Bicycling Verdant Umbria
Located just east of Tuscany, Umbria is the birthplace of St. Francis and home to some of Italy's best preserved medieval towns. Join us as we pedal through vineyards, past chestnut and oak forests, and over rolling hills to monasteries, castles, and hilltop villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Along the way, you'll enjoy two-night stays in Bevagna, Assisi plus a visit to central Italy's best known ceramics' town, Deruta and a taste of Sagrantino di Montefalco and other Umbrian wines. While enjoying all of the sights and scenery of its better known neighbor to the west, Umbria remains unspoiled by the tourists who flock to Tuscany each year - which makes it one of our favorite destinations.
***If this sounds great but you prefer a longer tour. Join us for the Bicycling Verdant Umbria Plus! Todi and Orvieto which extends this itinerary 3 days.***View Day-by-Day ItineraryHide Day-by-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Spoleto and Umbria
Highlights: The preserved town of Spoleto, its fortress, the Roman aqueduct
You'll begin your bike experience in the well-preserved medieval town of Spoleto, famous throughout the world for the Festival dei due Mondi, a three week dance, music and opera festival. Arrive early to discover the hidden corners of this fabulous town that dates back to Roman times. Don't miss the Cathedral and a walk to the fortress Fortezza Albornoz on top of Colle Sant' Elia. We'll fit bikes this afternoon before enjoying dinner together.
Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D
Lodging: Hotel Clitunno
Day 2: Spoleto to Bevagna
Highlights: Trevi, Bevagna
We leave Spoleto this morning bound for Bevagna and its beautiful medieval Piazza Silvestri, the core of town with Palazzo dei Consoli in the same square dating back to the XIII century. Along the way you'll pass through the town of Trevi, prized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy so take time to explore this hill town as it captures the essence of this dazzling region. We suggest a picnic or restaurant lunch in Trevi, as it affords spectacular views across the entire Umbrian basin.
Distance: 38 km (22 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti
Day 3: Loop ride from Bevagna to Foligno and Montefalco
Highlights: The Roman Via Flaminia and Montefalco and its wines
Your ride today (and yesterday) parallels the historic Via Flaminia, a Roman road built in 220 BC by Consul Gaius Faminius. The road provided Roman soldiers and their families' access to the region around Rimini where they settled. Foligno and Spello were Roman towns while Trevi and Montefalco, our lunch destination, were Medieval. Have lunch in Montefalco and pick up a bottle of Sagrantino, one of Italy's most famous wines, to bring home, or to compliment dinner on your own tonight. Back in Bevagna, we'll enjoy a wine tasting later in the afternoon.
Distance 49 kms (30 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti
Day 4: Bevagna to Spello and Assisi
Highlights: Bicycle to Assisi and the Roman town of Spello
Today you'll ride through the beautiful Umbrian countryside, dotted with vineyards and olive groves. On your way to Assisi, you'll go through the medieval walled town of Spello, known for its Roman ruins and its two dozen small churches which are home to important works from the likes of Pinturicchio, a Renaissance super star. Stop for a cappuccino before climbing to Assisi along the pilgrimage route "Via degli Ulivi." You'll have a chance to explore this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site over the next two days.
Distance (23 km) 12 miles. Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Fontebella.
Day 5: Loop ride from Assisi
Highlights: Guided tour of Assisi
No need to pack today as you'll enjoy a second night in the famous pilgrimage town of Assisi, home to Italy's patron saint, St. Francis. Assisi is a picturesque medieval town built on a hill overlooking the Umbrian valley. You'll enjoy a loop ride today across the valley with great views of Assisi and Mount Subasio and then head back to town. If you are craving more kilometers take an extra ride to the Hermitage of St. Francis, Eremo delle Carceri. This afternoon we'll discover some of Assisi's secrets and highlights with an expert guide.
Distance: 36-64 km, (18-37 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Hotel Fontebella.
Day 6: Assisi to Torgiano
Highlights: Ceramics in Deruta, wine museum
Your ride today takes you to Deruta where you can enjoy scores of ceramic studios. Deruta is famous throughout Italy for classic Italian ceramics (these patterns will be familiar to you from any number of Italian restaurants in the U.S.). After a tour in a local artisan's shop, you'll pedal to a local "agriturismo" for lunch. On your way the route takes you through a completely walled town before heading to Torgiano. The famous Lungarotti winery has a museum in the center of Torgiano where you'll have a wine tasting before dinner together.
Distance approximately 40-50 km (25-30 miles). Meal: B, L, D
Lodging: Hotel Il Grappolo D'Oro
Day 7: Torgiano to Perugia
We turn west and then pedal through the heart of Umbria today towards Perugia, the ancient and modern capital of Umbria. Perugia is famous for Perugina chocolate and its vibrant old town! We'll have a special farewell dinner together tonight.
Distance: 24 km (15 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel La Rosetta
Day 8: Perugia
Highlights: Tour ends in Perugia
Our tour ends after breakfast this morning. Enjoy more of Orvieto - head to Rome, Florence, or join us for the Bicycling Verdant Umbria Plus! Todi and Orvieto which extends this itinerary 3 days.
HighlightsGuided tour of Assisi, 2 nights in Assisi and Bevagna, Ceramics in Deruta, Wine Museum, Perugina chocolate, Spoleto
IncludesUse of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; all breakfast, 1 lunch, 5 dinners with wine; guided visit of Assisi; wine tasting plus "The Usual""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
Begin/EndSpoleto / Perugia
Arrive/DepartRome (FCO), Florence (FLR)
Total Distance210-248 km (130-153 miles)
Daily DistanceAverage per riding day 35-41 km (22-25 miles)
Rating201 Days 3 and 4 feature climbs in excess of 1,000 feet. Otherwise expect some climbs almost all less than 3 miles
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