This is what I have so far: Route
Firenze and Roma are the only fixed points. I'm planning to take a train from Firenze to Arezzo, the rest of the journey will be taken on foot. Here is a rough idea of the sorts of things I'm interested in seeing:
Basilica of San Francesco, Basilica of San Francesco, Casa Vasari, Vasari Loggia
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Raphael's house (I know Urbino is a massive detour, but the artistic pull is to strong to resist)
Basilica of San Francesco (very excited about this)
I'm spreading this over about 3 weeks. I can easily walk 30 miles a day on the flat, but once I get into the Apennines it will probably be more like 15, especially with the heat.
I'm looking for any advice on how to improve this route - places I've missed, places not worth visiting, sections I should take by train. All I care about is seeing beautiful art, and getting high into the mountains. I would love to know about any lesser known villages of that 'Renaissance spirit'. Also any advice on good routes through the Apennines to Roma would be very useful, do you have footpaths in Italy?
A few practical questions:
- will anyone mind me camping in the mountains? I pitch late and pack up early, never leave a trace, and camp above 600m. In the UK this is never a problem.
- is there plenty of water in the mountains during the summer months?
- will I have any trouble finding food shops in the mountain villages?
- long shot: are you allowed to light camp-fires?
- given that I'm 18, and that I don't speak great Italian, will I be well received by Italians in those villages off the tourist route?
Anything else I should know? Religious festivals? Mountain hostels? Whatever you can think of, highly appreciated!