This Assisi-Spoleto bike path tour has an easy level and is full eno-gastronomic surprises, a yummy cycle route.You cycle along a nice bike path, substantially flat, crossing the Valle Umbra and connecting the three interesting historical towns of Assisi, Bevagna and Spoleto. This tour is a delightful mixture of cycling and a food & wine experience.
The tour starts in Assisi and you have time enough to discover this captivating town. You will stay in a magic place at the foot of the Basilica of Saint Francis, where time seems to have stood still. You visit the vegetable and herb garden, enjoy an exciting herb cocktail and have a cooking class, all together an enjoyable food experience.
Leaving Assisi you go downhill to reach the beginning of the bike path. You cycle through a wonderful landscape of the Umbrian valley, full of medieval towns, which are perched like little jewels on hilltops. You pass the little old town of Cannara, famous for its red onions, and continue pedalling to Bevagna, the Roman Mevania, on the list of the most beautiful ‘Borghi’ of Italy. It has numerous remains of the Roman age, many medieval town palaces (Palazzi) and churches. Here in Bevagna you will have a visit of a winery and followed by an appetizing wine-tasting combined with local cheese, salami and bruschetta.
The next day, after breakfast in the saddle again and today you cycle mostly alongside the bank of the river Maroggia. You have a nice view of the wine town of Montefalco and Trevi, the capital of olive oil. At Campello sul Clitunno you can leave the bike path to visit the Clitunno sources, much praised by Goethe. You continue for Spoleto and from a distance, you have a beautiful view of the imposing fortress that rises above the town centre. At the end of this gourmet experience, a delicious Italian meal (fresh local products prepared with a modern touch) in one of the best restaurants in Spoleto.
You have your overnight stay in the historic centre close to the amphitheatre, cathedral and Ponte delle Torri .
The 5-day cycle tour can be extended with one extra night in Assisi to make a round tour to visit medieval Spello (34 km/ 21,1 mi).
The daily program of the 5-day tour
The start of this cycle tour is in Assisi, belonging to the Unesco world heritage. In Assisi many places and monuments have a strong unbreakable bond with the saints Francis and Clare, who lived here in the 13th century. The medieval character of Assisi is well-preserved and there is a lot to see.
At the end of the afternoon drop off bicycles, if rented, bike fitting and route briefing. Overnight in a beautifully restored country hotel, a former monastery with a gorgeous garden overlooking Assisi and the basilica of Saint Francis.
After breakfast, can make a cultural tour of Assisi. You will get a description of a town walk passing the most important monuments of Assisi, a town where history, traditions and art are fused together in harmony. You can enjoy yourself wandering through the alleys, stepped streets and crossing the squares with many terraces, inviting you to enjoy a delicious Italian ‘gelato’ or drink a hot cappuccino. There is much to see such as the basilicas of St. Francis and St. Claire, the castle, many museums and the Roman Forum.
In the afternoon, a real food experience has been prepared for you. First, you will have a course to discover the wild & cultivated herbs in the vegetable garden (2000sqm) of the Borgo where you are staying, an ex-Benedictine monastery at the foot of the Basilica of Saint Francis. Here the Monastic Hortuli are reborn and a bio-conservative park of officinal species among the largest in Europe is re-created. You go with the gardener to the vegetable and herb garden he will explain all about the garden and herbs. Then you will taste one of their mixtures served at the Bar Alchemists of the Spagirico Lab combined with a snack.
Later a cooking class with the Chef of the Locanda degli Orti using vegetables and herbs from the vegetable garden.
Finally a special dinner, tasting what you have cooked during the course. A really one of a kind experience! Overnight in Assisi.
Today you pass the village of Cannara, that every year has a famous celebration, dedicated to the red onion that is grown here. The next stage will bring you to Bevagna, one rare example of a 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. You can also visit the Roman mosaics and a medieval house.
In the afternoon, back on the saddle for a very short ride to a nearby winery: guided tour and tasting of 4-6 different kinds of wines with a selection of local cheese and salami.
Your hotel, a residence d’epoca is situated in the historic centre.
Overnight with breakfast in Bevagna.
Distance: 24,7 km / 15,3 mi
Ascent/ descent: +99m – 217m
On this 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 from the bike path and cycle up to your hotel. 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. On your last night of the tour, a delicious Italian meal (fresh local products prepared with a modern touch) in one of the best restaurants in Spoleto.
Overnight stay with breakfast in hotel **** in the historic centre.
Distance: 32,2 km / 20 mi
Ascent/ descent: +235m – 71m
After breakfast end your yummy bike tour
Easy cycling along cycle paths or quiet country roads. Suitable for those who do not have or have little training. Families can undertake them with young children. The gentle routes are along quiet country lanes or cycle paths, usually flat or with little gradient (no more than 200m). You cycle three hrs. a day and have enough time to enjoy villages along the route. Please note that the cycle path is sometimes a signed quiet country road.
Average daily distances: between 24-35 km / 15-21 miles
Total km:5 days 59 km / 36,7 mi or 6 days 93 km/ 57,8 mi
Daily all year round (in winter and on festivities on request)
2 or more people.
START / FINISH:
Assisi / Spoleto