Florence to Rome by Bike

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Florence to Rome by Bike information and booking

from
$1520
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights 3 to 4 star hotels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat. (A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Cycling through the superb countryside of Umbria including Lake Trasimeno
  • Experiencing the fabulous hill top towns of Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto enroute
  • Shopping for regional specialties such as Perugina Chocolates, Deruta ceramics and leather handbags in the markets of Florence.
  • Enjoying the fantastic cuisine of the region
  • Exploring the renowned cities of Rome and Florence

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

A cycle journey through the 'green heart' of Italy, from the enchanting city of Florence to the nation’s capital of Rome. The contrasts are very noticeable as you leave Tuscany behind and arrive in peaceful, mystical and sometimes unexplored Umbria. During the approx. 210 km of cycling, you will see cities like Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and Terni, each town revealing an incredible wealth of art treasures, which take visitors back to the Middle Ages. The cities have barely changed over the centuries and the rolling landscape dotted with vineyards and hill top towns will give you an appreciation of why the area is so popular with painters. Travelling generally on back roads, the route passes through the valleys of the Apennines and gentle hills near to Trasimeno Lake. At the end, the Eternal City of Rome awaits you, a fitting end to this exhilarating Italian journey by bike.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels
  • Train tickets florence to arezzo (with bike) and poggio mirteto to rome
  • Bicycle, 21 or 7 speed with pannier (electric bike available - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer
  • 7 day service hotline and signposting of route
  • Information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information and arrival briefing

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Florence
Arrive Florence. At leisure to explore this beautiful city.
Day 2 Train to Arezzo then cycle to Trasimeno Lake (60km)
In the morning, travel by train with your bike to Arezzo. Explore Arezzo's range of splendid churches and palaces and set off, ideally by mid morning, along beautiful trails through the wide plain of Val di Chiana and accompanied by the hilly silhouettes of southern Tuscany. Pass Cortona and continue to Lake Trasimeno, the battlefield where Hannibal fought the Romans. Enjoy wonderful views of the lake, taking time to read the information boards depicting the history of the famous battle fought here. Continue on to Passignano to your overnight hotel close to the lakeside.
Day 3 Cycle backroads to historic Perugia (35km)
Cycle along the lake to Torricella. Continue along small and secluded lanes through wide fields of sunflowers and local crops, rolling hills and idyllic villages to mesmerizing Perugia. The old town centre has a number of impressive buildings such as the San Lorenzo Cathedral, Palazzo dei Priori and the Arco Etrusco. In addition to being famous for its Perugina Baci chocolates, Perugia is a university town and each year thousands of people travel here to learn Italian at the ‘Universita per Stranieri’ or University for Foreigners. The city mascot is the griffin, which can be seen in the form of plaques and statues on buildings around the city. In whole, a wonderful town with much to see.
Day 4 Cycle to Assisi (30km)
Leaving through the old stone gates of Perugia at the south end, you can see the day’s route to the town of Assisi. Cross the Tiber river, passing the beautiful sanctuary Sta Maria dei Angeli and up to mystical Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. There's time to explore the Basilica of St Francesco and Giotto's frescoes depicting the Saint's life, the Temple of Minerva, the Rocca Maggiore or one of the many other interesting sites this UNESCO listed town has to offer. Couple this with some relaxation time over a coffee in the Piazza del Comune and you have the ingredients of a splendid afternoon...
Day 5 Cycle to Spoleto through the Clitunno Valley (60km)
Cycle along the flanks of Subasio mountain, passing medieval monuments and vestiges of Roman days en route to the medieval town of Spello. Continue through the Valle Umbra to Spoleto. The towns of Montefalco, Trevi and Campello can be seen on the surrounding hills. Visit an 80m high aqueduct for stunning views of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco and the Rocca Albornoz Fortress. Spoleto's annual Festival of the Two Worlds, including performances of dance, prose and lyrics, is between the end of June and middle of July. Overnight Spoleto.
Day 6 Cycle to Narni (45km)
Between mountains, today's route follows stunning landscape to Terni. The town was subjected to heavy bombing during World War II and now has a more modern feel, although the old town centre still has some impressive monuments including the Church of St Francis. Continues to Narni, another medieval hilltop city with inspiring views of the Nera river. It was the first settlement of the Umbri which was later conquered by the Romans and is authentically preserved. If time allows, explore the Rocca Albornoz fortress that dominates the town and numerous monuments that make up the historical centre including the Duomo, many Roman-Gothic churches, and Priori public square. Beneath St Dominic’s monastery is the underground of Narni with its ornate frescoes - well worth a visit. The town history also suggests links with the “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Overnight in Narni.
Day 7 Cycle to Poggio Mirteto (65km), then by train to Rome
The cycle route out of Narni ambles along pleasant agricultural countryside where small homesteads dot the terrain. It is quite hilly in this section via Calvi, with the final leg being a freewheeling experience from Casperia to the train station of Poggio Mirteto. The bike support vehicle awaits you here, where your bikes are deposited and your luggage collected in readiness for the one hour train journey to Rome. Leave behind the tranquility of the Umbrian countryside to enter the vibrant capital, with its countless museums, galleries, churches and ancient monuments. It’s an exciting end to a glorious week of cycling through the peaceful Umbrian hills. Free time to explore Rome.
Day 8 In Rome, trip concludes
Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised in Rome.