Well-known towns of Umbria and famous wine-areas
During this cycling tour, you will discover the Umbrian valley, Valle Umbra in all its aspects. This green fertile valley stretches out from Assisi to Spoleto. Throughout history, it has been an attractive place to settle and it is here that we find the most well-known towns of Umbria and also FAMOUS WINE-AREAS. In the surrounding hills, there are no less than four listed areas of D.o.c. or D.o.c.g.: Torgiano, Assisi, Montefalco, and the Monti Martani. What better way to discover some of these lovely towns and taste delicious wines than during a relaxed cycling holiday!
The tour starts in Spello, a small medieval town, with Roman origins built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. In the evening, you taste the first Umbrian wines combined with local delicacies. The next day, passing through Foligno, you cycle to the culturally interesting town of Bevagna. There is a lot to see and taste. The next morning you have still time to visit the town centre, because cycling to Torgiano is short. Bevagna is situated in the Montefalco wine-area and in the restaurants or wine-bars, you can taste these tasty wines.
Again, in the saddle, you pedal to Torgiano, also famous for its delicious wines. You will be welcomed in the Lungarotti winery and, of course, taste their wines. In Torgiano there is also an interesting wine and olive-oil museum to visit. In the evening in a nearby restaurant is served a special dinner with local specialties, like the delicious Umbrian truffle. Your last ride will bring you to Assisi, the town of Saints Francis and Clare. Take some time to visit this lovely town! Before returning to Spello, you will visit an organic winery in the Assisi D.o.c. area.
The 4-day version has one day less and you cycle from Spello direct to Torgiano without an overnight stay in Bevagna (52 km / 33 mi)
The daily program of the 5-day tour
The *** or **** hotel is situated in the historical centre of the town and has a terrace offering a magnificent view over the Valle Umbra and the surrounding hills covered with olive groves. At the end of the afternoon, there is a route briefing and bike fitting.
In the evening, you have a tasting menu in a restaurant / wine bar close to the hotel
The next morning you will still have some time to visit Spello followed by a cycling tour through the colourful valley and a visit to Foligno. Interesting is the cathedral and archaeological museum in the Trinci palace or just linger through the shopping streets with its many boutiques. The Via Gramsci is a street full of cosy restaurants with choice for every ones taste ! Back in the saddle, you continue to Bevagna, a town of Roman origins situated in the famous wine area of the Sagrantino d.o.c.g. and the Rosso di Montefalco d.o.c. Your accommodation is in the medieval centre of town in a *** or in a Residence d’epoca.
Distance: 24 km / 15 mi
Ascent / descent: +104m – 184m
The next morning after breakfast, you cycle to Torgiano. First, a short climb passing the small walled-in Torre del Colle, and then you descend into the valley. Torgiano was once a fortified town and the Baglioni tower remains as a silent witness to its history. The town is situated in a slightly hilly landscape at the confluence of the rivers Tiber and Chiascio. In the early Middle Ages, the Benedictines planted olive groves and vineyards in these fertile hills, sowing for what is now a listed d.o.c.g. area where the famous Torgiano Rosso Riserva is made. When you have time, you may well wish to visit the wine museum, housed in the ‘palazzo Grazioni-Baglioni’. Here the visitor is provided with an insight into the various techniques associated with viticulture and winemaking. The museum has a rich art collection from Etruscan until modern times. In the afternoon, you will visit the winery of the Lungarotti family and afterward will taste their special wines.
In the evening is served a very special dinner: you will taste some typical Umbrian dishes (appetizers, ‘primi’ (pasta –risotto), ‘secondo’ (main course), vegetables and a coffee with grappa or another after-dinner spirit). The lover of black truffle can also enjoy some dishes prepared with these “Diamonds of the Kitchen.”
Overnight in *** hotel (on request possible ***** hotel)
Distance: 27 km / 16,8 mi
Ascent / descent: +190m – 187m
The next day you will cross, cycling along quiet country roads, the valley to reach Assisi… but before entering the town, you will first have to conquer the hill and which it is built. After this steep climb, you will enter this picturesque town and will agree that it was definitively worth the effort. After your visit, you will continue cycling to Spello, but before reaching it you will be welcomed at an organic winery in the Assisi d.o.c. area. The kindly owners will explain all about their wine-making process and of course you will taste some of their excellent wines. After the wine-tasting you will cycle amongst olive groves, back to Spello.
Overnight stay in *** or **** star hotel
Distance: 33 km / 29,5 mi
Ascent / descent: +398m – 320m
After breakfast ends this yummy tour !
Impressions of cycling & tasting wines
Easy cycling tour. You cycle through the valley surrounded by a landscape of gentle, rolling hills. The only hilly stretch is to reach Assisi and the slightly up-and downhill cycling coming back to Spello.
5-day tour: between 24 km / 15 mi and 33 km / 20,5 mi 4-day tour: between 33 km / 20,5 mi and 52 km / 32,3 mi
Total km: Total km 84 km / 52,2 mi
Daily from April until the end of October (winter and holidays on request)
2 or more people (solo traveller on request).
START / FINISH:
Spello / Spello