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.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Assisi
  • Day 2 Cycling to Bovara (37 km)
  • Day 3 Visiting Spoleto. Overnight stay in Bovara (38 km)
  • Day 4 Cycling to Torgiano (53 kms)
  • Day 5 Cycling tour to Perugia (24 km)
  • Day 6 Cycling to Viole passing Assisi  (26 km)
  • Day 7 departure

Details

Day 1 individual arrival at your hotel near Assisi (3 km)

Collect cycles, welcome drink, route briefing and instruction.
The tour starts near the Middle Age city of Assisi (3 kms), the pilgrims’ town  built against the slopes of Mount Subasio. Many monuments have been erected here in honour of the saints Francis and Clare.

Day 2 Today you will cycle mainly through the valley, passing Spello and Foligno to arrive at your hotel in the village of Bovara (36 km)

We leave the hotel and cycle along the slopes of Mount Subasio to  Spello. There is enough time this morning to wander around this charming ancient town, pleasantly situated on the southern slopes of Mount Subasio. In urban, architectural and artistic terms, Spello is an extremely interesting town, containing many features dating back to the Roman and medieval times. Spello is also called the town of flowers, because of its many colourful little alleys embellished with plants and flowers.  The town is well known for its special flower festival (‘infiorata’) for Corpus Domini. After Spello we descend to Foligno, which is in the valley. We pass along the main square with its beautiful ‘duomo’ which still has a Romanesque façade. You will have some free time to visit the town. Continuing along the lively main shopping street we will leave the town to cycle the last kms of our route, across the fertile valley with its colourful fields and various waterways. The country house is situated in the village of Bovara.

Day 3 a circular route to Spoleto (38 km)

This morning a short tour among olive groves will take us to Spoleto. You can already see Spoleto from afar, with its castle dominating the hilltop on which the medieval part of the town is built. The centre is still largely inside the medieval town walls. Spoleto is very famous for its music festival ‘dei due mondi’, held in the first weeks of July. There is a lot to see in Spoleto, including the cathedral with its famous frescoes by the Florentine painter Filippo Lippi, the Roman house and the Roman theatre with an annexed archaeological museum. Leaving Spoleto we cycle among the fields back to Bovara. Today we will visit the olive oil mill of Marfuga

Day 4 Cycling to Torgiano passing Bevagna (53 km)

Biking through a slightly undulating landscape we will reach Bevagna. This town 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. After a last hill we will arrive at Torgiano, at the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). Our hotel is in the quiet town centre.  At the end of the afternoon there will be a wine-tasting at the Osteria Lungarotti

Day 5 Visiting Perugia (24 km)

This trip takes us to the neighbouring town of Perugia, which is the capital of the province. A short cycle tour brings us to the station in Ponte S.Giovanni  at the foot of Perugia. From here a local train will take us 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. You will have free time to visit the town. After our visit we return by train and bike to the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.

Day 6 To Assisi  (25 km)

Today we will cross the valley, cycling on quiet country roads. We will already see Assisi from afar as, like many other Umbrian towns, it is built on a hilltop. Before reaching Assisi, however, we will  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.
To reach the beautiful historical centre of Assisi we have to make a short steep climb, but wandering through the town you will agree that it was worth the effort. A guide will show you the most important monuments of town and after it you will have some free time Your overnight stay will be in the hotel where you started your tour (3 km from Assisi)

Day 7 Departure

What's included

  • 6 overnight stays in the above mentioned hotel with breakfast
  • 6 x dinners
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • 7 days emergency support hotline
  • sightseeing information
  • English / Italian speaking guide cycling with the group
  • Cultural guided tours in Assisi
  • wine-tasting in Torgiano
  • Welcome drink and route briefing on arrival day
  • Visit olive- oil mill
  • Medical and luggage insurance

What's not included

  •  tips
  • personal extras
  • everything else which does not come under the heading "what's included"

 

Supplements

  • single room: € 98
  • bike rental: € 70
  • eBike: € 110
Persons
Price per person
3 - 4 pax
€ 1495,00
5 - 6 pax
€ 1250,00
7 - 8 pax
€ 1140,00

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