Valley walk – Sentiero Francescano della Pace

A beautiful sunny day here at Bellaugello Gay guesthouse in Umbria brought with it blue skies and Apricot trees bursting into bloom, thus pressaged a walk.

Bellaugello is situated in a commanding position facing south toward Monte Subasio, the large hill on the other side of which nestles the rosy pink city of Assisi.  It was from there that Saint Francis set off to Gubbio where he famously tamed the wolf.  His route has become a delightful and well trod walk and passes close to our gay guesthouse.

Walking is for the most part on easy gravel roads and tracks, and takes you through glorious tranquil countryside skirting ancient abbeys, hamlets and farms.

Hedgerows were abundant with wild flowers, We passed ancient ruined farm housesand headed on toward the abbey of San Pietro where the track drops to the valley below before rising again to make the summit of the abbey of Biscina, today too far for us, lazily as the light began to fade we headed back and passed by the tiny chapel of the Ripa, an ancient rest place, and thence back to Bellaugello seen in the distance in the last photograph for tea and cake in front of the fire!  A splendid peaceful afternoon….