Umbria, the Green and Spiritual Heart of Italy 06081 Assisi, Province of Perugia, Italy
Price : £618
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 159m/256km
Tour Code : GL014
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Perched upon the summit of a large butte of tuff, the site of the historical city of Orvieto is widely regarded as one of the most dramatic in Europe. Rising high above the almost vertical volcanic cliffs and surrounded by defensive walls, its fortress like quality provides the perfect inspiring start point for this both spiritual and picturesque tour.

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Perched upon the summit of a large butte of tuff, the site of the historical city of Orvieto is widely regarded as one of the most dramatic in Europe. Rising high above the almost vertical volcanic cliffs and surrounded by defensive walls, its fortress like quality provides the perfect inspiring start point for this both spiritual and picturesque tour.

Umbria, characterised by its hills and historical towns, is draped in a multitude of traditions and culture. As you cycle through some of Italy’s most peaceful countryside, you’ll visit a number of the magnificent towns and cities for which this region is known. From Castiglione del Lago – a medieval town on the shores of Lake Trasimeno – to Spello – lying on the ridge of Monte Subasio and home to numerous Roman ruins – by the end of your tour you’re sure to be a fountain of Italian knowledge.

Pedalling your way across vast open valleys, alongside a grand old lake and through whimsical woodlands, it’s the combination of both stunning scenery and immortal history that make this tour a sure fire winner for one and all.

  • Assisi – The Basilica of Saint Francis holds pride of place with its frescos by Giotto

  • Lake Trasimeno – Italy’s largest, with history and nature in harmony

  • Orvieto – Rising dramatically above volcanic cliffs, one of Umbria’s cultural jewels;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Orvieto

Day 2: Orvieto – Castiglione Del Lago: 40/45 km bike + 30km train

Day 3: Castiglione del Lago – Perugia: 40 km bike + 20km train

Day 4: Perugia – Assisi: 35 km

Day 5: Assis – Spoleto: 45/50 km

Day 6: Spoleto – Todi: 60 km

Day 7: Todi – Orvieto: 45/55 km

Day 8: Orvieto – Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Orvieto

Arriving in the stunning city of Orvieto and with time permitting, there’s numerous historical sites each well worth a visit. The Cathedral of Orvieto with its Gothic façade comes highly recommended as well as the labyrinth of underground caves and tunnels available to view through guided tours.

Day 2: Orvieto – Castiglione Del Lago: 40/45 km bike + 30km train

Leaving Orvieto in the morning, a short train ride takes you as far as the medieval village of Fabro, home to its notorious castle overlooking the Chiana Valley. From here you’ll start cycling over the region’s rolling hills with two possible routes: either a slightly uphill option through Citta della Pieve (another medieval village surrounded by fourteenth century city walls) or along an easier but longer stretch through Chiusi, crossing ever so briefly into the beautiful region of Tuscany. As this stage of your tour draws to a close the magnificent, lake side town of Castiglione del Lago awaits you.

Day 3: Castiglione del Lago – Perugia: 40 km bike + 20km train

Hugging the northern shores of Lake Trasimeno and traversing the regions glorious hills, the cycling part of this stage takes you as far as Magione, where lies the castle Cavalieri di Malta. From here you’ll take a short transfer by train to Umbria’s capital, Perugia, a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The city itself was built as an acropolis on the hills and has a magical old town centre surrounded by Etruscan city walls.

Day 4: Perugia – Assisi: 35 km

Today’s stage is nice and light. After crossing the plain of the River Tiber your route leads you to Santa Maria degli Angeli at the foot of the hill of Assisi. Here many points of interest are linked to the everyday life of Saint Francis of Assisi in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Reaching the town of Assisi, which will leave you dumbfounded by its art, monuments and atmosphere, you’ll have time to explore the town as you please. The thirteenth century Basilica is the mother church of the Franciscan Order and the burial place of St. Francis himself.

Day 5: Assis – Spoleto: 45/50 km

We consider this stage to be the most exciting of the tour, with many possible interesting stop off points. The first is Spello, a walled town lying on the ridge of Monte Subasio with Roman ruins by the bucket load. You’ll then head to Foligno via the gorgeous countryside, where the famous Piazza della Republica and Piazza del Duomo provide a welcome resting point to take in some local history. A short detour takes you through Bevagna and Trevi before getting back on to the main itinerary, which ends in the highly preserved medieval village of Spoleto, nowadays a flourishing cultural centre of international fame.

Day 6: Spoleto – Todi: 60 km

Today’s route is one of the most scenic of the tour. Cycling from Spoleto towards the village of Castel Ritardi before leaving the Umbrian valley, here you’ll begin to cycle through enchanting hills covered with oak and olive trees as far as Todi. Todi is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, perched on a hill overlooking the Tiber valley.

Day 7: Todi – Orvieto: 45/55 km

The final stage of your tour leads you through a number of small villages located in areas of wonderful natural beauty. If you fancy a variation, an alternative route takes you along a bank of Lake Corbara. Either way, the last few kilometres of cycling brings with it the sudden emergence of the white tuff cliffs at Orvieto from behind the splendid rolling hills. Take some time to enjoy anything you didn’t have time to see in Orvieto on the first time round, wine and dine and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Day 8: Orvieto – Departure

Departure after breakfast. Buon viaggio!

Route:

Accommodation

Comfort:

Simple:
Simple hotels, pensions, Inns and B&Bs with clean, practical, en-suite guestrooms., typically a mixture of 2 and 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights in 3* Hotels with one 2* Hotel in Castiglione del Lago

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • 7 days emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire

  • Local taxes (approx €10)

  • Train transfers – Orvieto–Fabro (approx. 20 min, €6 per person)

  • Magione–Perugia (approx. 30 min, €6 per person)


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra 3* B&B night in Orvieto

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Florence

From Florence airport get a direct train to Orvieto (approx 2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Florence

From Orvieto get a train direct to Florence airport (approx 2 hours).

Price : £618
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 159m/256km
Tour Code : GL014
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Perched upon the summit of a large butte of tuff, the site of the historical city of Orvieto is widely regarded as one of the most dramatic in Europe. Rising high above the almost vertical volcanic cliffs and surrounded by defensive walls, its fortress like quality provides the perfect inspiring start point for this both spiritual and picturesque tour.

Read More

Perched upon the summit of a large butte of tuff, the site of the historical city of Orvieto is widely regarded as one of the most dramatic in Europe. Rising high above the almost vertical volcanic cliffs and surrounded by defensive walls, its fortress like quality provides the perfect inspiring start point for this both spiritual and picturesque tour.

Umbria, characterised by its hills and historical towns, is draped in a multitude of traditions and culture. As you cycle through some of Italy’s most peaceful countryside, you’ll visit a number of the magnificent towns and cities for which this region is known. From Castiglione del Lago – a medieval town on the shores of Lake Trasimeno – to Spello – lying on the ridge of Monte Subasio and home to numerous Roman ruins – by the end of your tour you’re sure to be a fountain of Italian knowledge.

Pedalling your way across vast open valleys, alongside a grand old lake and through whimsical woodlands, it’s the combination of both stunning scenery and immortal history that make this tour a sure fire winner for one and all.

  • Assisi – The Basilica of Saint Francis holds pride of place with its frescos by Giotto

  • Lake Trasimeno – Italy’s largest, with history and nature in harmony

  • Orvieto – Rising dramatically above volcanic cliffs, one of Umbria’s cultural jewels;

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Orvieto

Day 2: Orvieto – Castiglione Del Lago: 40/45 km bike + 30km train

Day 3: Castiglione del Lago – Perugia: 40 km bike + 20km train

Day 4: Perugia – Assisi: 35 km

Day 5: Assis – Spoleto: 45/50 km

Day 6: Spoleto – Todi: 60 km

Day 7: Todi – Orvieto: 45/55 km

Day 8: Orvieto – Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Orvieto

Arriving in the stunning city of Orvieto and with time permitting, there’s numerous historical sites each well worth a visit. The Cathedral of Orvieto with its Gothic façade comes highly recommended as well as the labyrinth of underground caves and tunnels available to view through guided tours.

Day 2: Orvieto – Castiglione Del Lago: 40/45 km bike + 30km train

Leaving Orvieto in the morning, a short train ride takes you as far as the medieval village of Fabro, home to its notorious castle overlooking the Chiana Valley. From here you’ll start cycling over the region’s rolling hills with two possible routes: either a slightly uphill option through Citta della Pieve (another medieval village surrounded by fourteenth century city walls) or along an easier but longer stretch through Chiusi, crossing ever so briefly into the beautiful region of Tuscany. As this stage of your tour draws to a close the magnificent, lake side town of Castiglione del Lago awaits you.

Day 3: Castiglione del Lago – Perugia: 40 km bike + 20km train

Hugging the northern shores of Lake Trasimeno and traversing the regions glorious hills, the cycling part of this stage takes you as far as Magione, where lies the castle Cavalieri di Malta. From here you’ll take a short transfer by train to Umbria’s capital, Perugia, a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The city itself was built as an acropolis on the hills and has a magical old town centre surrounded by Etruscan city walls.

Day 4: Perugia – Assisi: 35 km

Today’s stage is nice and light. After crossing the plain of the River Tiber your route leads you to Santa Maria degli Angeli at the foot of the hill of Assisi. Here many points of interest are linked to the everyday life of Saint Francis of Assisi in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Reaching the town of Assisi, which will leave you dumbfounded by its art, monuments and atmosphere, you’ll have time to explore the town as you please. The thirteenth century Basilica is the mother church of the Franciscan Order and the burial place of St. Francis himself.

Day 5: Assis – Spoleto: 45/50 km

We consider this stage to be the most exciting of the tour, with many possible interesting stop off points. The first is Spello, a walled town lying on the ridge of Monte Subasio with Roman ruins by the bucket load. You’ll then head to Foligno via the gorgeous countryside, where the famous Piazza della Republica and Piazza del Duomo provide a welcome resting point to take in some local history. A short detour takes you through Bevagna and Trevi before getting back on to the main itinerary, which ends in the highly preserved medieval village of Spoleto, nowadays a flourishing cultural centre of international fame.

Day 6: Spoleto – Todi: 60 km

Today’s route is one of the most scenic of the tour. Cycling from Spoleto towards the village of Castel Ritardi before leaving the Umbrian valley, here you’ll begin to cycle through enchanting hills covered with oak and olive trees as far as Todi. Todi is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, perched on a hill overlooking the Tiber valley.

Day 7: Todi – Orvieto: 45/55 km

The final stage of your tour leads you through a number of small villages located in areas of wonderful natural beauty. If you fancy a variation, an alternative route takes you along a bank of Lake Corbara. Either way, the last few kilometres of cycling brings with it the sudden emergence of the white tuff cliffs at Orvieto from behind the splendid rolling hills. Take some time to enjoy anything you didn’t have time to see in Orvieto on the first time round, wine and dine and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Day 8: Orvieto – Departure

Departure after breakfast. Buon viaggio!

Route:

Accommodation

Comfort:

Simple:
Simple hotels, pensions, Inns and B&Bs with clean, practical, en-suite guestrooms., typically a mixture of 2 and 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights in 3* Hotels with one 2* Hotel in Castiglione del Lago

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • 7 days emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire

  • Local taxes (approx €10)

  • Train transfers – Orvieto–Fabro (approx. 20 min, €6 per person)

  • Magione–Perugia (approx. 30 min, €6 per person)


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra 3* B&B night in Orvieto

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Florence

From Florence airport get a direct train to Orvieto (approx 2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Florence

From Orvieto get a train direct to Florence airport (approx 2 hours).

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