Pilgrimage in Italy: from Cittá di Castella to Gubbio


It was a long stretch – 60 km in two days in burning heat! No shade on the way to Pietralunga and mainly asphalt roads. I handled it in two ways: one time I was daring to walk on an unmarked forest path for two hours. I found the trail marker again- it was a gamble!

Also, during the 16km hike on a winding asphalt road through a solitary forest, I found the perfect time to memorize a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke (Book of Hours). It reflected my state of mind:

Du Gott, ich möchte viele Pilger sein

um so, als langer Zug, zu dir zu gehen

um dann ein großes Stück von dir zu sein

du Garten mit lebenden Alleen…

( free translation: You, all embracing universe, I want to be many pilgrims in order to walk to you in a long line,so that I can become a big piece of you, you garden with living alleyways…)

The countryside was beautiful – hills covered with oak trees and pines and sometimes a stone house, church or palazzo visible already from far away.

Pieve de’ Saddi with a group of young Italien pilgrims just leaving this place. This church goes back to the 3rd century. I could have stayed overnight, but I planned to meet Lorenz and Ale in Pietralunga.

Endless seeming street

I was so happy to see Pietralunga and arrived in time to meet Ale and Lorenz for dinner. It was a real treat after the strenuous day.

The next day, I left early and thought that I will pass a bar for breakfast – big mistake! There was nothing! Luckily, Ale brought me chocolate! However, I had hard time not to think about an espresso and a cornetto alla crema.

Chocolate from Ale and guidebook from Lorenz

Field with sweet smell of hay


The path was long, but on beautiful shady forest ways


I met the two French pilgrims again. Fabienne made an arrow for me out of wood so I do not miss the turn – I was deeply touched!


Although I walked nearly the same distance, I was much more rested when I arrived in Gubbio. I slept in the Convento San Francisco, a place more than 800 years old.

Gubbio from the distance

 Inner court of the convent

Gubbio is the most charming medieval town perched on a mountain. It required an amazing architectural skill to built it.



Little dog looking out of a window

So many charming places….

As a treat, I went to a wonderful garden restaurant to have beer, ravioli and mixed salad. Unfortunately, I forgot my charger there and did not realize it until the next morning….

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

Related Stories



Camino Primitivo, Day 20

 LIRES – MUXIA   Until the evening, heavy mist covered the coastline to Muxia. I was...

Camino Primitivo, Day 19

FISTERRE –LIRES   It was hard to leave the albergue this morning. I was very tempted...

Camino Primitivo, Day 18

 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – FISTERRE   In Celtic times and even before, Cape Finisterre was considered...

Camino Primitivo, Day 16 /17

 MONTE DO GOZO – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA   The history of Santiago de Compostela is closely...

Camino Primitivo, Day 15

 RAS – MONTE DEL GOZO   Although my knee wanted a rest, I did not want...

Camino Primitivo, Day 14

 MELIDE – RAS   Already in early morning, masses of pilgrims where pushing forward toward Santiago....

Popular Categories



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Discover more from Simply.Just.Walking

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading