WINE-TASTING AND COOKING LESSONS
8 days eno-gastronomic tour in Umbria
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
In the evening you will have a tasting-menu. The next day you cycle to the cultural interesting town of
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
In the evening there is a dinner in a nearby restaurant with delicious
Umbrian dishes. Your last ride will bring you to Assisi.
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
in the medieval town of Spello
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
Then you will be
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.
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.
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
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.
23 or 37 km
Bevagna and Torgiano
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
(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
the town of Perugia or
a cycling tour in the surroundings of Torgiano
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
trip in the surroundings of Torgiano
take you to the village
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
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
special dinner will be prepared for you in a restaurant close
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."
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
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.
reach the beautiful historical centre of
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.
or an extra overnight to explore Assisi
overnight stays with breakfast (upgrade in Spello and Assisi to ****
hotel is possible)
dinners (excl. drinks)
wine-tasting in Torgiano
cooking lesson and lunch in Spoleto
cooking lesson and dinner in Assisi
'Tasting Dinner' in Spello (incl drinks)
(in English, Dutch or Italian), maps and gps tracks (on request) of above mentioned cycle
back up service
briefing in your arrival hotel
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
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.
in a double room
room € 1.160,00
Trekking bike rental
€ 80,00 or
ebike rental € 130,00
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