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Cycle through the rolling Umbrian countryside, discovering medieval hill top villages en route
Discover the magical landscapes and gently rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside as you cycle through this special region of Italy. Visit Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and Todi, with each town revealing an incredible wealth of art treasures, many dating back to the Middle Ages. Absorb the authenticity of the region as you wander through the winding streets of the medieval hamlets and untouched villages laden with local handicrafts. Umbria is a spectacle of nature with a proud gastronomic tradition. At night experience the friendliness of the local hoteliers as you stay in atmospheric accommodation.
- Cycling through the superb countryside of Umbria
- Soaking up the atmosphere in Orvieto, with its rich religious heritage
- Discovering a region as beautiful as Tuscany but with less tourists
- Experiencing the fabulous hill top towns of Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto enroute
Day 1 Arrive Orvieto
Individual arrival in Orvieto. This breathtaking city was built on the summit of a butte of white tuff and therefore it seems like a fortress standing out on the impressive cliffs and dominating the Umbrian countryside. The Gothic façade of the cathedral of Orvieto is just one of the many unique monuments covering the millenniums of history.
Day 2 Train to Fabro, cycle via Città della Pieve or Chiusi to Castiglione del Lago (50/60km)
This morning you take a small train trip to Fabro and its beautiful castle over looking the Chiana Valley. You then start cycling over the rolling hills. Today you have two choices: either going slightly uphill through Città della Pieve (a medieval village still surrounded by 14th century city walls and the birthplace of the famous painted "il Perugino") or through an easier but longer stretch through Chiusi. The perfectly preserved medieval town of Castiglione del Lago and its imposing castle surrounded by walls is your destination for today. Total by train: 30km
Day 3 Follow the northern shores of the lake to Magione then by train to Perugia (40km)
Today's cycle follows the northern shores of the lake, passes through Passignano del Trasimeno, and crosses hills to finally reach Magione and its castle Cavalieri di Malta. From here you have a short train journey to Perugia (ticket not included in tour cost, approx 3 euro per person). Perugia was built as an acropolis on the hills and has a splendid old town centre surrounded by Etruscan city walls. Total by train: 20km
Day 4 An easy cycle to Santa Maria degli Angeli and Assisi (35km)
Today is an easy cycle. After crossing the Tiber plain the route leads you to Santa Maria degli Angeli at the foot of the hill of Assisi, where many places are linked to the everyday life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Afterwards you will reach the town of Assisi, which will astonish you with its arts, monuments and its great atmosphere. The 13th century Basilicia di San Francesco is the mother church of the Franciscan Order and the burial place of St Francis.
Day 5 Cycle across the countryside to Spoleto via Spello, Foligno & Bevagna (45/50km)
Today is the most exciting trip of the tour with many possible and interesting stops. The first one is Spello, a walled town lying on the ridge of Monte Subasio, with a large number of Roman ruins. You then continue cycling across the Umbrian countryside towards Foligno, famous for its 'Piazza della Repubblica' and 'Piazza del Duomo'. A small detour leads you to Bevagna and afterwards you can cycle on towards Trevi, getting back to the main itinerary. The stage ends in Spoleto, a well preserved medieval village which is nowadays a flourishing cultural centre of international fame.
Day 6 Continue to the beautiful medieval city of Todi (60km)
From Spoleto you cycle towards the village of Castel Ritardi and from this point you leave the Umbrian valley to enter beautiful hills covered with oak and olive trees as far as Todi. Todi, perched on a hill and overlooking the Tiber valley, is considered one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Italy.
Day 7 Cycle through small villages in the middle of nature to Orvieto (45/55km)
Today's cycle leads you through small villages into the middle of nature. There are some hilly sections although they are not to difficult to overcome. A variation of the stage takes you along a bank of the Lake Corbara. During the last few kilometres of the cycle the white tuff cliff town of Orvieto suddenly emerges from the splendid rolling hills.
Day 8 Trip concludes
The trip concludes after breakfast.
- 7 breakfasts - a varied buffet breakfast will be served in each hotel
- 7 nights accommodation in 2-4 star hotels on a twinshare basis with ensuite facilities
- Bicycle rental, 27 gear with puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle, pannier and helmet
- Route descriptions and maps
- Luggage transfer
- 7 day hotline service
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Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre departure information provided on booking.