Discover Umbria

An 8- or 10- day cycling tour
Cycling tour
Cycling Tours
Difficulty level 3
Individual tour
Self guided tour
code: ITUMB02C
Italy
Umbria

Prices

from 605€

Discover the beauties of Umbria

Assisi-Spoleto-Montefalco-Perugia-Lake Trasimeno-Umbertide-Gubbio

This cycle tour is perfect for those looking to personal experience the unique and unspoiled region of Umbria with its beauty and hospitality. Umbria is nestling between Tuscany, Marche and Lazio. It is maybe one of the smallest regions of Italy, but it has a wide range of different landscapes: from harsh gorges, to sweet green hills, wild woods to fertile plains transformed by varied cultivations; oases of fresh, crystal clear spring water and enchanting lakes. This cycle tour combines the beauty of nature with sightseeing in quiet little medieval towns

Nice views along the route of Discover Umbria
Umbrian hills

This cycle tour is perfect for those looking to personally experience the unique and unspoiled region of Umbria with its beauty and hospitality. Umbria is nestling between Tuscany, Marche and Lazio. It is maybe one of the smallest regions of Italy, but it has a wide range of different landscapes: from harsh gorges, to sweet green hills, wild woods to fertile plains transformed by varied cultivations; oases of fresh, crystal clear spring water and enchanting lakes. This cycle tour combines the beauty of nature with sightseeing in quiet little medieval towns.

Basilica of St.Francis Assisi
Basilica San Francesco

The trip starts and finishes in the fascinating town of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio. Many monuments have been erected in honour of the saints Francis and Clare. Nevertheless, Assisi is not the only highlight of this tour. You will pass many other interesting small towns like Spello, which has Roman origins, as several features including the Porta Venere and Porta Consolare town gates, Montefalco, famous for its delicious wines, remind us and Bevagna, which has a lovely medieval square with two Romanesque churches. Two nights you will spend in Torgiano allowing time to visit the county town of Perugia. Its magnificent old town centre is certainly worth visiting, with renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and galleries, but of course, it is also nice just to wander around the evocative alleys, the characteristic squares and the fashionable shopping street Corso Vannuci. During the second part of the tour, you bike through a beautiful unspoiled scenery. The biker-friendly roads, the lovely towns and the green hills with cypresses, vineyards and olive trees make this tour unforgettable.

 

The 8-day tour can be extended by 2 nights. An overnight stay in Spoleto, a town full of life and a second night in Passignano on lake Trasimeno

The daily program of the 8-day tour

The start of this cycle tour is in Assisi, part of the Unesco World Heritage, the popular pilgrimage town built on the slopes of Monte Subasio. 

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 there will be time to explore Spello. After continuing your journey through the valley of Spoleto, passing Foligno, your route goes up to the wine-town Montefalco; also called ‘the balcony of Umbria’, because of its fantastic panorama. Artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino decorate the Franciscan church, now a museum, with magnificent frescoes. The next town you will visit is Bevagna, whose characteristic medieval square still hosts two Romanesque churches. Your overnight stay is in Torgiano, which in medieval times was a fortified village and is situated on a hilltop above the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber. Interesting to visit are the wine museum and next-door  in the ‘osteria’ you can taste the excellent wines of Lungarotti or you can visit their winery (only on reservation). You stay in the town centre of Torgiano in a *** or ***** hotel

Overnight with breakfast in Torgiano

Distance: 65 km / 39,8 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 552m -718m

Today you visit the neighboring town of Perugia: the provincial capital and a lively, vibrant place. The medieval town centre with its little alleyways is at the highest point of the town. The renaissance palaces, churches, museums and many galleries make a lasting impression. After your visit, you will spend the night once more in the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano. You stay in the same hotel as yesterday.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Torgiano

Distance: 34 km / 21,1 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 503m -526m

On the fourth day you will cycle through a slight hilly landscape to be rewarded at the end with a magnificent view of Trasimeno lake and its islands. You pass the little fishing village of S. Feliciano from where the boats leave to the Polvese Island. Cycling along the gravel bike path, you reach Passignano, a town on the shore of the lake, made of history and nature, art and folklore, peace and vitality. Passignano has a beach close to its center or you could visit the only inhabited island ‘Isola Maggiore’. Overnight in *** or **** hotel 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Passignano

Distance: 51 km / 31,7 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 472m -422m

Today’s route runs through an unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide, whose town centre is dominated by a majestic tower, the remains of a castle dating back to 1385. It is a hilly ride with gorgeous views. After a climb, you reach Castel Rigone, looking out over the lake. Then a nice ride follows along a ridge with nice views on both side. A well-deserved descent brings you into the Tiber Valley. Your hotel is a country hotel and is just outside Umbertide. It has a restaurant and nice swimming pool !

Overnight stay with breakfast in Umbertide

Distance: 47 km / 29,2 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 837m -855m

Today you first pass the centre of Umbertide and then it goes uphill to Montone, a typical Umbrian small walled-in town, where for centuries time stood still. After you cross another small hilltop town, Pietralunga, and you will reach the fortified town of Gubbio. Worthwhile visiting are the impressive palaces, the Roman theatre and the monastery of S. Ubaldo, which is built at 827m altitude and can be reached by cable car. Your overnight stay will be in the historical centre in a *** or **** hotel

Overnight stay with breakfast in Gubbio

Distance: 58 km / 36 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 904m -667m

At the beginning of this last leg of the tour, you still have some hard climbing to do through a rolling still-life landscape, but after that, you have a well-deserved easy descent. It is a day full of stunning views of hills, mountains and small villages. Another last climb to reach Assisi. Cycling through the centre of this little town you will pass its most important monuments, like the Basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva and the basilica of St. Clare. You stay in the same hotels as you started this tour. 

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Assisi

Distance: 59 km / 36,7 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 807m – 908m

After breakfast ends your discovery tour through Umbria 

Gubbio - Discover Umbria tour
Gubbio

The daily program of the 10-day tour

The start of this cycle tour is in Assisi, part of the Unesco World Heritage, the popular pilgrimage town built on the slopes of Monte Subasio. Its impressive ramparts, towers and palace roofs of the town are visible from afar. Assisi has a strong unbreakable bond with the saints Francis and Clare. On the day of your arrival, you might want to explore the town with its little alleys and cozy squares. Worth seeing are the famous basilica of St. Francis, The basilica of Saint Clare, museums and the Roman temple of Minerva in Piazza del Comune.  End of afternoon drop off bicycles, bike fitting and route briefing. Overnight in *** or **** hotel near Assisi old town centre

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Assisi

Cycling along the slopes of Mount Subasio along a panoramic road amongst olive groves you reach Spello. There is enough time to wander around in in this lovely 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 age.  After continuing your ride through the valley, passing the centre of Foligno, it goes up to the charming Spoleto, an important and lively historical town.  Your *** or **** hotel is situated in the historical centre of Spoleto.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Spoleto

Distance: 52 km / 32,3 mi;  Ascent / Descent: +326m -338m

Cycling through a undulating landscape you will already see Montefalco from a distance… to reach this town you first have to conquer a steep climb. Montefalco is well-known as the ‘balcony of Umbria’, because of its fantastic panorama over the Valle Umbra. Artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino decorate the Franciscan church, now a museum. Montefalco is also famous for its excellent wines, Rosso di Montefalco d.o.c. and Sagrantino d.o.c.g, and of course it is almost impossible to leave the town without tasting them in one of the many wine bars.  

From Montefalco you go downhill to Bevagna, which has a picturesque medieval square, a real meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the village.  After a last hill you will reach wine town of Torgiano, positioned at the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). Your hotel is in the quiet town centre.  Interesting to visit is the wine museum and the ‘osteria’ of the Lungarotti family, where you can taste their excellent wines.

Overnight in *** or ***** hotel

Overnight stay with breakfast in Torgiano

Distance: 63 km / 39,1 mi;  Ascent / Descent: +553m -721m

Today a short ride brings you to the neighboring town of Perugia: the provincial capital and a lively, dynamic place. The medieval town centre with its little alleyways is at the highest point of the town. The museum ‘Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria‘, The money-changers guild Collegio del cambio, the cathedral and many other monuments deserve a visit. You will spend the night once more in the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Torgiano

Distance: 34 km / 21,1 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 503m -526m

On the fourth day you will cycle through a green rolling landscape to be rewarded at the end with a magnificent view of Trasimeno lake and its islands. You pass the little fishing village of S. Feliciano from where the boats go to the Polvese Island. Cycling along the gravel bike path, you reach Passignano, a town on the shore of the lake, made of history and nature, art and folklore, peace and vitality. Passignano has a beach close to its town center or you could visit the only inhabited island ‘Isola Maggiore’. Overnight in *** or **** hotel

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Passignano

Distance: 51 km / 31,7 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 472m -422m

A loop around Lake Trasimeno

Today you can have a rest day or cycle around the lake, passing little towns like Castiglione del Lago. For the biggest part you follow the cycle path around the lake, where gentle, green hills form the backdrop to the lake, along with corn fields, vineyards and olive groves.  In addition, a worthwhile trip is to visit one of the islands by boat.

Distance: 57 km / 35,4 mi; Ascent / Descent: + 369 -373 m 

 

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A loop to the Etruscan town of  Cortona

After breakfast in the saddle again with destination the Etruscan town of Cortona, situated in Tuscany. This lovely town is built on a hilltop and you have to climb some to reach it, but then you can enjoy a unique and amazing view of the Val di Chiana. The town is founded by the Etruscan’s (Original name was “Curtun”) and it still retains many of its original remains from the Etruscan period. But not only Cortona encloses also the works of great Renaissance artists, such as Luca Signorelli and Beato Angelico, as well as Pietro di Cortona from the Baroque period. After your visit, you descend again in the valley and along quiet country roads, you return to Passignano.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Passignano

Distance: 54 km / 33,6 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 533 -533m

Today’s route runs through an unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide, whose town centre is dominated by a majestic tower, the remains of a castle dating back to 1385. It is a hilly ride with gorgeous views. After a steep climb, you reach Castel Rigone, looking out over the lake. Then a nice ride follows along a ridge with spectacular views on both side. A well-deserved descend brings you into the Tiber Valley. Your hotel is a country hotel and is just outside Umbertide. It has a restaurant and nice swimming pool !

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Umbertide

Distance: 47 km / 29,2 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 837m -855m

Today you first pass the old town centre of Umbertide and then it goes uphill to Montone, a typical small walled-in Umbrian town, where time stood still. After another small hilltop town, Pietralunga, you will reach the fortified hill town of Gubbio. Worthwhile visiting are the medieval palaces, the Roman theatre and the monastery of S. Ubaldo, which is built at 827m altitude and can be reached by cable car. Your overnight stay will be near the historical centre in a *** or **** hotel

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Gubbio

Distance: 58 km / 36 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 904m -667m

At the beginning of this last leg of the tour you still have some hard climbing to do, through a rolling still-life landscape, but after that you have a well-deserved easy descent to Assisi. Cycling through the centre of this little town you will pass its most important monuments, like the Basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva, the Castle and the basilica of St. Clare. You stay in the same hotel as you started this tour.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Assisi

Distance: 59 km / 36,7 mi;  Ascent / Descent: + 807m – 908m

After breakfast ends this tour through a unique Umbria landscape.

Impressions

Self guided tour
Difficulty level 3
Discover Umbria
An 8- or 10- day cycling tour

Assisi-Spoleto-Montefalco-Perugia-Lake Trasimeno-Umbertide-Gubbio

Code | ITUMB02C
LEVEL 3

For who like more challenging rides in a rolling hilly terrain. You have to be trained with a good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for children under 14 years. Cycling is an important part of the day, but there will be still time left to explore the towns you pass through. There are significant differences in height. Mostly quiet asphalted and now and some dirt roads.

Average daily distances:
8-day tour: between 35 – 65 km
10-day tour: between 35 – 65 km. Total

Total km:
Total 313 km / 194,5 mi (8 days) & 421 km  / 261,6 mi (10 day)

DEPARTURES:

Daily from April until end of October

PARTICIPANTS:

1 or more people.

START / FINISH:

Assisi / Assisi

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