A wonderful valley

a 7- or 5-day cycling tour
Cycling tour
Cycling Tours
Difficulty level 1,5
Individual tour
Self guided tour
code: ITUMB01C
Italy
Umbria

Prices

from 430€

Cycling in a wonderful valley from Assisi to Spoleto

Assisi-Spello-Torgiano-Bevagna-Spoleto

The Valle Umbra is a great starting point for exploring the beauties of Umbria. This green fertile valley, full of small rivers and canals and surrounded by green mountains and hills covered with olive groves and vineyards is an excellent place to have a relaxing cycling holiday. The valley is famous for its medieval towns and villages, because here we find them all: Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco, Spello and Spoleto.

Your tour begins in Assisi, the city of pilgrims, situated on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Walking in a maze of streets, alleys and crossing squares with medieval palaces and fountains you feel like you have travelled hundreds of years into the past. The first ride is a round tour taking you to Spello, town of Roman origins, as several features like the Porta Consolare, Porta Venere and the mosaics of a Roman villa, remember us. You return to Assisi cycling along a panoramic road. The next day you leave Assisi to reach wine-town of Torgiano built on a hilltop covered by vineyards. It is certainly worth visiting the Wine and Olive Oil museums. The next ride will take you to the medieval town of Bevagna, which has a cosy square full of live with not one, but two Romanesque churches. Before arriving to Spoleto you first pass Foligno, famous for have been printing in 1472 the first edition of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri and for its palaces with baroque ceilings. 

Castles of Assisi
Castle of Assisi

Pedalling along the cycle path, you enter Spoleto and surely, you will be charmed by the late medieval and Renaissance monuments of this city and by the imposing castle that from above dominates the town.

The tour has a 7-day and 5-day version.

The daily program of the 7-day tour

Assisi is a medieval town built on the slopes of Mount Subasio, overlooking the Valle Umbra. It is a place in which history, traditions and art are harmonious combined. If you arrive early, you can discover this beautiful city wandering through its alleys, streets and stop at one of the cosy squares, where cafés are inviting you to sit down and enjoy an ice cream, cappuccino or a good glass of local wine. The **** hotel is set in a rural location, is situated at 7 km from Assisi. From the pool, you have a stunning view of Assisi. The ** country house is situated at 800m from the old town centre. There is also a nice pool with stunning view of the Valle Umbra.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Assisi

At the end of the afternoon drop off bicycles, if rented, bike fitting and route briefing. Overnight with breakfast in *** or **** star hotel near the old town centre.

After breakfast in the saddle for your first bike ride. Discover the green Umbrian Valley cycling along quiet country roads to reach Spello, fiercely situated on the slopes of Mount Subasio. The city has preserved its medieval charm very well: you will go through alleys and cheerful squares with flowering balconies.  There is a lot to see. After your visit you cycle back to Assisi through the valley among cultivated fields planted with cereals, sunflowers, grape and fruit trees.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Assisi

Distance: 37,5 km / 23,3 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 137m -124m

This morning you cycle first to Santa Maria degli Angeli, where you can visit the basilica. The impressive dome covers the Porziuncola, where St.Francis and his friends lived. If you did not visit Assisi yet you can leave here your bikes and take the bus up to Assisi, which is built on a hilltop. After your visit, you take the bus back down into the valley to pick up your bikes. Cycling along quiet country roads, you will get to Torgiano, once a fortified village. There are some remains of its glorious past: the Baglioni Tower and remains of the ancient city walls.  Torgiano is situated in a fertile wine area at the confluence of the river Tiber with Chiascio.  The museums of Wine and Olive Oil are worth a visit. You will stay in a *** or ***** hotel with swimming pool in the historic centre of Torgiano.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Torgiano

Distance: 34 km / 21,1 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 125m -106m

Also today, the typical Umbrian countryside will be your “travel companion”. You will reach Bevagna, one rare example of historic centre built on the plain and not on a hilltop.  Bevagna boasts both a Roman past and a medieval aspect. Piazza Silvestri is a very interesting square, a cheerful meeting place for the inhabitants, with its gothic Palazzo dei Consoli and two Romanesque churches. Other sites to visit are the Roman mosaics and a medieval house. The ***  or **** hotel is situated in the historic centre or just outside with swimming pool.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Bevagna

Distance: 28 km / 17,4 mi;   Ascent / Descent: + 132m -128m

This day is dedicated to Foligno, a welcoming city on the plain just like Bevagna, situated along river Topino. It is worth visiting the Duomo and its late Gothic Palazzo Trinci which hosts the Pinacoteca and the archaeological museum; you can do shopping in Corso Cavour or stop at Piazza della Repubblica for a cappuccino or a delicious ice cream.  From Foligno you continue cycling among cultivated fields and canals. The country house, a beautiful eco guesthouse, is situated along the Clitunno River

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Casco dell’Acqua

Distance: 27,5 km / 17 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 84m -60m

On your last day, you will reach Spoleto: you will recognize it from a distance, because of its fortress dominating the city from above. You will get into the city on the bike path. At Porta Garibaldi, you can leave your bikes and discover Spoleto on foot.

The historic centre and its Duomo, the Ponte delle Torri (Tower Bridge), the fortress, the Roman house and the amphitheater are situated in the upper part of the city. After your visit of this lovely old town centre, you will cycle to your hotel. There is not much to pedal anymore. The hotel with pool is in a quiet position just outside town. On request, it is possible to book for a cooking class ‘Making Pizza’.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Spoleto

Distance: 24,6 km / 15,3 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 179m -97m

After breakfast ends cycle tour through the wonderful Valle Umbra 

Family cycling in the Valle Umbra

The daily program of the 5-day tour

Assisi is a medieval, pilgrimage town, overlooking the Valle Umbra. It is a place in which history, traditions and art are harmonious combined. If you arrive early, you can discover this beautiful city wandering through its alleys, streets and stop at one of the cosy squares, where bars are inviting you to sit down and enjoy a ‘gelato‘, cappuccino or a good glass of local wine. The **** hotel is set in a rural location, is situated at 7 km from Assisi. From the pool, you have a stunning view of Assisi. The ** country house is situated at 800m from the old town centre. There is also a nice pool with stunning view of the Valle Umbra.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Assisi

At the end of the afternoon drop off bicycles, if rented, bike fitting and route briefing. Overnight with breakfast in *** or **** star hotel near the old town centre.

This morning you cycle first to Santa Maria degli Angeli, where you can visit the basilica. The impressive dome covers the Porziuncola, where St.Francis and his friends lived. If you did not visit Assisi yet you can leave here your bikes and take the bus up to Assisi, which is built on a hilltop. After your visit, you take the bus back down into the valley to pick up your bikes. Cycling along quiet country roads, you will get to Torgiano, once a fortified village. There are some remains of its glorious past: the Baglioni Tower and remains of the ancient city walls.  Torgiano is situated in a fertile wine area at the confluence of the river Tiber with Chiascio.  The museums of Wine and Olive Oil are worth a visit. You will stay in a *** or ***** hotel with swimming pool in the historic centre of Torgiano.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Torgiano

Distance: 34 km / 21,1 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 125m -106m

Also today, the typical Umbrian countryside will be your “travel companion”. You will reach Bevagna, one rare example of historic centre built on the plain and not on a hilltop.  Bevagna boasts both a Roman past and a medieval aspect. Piazza Silvestri is a very interesting square, a cheerful meeting place for the inhabitants, with its gothic Palazzo dei Consoli and two Romanesque churches. Other sites to visit are the Roman mosaics and a medieval house. The ***  or **** hotel is situated in the historic centre or just outside with swimming pool.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Bevagna

Distance: 28 km / 17,4 mi;   Ascent / Descent: + 132m -128m

On your last day you will reach Spoleto: you will recognize it from a distance, because of its fortress dominating the city from above. You will cycle from Bevagna to Spoleto along the Assisi-Spoleto bike path. At the town gate Porta Garibaldi, you can leave your bikes and discover Spoleto on foot. The historic centre and its Duomo, the Ponte delle Torri (Tower Bridge), the fortress, the Roman house and the amphitheatre are situated in the upper part of the city. After your visit of this lovely old town centre, you will cycle to your hotel. There is not much to pedal anymore. The *** hotel with pool is in a quiet position just outside town. On request, it is possible to book for a cooking class ‘Making Pizza’. The superior version has a **** hotel in the town centre.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Spoleto

Distance: 33,6 km / 20,9 mi; Ascent / Descent: + 161m -102m

After breakfast ends this short cycle tour through the fascinating Valle Umbra 

Impressions

Self guided tour
Difficulty level 1,5
A wonderful valley
a 7- or 5-day cycling tour

Assisi-Spello-Torgiano-Bevagna-Spoleto

Code | ITUMB01C
level 1,5

It is an easy tour, designed for those who have little experience with cycling. The tour is also suitable for families with younger children. The gentle routes are mostly along quiet country lanes or cycle paths, usually flat or with little gradient (no more than 200m). You cycle 3-4 hrs a day and have time enough to enjoy the villages and towns of the tour or swimming pool.

 

Average daily distances:

5 day tour: 24 and 38 km / 14,9 and 23,6 miles. 

7 day tour: 24 and 38 km / 14,9 and 23,6 miles. 

 

Total km:
89 km / 55,3 miles (5 days) – 151 km / 93,8 miles (7 days)

 

departures

Self Guided: Daily all year round (best period April-June & end of August-October)

 

participants

1 or more people.

 

Start / Finish

Assisi / Spoleto

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