Bicycling Verdant Umbria Plus! Todi and Orvieto

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.***

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Total Distance / 362 - 390 km (223 - 241 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 40 - 43 km (25 - 27 miles) average based on 9 days of riding per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.0
  • Countries / Italy
  • Begin/End / Spoleto / Orvieto
  • Price / From USD$4325
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    • Two night stays in Bevagna, Assisi and Orvieto
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    • Ceramics in Deruta
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    • Perugina chocolate
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    • Classic hilltop villages
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    • Tour Orvieto "underground" the city beneath the city

    Keep 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.

    Over 280 km (175 miles) of extra rides available to make this a 301 level tour.
  • Includes
    10 nights' accommodation; all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners with wine; guided visit of Assisi; 2 wine tastings

  • Arrive / Depart
    Rome (FCO), Florence (FLR)
  • Overall Tour Level
    1.0 difficulty level 1.0

    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.

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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

  • Meals: Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: Perugia to Todi

Highlights: 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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Meals: Breakfast

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

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11: Tour ends in Orvieto

Highlights: Orvieto

Enjoy more of Orvieto or head off to Rome, Bologna or Florence. Thanks for joining us.

Meals: B

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Keep 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.

Over 280 km (175 miles) of extra rides available to make this a 301 level tour.

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  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
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