Cycling and sightseeing in the Valle Umbra
During this tour, you will cycle through the Umbrian valley, Valle Umbra. This green fertile valley stretches out from Assisi until Spoleto. Throughout history, it has been an attractive place to settle and it is here that we find the most picturesque towns of Umbria.
The tour begins in Spello, a small medieval town, with Roman origins. Spello has small alleys brightened up with cheerful flowerpots. From Spello you descend into the valley to pedal towards Foligno, a pleasant shopping city with, very special, a street entirely devoted to restaurants. The next town you visit is the cultural interesting Bevagna. There is a lot to see and taste. Bevagna is situated in the Montefalco wine-area and in the restaurants or wine-bars, you can taste these delicious wines.
Back in the saddle, you pedal to Torgiano, another town dedicated to wine. Interesting to visit is the wine and olive oil museum. On your last day, you cycle back to Spello, but before you pass the town of Saints Francis and Clare. Take some time to visit Assisi with its impressive medieval centre, there is a lot to see! From the town, you have a great view over the Valle Umbra. The last stretch follows a panoramic road bringing you back to Spello.
The 5-day tour can be shortened by 1 night. The first day you pass Bevagna, but will not have an overnight stay in the medieval town.
The daily program of the 5-day tour
The start of this cycle tour is in Spello, a small town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio.
At the end of the afternoon drop off bicycles, if rented, bike fitting and route briefing. Overnight with breakfast in *** or **** star hotel in the old town centre.
This morning there will be time to explore Spello followed by a cycling tour through the colourful valley and a visit to Foligno. Interesting are 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.
Overnight with breakfast in Bevagna
Distance: 28km / 15 mi; Ascent / Descent: + 107m-187m
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. Take your time 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 the viticulture and winemaking. The museum has a rich art collection from Etruscan until modern times. You will stay in a *** or ***** star hotel.
Overnight stay with breakfast in Torgiano
Distance: 28 km / 17,4 mi; Ascent / Descent: + 189m -186m
The next day you will cross, cycling along quiet country roads, the valley to reach Assisi… but before entering town, you will first have to conquer the hill on which it is built. After this steep climb, you will enter this picturesque town and will agree that it was definitively worth the effort. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis, the basilica of St Clair and climb up to the Castle to have a nice view of Assisi town centre and the Valley. After your visit of Assisi, you continue cycling to Spello along a panoramic route amongst olive groves.
Overnight stay with breakfast in Spello
Distance: 33km / 20,5 mi; Ascent / Descent: + 398m-320m
After breakfast ends your discovery tour through the Valle Umbri
Easy cycling tour. The 4 days tour is a little bit more difficult, because the first cycle day is longer. 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 to Spello.
Average daily distances:
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 85 km / 52,8 mi
Daily all year round (in winter on request)
1 or more people.
START / FINISH:
Spello / Spello