Make a cycling tour through Umbria, the green and spiritual heart of Italy and experience the medieval flair of this region. In the magical landscape and the gently rolling hills of Umbria you will find many convents, monasteries, abbeys and churches. You can feel the authenticity of this region when you wander the streets of the medieval hamlets and villages left untouched. Umbria is a spectacle of nature and a land of many colors and perfumes, and everywhere streams, rivers and waterfalls accompany the visitor on his search for peace and beauty.
Day 1: Individual arrival to Assisi
Day 2: Assisi - Spoleto, ~50 km/31 miles
Today you will have your first break in Spello, a walled town lying on the ridge of Monte Subasio. Of all the cities in this area, Spello is the one that counts the largest number of Roman evidences. In the church of Santa Maria Maggiore you can admire the frescoes of Pinturicchio and Perugino. Cycle on crossing the Umbrian countryside towards Foligno, famous for its knight historical ring jousting tournament ‘Giostra della Quintana’. Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza del Duomo are also definitely worth a visit. A small detour leads you to Bevagna and afterwards you can cycle on towards Trevi following the main itinerary. This stage ends in Spoleto, having origins in the Roman period, but preserved as a medieval village, once under the authority of the Papal States. Nowadays Spoleto is a flourishing cultural center of international fame.
Day 3: Spoleto - Todi, ~60 km/37 miles
From Spoleto you cycle on towards the village of Castel Ritardi and from this point you leave the Umbrian valley to enter the lovely hills covered with oak and olive trees as far as Todi, considered one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Italy, perched on a hill and overlooking the Tiber valley. A tangle of roads leads to stately buildings in tufa and offer the most splendid surprises. In the picturesque Piazza del Popolo you will find important monuments like the cathedral and Palazzo del Capitano.
Day 4: Todi - Orvieto, ~45 km/28 miles
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 millenniums of history. When you leave Todi you have to follow the course of the Tiber as far as the Tiber River Park. The beautiful river banks are wide, irregular and covered with willows and poplars. You cycle on in the wild nature reserve until you reach Lake Corbara, an area famous for its delicious red wine. Leave the lake behind you and you will see the valley of the Paglia River, which flows into the Tiber in this area. Cycle up the river and admire the white tuff cliff and Orvieto emerge out of the splendid rolling hills.
Day 5: Orvieto - Città della Pieve, ~45 km/28 miles
You start cycling over the rolling hills towards Città della Pieve, a medieval village still surrounded with fourteenth-century city walls. The city was the birthplace of Piero Vannucci also known as “il Perugino”, the most important representative of the fifteenth-century Umbrian painting.
Day 6: Città della Pieve - Perugia, ~60 km/37 miles + 20 km/12 miles per train
You follow the road at the foot of the hill towards the flourishing small Renaissance city of Corciano. The itinerary continues as far as the capital city of Umbria: Perugia. This city was built as an acropolis on the hills and has a splendid old town center consisting of 5 quarters surrounded by Etruscan city walls. You should definitely take a break in Piazza Grande overlooked by Palazzo dei Priori, the cathedral and the Fontana Maggiore.
Day 7: Perugia - Assisi, ~35 km/22 miles
Crossing the Tiber plain towards the fortified village of Forgiano, which preserved very well its medieval character. The stage continues and leads you to Santa Maria degli Angeli at the foot of the hill of Assisi. The Basilica was constructed in the 16th century, enclosing the Perziuncola, a 9th century small chapel where St. Francis understood his vocation and renounced to the world in order to live in poverty. The town of Assisi will astonish you with its art, monuments and the great atmosphere. The 13th century Basilica di San Francesco is the mother church of the Franciscan Order and burial place of St. Francis. The church is a worldwide example of medieval art and decorated with frescoes by the famous painters Giotto and Simone Martini.
Day 8: Departure or extra nights
7 nights in 3*** hotels (2** hotel in Perugia)
7x breakfast buffet
detailed route description and maps
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Saturday
season I (650 €/person in double)
season II (+80 €/person)
'arrival any day'
minimum 5 persons
route (2): ~295 km/185 miles
The level of difficulty of this itinerary is moderate. The route follows mainly the asphalted low traffic roads. Some of the stages are on level and some on undulating ground with a few little steep slopes to reach the cities. Between Spoleto and Todi you will have the challenge of some more difficult slopes.
how to get there
by train: Assisi can easily be reached by train
by plane: airports Roma Fiumicino (FCO), Roma Ciampino (CIA), Perugia (PEG) and Florence (FLR)
tourist tax (~10 €/person) and the train from Magione to Perugia (~6 €/person) are not included.
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