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& MYSTERIOUS ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:
THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ETRUSCANS AND ROMANS
8 days cycling holiday crossing the land of Etruscans and Romans
is seductive and often
seems to meet perfection. The secret lies in the enviable equilibrium
between human activity and nature, creating evocative landscapes which
are without a doubt among the most beautiful in
Italy. Hills, rivers, streams
and lakes embellish the expanses of woods, grazing land and artfully
Pedalling through these lands you discover that the Umbrian and
Tuscan people have a great sense of attachment to their land and their
very rich history. Thousands of years of history, people and
civilisations have left these regions an archaeological heritage that it
is difficult even to quantify: there is no town, large or small, which
does not preserve testimony to the ancient Etruscans or Romans.
food and wine are part of the attraction of these regions: from the
wonderful expanses of vineyards and olive groves which you admire during
the tour to the generous and intense flavour which the gastronomic
products of these lands offer you. There are famous wines, extra virgin
olive oil, cured meats, cheeses and other treats, all to be tasted...!
bike tour takes you on a journey of discovery in these fascinating areas
which were already renowned in ancient times. You will enjoy unique and
spectacular views and appreciate the variety of places encountered and
also the variety of the cycling experience, from steep climbs to gentle
downhill runs and long flat stretches.
arrival in Assisi
to Ponte San Giovanni (Perugia; 33 km / 20,5 miles)
to Passignano al lago di Trasimeno (65 km / 40,3 miles)
to Castiglione del Lago passing Cortona (65 km / 40,5 miles)
to Orvieto passing Città della Pieve (68 km / 42 miles)
to Todi (47 km / 29,1 miles)
returning to Assisi (53 km / 32,9 miles)
the first day you arrive in Assisi, a small town rich with
artistic treasures. Some of these well known, such as the
basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, while others are lesser
known, such as the Roman Forum (Foro Romano).
is a magical place and the fact that it has hardly changed since
ancient times has preserved its charm. You cannot miss the
opportunity to admire the Basilica of St. Francis, an
architectural masterpiece which consists of two churches, one
above the other, and is brimming with frescos by great masters
such as Giotto, Cimabue and Simone Martini.
fully appreciate this historical town, however, it is also worth
visiting historical sites dating back to the Roman period, such
as the Roman Forum with its archaeological remains and the
Wander the narrow streets and allow yourself to be enchanted by
the beauty of all the town's buildings, both sacred and secular.
You stay in a *** star hotel 900m from the historical centre of
the second day you cross a part of the fertile Valle Umbra and you
follow the Tiber river to get to Ponte
San Giovanni, where there is an Archaeological Park and the most
extensive Etruscan Necropolis of this region.
From here in just a few minutes by train, you can reach Perugia,
or Perusia as it was called in the past. You will have time enough
to visit its beautiful historical centre. Here
can appreciate the extraordinary Etruscan civilisation by visiting
the Etruscan Well (Pozzo Etrusco) and the necropolis in the
suburbs as well as stopping to admire the old town walls and
is an eclectic and particularly beautiful city which is rich in
culture, architectural monuments, events, shops and
characteristic wine bars where you can taste the famous Umbrian
You stay in a ****star hotel in P.S.Giovanni
33 km / 20,5 miles
the third day you cycle through a wonderful hilly landscape and
along the cycle path by the lake to reach Passignano, a small
village (borgo) with an enchanting view over Trasimeno lake. Passignano
is on the gently sloping northern shores, where the lake meets
the rocks. The town is often referred to as l'isola felice
(“the happy island”) because it is a meeting place for
nature and history, art and folklore, peace and vitality.
was along these north shores, between Malpasso and Passignano,
that the epic battle between the Carthaginians and the Romans
took place; the battle which marked the beginning of the
legendary 20 year war between
and the Romans.
stay in Passignano at a *** hotel
Distance: 65 km / 40,
Cortona - Castiglione del Lago
next day you will go to Castiglione del Lago passing Cortona.This
town is an important cultural and artistic centre for the
valley, well worth exploring and enjoying in all of its aspects,
and something of interest can be found here for everyone:
enthusiasts of history and art, lovers of nature and adventure,
those keen on sport and fitness, food and wine experts and those
interested in fashion and shopping.
is to visit the Etruscan museum. After Cortona you
will descend and you pedal surrounded by a landscape rich in waterways and intensely green
fields. Castiglione del Lago has a medieval centre with a Castle and
impressive palazzi. Your
overnight stay is in the old town centre in a *** star hotel
65 km / 40,3 miles
Castiglione del Lago -
Città della Pieve - Orvieto
the fifth day you leave Lake Trasimeno and a climb will bring you to
Città della Pieve, which has
many interesting monuments to visit. In the Cathedral you can
admire an altarpiece by Perugino, the teacher of Raphael.
The last stop in this day of cycle touring is Orvieto, which was
known by the Romans as 'Volsinii'. The town, now in the Province of Terni,
was near a famous sanctuary, Fanum Voltumnae, the chosen
venue every year for many Etruscans to celebrate religious
rites, games and events. From the 8th to the 6th century BCE the
town enjoyed considerable economic development. Remains of the
Etruscan civilisation can be found in the rocky crags and above
all in the nearby necropolis.
overnight stay is in the historical centre of Orvieto in a ***
star hotel (on request also possible a overnight stay at a ****
km / 42 miles
Orvieto - Todi
great day with nice views as you cycle along the panoramic road of
Lake Corbara to Todi, an enchanting town built on a hilltop, which
in 1992 Prof. Richard S. Levine of U.S. Kentucky University defined
as “the most liveable town in the world”.
Todi is another Etruscan town, but was founded
between the 8th and 7th centuries BCE by the Umbri (whose
settlements were on the other side of the Tiber
Etruscans) and named Tutere, which means 'boundary town'. In 340
BC the town developed significantly when it was conquered by
the Romans. It acquired the name 'Colonia Julia Fida Tuder (1st
century BC) and was granted the right to mint its own currency.
The town's most beautiful Roman constructions were built after
it became part of the Roman Clustumina tribe.
stay in Todi at a *** star hotel (on request upgrade to ****
Distance: 47 km / 29,1
Todi - Assisi
last day consists of a pleasant ride passing medieval Bevagna and Cannara
before reaching the immaculate town of Assisi. Embraced
within its old town walls, Assisi is a serene and atmospheric town
which is a symbol of peace and harmony. It is a place of saints,
churches, monasteries and convents; buildings in which devotion and
art live together in a symbiosis which few places have ever equalled.
Distance: 53 km /32,9
finishes this cycling tour
in this tour:
stays in *** stars hotels with breakfast
book with route instructions and maps
during the tour
briefing in your hotel
Daily from April till November.
because of significant differences of level. Cycling
in a hilly country side with daily distances between 35 – 68 km.
A tour for cyclist with some experience
and in good condition. Cycling along quiet asphalted country roads
or dirt roads (Children from the age of 14 years). Total
kilometres: 315 km / 195,3 miles
double room € 695,00
single room € 758,00
person in a triple € 410,00
half board supplement
is possible to rent bikes (hybrid, ebike or road bike), tracks for gps
can be send for free one week before arrival date, extra overnight
stays in all towns and upgrades are possible