Bike / Assisi

Umbria – Green Valley

Highlights

This is cycling on quiet country roads among the colourful fields, with a beautiful backdrop of hills covered with silver-green olive groves and fertile vineyards. Umbria has been praised for its pure beauty since Roman times, because of its greenness, many lakes, rivers, refreshing springs, mountain streams and waterfalls. This not-too-strenuous cycle tour since it take place mainly in the valley with only a few rolling parts  will bring you to lively, medieval villages and towns of the green valley ‘Valle Umbra’, such as Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Spoleto, Bevagna and Perugia. Thanks to the reduced daily distances  you will have enough time to visit these towns.

The tour starts and finishes close to Assisi (3 km) in the village of Viole Assisi rises on a mountainous branch of the Monte Subasio, and its highest point, where the castle is located, is 505m a.s.l.. This beautiful pilgrimage town with its narrow alleys, cosy squares and many medieval monuments will make an unforgettable impression. On the first day the scenic route winds its way through the fertile valley till Campello sul Clitunno, famous for its refreshing springs, immersed in an enchanting oasis of peace.  The second day you will make a short circular tour among olive groves to Spoleto, so you will have enough time to visit this interesting town, full of life, with many squares, lovely little streets and a lot of sights to visit, such as the Duomo with the frescoes of the Florentine painter Filippo Lippi, the Roman Theatre and the medieval bridge and aqueduct Ponte delle Torri. The second part of the tour will bring you to Torgiano and Perugia, the capital of the province, with its solemn Renaissance palaces, museums, impressive churches and tightly winding shopping streets. A short ride along the quiet country roads of the valley will bring you back to Assisi, which you will already see from afar.

You cycle through a landscape of gentle, rolling hills. This generally easy route, mostly flat, with short daily distances makes this an ideal tour for leisure cyclists and family groups.  There aren’t many climbs and if possible there will be offered an alternative. The daily distances are restricted to between 35 and 57 km.


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