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8 Day Treasures of the Green Valley Leisure Cycling Tour in Umbria, Italy
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Umbria, Italy

Valle Umbra Cycling Tours Italy

This is a cycling tour over quiet country roads among the sunny, colorful fields with a beautiful backdrop of hills covered with silver-green olive groves and fertile vineyards. This not-too-heavy cycle tour will lead you to lively, medieval villages and towns of the green valley 'Valle Umbra' like Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Spoleto, Bevagna, and Perugia. You will have enough time to visit them because of the shorter daily distances. This is a tour suitable for everybody!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Landscape with gentle rolling hills. The steeper climbs are short and the longer ones not too steep. For the large part, you cycle through the valley.
  • Starts in: Assisi
  • Ends in: Assisi
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 127 Miles / 205 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid and E-bike
  • E-bike: Available for rent

Highlights

  • Cycling through the Green Valley of Umbria
  • Explore the towns of Assisi, Spello, Spoleto, Bevagna, and Perugia
  • Local back-up service and luggage transportation
  • Route notes and maps (on GPS available)
  • Tour information and route briefing
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 1 participants
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in three-star hotels in various places in Umbria, such as Assisi, Bevagna, and Torgiano.

Program

Day 1 - Arrival in your hotel near the center of Assisi or in Viole (3 kilometers from Assisi)

Both hotels have a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and car park. The hotel in Assisi is situated close to the historical center (900 meters) and has a wellness. The hotel in Viole is three kilometers.

Day 2 - Cycling to Casco dell'Acqua passing for Spello and Foligno (26 kilometers / 16 miles)

You leave your hotel and cycle along the slopes of Mount Subasio until you reach Spello. There's enough time to wander around this charming old town. Spello is an extremely interesting place, containing many features dating back to Roman and medieval times. After your visit, you descend to Foligno, situated in the valley. You pass along the main square with it's beautiful 'Duomo', which still has a Romanesque facade. Passing along the lively shopping street you will leave the town to cycle the last kilometers to reach your country house along the Clitunno River. In the evening, a dinner is included.

Day 3 - Visiting Spoleto (51 kilometers / 31 miles or 44 kilometers / 27 miles)

This morning, a short tour brings you to Spoleto. From afar you can already see its castle dominating the hilltop on which the medieval part of the town is built. The center is still largely inside the medieval town walls. Spoleto offers a lot to see, like the 'Duomo' with its famous frescoes by the Florentine Filippo Lippi, the Roman house, and the Roman Theater with an annexed archaeological museum. Your overnight stay will be again in Bovara or San Lorenzo.

Day 4 - Cycling to Bevagna (28 kilometers / 17.4 miles)

Biking through a slightly undulating landscape, you will already see Montefalco from a distance. At the foot of this town, you have the option to continue along the valley directly to Bevagna or to visit Montefalco. But to reach this lovely town, you first have to conquer a steep climb. Montefalco (472 meters a.s.l.) is also known as the ‘balcony of Umbria ’, because of the fantastic panorama.

The Franciscan church, now a museum, is decorated with magnificent 15th and 16th-century frescoes by artists such as Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino. Montefalco is well-known for its excellent wines, Rosso di Montefalco D.O.C. and Sagrantino D.O.C.G, produced on the sunny slopes around the town, and of course, it is almost impossible to leave the town without tasting them in one of the many wine bars. From Montefalco, you go downhill to Bevagna.

If you don't visit Montefalco, you cycle through a slightly hilly landscape directly to Bevagna. This town has a lovely medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The square is a real meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the town. You can choose to stay in a hotel in the center of the town or in a hotel with a swimming pool just outside the old center of Bevagna (900 meters).

Day 5 - Cycling to Torgiano (30 kilometers / 18.6 miles)

In the morning, you still have time to visit Bevagna. Leaving it, you continue cycling mostly through the valley to Torgiano, a small ‘borgo’ at the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere), famous for its excellent wines. Your hotel is in the quiet town center.

Day 6 - Visiting Perugia (24 kilometers / 15 miles or 32 kilometers / 20 miles) or a tour in the surroundings of Torgiano (45 kilometers / 28 miles or 33 kilometers / 20.5 miles)

A short cycle tour will bring you to the station of Ponte S. Giovanni situated at the foot of Perugia. From here a local train will take you into the historical center of Perugia, which is situated on higher ground. The center, with its little alleys and characteristic town squares, is bubbling over with life. The aristocratic Renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums, and many galleries will make a lasting impression. After your visit, you return by train and bike back to your hotel in Torgiano. You can also choose to cycle all the way up to Perugia (32 kilometers / 20 miles).

If you choose to have a tour of the surroundings of Torgiano, close to it is the village Deruta, which has, in part, managed to retain the highly distinctive features of its medieval buildings. Deruta is universally famous for its ceramics. The origins of this ancient art go back as far as the Etruscan times and nowadays the many local workshops still make excellent quality ceramics.

The next stop is the sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni, which has built after a miracle taking place in the year 1657. Inside the church, there are more than 600 votive tiles, all testimony to the tradition of the ceramics of Deruta. You cycle back to Torgiano through the Tiber Valley.

Torgiano is famous for its gorgeous red and white wines and when you have a moment of time, you could visit the interesting wine museum and go to the Lungarotti family's 'osteria' next door, where you can taste their wines.

Day 7 - To Assisi (25 kilometers / 15.5 miles)

Today you will cross the valley cycling over quiet country roads. You will already see Assisi from afar as, like many other Umbrian towns, it is built on a hilltop. Before reaching Assisi, however, you can stop for a moment to visit the Franciscan basilica in S. Maria degli Angeli. Under its impressive dome still lies the humble little chapel 'Porziuncola' where Saint Francis once came to pray.

To arrive in the beautiful historical center of Assisi, you have to make a short but steep climb, but wandering through the town you will agree that it was worth effort. (An option could be to take the city bus from the train station in the valley and return here after your visit of Assisi to pick up the bikes again). You will have enough time to visit the main monuments of the town, like the Basilica of St. Francis with its beautiful frescoes by the painters Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue, and Pietro Lorenzetti. Your overnight stay will be in the hotel where you started.

Day 8

Departure.

Location

This cycling tour will be happening in the Valle Umbra. This fertile valley, full of water and surrounded by green mountains and hills covered with olive groves and vineyards is an excellent place to have a relaxing cycling holiday. The valley is famous for its medieval towns and villages because here you find them all: Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco, Spello, and Spoleto.

Food

You will have daily breakfast for the duration of the trip.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route notes (English) and maps (on GPS available)
  • Local back-up service
  • Tour information
  • Route briefing

What's not included

  • Upgrades of hotels and rooms
  • Bike rental
  • GPS tracks
  • Wine tasting
  • Half board upgrades

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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