A wonderful Umbrian valley

a 7- or 5-day leisure cycling tour
Cycling tour
Cycling Tour
Difficulty level 1,5
Individual tour
Self guided tour
code: C001UMB
Italy
Umbria

Prices

from 344€

Cycling in a wonderful valley from Assisi to Spoleto

Assisi-Spello-Torgiano-Bevagna-Spoleto

The wonderful Umbrian 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.    

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 harmoniously combined. If you arrive early, you can discover this beautiful city wandering through its alleys, and streets and stop at one of the cozy squares, where cafés are inviting you to sit down and enjoy an ice cream, cappuccino, or a good glass of local wine. The **** hotel and Country house F. are situated 7 km from Assisi. From the pool, you have a stunning view of Assisi. The ** Hotel is situated 900m from the old town centre. There is also a nice pool with a stunning view of Assisi.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Assisi

At the end of the afternoon drop off bicycles, if rented, bike fitting and route briefing. 

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 pass Cannara, a small country town famous for the cultivation of the red onion. Two times a year there is a festival dedicated to this onion and you can taste it in many different delicious recipes. It has a small old town centre. The last stretch to your hotel is along the Assisi-Spoleto cycle path. The country house is an eco-accommodation along the river Clitunno.  

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Bevagna

Distance: 37,5 km / 23,3 mi

Ascent / Descent: +138m -141m

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. Bevagna is situated in the Montefalco Sagrantino wine area and in town you will have many occasions to taste these yummy wines. After your visit you return to the country house for your overnight stay. 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Casco dell’Acqua

Distance: 34 km / 21 mi

Ascent / Descent: + 108m -109m

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 harmoniously combined. If you arrive early, you can discover this beautiful city wandering through its alleys, and streets and stop at one of the cozy squares, where bars are inviting you to sit down and enjoy a ‘gelato‘, cappuccino or a good glass of local wine. The **** hotel and Country house F. are situated 7 km from Assisi. From the pool, you have a stunning view of Assisi. The ** Hotel is situated 900m from the old town centre. There is also a nice pool with a stunning view of Assisi.

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 of a wonderful Umbrian Valley

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

Assisi-Spello-Torgiano-Bevagna-Spoleto

Code | C001UMB
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:
95km / 59 miles (5 days) – 166 km / 103 miles (7 days)

 

departures

Self Guided: Daily from 1 April till 31 October (except 04/08-18/08/2024)

 

participants

1 or more people.

 

Start / Finish

Assisi / Spoleto

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