CYCLING, WINE-TASTING AND COOKING LESSONS

an 8 days eno-gastronomic tour in Umbria

 

 

 

 

This tour offers the possibility to get to know the beautiful green and hilly Umbria in a different way, thanks to this perfect combination of cycling in the natural environment, exploring around culturally interesting towns and discovering the excellent wines and gastronomic traditions of the area. This tour starts in medieval Spello, a lovely medieval town built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. In the evening you will have a tasting-menu. The next day you cycle to the cultural interesting town of Spoleto.  In Spoleto you will have a cooking lesson during which you will discover some secrets of authentic Umbrian cookery. After this day of rest you continue cycling to the medieval town of Montefalco, called also the Balcony of Umbria, because of it stunning views. You will stay in a villa at the foot of the town. The next day a short ride will bring you first to Bevagna, certainly to make a stop and after your visit you continue your ride to Torgiano, a small town also famous for its excellent wines. You will be welcome in the Lungarotti ‘Osteria’ to taste them. During the second day of your stay in Torgiano you can choose to make a short cycle tour in the surroundings or to visit by bicycle the county town of Perugia. In the evening there is a dinner in a nearby restaurant with delicious Umbrian dishes. Your last ride will bring you to Assisi. After a steep climb you will enter this picturesque town and will agree that it was definitively worth the effort. In the afternoon another 'Umbrian' cookery lesson in your country house with nice view on the Basilica of Saint Francis.

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1

Arrival in the medieval town of Spello

You arrive at your *** hotel in Spello (on request you can stay in a **** star hotel). It is situated in the historical centre of the town with a terrace offering a magnificent view over the Valle Umbra, Foligno and the surrounding hills. At the end of the afternoon there is a route briefing and bike setting. Then you will be expected in a cosy restaurant and wine bar for a Umbrian Tasting dinner: selection of Umbrian wines combined with umbrian dishes like scrambled eggs with truffle and tagliatelle with Cacio and pepe … and all dishes are combined with different wines.

 

Day 2 

Spello -Spoleto

Today you will leave Spello and cycling through the valley you cross the centre of Foligno, a shopping centre of the Valle Umbra. Worthwhile to visit is the Cathedral and the Palazzo Trincy. Then it goes up to Spoleto. The cycle path Assisi-Spoleto will bring you inside town. Your hotel **** is situated in the historical centre of Spoleto, close to the Roman theatre. At the end of the afternoon you will have a welcome drink. In the evening you will enjoy a marvellous dinner.

Distance: 45 km

 

Day 3 

Cooking lessons

This morning you will have a cookery course (1 ˝  hour) during which you will learn to prepare a delicious ‘antipasto’ and ‘primo’ (pasta or risotto). At lunch, of course, you will taste these dishes. In the afternoon you are free to explore Spoleto. There is much to visit, such as the castle, the medieval aqueduct Ponte delle Torri, a roman house, the roman theatre with archaeological museum, the cathedral, the modern art museum…. 

Day 4 

Cycling to the wine town of Montefalco 

Today you cycle to Montefalco through a slightly undulating landscape. Below the town of Montefalco you can choose to visit it, but to reach this lovely town you have to conquer a steep hill. Don't miss the museum in the Saint Francis church with the frescoes of Benozzo Gozzoli. On the main square there cosy wine bars where you can taste the tasty Sagrantino or Montefalco Rosso wines.  Then you descend to your hotel, a villa at the foot of town.

Distance: 23 or 37 km  

 

Day 5 

Bevagna and Torgiano 

Today you bike mostly through the valley to the small town of Bevagna, which 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. There are also roman mosaics to visit. Your ride continue to Torgiano, in medieval times a fortified village, situated on the confluence of  the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). The town is famous for its excellent wines. You have enough time to visit the nice wine museum with its rich collection of ceramics and art (subject wine making) from Etruscan till modern times. In the afternoon in the ‘osteria’ of the Lungarotti family, you will taste the excellent Torgiano wines. Your hotel is in the quiet town centre.  

Distance: 37 km

 

Day 6 

Visiting the town of Perugia  or a cycling tour in the surroundings of Torgiano 

Perugia is the capital of the province. A short cycle tour takes you to the station in Ponte S.Giovanni  at the foot of Perugia. From here a local train will take you in 8 min. into the historical centre of Perugia. The centre, with its little alleys and characteristic town squares, is a lively vibrant place. The renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and many galleries will make a lasting impression. After your visit you return by train and bike back to the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano. Distance: 24 km

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A trip in the surroundings of Torgiano will take you to the village of Deruta  which has, in part, managed to retain the highly distinctive features of its medieval buildings. Deruta is universally famous for its ceramics and there are many ateliers to visit. 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. Numerous Italian and foreign museums have pieces of Deruta ceramics on show, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. The town hall hosts  the art gallery and the ceramics museum. The next stop is the sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni, which has built after a miracle, which took place in the year 1657. Inside the church there are more then 600 votive tiles, all testimony to the tradition of the Deruta ceramics. Cycling through a beautiful hilly landscape you pass typical Umbrian hamlets like Casalalta. Your cycle back to Torgiano is through the Tiber valley. Distance 33 or 47 km

A very special dinner will be prepared for you in a restaurant close by. You will taste some typical Umbrian dishes (appetizers, ‘primi’ pasta or risotto, ‘secondo’ (main course), vegetables and a coffee with a grappa or another after-dinner spirit). For the lover of black truffle you can also enjoy some dishes prepared with the "Diamonds of the Kitchen."

 

Day 7 

Assisi

Today a short ride in which you will cross the valley, cycling along quiet country roads. Already from afar you will see Assisi, like many other Umbrian towns 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 came to pray.

To reach the beautiful historical centre of Assisi you have to make a short steep climb, but wandering through the town you will agree that it was worth the effort. You will have enough time to visit the main monuments of the town, like the basilica of Saint Francis with its beautiful frescoes by the painters Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti. You will stay in a country house with a lovely garden with view on the Basilica of Saint Francis. In the afternoon the owner Rosita will give you another cookery lesson.  

Distance: 25 km

 

 Day 8

Departure or an extra overnight to explore Assisi

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast (upgrade in Spello and Assisi to **** hotel is possible)

  • 3 dinners (excl. drinks)

  • 1 wine-tasting in Torgiano

  • 1 cooking lesson and lunch in Spoleto

  • 1 cooking lesson and dinner in Assisi

  • a 'Tasting Dinner' in Spello (incl drinks)

  • description (in English, Dutch or Italian), maps and gps tracks (on request) of above mentioned cycle tours 

  • luggage transportation

  • local back up service 

  • route briefing in your arrival hotel

 

 

Period

all the year around with exception of holidays like Eastern and during the Spoleto Music Festival (23/06 till 09/07) Starting day: every day of the week except on Mondays

Level 2

Easy to moderate You cycle through a landscape of gentle, rolling hills. Throughout these tours the steeper slopes are short and the longer ones are not too steep. The daily distances are restricted to between 23 and 45 km.

Participants

minimum two persons

Price p.p. 2017

in a double room     € 990,00

single room     € 1.160,00

Trekking bike rental € 80,00 or ebike rental € 130,00

 

 

Are you interested in this tour: please ask us the detailed programme in pdf !