Spring training tours are a great way to kick start your summer riding season! And what better place to get in shape than Umbria and Tuscany, Italy. Join us for a week of rigorous cycling. We start with three nights in Umbria, then three nights in Southern Tuscany before finishing in Siena. Enjoy daily rides in the Umbrian basin to Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco and the famous ceramics town of Deruta. Then we move on to the Orcia river valley and enjoy three nights in San Quirico d'Orcia. We'll explore this quiet corner of Tuscany, pedaling to Pienza, Montalcino and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Our last night is in Siena. Complete your trip with an extra night or two in this wonderful Renaissance town!
Day 1: Arrive in Assisi, Umbria
Highlights: Fit bicycles and take a walk around townArrive this afternoon in classic Assisi. We'll fit bikes this afternoon and suggest a walk around town to become familiar with our new home! We'll have a welcome dinner together this evening.
Day 2: Assisi
Highlights: Visit Assisi, bicycle the hills of UmbriaHome to Italy's patron saint, St. Francis, Assisi is a beautiful medieval town built on a hill overlooking the Umbrian basin. Our ride takes us from Assisi through the Umbrian hills to the Roman town of Spello. We loop back to Assisi later this afternoon. Dinner together this evening. Mileage: 36-60 km (23-38 miles).
Day 3: Deruta
Highlights: Famous ceramics of Deruta, scenic ridesWe pedal to Deruta this morning to visit some 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 stroll around town (maybe some shopping?) enjoy a scenic ride through the hilltop towns of Montefalco and Bevagna on the way back to the Assisi. Dinner is on your own this evening. Daily mileage: 75 km (47 miles).
Day 4: Arrive in Tuscany
Highlights: Riding near Lake Trasimeno, and San Quirico d'Orcia, TuscanyWe pack our bags and head to Tuscany today! We'll ride along the shores of Lake Trasimeno, famous for Hannibal's defeat of the Roman army after crossing the Alps with elephants! We enter Tuscany as we make our way to our home for the next 3 nights in San Quirico d'Orcia. The Orcia river valley will be the focus for our rides over the next few days' rides. Settle into our hotel and enjoy dinner together tonight. Daily mileage: 138 km (86 miles)with shuttle support for those who wish.
Day 5: Pienza and Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Highlights: Bicycle through rural Tuscany to the Renaissance town of PienzaWe head toward the planned Renaissance town of Pienza today. With the help of a number of prominent architects Pope Pius II turned his small hometown into a piece of art in the 16th century. We'll ride north to other medieval towns on a picturesque loop through the Tuscan hills. Our route takes us past the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a Benedictine abbey built in the 13th century and famous for its frescoed cloister and stunning setting. We are back in San Quirico this evening for dinner on your own. Daily mileage: 70 km (44 miles).
Day 6: Montalcino and Abbey of Sant'Antimo
Highlights: Visit the town famous for its red wine, Brunello di MontalcinoPedal through vineyards and wheat fields this morning as we make our way to the Etruscan village and wine town of Montalcino. This fortified town was used as a shelter by Sienese nobles during the 16th Century, but today is even more famous for producing one of Italy's premier red wines, Brunello di Montalcino. Our scenic route takes us to the famous Abbey of Sant'Antimo and then on to Bagno Vignoni, a Medieval spa town. Daily mileage: 52 km (32.5 miles).
Day 7: Bike to Siena
Highlights: Fortified towns and convents dot the scenery on the ride toward SienaThe full beauty of the Tuscan landscape, from the lush green fields of the Orcia Valley to the barren, chalk hills of Central Tuscany, unfolds before us today as we leave Pienza and pedal to Siena. Often described as Italy's best preserved medieval city, Siena rivaled Florence for dominance in Tuscany during the 1300s. You'll have time to take a leisurely stroll through this Medieval art city this afternoon before we gather for our final dinner together this evening. Daily Mileage: 58 km (36 miles).
Day 8: Farewell
Highlights: Continue exploring Siena or move on to other parts of Italy!You are on your own today after breakfast. We recommend an extra day or two in Siena if you have the time, or you can catch the train south to Rome or north to Florence.
HighlightsDaily loop rides from our base hotels in Umbria and Tuscany, Ceramics in Deruta, Siena and Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore , Assisi, San Quirico d'Orcia, Classic landscapes of Umbria and Southern Tuscany, Pienza
Includes8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 4 dinners with wine, all breakfasts
Arrive/DepartFlorence, Bologna or Rome
Total Distance429 - 453 km (268 - 283 miles)
Daily Distance36 - 138 km (22.5 - 86 miles)
What to ExpectHilly terrain with some steep stretches, and one long ride
Please call 1-800-685-4565 or e-mail us for the dates for this tour.
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