Umbria to Rome Hiking

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Dates: Apr-Oct - see all dates

Total Days: 10

Activity Level: 3

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Umbria to Rome Hiking

Price:

2014

REI member: $3,299

Non-member: $3,625

2015

REI member: $3,499

Non-member: $3,850

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $999

Trip Dates:

2014

  • May 17–26
  • Jun 21–30
  • Sep 13–22
  • Sep 18–27
  • Oct 11–20

2015

  • Apr 4–13
  • May 16–25
  • Jun 20–29
  • Sep 12–21
  • Oct 10–19

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Group Size: 4-14

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Hotels, 8 nights; Agriturismo (farm guesthouse) 1 night. All accommodations have private baths.

Trip Highlights

  • Follow the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route from Assisi to Rome
  • Hike past stone farmhouses, olive groves, oak forests, and fortified towns
  • Savor culinary specialties and world-renowned regional wine
  • Soak in thermal baths, visit ancient abbeys, and take a walking tour of Rome

Following the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route, our Umbria-to-Rome hiking adventure winds through the most picturesque landscapes in central Italy. Along our journey, we sample culinary treasures and unique regional wines enjoyed throughout Italy, pass by tranquil olive groves and thick oak forests, and visit ancient abbeys and tombs.

Beginning in Assisi, we gain our first glimpse of the idyllic Umbrian countryside. Hiking past quaint stone farmhouses, our hikes lead to some of Umbria's most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns. Continuing, we pass from Umbria into Lazio, a region known for its volcanic lakes and mountain ranges; a natural refuge for the urbanites of Rome throughout the ages. Here, we hike between small villages and fortified towns, and soak in thermal baths whose waters have soothed pilgrims' weary bodies for millennia.

As our adventure ends, our path leads to the Eternal City itself – marvelous Rome. A final walk past many of the city's iconic buildings and fountains delivers us to St. Peter's Square in the heart of Vatican City, the perfect culmination of our Italian hiking adventure.

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Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - We meet in Assisi, known for its finely-preserved marble buildings.
  • Day 2 - A warm-up hike takes us through the Vale of Spoleto to lovely Spello.
  • Day 3 - Hike to Gubbio, with free time to explore this beautiful hill town.
  • Day 4 - Explore Perugia, known for its artistic traditions, and travel to Orvieto.
  • Day 5 - Discover the ancient streets of Orvieto; hike to volcanic Lake Bolsena.
  • Day 6 - Hike along a ridge overlooking sparkling Lake Bolsena to Montefiascone.
  • Day 7 - Walk by stone farmhouses and cypress trees to fortified Viterbo.
  • Day 8 - Visit Viterbo's Piazza San Pelligrino; hike to Vetralla.
  • Day 9 - Enjoy a walking tour of Rome's sites, ending in St. Peter's Square.
  • Day 10 - Part ways with our traveling companions in Rome this morning.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - We meet in Assisi, known for its finely-preserved marble buildings.

    Our trip begins today in Assisi, Italy. Assisi can be reached via direct rail connections from Rome (2½ hours). The birthplace of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Assisi's finely preserved marble buildings and scenic location on the slopes of Mt. Subasio contribute to its reputation as one of the most beautiful towns in Umbria. Depending on your arrival time today, you can opt to explore Assisi independently or relax before our initial group rendezvous this evening. A walk to the Basilica of St. Francis – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – will be rewarded with an opportunity to appreciate the building's Italian Gothic-style architecture and perhaps view some of the magnificent Giotto frescoes inside. An orientation meeting will take place at 6 p.m. tonight in our centrally-located hotel, followed by a casual dinner nearby. Overnight in Assisi for the next three nights. Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - A warm-up hike takes us through the Vale of Spoleto to lovely Spello.

    After breakfast we'll take a short vehicle transfer to Eremo delle Carceri where we begin our warm up hike. Eremo delle Carceri is a small hermitage located in Monte Subasio Natural Park that served as a spiritual retreat for the young St. Francis and is still home to a small group of Franciscan monks. We'll follow in the footsteps of St. Francis today as we continue our walk in the Vale of Spoleto. Along the way we'll be introduced to the lovely Umbrian landscape comprised of rolling hills, verdant valleys and thick oak forests. Our destination this afternoon is the quiet village of Spello, its pink-stoned medieval center beautifully intact. Time permitting, we'll stop to view Pinturicchio's superb Renaissance frescoes in Spello's church of Santa Maria Maggiore before transferring back to Assisi by private vehicle for dinner. All meals included.

    Hiking: 8 miles (approx. 5 hours) with 1,100' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 3 - Hike to Gubbio, with free time to explore this beautiful hill town.

    A one-hour transfer this morning shuttles us to a small monastery located in the remote, gorgeous countryside of northern Umbria. Built by the Benedictines from materials recovered from a pagan temple that originally stood on this site, the monastery served as a fortified refuge for exhausted pilgrims passing through the area during the Middle Ages. Our hike begins at the monastery and continues along ancient pathways to captivating Gubbio, one of Umbria's crown jewels. We'll visit Gubbio's Palazzo dei Consoli, its striking crenellated roof visible for miles around, and have free time this afternoon to explore some of the town's other notable sites or take the funicular ride to the top of nearby Monte Ingino for fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Returning to Assisi this afternoon, we enjoy a guided tour of the Saint Francis Basilica, one of the wonders of early medieval architecture. We dine independently tonight allowing us to choose from a variety of local restaurants and cafes. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 6 miles (approx. 4 hours) with 1,100' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 4 - Explore Perugia, known for its artistic traditions, and travel to Orvieto.

    This morning we transfer to elegant Perugia, one of Italy's best preserved medieval hill-towns. Originally founded by the Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago, Perugia was conquered by the Romans in 309 B.C. and throughout its history played host to numerous generals, nobles, popes and painters. During the late Middle Ages, the city was well-known as the site of a violent feud between two of its leading families, the Baglionis and the Oddis, before coming under control of the church in the early 16th century. Renowned for its strong artistic and cultural traditions, Perugia offers a multitude of noteworthy sites and we'll spend time this morning visiting the most interesting of these including the 13th-century Palazzo dei Priori and St. Lorenz Cathedral. We'll also have a chance to view some of the paintings of the renaissance master Pietro Perugino, one of Umbria's native sons and Raphael's teacher. After our tour, another short transfer brings us to the village of Panicale, a tiny architectural gem set among the rolling hills. We take a stroll through Panicale's narrow cobblestone streets before continuing on to this evening's destination, the sublime hill-town of Orvieto where our small hotel awaits. All meals included.

  • Day 5 - Discover the ancient streets of Orvieto; hike to volcanic Lake Bolsena.

    Rising from the top of a cliff formed of volcanic rock, magical Orvieto floats above the surrounding plateau as it has for over 2,000 years. After breakfast, we have an opportunity to stroll through Orvieto's ancient streets and visit the remarkable black and white-banded cathedral, one of Europe's finest examples of Gothic architecture famous for its intricate and colorful façade made up of both mosaic and sculptural elements. We also take time to explore the town's Etruscan catacombs before once again setting out on foot into Italy's "Green Heart". Our undulating hike today leads us through rolling woodlands filled with wild boar and ends when we reach the cool waters of Lake Bolsena, formed in the crater of an extinct volcano. We spend the night in the small town of Bolsena, on the lakeshore. All meals included.

    Hiking: 10 miles (approx. 5 hours) with 1,500' elevation gain and 700' elevation loss.

  • Day 6 - Hike along a ridge overlooking sparkling Lake Bolsena to Montefiascone.

    Today marks our passage into Tuscia Laziale, an agricultural region bordering Umbria known for its volcanic lakes, flower-filled fields and olive groves of rare beauty. Our path heads south this morning as we hike along a scenic ridge trail overlooking Lake Bolsena. We follow a stretch of the ancient Via Cassia – an important Roman road that connected Rome with Italy's northwestern coast – en route to Montefiascone, the next stop in our modern-day pilgrimage along the Via Francigena. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Montefiascone and nearby Viterbo became safe havens for numerous popes during a period when the papacy had difficulty asserting its authority over Rome. Today, the town's historic buildings, churches and piazzas allow us to imagine what medieval life might have been like for its former inhabitants. After our arrival in Montefiascone this afternoon, we'll enjoy a tasting of some of the regionally famous wines before dinner in our charming hotel's restaurant. All meals included.

    Hiking: 8 miles (approx. 4½ hours) with 2,000' elevation gain and 1,000' elevation loss.

  • Day 7 - Walk by stone farmhouses and cypress trees to fortified Viterbo.

    From Montefiascone's Rocca dei Papi (the old Papal summer residence), we begin our walk among orchards, stone farmhouses, and stands of cypress trees to the thermal baths of Bagnaccio. For hundreds of years, the Bagnaccio baths have welcomed all passersby – pilgrims, local residents or visiting hikers alike. We'll have lunch here and an opportunity to soak in the geothermally-heated waters, appreciating their restorative effects. After our lunch stop, we transfer to the fortified town of Viterbo, its thousand-year-old rock walls juxtaposed against the nearby green hills of the Monti Cimini. We'll dine on our own tonight allowing us plenty of time to explore the town before returning to the comforts of our local hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 11 miles (approx. 5 hours) with 330' elevation gain and 1,300' elevation loss.

  • Day 8 - Visit Viterbo's Piazza San Pelligrino; hike to Vetralla.

    On our morning tour of Viterbo's old town we stroll past charming piazzas and ornate fountains, appreciate the buildings surrounding the Piazza San Pelligrino (considered to be some of the finest medieval architecture in Italy) and visit the monumental Palazzo dei Papi, the palace that hosted the papal seat from 1257-1281. Today's countryside hike passes an underground Etruscan tomb and, for those willing to make a short detour, the ruins of the archetypal pieve (rural church) of Santa Maria di Forcassi. Our trail ends at the doorstep of a small agriturismo near the village of Vetralla where we spend a relaxing evening enjoying a hearty homemade meal and the company of our travelling companions. All meals included.

    Hiking: 12 miles (approx. 5 hours) with 700' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 9 - Enjoy a walking tour of Rome's sites, ending in St. Peter's Square.

    We'll transfer from Vetralla to Rome this morning, stopping for a short visit at the Sutri Roman Amphitheatre which was excavated out of the volcanic rock. We begin our "urban hike" from the manicured gardens of the Villa Borghese. We'll pass many of the city's most iconic sites including the whimsical Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and vibrant Piazza Navona en route to the final destination of our modern-day pilgrimage; St. Peter's Square. The enormous square, built by Gian Bernini between 1656-1667, is meant to allow as many people as possible to watch the Pope offer his blessing and is considered one of the world's architectural masterpieces. After taking some time to appreciate the scale and craftsmanship of the Square and adjacent St. Peter's Basilica, we'll have a few additional hours this afternoon to stop for some gelato or explore some of this beguiling city's other attractions. After checking into our hotel and freshening up, we'll walk to Trastevere, one of Rome's most traditional neighborhoods, where we join our guides and newfound friends for a classic Italian meal at our final celebration dinner. Overnight in Rome tonight. All meals included.

    Walking: approximately 5 hours with 250' elevation loss.

  • Day 10 - Part ways with our traveling companions in Rome this morning.

    Our adventure ends this morning in Rome. Trip members are free to depart at any time and can opt to transfer independently to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport or continue their travels in Italy. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Accommodations for nine nights and meals as noted on itinerary; English-speaking guide/leadership; sightseeing as noted on itinerary; luggage transfers; private in-country transportation; special wine tasting.

Not Included

Air transportation to Italy; airport transfers; 2 dinners; entrance fees to museums, churches and other sites during leisure time; alcoholic beverages (except at wine tasting); travel insurance; excess baggage charges; gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should enjoy hiking and arrive in good physical condition. We hike between 4-12 miles (4-6 hours) on most days on established dirt and stone trails and footpaths. Daily elevation gains and losses range from 400'-2,000' with some short steep ascents and descents. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we strongly encourage participants to begin a conditioning regimen at least three months prior to departure consisting of hiking/walking. If you live in an area conducive to hiking, try to get out on those hills if possible and work some elevation gain and loss into your training regimen. The better shape you are in, the more you'll enjoy all that this adventure has to offer.

Weather

We have scheduled our departures to avoid the mid-summer heat and crowds while still traveling during periods that typically offer abundant sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Temperatures in central Italy in May, June and September range from 70-85° F with evening temperatures dropping approximately 10-15 degrees. October departures will experience slightly cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours. Although prolonged periods of rainfall are not typical during these months, all trip members should plan to bring raingear as described on the Gear List tab.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Umbria to Rome Hiking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Medium-size duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase (limiting luggage to one bag is recommended for ease in negotiating between airport and trains. Keep in mind that some train stations have numerous steps. Wheeled luggage is fine).
  • Daypack (approx. 1,500 cu. in.) to carry your camera, water bottles, lunch and extra clothing
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money belt
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
  • Lightweight jacket or sweater
Clothing
  • Hiking pants, synthetic, quick-drying
  • Hiking shorts, synthetic, quick-drying
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Casual socks
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit
Travel Clothing
  • A few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wear
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
Footwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots, water resistant, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread
  • Comfortable shoes
Travel Accessories
  • Two (2) one-quart water bottles or hydration pack
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Insect repellent
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags
Optional Field Gear
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Electrical adapter plug / converter
  • Camera, film/media cards and spare batteries
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Travel pillow
  • Ear plugs
  • Hiking staff or trekking poles

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or blister remedies for foot treatment. Thin liner socks made of silk or synthetic fibers worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate the contents.
  • Laundry facilities are not readily available during this trip and can be quite expensive. We suggest hand washing your clothes in your hotel room.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accommodations (6)
  • Food (6)
  • Guides (6)
  • Activity level (5)
  • Group camaraderie (4)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (4)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the details planned for me (5), Destination (5), I liked the itinerary (5), Active adventures (4), Good value (3)

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      5.0

      Say yes to this trip!

      By imawalker

      from Oxford, MS

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides

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          Comments about REI Adventures Umbria to Rome Hiking:

          Andrea (our guide) was full of energy and enthusiasm. His love of the culture, history and natural surroundings of the area was unbounded. He was thoughtful, patient and caring as well as humorous, charming and a gentleman.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Curious about Umbria-had already done Tuscany (love Italy).
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • hard to pick one highlight. This trip has it all: great guides, delicious food and dining experiences, terrific scenery, delightful accommodations, walking the via Cassia, laughing (in the sunshine or rain in the woods or vineyards or groves or at the Vatican, your choice!) with the group, and reflecting on the culture and history of Italy. Our guide Andrea was excellent!
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Be prepared to hike UP and DOWN those inclines!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Italian "el camino"

          By Pandora1986

          from Denver, Colorado

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Architecture And Art
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Scenery
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures Umbria to Rome Hiking:

              The entire trip was amazing. I loved being able to go to parts of Italy that are not well known. The best parts were in between towns. We hiked beautiful trails with too many great photo opportunities. The company was fantastic. The group was small and I felt like we got to know everyone really well. My husband and I couldn't have asked for a greater trip experience!

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • The location and itinerary fit our ideal vacation. We wanted to eat some of the best food in the world and then walk it off. We knew the architecture would be spectacular and the idea of doing a pilgrimage trail was an added bonus.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • We had the most amazing dessert during one of the included dinners in Orvieto. It was a ricotta cheese mousse cake with raspberry sauce. I don't think I've ever had anything that delicious. If you like food, this is the trip for you.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Make sure you have great gear. A good backpack, great shoes, trekking poles, and a comfortable hat will ensure that you have an amazing trip.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Enjoyment to the full

              By Bulgarian

              from Bulgaria

              About Me Casual Adventurer

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              Pros

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              • Activity Level
              • Food
              • Guides
              • Versatile Activities
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

              • Food

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                Comments about REI Adventures Umbria to Rome Hiking:

                The combination between hiking, cultural visits and cuisine tasting spiced through the versatile talks with our guide and the other group members made those days a wonderful experience to me. I particularly enjoyed the possibility to walk through different terrains – mountain, forest, fields, and get to know two neighboring and slightly different regions of Italy – Umbria and Lazio.

                The choice of accommodations is to praise and I would recommend to travellers to stay in Assisi at the same hotel (Hotel Sole) prior to the start of the trip if they arrive earlier. Also I myself came 2 days before the start of the trip to Assisi and explored it in great details as the trips has some elements of getting to know the town but in case you would like to get into all local special places you need more time] particularly recommended to visit the fortress.

                At the individual places visited there is some time to go around unguided. I would recommend selecting the option of spending two hours around the streets of the villages and towns instead of visiting museums or galleries as this would give you a wonderful flavor of the region and the Italians themselves.

                Try ever possible type of ice-cream you see on your way. It is delicious!! Talk to your guide on ice-cream stores to select as he would give you some valuable advice. Try the cheese as much as possible. Try the wild-bore sausages. Be prepared for incredible picnic lunches while walking.

                Be aware that breakfast in Italy is mainly sweet things so don't be surprised the way I was if you are used to a rich salty buffet with vegetables from home or other places in Europe.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • I wanted to go to Italy and the timing suggested perfectly suited my schedule. My experience with the Norway trip from the previous year gave me reasonable confidence in the level of service provided and my expectations were highly confirmed.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • The scenery.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Interact with the guide of the group actively as you will have the opportunity to learn a lot about this marvelous country. Andrea is a walking treasury full of knowledge.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                excellent guides/beautiful country

                By gloria with a camera

                from monte sereno, california

                About Me Casual Adventurer

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Umbria to Rome Hiking:

                    Italy is such a beautiful country and to be able to experience it in this manner, hiking through her countrysides, spending nights in beautiful hilltop towns and being treated to delicious food EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

                    being a casual photographer and having a passion for it, I was in seventh heaven

                    Thank you REI!!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • have wanted to hike Umbria for many years
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • THE GUIDE! wow! the information provided, the food on the trail was to DIE for, the patience he had with every single one of us and how you knew his main goal was to make us love our vacation.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • we travel through some beautiful country into some lovely towns. keep in mind, this is a HIKING vacation so do not disappoint yourself and expect more time to shop. it does give you ideas of places to come back to

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Fun experience needs some tweeking

                    By Travelingbug

                    from Kirkland, Wa

                    About Me Avid traveler, First-Time Adventurer

                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Beautiful Area
                    • Food
                    • Guides

                    Cons

                    • Some Days Over Booked

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Umbria to Rome Hiking:

                      I am torn b/c I do wish we had more time in some of the places, I could stay a week at each place, however then we would be giving up seeing the variety of places. This was my first REI trip and I did enjoy it. I don't know what the best balance is between hiking and exploring the towns. I am sure the time it takes to get between places also varies with different groups.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Wanted to explore more of Italy and it fit my time line.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • The food was amazing!! I never expected the great meals and the guide was fantastic! He knew so much about the history, geology, architecture etc...
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Should be fit enough to do some decent inclines but I would say level 3 describes the level.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Too many stops not enough free time

                      By OldScout141

                      from Providence, RI

                      About Me Casual Adventurer

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                      • Accommodations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides

                      Cons

                      • Activity Level
                      • Poorly Organized Itinerary

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Umbria to Rome Hiking:

                        The first two days were fine after that we had too many activities each day so that we arrived at our next stop just in time to settle in take a shower and eat, with very little time to explore. Often we spent time in the morning exploring, but as a result we did not reach our next stop until late.
                        Our guide was great he was very informative and all of the accommodations that he arranged were excellent. The food was also great.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Good Value
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I have always wanted to travel to Italy and I enjoy hiking.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The food , the wine and the beautiful scenery.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Make sure you are well prepared for the amount of hiking.

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