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  • Discover the Bio-diversity of the Forest of San Francesco, Assisi, Italy

    Posted on March 23, 2019

    Dates: 06/08/2019-12/08/2019 & 13/08/2019-19/08/2019

    The working holiday (20-26 year olds): Join us in helping to maintain and promote this beautiful woodland, a haven of peace and tranquillity in Assisi. The forest has grown and evolved over millennia and its many trails follow in the wake of its earliest residents, including St Francis. Tasks will be varied and include gardening – caring for the olive trees, maintaining footpaths – and working on a marketing project that will help to promote FAI and Bosco di San Francesco. During your holiday you will get the chance to take a guided tour of Assisi and go trekking in the forest to discover the fantastic flora and fauna.

    Please note that some of the tasks may be physically challenging and it is essential that participants are willing to walk the 3 kilometre hill path everyday. This path connects the Basilica of San Francesco to the Benedictine complex of Santa Croce and a flatter route which leads to a large clearing featuring a medieval tower. From here it is possible to see the land art ‘Terzo Paradiso’ by Michaelangelo Pistoletto.

    Nearest transport hub: The nearest airport is Perugia, then you can take the bus to Assisi.

    Accommodation: In a shared apartment with kitchen. You will need to bring your own bedding, towels are provided. The cost includes 6 lunches and 1 dinner. The remaining dinners are out of your own pocket and can be cooked in the apartment.

    Price per week: 300 €

    These holidays are organised by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), the National Trust of Italy. It was established as a non-profit organisation in 1975 to protect those elements of Italy’s heritage which might otherwise be lost. FAI has organised working holidays for individuals aged 20-26 years of age since 2013 as a way of engaging young people in heritage conservation throughout Italy.

    To book please email: For more information about Bosco di San Francesco please visit
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