Years ago, in 2008, when I (Sylvia) backpacked through Italy, I stayed a couple of days on a camping in Spoleto, Umbria. Close to the San Pietro church, just outside the city center. I did not only come to visit Spoleto, but also to walk up the Monteluco of Saint Francis.
On a sunny morning I went to the tourist office to find a trail map of Monteluco. The tourist information is on the Piazza del Mercato, in the center of Spoleto. They gave me a free map, which was already sufficient to follow the correct path uphill. After I had studied the trail on the map, I bought a “porchetta” sandwich at a local butchery (roasted pork meat) and a bottle of water.
With my backpack and walking-sticks I passed the Ponte delle Torri to Monteluco. The trail to Monteluco is immediately to the right after crossing the bridge. The Ponte delle Torri is a well known bridge from the 14th century. It has huge gates and arcs, in the center of the bridge you find an opening which gives you a magnificent view of the Umbrian hills. The trail uphill the mountain is beautiful.
Hermitage Saint Francis
While walking you’ll have great views around. After about 1 hour walking you arrive in the sacred wood “bosco sacra”, where you find the hermitage of St. Francis. It is said that he came here often.
Further on you’ll find a field where you can have a picnic or where you can just hang around and rest. From there it is possible to continue walking the path. You follow the trail to the church of San Pietro, towards Spoleto. This church is just outside the city center of Spoleto nearby the Roman road the Via Flaminia, close to the camping. Of course it is also possible to take the same trail back to Spoleto.
To bring with you
I can recommend this trail for those who love trekking. You can do this walk in a morning or in an afternoon. It is important to put on hiking shoes, because the trail is not always flat and there are loose stones now and then. Always take with you a bottle of water and something to eat. A sweater or jacket cannot be missed, it can be colder up in the mountains compared to the valley.