Experience the romance of the Middle Ages like never before on this tour in the heart of Umbria, home to quaint medieval cities and olive studded countryside. You'll begin in Spoleto and pedal through captivating small towns like Bevagna and Torgiano as well as the major cultural and art hubs of Assisi, Perugia, Todi and Orvieto. Bicycle along gentle country roads through olive groves that gift us of one of Italy's finest olive oils. Learn about Rubesco and Sagrantino, two precious Umbrian red wines, not to mention the famous Vin Santo, Italy's "Holy Wine," today served as a dessert liquor.
***If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour. Join us for the Bicycling Verdant Umbria which shortens this itinerary by 3 days.***
Day 1: Welcome to Spoleto and Umbria
Highlights: The preserved town of Spoleto, its fortress, the Roman aqueductYou'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: your choice for a warm up ride.
Lodging: Hotel Clitunno
Day 2: Spoleto to Bevagna
Highlights: Trevi, BevagnaWe leave Spoleto this 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. Dinner is together tonight in a typical restaurant in Bevagna. Distance: 38 km (22 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti
Day 3: Loop ride from Bevagna to Foligno and Montefalco
Highlights: The Roman Via Flaminia and Montefalco and its winesYour 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 km (30 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Palazzo Brunamonti
Day 4: Bevagna to Spello and Assisi
Highlights: Bicycle to Assisi and the Roman town of SpelloToday 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. Dinner is together tonight. Distance: 23 km (12 miles).
Day 5: Loop ride from Assisi
Highlights: Guided tour of AssisiNo 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. Dinner is on your own. Distance: 36-64 km, (18-37 miles).
Day 6: Assisi to Torgiano
Highlights: Ceramics in Deruta, wine museumYour 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: 39 km (24 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Il Grappolo D'Oro
Day 7: Torgiano to Perugia
Highlights: PerugiaWe 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 for those doing the 8-day itinerary and leaving tomorrow morning. Distance: 25 km (15 miles).
Lodging: Hotel La Rosetta
Day 8: Perugia to Todi
Highlights: TodiWe pedal to Todi today, another of Umbria's classic hilltop villages. If you aren't up for the climb into town we'll provide a shuttle to the top, or if you want to give it a go take your time and enjoy the Umbrian countryside. Dinner is together this evening. Distance: 64 km (36 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Fonte Cesia
Day 9: Todi to Orvieto
Highlights: Renaissance Orvieto, visit to 14th-century cathedral, Orvieto undergroundToday's ride features a few ups and downs as you go down to the valley of the Tiber River and then back up to the spectacular Renaissance city of Orvieto. Perched on the remnant of a volcanic plateau, Orvieto is another nominee for our most beautiful city in Umbria award. Its cathedral, a combination of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, is richly decorated with a variety of colored marble and bright mosaics. Orvieto is also famous for its white wine. This afternoon we've planned a visit to the "city" beneath Orvieto which features a labyrinth of underground tunnels and cavities created 2,500 years ago. Dinner is on your own. Distance: 46 km (24 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini
Day 10: Loop ride from Orvieto to Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights: Orvieto, Civita di BagnoregioWe'll be back in Orvieto again tonight so there is no need to pack this morning! We have a fabulous loop ride today to one of several volcanic lakes in this part of Italy, the Lago di Bolsena. Along the way you'll go through the ghost town of Civita di Bagnoregio also called la citta che muore the dying city because it was constructed on a gradually eroding rock base. Take some time to explore this interesting town before cycling back to Orvieto. This evening, we'll celebrate the end of our journey with a farewell dinner together. Distance: 42 km (21 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini
Day 11: Tour ends in Orvieto
Highlights: OrvietoEnjoy more of Orvieto or head off to Rome, Bologna or Florence. Thanks for joining us.
HighlightsTwo night stays in Bevagna, Assisi and Orvieto, Ceramics in Deruta, Perugina chocolate, Classic hilltop villages, Tour Orvieto "underground" the city beneath the city
Includes"The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 10 nights' accommodation; all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners with wine; guided visit of Assisi; 2 wine tastings
Begin/EndSpoleto / Orvieto
Arrive/DepartRome, Bologna, Florence
Total Distance362 - 390 km (223 - 241 miles)
Daily Distance40 - 43 km (25 - 27 miles) average based on 9 days of riding
What to ExpectWonderful medieval towns, forests, Umbrian wines, monasteries, castles and hill top villages.
On days 3, 4 and 8 you will climb in excess of 1000 feet. Other days expect some climbs almost all less than 3 miles.
|May 18 - 28, 2014||$4325||$650||Book It|
|Sep 28 - Oct 08, 2014||$4325||$650||Book It|
|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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