Bicycling Verdant Umbria

  • Itinerary Summary

    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.***

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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

    5. Day 5: Loop ride from Assisi

      Highlights: Rest day or optional ride

      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.

    6. 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). Meals: B, L

      Lodging: Hotel Il Grappolo D'Oro

    7. Day 7: Torgiano to Perugia

      Highlights: 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

    8. 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.

      Meals: B

    • Highlights

      Guided tour of Assisi, 2 nights in Assisi and Bevagna, Ceramics in Deruta, Wine Museum, Perugina chocolate, Spoleto
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; all breakfast, 1 lunch, 4 dinners with wine; guided visit of Assisi; wine tasting plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

    • Begin/End

      Spoleto / Perugia
    • Arrive/Depart

      Rome (FCO), Florence (FLR)
    • Total Distance

      210-248 km (130-153 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per riding day 35-41 km (22-25 miles)
    • Rating

      201-301 Days 3 and 4 feature climbs in excess of 1,000 feet. Otherwise expect some climbs almost all less than 3 miles. There are over 175 (km) of extra mileage available to make this a 301 level tour.
    • Terms

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  • 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.

  • Stories

    • Umbria is filled with spectacular food, spectacular scenery, great art, and beautiful towns. It''s hilly, but climbing the hills makes me feel all the more deserving of a gelato (or two ... or three). And ExperiencePlus! does a great job of picking routes and making the trip worry free.

      Pam K., Stanford, CA
    • Very positive. Great scenery, interesting towns, good hotels, wonderful meals. The meal at Oscar''s in Bevagna was particularly memorable.

      Damian K., Washington D.C.

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