sports shoes, such as cross-trainers, work but a low-ankle hiking shoe would probably
provide better traction. Trekking pole was useful, as well.
~Definitely have lunch at Agriturismo I Muri at your midway point of the Tiberina Trail on day 2. You will be so glad you did!
~Mario at Dogana Vecchia is delightful and endearing!
~Love the alpacas with Gianni and Marisa. There is a small shop to purchase some goods, so have some extra space in your suitcase!
~Take the time to visit Center Mola Cassanova for Renewable Energy and the Museum of Santa Croce, if possible, as you make your way to Umbertide. We
had the opportunity to meet the mayor of Umbertide, too. A most welcoming town!
~Take the time to talk with your hosts!!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was fabulous! Loved the people I met along the way! I have new friends that will hold a special place in my heart always. Thanks Colomba, Cristina, and all
Read the operator's response here:
Planet1) We support a local NGO, TAMAT, that is working on a project to develop sustainable mobility (H2power project) and we buy their gadgets to fund their activities. They are working, with other partners, on developing a demonstrator vehicle that is using as fuel a variable mixture of methane and hydrogen, that can be produced from renewable energy sources. They also organize awareness raising events for citizens and students about sustainable development and mobility and about the solution to preserve our environment.
2) We support the set up of the Foundation “Archeologia Arborea” in Città di Castello, which aims are to support biodiversity, the identification and multiplication of varieties of fruit trees that are disappearing because not as productive as the modern ones, protection of the landscape, support to sustainable development. The Foundation will take care, develop, reproduce and spread the different varieties of old and typical fruit trees that is the heritage of the San Lorenzo Collection, that includes 400 trees (apple, pear, cherry, plum, fig, almond, quince and medlar trees) that have been found in Central Italy and reproduced to avoid their extinction.
3) The goal of the Umbria Region is to achieve the 65% of separate collection of rubbish in a few years. Some of the 92 Umbria municipalities have reached it yet. We help support Umbria environment giving to our clients information to support recycling explaining how to divide rubbish and where to trough it. The most common categories of rubbish are: organic waste, non-recyclable waste and recyclable waste (paper, plastic, tin and glass). In the streets or in the hotels and B&B, you will find several containers that have different colours and have a label -written only in Italian- explaining what it must collect, so we provide our travellers with a simple guide with instructions to sustain recycling: check our little guide before disposing of your garbage to be eco-friendly!
People1) We give to our clients a list of farmers’ markets: open air food shops from the producer to the consumer, vegetables organically grown and “Km0" farms. Buying and tasting their products is a way to support small local producers that otherwise risk to disappear. Farmers’ markets in Umbria are part of a project called “ Campagna Amica” that identifies and safeguards Italian and certified farmers’ products. In these markets you can find women producing buffalo mozzarella and cheeses, farmers with fresh fruit and vegetables (there is also a cooperative that sells products grown in a jail by prisoners), producing and selling typical flours and beans and so on. We support “La Spesa in Campagna” a another great initiative supporting the resilience of short, local food supply, promoting values of identity and social responsibility; increasing viability of rural farming and local producers.
2) We support another great project from the locally based NGO TAMAT: a social start up purchasing network of producers supporting the local economy and effecting social change. This project has Plymouth University as partner, a pioneering institution to embed a culture of social entrepreneurship and sustainability in the UK.
3) We are associated to Le Mat - social entrepreneurs in tourism. This is their manifesto: " We would like a tourism able to open the minds towards those who are different from us, a tourism where you can meet people who are curious to meet you; where through travelling and discovering unfamiliar methods, thoughts and actions you can listen to thousands of stories and experiences of different cultures of local communities willing to exchange with and to welcome who come from abroad ...". We work with their franchisees, for example with an hostel located in the most beautiful square of one of the Medieval cities where the tour will bring you, that was once a convent of nuns. They promote meetings with local people living in the village, as Luciana, a woman that hand weaves wool dyed only with vegetal colours from saffron and onion.