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The Via dell'Acqua: The Route

Starting from Assisi, the path winds south to Spoleto (where St. Francis is said to have had the vision that first led to his spiritual transformation).

 

Along the way, those curious can take a detour to visit the Temple of Clitumnus or stop for a rest along the shady, green banks of the Clittuno river (the ‘Fonti del Clittuno’ park, as it’s known, with its crystalline waters, willow trees and swans, has been commemorated by the likes of Plinius the Younger, Virgil and Byron).

Spoleto

From Spoleto, following a former railroad (converted into a cycling and pedestrian path) the route proceeds through Terni (the birth and resting place of St. Valentine), Narni and along the Nera river, with its spellbinding waterfalls and gorges.

the Marmore Falls, built by the ancient Romans, is the highest manmade waterfall in the world

The Golpes of the Nera

Narni

From the ‘Oasis of San Liberato’, at the edge of the Nera, the route continues to scenic Borghetto di Civita Castellana (here you’ll pass the Ocriculum archeological site) and through the Nazzano Nature Reserve, where it picks up the path of the Tiber river. 

The Nazzano Nature Reserve

From here on the Tiber is your guide, winding southwest towards Rome, passing other interesting archeological sites along the way (like the Lucus Feroniae archeological excavation), and crossing through the pastoral Marcigliana park.  

Marcigliana Park

The Tiber flowing outside Rome

The Vatican City