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Italy, Day 11, The Last Day: Mount Subasio

And a Giant Italian Sinkhole

Distance: around 6 miles
Elevation: who knows, but a lot of downhill

This morning, Deedie and I gathered up our Route Notes book from Country Walkers, to review over breakfast and cappuccini. Breakfast at the Hotel Ideale isn't the best breakfast we've had, but it is the loveliest setting-- outdoors, with a great view.

This was our last day of walking. Although we both feel pretty good, our feet have taken a beating. Plus, we didn't get to the Basilica yesterday and wanted to make sure that we could do that today.

Today's "Route Note" detailed an "easy to moderate" 16km walk (+500/-3700 ft), or 10 miles, starting near the top of Mount Subasio, then going to the top, taking the long climb down through Collepino (a little town on the side of the mountain) and then down to Spello. The alternative "shorter/easier" option was listed at 8.6km (5.3 miles) and started in Collepino and going down from there to Spello.

When our trusty local guide, Giorgio, came to pick us up, we told him that we had decided to take the shorter/easier option so that we would have time to get to the Basilica di San Francesco in the afternoon, so he should drop us off in Collepino. Giorgio wanted no part of our plan. How could we possibly be this close to Mount Subasio and not go to the top?? Non. Non. Non.

So, off we went to take on Giorgio's adaptation of the walking plan. Up to the top of Mt. Crumpet we went. Mt Subasio, I mean. It was quite the ride. Up, up, up, using switchback roads. As we got closer to the top, the road started to show considerable wear. Potholes doesn't really do justice to the holes we saw, and worse, experienced (and this doesn't have anything to do the reference to the sinkhole in the subtitle). Thankfully, Giorgio is an excellent driver.

From the top, we had an outstanding view of the entire area. And, it was a wee bit chilly. Hardly a cloud in the sky. Good thing we trusted Giorgio. Giorgio told us stories of climbing Mount Subasio with his father. He showed us around a bit and then sent us on our way. The plan was for Deedie and I to walk a relatively short distance, along the "CAI" (Club Alpino Italiano) where we would check with Giorgio, who drove his car further down the road.
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We met up again with Giorgio near a strange art installation that was supposedly representing the wind.
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Other tourists from Belgium were just as baffled, regarding the piece of art itself and as well its placement in such a barren place. Then, Giorgio accompanied us to the Giant Italian Sinkhole (and the smaller sinkhole next door).
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Deedie tried to tell Giorgio of my mortal terror of sinkholes, but something got lost in the translation (as has often been the case over the past few days). I would love to know what he told his wife about what we were trying to tell him.
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Giorgio set us off once again and we made a plan for meeting up once again a little further down the road. At about the 6.4 km mark, we met up with Giorgio. We put all of our stuff, and ourselves, in his car and we all drove to Collepino, to walk through the tiny, adorable little town and to have a light lunch together at a little snack bar.
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Giorgio then set us off once again to follow the "Roman Aqueduct" trail and we planned to meet at a fountain outside of Spello. We meandered down the trail through olive groves and fields, along with a ruin or two. Very lovely.
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Once again in Giorgio's Peujeot, we made our way to the Basilica. Trusty Giorgio hung onto most of our stuff, went home and told us to call him when we needed a ride back to our hotel. What a great guy!

On our way to the Basilica, we stopped for some delicious gelato and then off to the Basilica-- the lower church first, the tomb and then the upper church.
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And, now we are enjoying a spritz and an Assisi sunset and soon off to dinner. Ciao!
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Posted by ReisAdventures 16:40 Archived in Italy

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