Bicycling Verdant Umbria Plus! Todi and Orvieto
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 with 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.***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: 36 km (22 miles). Additional 27 km (17 miles) available. 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: 50 km (31 miles). Additional 35 km (22 miles) available. 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." This afternoon we'll discover some of Assisi's secrets and highlights with an expert guide.
Distance: 38 km (24 miles). Additional 28 km (17 miles) available. Meals: B, D
Lodging: Via Fontebella.
Day 5: Loop ride from Assisi
Highlights: Rest day or loop bike ride around 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. We suggest a loop ride to visit the Hermitage of St. Francis, Eremo delle Carceri with great views of Assisi and Mount Subasio.
Distance: Two options 18 km or 70 km (43 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Via 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 before heading to Torgiano. The famous Lungarotti winery has a museum in the center of Torgiano where you'll have a wine tasting tonight.
Distance: 35 km (22 miles). Extra mileage is possible however you will miss lunch at the agriturismo. Meals: B, L
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 for those doing the 8-day itinerary and leaving tomorrow morning.
Distance: 24 km (15 miles) or 43 km (27 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel La Rosetta
Day 8: Perugia to Todi
We 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.
Distance: 64 km (40 miles). Meal: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Fonte Cesia
Day 9: Todi to Orvieto
Highlights: Renaissance Orvieto, visit to 14th-century cathedral, Orvieto underground
Today'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.
Distance: 46 km (29 miles). Additional 28 km (17 miles) available. Meals: B
Lodging: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini
Day 10: Loop ride from Orvieto to Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights: Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio
We'll be back in Orvieto again tonight so there is no need to pack this morning! We have a fabulous loop ride today to the ghost town of Civita di Bagnoregio also called "la città 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: 41 km (25 miles) or choose a longer option of approximately 75 km (46 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini
Day 11: Tour ends in Orvieto
Enjoy 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 cityKeep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
IncludesUse of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 10 nights' accommodation; all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners with wine; guided visit of Assisi; 2 wine tastings plus "The Usual""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
Begin/EndSpoleto / Orvieto
Arrive/DepartRome (FCO), Florence (FLR)
Total Distance362 - 390 km (223 - 241 miles)
Daily Distance40 - 43 km (25 - 27 miles) average based on 9 days of riding
Rating201-301 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. Over 280 km (175 miles) of extra rides available to make this a 301 level tour.
TermsTerms & Conditions
Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
* 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 private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
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- Meals on Your Bicycle Tour
How would you describe this tour to a friend? A chance to see some beautiful country sides, cities full of charm and history, good rides but lots of hard climbing, fabulous food and great guides to help make it a little easier for you to enjoy. My 3rd in Italy, how could you ever be disappointed.Ann R., Longmont, CO
Fabulous! Challenging, beautiful rides, very interesting towns along the way (Trevi, Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Civita, to name a few) great food and wine!Deena B., Incline Village, NV
What a wonderful time!! Amazing, challenging, fun, fun, fun.Patricia H., Denver, CO
Beautiful scenery, unique towns with interesting cultural experiences. A lot of climbing! I love the two trips that I have taken with ExperiencePlus! and can''t wait to do another one. I recommend you to everyone who is interested in bike tours!Jody D., Fort Collins, CO
The company did everything except pedal the bikes for us. Good cycling, good venue, good company, good food and wine. Overall one of the best trips we have ever taken.Jim H, Denver, CO
Spending two weeks with my daughter on a trip as close to heaven as I believe possible. It was the trip of a life time!Judy N., Washington, MO