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THREE REGIONS: UMBRIA, TUSCANY & MARCHE

an 8 days road bike tour

 

 

 

 

This tour is for those who would like to discover Umbria in all its aspects, because you will find a combination of nature, culture, history and local traditions. In the tranquil Umbrian landscape you will find rolling hills covered with woodland, vineyards and olive grooves alternated with colourful fertile valleys. The nature in the North of Umbria becomes more rough and unspoilt. Here the friendly hills change into a mountain landscape with scenic views of the Apennines. But everywhere after the tranquillity of nature you will find friendly little towns bubbling over with life. Atmospheric town squares surrounded by monumental palazzo's, little alleys and the many impressive churches and castles will take you back to a time long-gone. 

 

Programme in short:

1. arrival Viole di Assisi  (3 km outside Assisi)

2. to Torgiano  passing Spello, Foligno, Montefalco and Bevagna (65 or 104 km / 40,3 or 64,5 miles)

3. to lake Trasimeno (80 km / 49,6 miles)

4. around lake Trasimeno passing Chiusi in Tuscany (100 km / 62 miles)

5. to Umbertide passing Cortona in Tuscany (46 or 87 km / 28,5 or 45 miles)

6. to Gubbio passing Cagli in the Marche (95 km / 59 miles)

7. to Assisi  (75 km / 46,6 miles)

8. departure

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

Arrival in  Assisi (3 km)

The start of this cycle tour is the medieval centre of Assisi. In Assisi many places and monuments have a strong unbreakable bond with the saints Francis and Clare, who lived here in the 13th century. The medieval character of Assisi is well-preserved. You can choose between a hotel in or close to Assisi (3 km).

 

Day 2

To Torgiano passing Spello, Foligno, Spoleto, Montefalco and Bevagna (104 km /64,5 miles)

Today’s bike is through the valley of Spoleto. You will pass many little towns like Spello, which is situated on the southern slopes of mount Subasio, Bevagna and Montefalco, famous for its excellent wines. You can choose for a longer route passing Spoleto, a town with a long history or a shorter route.

Shorter route passing medieval towns: Spello-Montefalco-Bevagna-Torgiano (65 km/40,3 miles )

Leaving your hotel you start your journey through the valley of Spoleto, passing Foligno, your route goes up to Montefalco; also called ‘the balcony of Umbria’, because of its fantastic panorama. The Franciscan church, now a museum, is decorated with magnificent frescoes from the 15th and 16th century by artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino. The next town you will visit is Bevagna, whose characteristic medieval square still hosts two Romanesque churches. Your overnight stay is in Torgiano, which in medieval times was a fortified village and is situated on a hilltop above the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber. Interesting to visit are the wine museum and the ‘osteria’ of the Lungarotti family, where you can taste their excellent wines.

 

Day 3

To S.Feliciano on the shores of  Trasimeno lake (80 km/49,6 miles)

You will bike through an undulating landscape with now and the a steep climb to conquer, to be rewarded with a magnificent view of Lake Trasimeno. You will pass small, typical Umbrian towns such as Montegiove with its impressive castle, Montegabbione and Panicale, which has still a good preserved 13th century Palazzo del Podestà.

 

Day 4

Tour around lake Trasimeno passing Chiusi in Tuscany (100 km / 62 miles)

Today you can have a rest day or cycle around the lake. Lake Trasimeno is the fourth largest lake in Italy. It is surrounded on three sides by a backdrop of gentle rolling hills covered with olive trees. On the side facing Tuscany, a wide open plain stretches out. You will cross this plain going to the Tuscan town of Chiusi, which has an Etruscan origin. After your visit you return to your hotel at the lake.

 

Day 5

Also today the choice between two rides:

The longer route to Umbertide pass Cortona in Tuscany (87 km / 54 miles)

A very nice ride through the valley of the Tesse brings you to Cortona. This lovely Tuscan town is built on a hilltop. Leaving it you will cycle over a ridge through a mountainous terrain with magnificent views over the surrounding mountains. Your overnight stay will be just outside Umbertide.

The shorter route from the lake to Umbertide (46 km / 28,5 miles)

This shorter ride is through unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide, whose town centre is dominated by a majestic tower, the remains of a castle dating back to 1385. A steep climb brings you to Castel Rigone from where you will have a magnificent view over the lake, then it goes undulating to Umbertide.

 

Day 6

To Gubbio passing Cagli in the Marche (95 km / 59 miles)

Today you will reach the fortified hill town of Gubbio. You will cycle through the mountains. It is a beautiful tour through the green hills of the lower Apennines. You visit Montone, a quiet little town built (482m) on a hilly ridge, situated between the Lana and Carpina streams, which are both tributaries of the Tiber. It’s going slowly uphill to Pietralunga with its old partially, walled-in centre and the Long bards Castle (8th century). You will pass Cagli in the region Le Marche and from there you arrive to Gubbio, where you will stay in a hotel in the center of town.

 

Day 7

To Assisi (75 km / 46,6 miles)

On this last day of the tour you will cycle through a beautiful hilly landscape passing quiet mountain villages. The first stretch begins with a steep climb, but after that the road undulates gently till it brings you to the bottom of a valley. The last stretch brings you through characteristic little villages and finally you will see Assisi from afar, built on a spur of mount Subasio. 

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

This tour includes:

  • Overnight stays in  good  *** star hotels on the basis of B & B (Half Board and upgrades are possible)

  • luggage transportation

  • route notes in English, Italian, German or Dutch and maps 

  • local backup service

  • route briefing in starting hotel

  • tour information

 

 

 

Period

from 1st April until beginning of November

Level 4

Rolling hills and mountainous country with long and steep climbs. Daily distances between 90 and 115 km.  Mostly on quiet asphalted roads. For experienced cyclists with a good physical condition.

Price p.p. 2017

Standard hotel close to Assisi

In a double room B&B    € 610,00

Single room B&B     € 735,00

Travelling alone    € 790,00

3rd person  in triple B&B     € 375,00

supplement for half board    € 142,00

Standard hotel at Assisi

In a double room B&B    € 632,00

Single room B&B     € 768,00

Travelling alone    € 823,00

3rd person  in triple B&B     € 440,00

supplement for half board    € 147,00

Deluxe hotels

In a double room B&B    € 780,00

Single room B&B     € 1.032,00

Travelling alone    € 1.090,00

supplement for half board    € 187,00

On request

road bike rental are possible, wine-tasting, tracks for gps available

 

 

  

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